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London: Polpo – An Italian bàcaro in Soho

Polpo in Soho, London
Anchovy & Chickpea crostini

Polpo is the name of a cute little bàcaro in Soho, which AC and I visited the other day. A bàcaro is best described as an Italian version of the Spanish tapas bar. You drop in, have a glass of wine and order a couple of cichetis (small dishes).

Polpo doesn’t take dinner reservations, and since the place seemed to be permanently crowded, you must be prepared to wait quite a while during peak hours, but it’s worth it, it definitely is. We came by around 7pm and put our name on the waiting list. We were told to come back one hour later, and then had two seats in the bar.

At Polpo you’ll find lots of simple, but great stuff on the menu. How about an anchovy & chickpea crostini? Or braised scallops, pancetta and peas? Of course I couldn’t decide, so I had both plus a taste of what AC was having.

PS: Of course there’s also a cookbook, “Polpo, a Venetian cookbook (of sorts)”, stuffed with tasty few-ingredients-recipes and beautiful, mouthwatering pictures.

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Polpo, 41 Beak Street, London

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