I am glad that I am not the only one who thinks Polpo is really crap! My husband and I had been before and thought it was average – the meatballs especially where dry and tasteless. The other night, we were inspired to go there again to give it a second try after watching Russell Norman’s series ‘Restaurant Man.’ Once again we got a seat at the bar straight away, so the waiting time/service has never bothered us like some of the other reviews. Even if we had to wait over an hour I wouldn’t mind if the food was worth it.
But it’s not at all. We could not finish some dishes they were so bland. The Arancini was rock hard, dry and flavourless. It seems that they had been deep fried again to heat them up, we could hardly cut through them. And the roast potatoes tasted old and re-heated also.
The flank steak and the prosciutto, mozzarella bruschetta were ok, but these are simple dishes, as is a lot of the menu so we were very disappointed that our second experience was bad.
So many London eateries are rolling out these chains which are inspired from hip New York eateries but the food is still not up to standard. For such alarge, established city (which is a hop away from Europe) to still have an average quality of food in restaurants it is quite baffling. I do agree that it has evolved in the last 5 years but there is a long way to go.
The concept behind Polpo and Russell Norman’s eateries is good, but the food needs to be 20 times better.