Da Polpo – Maiden Lane

Da Polpo is the latest addition to Russell Norman’s group of central London, Italian ‘small-plate’ restaurants, which also includes Polpetto, Polpo, and the more New York inspired, Spuntino.

Rather than offering identical menus, each restaurant has a particular focus, and Da Polpo’s thing is meatballs, and small, sharable, ‘pizzettes’, which are served alongside a seasonal selection of salads, meats and other mini Italian dishes.

Having been to and loved the orig, Polpo, a few times, I got myself along to Da Polpo yesterday and left impressed and pleasantly full. I had little doubt that the food would be fresh, full of flavour, and amazing, which it was. I also loved the relaxed, informal atmosphere and the friendly and attentive service. With tables over two floors, and seating at the bar, getting in doesn’t look like it will be too much of a problem even on busy evenings, and I will defs be returning.

Here’s what we had:

Complimentary focaccia with whipped ricotta – light, tasty, and a great start to a meal.

Whole mozzarella with broad beans – doused in olive oil and loads of salt and pepper. Summer on a plate – defs order.

Traditional beef and pork meatballs – rich, tangy sauce, tender melting meat laced with loads of herbs. Pork and fennel version also sounded really good.

Fennel, endive and almond salad – big fat toasted almonds were a particular treat.

Courgette, mint and chili pizzette – mega-hot chili (in a good way), crisp base and fresh light flavour from the courgette and mint. Perfect for a sunny afternoon.

All Italian meals should end with an affogato. Good coffee, good ice cream – win.

The bill came to £42 for two, with four plates, dessert and a caraffe of house wine, which is not bad at all.

Check out Eat Like a Girl for some great pics of the interior and some more dishes.


Da Polpo

6 Maiden Lane London WC2E 7NA

020 7836 8448

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