The last of the birthday celebrations took place last Friday. Not gona lie, I’m pretty gutted its all over to be honest – now I’ve got to wait another 360 days until my next birthday when I have a valid excuse to dine out every night of the week! Anyway… Polpetto was the aim… stuff your face was the game!
A lil background on Polpetto; it used to be on Dean street on the first floor of the French House pub, but the space was too small and Polpetto had to move. Staying in Soho, head chef, Florence Knight and team have relocated to Berwick Street… a few doors down from the sister restaurant Polpo.
Very excited friend and I started with a cocktail while we waited for our friends to arrive… the only negative of Polpetto is that they join the “non-booking” clan of restaurants in London. Very annoying for the super organized individuals… me!
As soon as our friend arrived we were shown to our table right in the window, which was absolutely perfect as the rest of the restaurant is quite dark. Plus it meant we could play havoc with the outside world!
A quick scour of the menu and we were done… basically one of everything! Similarly to Ember Yard, Polpetto goes for a tapas sharing style of eating.
We started with some grilled focaccia with olive oil – I know its just bread right? But no, this bread was gorgeous. Still warm, not overly chewy or crispy, I could have eaten the lot.
Until this arrived…
Burrata, sea blite (aka samphire) and chilli. Burrata is basically a much goo-ier mozzarella. A bit like a mozzarella meets goats curd in one. Paired with the focaccia it was a match made in taste bud heaven.
Then for the most unusual (pretty disgusting) looking dish… slow cooked egg, sorrel and pangritata.
This didn’t quite take my fancy so I tried a little and handed it to the egg lovers of the table.
Chicken oysters, cannellini and watercress – this was beautifully cooked. I had no idea chickens had oyster and after the egg I didn’t quite know what to expect. It was light and fresh and gave chicken a more interesting taste.
Crab linguine – really rich and flavoursome. Slightly stingy on the crab though!
Beef shin strozzapreti – probably my favourite dish on the whole menu.
The meat just fell apart and the rich and creamy dressing on the pasta was incredible – kinda mushroomy but not. I definitely ate more then my fair share!
Rabbit, celery and wild garlic – I’m not a huge rabbit fan… I mean its nice, and it’s a much leaner option then chicken but it is quite game-y tasting. However, the meat was cooked perfectly and the celery sauce made it less strong.
Wet polenta – went really well with the rabbit and beautifully cooked. I know it looks a bit like yoghurt, but I promise it was polenta!
A couple of bottles of wine later… pudding is always a good idea right?
Maple tart with cream as recommended by the waiter – and thank god he did! Super soft and not too filling or sweet.
Fried pecorino (aka fried cheese) with honey – this was my favourite pudding. I love cheese in any way! Fried cheese wouldn’t normally be a dessert but with honey it made it so sweet and hit that sweet tooth for 6!
I had such a lovely evening and a great catch up with friends. I wish it could be my birthday every day!