Set slightly aside from the hustle and bustle of the Covent Garden piazza, sits Polpo. Proudly understated from the outside in, the brains behind Polpo would like us to know that this type of eatery is a Venetian bàcaro -"a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines".
And all at a happy snip of a price. You could be forgiven for likening the principles behind the menu to tapas, but I'd keep that particular word under your breath if you're not looking for scowls from the slightly distingué waitresses and neighbouring clientelle.
|chickpea spinach and ricotta meatballs & cod cheeks lentils and salsa verde|
There is certainly plenty going on in each little plate, but still with a clever fuss-free feel. The cod cheeks lentils and salsa verde stood out in particular for me, and I couldn't resist stretching to a nutella pizzetta pudding (it came with some form of crunchy, sweet, heavenly wondrousness crumbled all over the top, I still haven't worked out what it was!)
|duck and green peppercorn ragu, pappardelle|
|pear, gorgonzola and chicory salad|
And anywhere that makes it possible to finish your meal with a proper pot of fresh mint tea is fairly sure to be a winner with me!
*** Lentils are a great source of soluble fibre, which can help to lower blood cholesterol levels
6 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA
Tel: 020 7836 8448
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