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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

((((* Italian
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 11:30 - 23:00
Sunday: 11:30 - 16:00.

Friendly service, unusual menu.

Stephen Fox 11 May 2017
from London

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From acclaimed restaurateur Russell Norman, POLPO Smithfield brings Italian small plates to London’s iconic Smithfield Market. Flavour-packed creations are served in a modest setting with exposed brickwork and tin ceilings.

Reminiscent of Venice’s charming backstreet restaurants, POLPO specialises in Venetian small plates and spritz. Hand-rolled meatballs, freshly-stretched pizzettes and fresh colourful salads head up the menu. The main menu varies with the seasons and favourite creations include cuttlefish & squid ink risotto with gremolata, roast stuffed pork, lentils & radicchio and crab & chilli linguine. For dessert, choose from a variety of classics, such as tiramisu or Venetian ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

Offering laidback Venetian-style drinking and dining, find POLPO Smithfield a 2-minute walk from Farringdon Rail Station.

POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

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Customer reviews for POLPO Smithfield

4.1 ((((* (based on 42 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (35)
  • dinner (25)
  • trendy (16)
  • romantic (11)
  • business (10)
  • value (9)
  • al fresco (6)
  • large parties (6)
  • child friendly (5)
  • entertainment (4)
  • private dining (4)
  • ((((* 26 May 2017 by Bo Van der meulen from London

    Good rustic italian food

  • ((((( 11 May 2017 by Stephen Fox from London

    Friendly service, unusual menu.

  • ((((( 27 April 2017 by Janet Gustafsson from London

    Bit confused about how to order but successfully managed to order a lovely meal for four with sharing starters and a couple of main dishes. Really enjoyed the prawns (special) and the pasta and crab.

  • ((((* 23 April 2017 by Fiona Jerreat from London

    Tasty and interesting Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Very chilled staff

  • (**** 17 April 2017 by Parisa Mousavi from London

    Overall it was a terrible experience, we were a group of 8 gone there for lunch. We ordered few starters to share which they came one by one every 5/10 min or so, even the ones that we had asked for 2 or 3 of them didn't come together. They brought small plates after 30 min! Nobody seemed to be bother to clear out tables so we had to do it ourselves. While we were still waiting for few of the starters one of us got their main meal, the rest of main meals all came one by one although we were promised that they were all ready in the kitchen. Meanwhile so many wrong orders came to our table which were for other people. One of us never got their food and we were told his order had been missed. It seemed like they didn't know what they were doing and everything was going wrong.

  • ((*** 13 April 2017 by Jo T from London

    This was my second time at Polpo Smithfield - I'd had an excellent meal the first time, which had fitted neatly into my lunch hour thanks to generally attentive service (although our dessert had had to be cancelled due to time running out and a train to catch), so was confident of the same thing yesterday. However, this was not an expectation which was met.

    It took 15 minutes just to get menus - I had to ask to borrow a lunch menu from the table next to us. The waiter was conspicuous by his absence. Then once we had menus, a different waitress came over with yet more menus. Better late than never, I suppose. But in any case I had to go inside to find someone to take our order. By this point the clock was really ticking and I let staff know I was on a fairly tight schedule. We then waited... and waited... for starters; the wrong dishes were brought to us, then our starter eventually turned up in two separate lots, with a general air of confusion. We then waited... and waited... (are you sensing a theme?) for the mains; again, I went inside to find out what was going on, and reiterated that time was short and I was anxious. The mains, when they arrived, were good (although the meatballs were *very* salty), but I didn't really have time to enjoy them as I was very conscious of the clock ticking. The table next to us, who had ordered *after* us, were done with their mains before ours had even arrived. Not happy.

    At least the bill turned up rapidly. I was annoyed to see the service charge had been added automatically but didn't argue at the time as I was already over 20 minutes late to go back to the office. It took Polpo Smithfield over an hour to serve two simple lunch menus. Farcical.

    Our waiter really needed more training before being set loose on customers. The restaurant was a lot less busy than on my first visit, but the service was much worse. Very unhappy overall. Wish we'd gone to Itsu!

  • ((((* 12 April 2017 by Amy from London

    Small plates in a trendy, rustic setting. Loved the bruschetta with pea, broad bean and ricotta. Need to go back to try more dishes!

  • ((((* 10 April 2017 by Polly Bennett from Oxford

    Delicious food, good service

  • ((((* 29 March 2017 by Aeone Shrimpton from Bedford

    Restaurant was a little dark and pokey. Tables very close together and not very big.... more like a cafe. The food however was wonderful

  • ((((* 14 March 2017 by Kim Ong from Smithfield

    Food was delicious and well-priced. Loved the beetroot salmon horseradish starter.

    However the restaurant's interior was very chilly. The doors were left open on a cold day.

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