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London is littered with Italian tapas restaurants and some are exceptionally good (e.g., Zucca and Bocca di Lupo). One of the more popular chains of Italian tapas restaurants is the Polpo range. We decided to try out Polpo Covent Garden.

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Pork belly (6/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Pork belly (6/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Ricotta crumble (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Ricotta crumble (7/10)

 

Russell Norman was one of the first restaurateurs to introduce London to the Italian tapas style dining and can be considered as one of the most influential restaurateurs of the past 5 years in London. The Polpo restaurants focus on Venetian-based bite-size dishes that are supposed to be shared by the whole table.

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Affogato (8/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Lamb & Pistachio (7/10)

 

When we visited Polpo Covent Garden, we tried:

  • Pork belly (6/10)
  • Lamb & Pistachio (7/10)
  • Roast squash (7/10)
  • Calamari (6.5/10)
  • Fritto misto (7/10)
  • Fennel salad (6/10)
  • Arancini (7/10)
  • Ricotta crumble (7/10)
  • Affogato (8/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Lamb & Pistachio (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Roast squash (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Calamari (6.5/10)

 

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Polpo: Calamari (6.5/10)

 

Compared to the likes of Bocca di Lupo and Zucca, Polpo pales in comparison. The quality of cooking and ingredients is on a lower level and yet the prices is comparable. Most of the dishes are ok, but none stood out for me and most lacked a punch. The service on the other hand, is very good and pleasant.

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Fritto misto (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Fritto misto (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Arancini (7/10)

 

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Polpo Covent Garden: Arancini (7/10)

 

In total we paid £76 for our meal at Polpo (including drinks and service charge).

 

Overall rating Polpo Covent Garden: 6/10

(The rating reflects the level of cooking, quality of ingredients, ambience and price)

 

 

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