Oh Polpo !

On the days that I am extremely bored and could actually find counting grains of sand extremely interesting, one might see me scrolling through the Zomato app on my phone, drooling over pictures of food, wishing dearly I could eat all of them.

One such occasion had me looking into a Venetian restaurant called Polpo. Next thing you know, I was a woman on a mission, convincing my friends to make a plan so we could try out the food this restaurant had to offer. Soon enough, I had everyone’s agreement and we found ourselves dressed up and ready to eat !

Situated very close to Charring Cross, Polpo has a very cozy interior with quite the romantic feel to it. Lowly lit candles are placed at each table and the playlist is in sync with the atmosphere.


We were seated the minute we entered. The waitress serving us was proficient and made us very very happy when she said there would be a constant serving of food and that we wouldn’t have to wait at any point of time for our food.

Since the menu had so many options to choose from, we decided to order two or three dishes each and then have everyone share it. This turned out to be an excellent idea since we ended up ordering sixteen dishes all of which were lip smackingly good and had us patting our content bellies.

While the girls were used to me fidgeting with my camera and clicking pictures of the food, the two dashing men in our group were not. Being the wonderful gentlemen that they are, both Finn and Ian patiently waited while I snapped away at their food.

Now, get ready for A LOT of food people…

Ian, whom I fondly call Yeti (Ladies, he is quite the good looker, please don’t think otherwise based on the pet name I have for him) always enjoys a drink with his meal. So, besides the Negroni that he sipped on through the course of our meal, Yeti ordered a plate of Bruschetta served with Coppa, Peperonata and Goat Cheese. He also ordered a plate of Grilled Herbed Polenta and a main dish of Rabbit meat served with Apricots and Sage Terrine.

Coppa, Peperonata and Goat Cheese Bruschetta.

Grilled Herbed Polenta.

Rabbit meat with Apricots and Sage Terrine.

Might I also add that I got to taste and enjoy a variety of ingredients I had never tried before in my life and it was an enjoyable experience. I had never tried Rabbit before or as Dipa puts it, Bugs Bunny, but I really liked the taste of the meat, the same way I did the Octopus, which Dipa had ordered ! Read on to know and drool some more my lovely Marauders.

Dipa being the pescetarian that she is, ordered the Salmon Tartare with Horseradish and Carta di Musica. She also decided on the Octopus served with Fennel Carpaccio and the White Anchovy and Smoked Mozzarella pizzette.

Salmon Tartare with Horseradish and Carta di Musica.

Octopus with Fennel Carpaccio.

White Anchovy and Smoked Mozzarella.

Mary and Finn decided on sharing a plate of  Cicheti which served one piece of a variety of small bites. We sliced them for all to share and thank god we did cause or else, we all would have been missing out on some real tasty snacks. Alongside that, Mary chose the Wild Mushroom Piadina and a plate of Meatballs ‘alla Vedova’ which was beef meatballs cooked in breadcrumbs.


Wild Mushroom Piadina.

Meatballs ‘alla Vedova’.

Besides the Cicheti, the adorable and last-undergraduate-to-leave-the-hall, Finn, decided on the Spinach, Parmesan and Soft Egg Pizzette and a plate of Classic Beef and Pork Meatballs.

Spinach, Parmesan and Soft Egg Pizzette.

Classic Beef and Pork Meatballs.

After being quite indecisive, I decided on the Rustego, Chestnut Mushroom and Ricotta Pizzette, a plate of Meatballs and Spaghetti with Parmesan on the side and the Pork Belly served with Radicchio and Hazelnuts.

Rustego, Chestnut Mushrooms and Ricotta Pizzette.

Meatballs and Spaghetti with Parmesan on the side.

Pork Belly with Radicchio and Hazelnuts.

Fun story while we’re at it…While everyone was busy diving into their food, I was sitting there, fork and knife in hand, enjoying mini bites of every one’s dishes, wondering out loud why my dishes weren’t being served. Everyone expressed their own curiosity regarding it excepting one particular human in our group.

Any guesses as to who it was ?

It was none other than Yeti.

Would you like to know why ?

Well, I’ll tell you. It was only when Yeti dearest was served his Rabbit dish that he realised he was on his fourth course whereas he had ordered just three. Realisation hit seconds later, and a horror struck Yeti turned to me and confessed that he had all along been happily munching on my Pizzette.

*Round of applause for Yeti*

But but but…being the gentleman he is, he ordered me another plate so all was forgiven !!

Once we had cleared out all our plates, we took a break from all the eating and decided to just enjoy the music and chit chat for some time. Mary and I though had other plans. Having eyed the desserts, we couldn’t hold ourselves back and ended up ordering the Nutella Pizzetta. Dipa decided on joining us by ordering for herself the Chocolate Salami.

Nutella Pizzetta.

Chocolate Salami.

Here’s us, post all the eating.

Mary, me, Ian, Finn and Dipa.

Polpo definitely won my heart and the approval of my taste buds. I would like to think of myself as their personal advertiser since I’ve been recommending the restaurant to all who will listen.

It is a wonderful place to enjoy at if you’re looking for a romantic meal or a break from your hectic schedule.

As a customer, I would definitely recommend the Meatballs with Spaghetti, Wild Mushroom Piadina, Cicheti, Pork Belly with Radicchio and Hazelnuts, Octopus with Fennel Carpaccio and the Rustego, Chestnut Mushrooms and Ricotta Pizzette.

Go give it a try Mavericks. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed !!


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