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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

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

A wonderful experience of great staff, lovely ambiance, delicious food, free flowing wine and laughter.

Mag Leahy 01 October 2016
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 Italian small plates and signature spritzers. Hand-rolled meatballs, freshly-stretched pizzettes and colourful salads head up the POLPO menu, and favourite creations include cuttlefish & squid ink risotto with gremolata, or pork jelly with apricot and sage. For dessert, culinary innovations include Campari panna cotta, or ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

POLPO in London also serves an artisan brunch menu, with breakfast cocktails, pastries and fresh juices served alongside dishes like nutritious scafata with poached eggs, and sourdough with wild garlic, mushrooms and ricotta. Accompanying a selective wine list is a list of classic POLPO cocktails.

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

Contact +44 2072500034

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Customer reviews for POLPO Smithfield

4.4 (((() (based on 18 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (16)
  • dinner (11)
  • business (6)
  • trendy (6)
  • al fresco (4)
  • romantic (4)
  • large parties (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • value (2)
  • ((((* by from London

    Food great, service great - too small tables for all the dishes and it is tapas........

  • ((((* by from Örebro Sweden

    Superb concept, great food, swift service, cool interior... only downside was the music turned up a bit too loud

  • ((((* by from London, United Kingdom

    Food was great, as usual. Service was slow in delivering our drinks and taking our order. The food was also very slow to come out once we ordered with long gaps. We were there for a relaxed meal so wasn't a big deal today but would have been on other occasions.

    The pork and fennel meatballs were delicious. The marinated octopus was done perfectly - really tender.

  • ((((( by from London

    Really tasty and well cooked food! We had an early-ish Saturday lunch and the restaurant was relatively quiet. We ordered nine plates between the four of us (two adults and two children) obviously the wonderful meatballs but found the gnocchi, belly pork and braised scallops delicious too. It was a great opportunity to share and try slightly new things, we all tucked in and ended the meal with each of us proclaiming a different favourite dish!

  • ((((( by from London

    A wonderful experience of great staff, lovely ambiance, delicious food, free flowing wine and laughter.

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  • ((((* by from London

    Great food. Well priced. Nice decor. Relaxed atmosphere

  • ((((( by from London

    On point !

  • ((((* by from London

    Great small plates - loved the olives, baby octopus, cucumber salad and flank steak. Pizza was just ok and the bruschetta was also average.

  • ((((( by from London

    It was a lovely afternoon and so we sat outside. I love that little part of Farringdon :-) Looking inside though, the restaurant looked nice and inviting and I'd be happy to eat outside on a less-glorious day. The food was delicious - a lovely varied menu and perfect for sharing. The marinated octopus was very special. The staff were great - attentive, but not too much. All in all, my friends and I had a lovely lunch and I will definitely be going back.

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