Italian and Spanish would have to be two of my favourite cuisines to eat, so when I discovered that there was a little restaurant named Polpo in London that was an amalgamation of both, I was smiling all the way to the table. Smack bang on Notting Hill’s high street you’ll find this eclectic little restaurant boasting a tapas menu with Italian cuisine rather than the typical Spanish – yum!
Authentic wooden tables and retro red booths adorn the inside giving the venue a rustic modern feel. My friend was here in London visiting from Australia so we had plenty to catch up on whilst we sipped negroni’s and perused the menu. With a fire in our bellies (courtesy of the strong drinks) and minds longing to reminisce, we found ourselves rehashing days of old, falling back into the ease of Year 12 chats about boys, gossip and the like. Honestly you could have transplanted the restaurant to our Australian school ground and I wouldn’t have noticed!
With so much chatting we worked up quite the appetite and our smiles widened as we enjoyed the Bianca pizzette, goats cheese bruschetta, fennel salad, beef meatballs and cheese croquettes. Talk about a feast! The food here is really great with nice flavours that aren’t too overwhelming or rich. Definitely a meal to enjoy that is perfect for grazing whilst having a good girly chat. 4/5
Where: 126 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill W11 3QG (Polpo is also in Covent Garden and Smithfield)
Bookings: recommended on weekends
Phone: 020 7229 3283