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Venetian bacaro (casual wine bar) serving Italian small plates and simple northern Italian wines in a relaxed setting in Soho. The man behind Polpo is Russell Norman, formerly general manager at Zuma and then the Ivy Club. "The finished space is long and narrow with a curved bar at the front and rows of wooden tables leading to the servery at the rear, which provides all the cold dishes. The atmosphere here is just right – simple and unpretentious." [FT] Tatler featured Polpo in January 2010 and remarked, "We loved the disparate but coherent flavours in a fig, prosciutto and mint cicheto and also the sarde in saor." Good value, around 20 pounds a person according to Tatler. Learn more in the attached October 2009 FT review of Polpo by Nicholas Lander.
Polpo is a savvy-insider, cool place to eat in London, Soho, featured and recommended by:
+ Tatler January 2010"Merchant of Venice (Polpo)"
+ Financial Times October 3, 2009"Venetians snacks at Polpo in London"
Address: 41 Beak Street
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