So naturally when the super babe that is Sarah Starling of Yes Starling! asked if I'd like to join her, who was I to say no!
After a warm welcome and a drink, I browsed the menu and I won't lie, I wanted 99% of it. From the small plates to large plates, to pizzas, to breads, to puddings, I wanted a bit of everything right there and then. Luckily, Polpo gives you the option to do just that. With no set rules on the order in which you eat, Polpo offer a range of dishes that vary in size and it really takes away the struggle of choosing your main meals. Small plates are just that. Perfect for ordering a couple of dishes and sharing them. Pasta and pizzas came in both small or large options and the bread options could be shared too.
Now, I have eyes bigger than my belly so it was easier to discuss what we wanted and then go with the welcomed advice from our waiter.
Here's what we feasted on:
Beetroot cured salmon, horseradish cream & dill crostini
Marinated baby octopuses
Spicy pork and fennel meatballs
Crab & chilli linguine
Squash, blue cheese & walnut bruschetta
Roasted sea bream, grilled fennel, brown shrimp & capers
Chilli & garlic prawns
Chocolate salami, ricotta doughnuts with blood orange jam & an Aperol sorbet
Of course, all of these dishes were served between the two of us. I might like my food but I could never fit this lot in by myself!
Overall, the dishes did not disappoint, although I wasn't as keen on the desserts as I had hoped. I knew if I went for something other than my favourite tiramisu, I'd be unhappy. I think this could be a personal quibble rather anything else so do not let that put you off!
As a meat lover, I didn't really opt for much meat. The menu is full of such light, flavoursome dishes that it really didn't need heavier options. I find it's so good to go for food that you wouldn't usually order and now I've poured over the entire menu, I'm already thinking about what I'm having when I return.
A big thank you to the guys at Polpo for having me and to Sarah for yet again letting me be your date for the night x