Polpo Restaurant in Chelsea

Polpo 

Restaurant in Chelsea

Polpo is a bacaro restaurant in Chelsea serving up small Venetian inspired sharing Italian plates accompanied by classic spritz and cocktails. Polpo prides itself on maintaining the authentic Italian atmosphere and food and it definitely shines through. With only around 35 table covers and a few more at the bar, it felt intimate. The USP of the Chelsea branch is also its larger L-shaped terrace – so perfect for sipping on spritzers in the summer.  

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The bar and cocktails 

We started off with a couple of cocktails at the bar (where you can also enjoy the small plates) which felt very Italian in style. We had the Limoncello Fizz (Wyborowa vodka, Pococello, POLPO Prosecco) and the Clover Club  (Beefeater Gin, raspberry syrup, lemon, egg white).  There are also a number of spritzers to chose from (obviously)!

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The small plates

The menu is split into Cicheti (Venetian Snacks), Pizettes, Meatballs, Meat & Fish and Vegetables and Salad. We were recommended to have 2-3 dishes each. Given that we were hungry, we ordered 7 (!) but three from cicheti so surely that’s actually only 5….  We started off with the Nduja & mozzarella arancini, Potato & Parmesan crocchette and  Focaccia & olive oil. The arancini was fantastic (I wanted to order more!) and the focaccia was so addictive as it had a perfect level of salt.

Polpo Restaurant in Chelsea

Following this we had a Pizzette – Buffalo mozzarella & tomato and,the Spicy Pork & Fennel meatballs which were the dish of the month. The meatballs were extremely flavoursome with a generous helping of sauce and Parmesan.

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Finally, we chose the Crab & chilli linguine which really did pack a punch and a dish I would thoroughly recommend. The Squash, gnocchi, blue cheese & walnuts was actually surprisingly light.

We just about had room for a dessert – a Hot chocolate pudding, blackberry, & vanilla ice cream. This was melt in your mouth good!

Polpo Restaurant in Chelsea

In summary

Not only was the food delicious but the service was also great, which obviously adds to the experience. The plates are generally priced from around £3 – £10 so you can order as much as or as little as you want depending on your budget!

There are four other branches of Polpo in London – Covent Garden, Soho, Notting Hill and Smithfield. I am looking forward to visiting some of them!

East London Girl: Polpo Chelsea

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