Da Polpo has hit Maiden Lane, yet another great place to eat in Covent Garden. I could not have typed that 2 years ago.
Da Polpo comes from the team behind Polpo, Polpetto & Spuntino. It’s very hard to criticise anything that these guys do, because they do it so well. Impressive in itself, and doubly so when you consider the speed of the rollout.
Ordinarily I would be worried that somewhere I liked was expanding so quickly, but they do so in style, retaining the quality of the food and each place has its own distinct character. Styled, as the others have been with superb attention to detail to create a place that looks like it has always, effortlessly, been there.
Da Polpo sits behind a traditional Venetian style bacaro facade. A long bright room with tables and seats at the bar sits above the aperol bar downstairs, which serves, of course, aperol, plus the full Da Polpo menu. The menu is similar to Polpo, with more of those meatballs.
I popped in for lunch earlier this week which was during the preview at 50% off. We treated ourselves to a bottle of Polpo prosecco along with meatballs (traditional and pork and fennel in a tomato sauce) – both very good, a pork shoulder and pickled pepper pizzette, terrific umami rich potato & parmesan croquettas (how I love that two new places José and here – have great versions of my favourite thing!), a lively and light fritto misto and a bright healthy heritage tomato salad. A perfect and indulgent lunch for two.
We finished with some ice cream, mine was cherry & yogurt. I couldn’t help a cheeky dessert too, cheeky as it was basically a posh float of lemon sorbet with prosecco. It was my birthday you see, so I went to town a little.
Prices are very good, as you would expect from their other establishments. Another notch on the polpo bedpost, and I certainly will be back for more.
Da Polpo, 6 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
PS. I wouldn’t normally review a soft launch, but this was lovely, and I am off to Argentina on Saturday, so it was then or not for a month. Those of you that didn’t know about it will surely forgive me once you visit.