One of my best boys is literally down the road from my place of work and luckily is into food (and restaurants) as much as I am (possibly even more so!). It was a Friday and wanting to treat ourselves (and very lucky if we were to get in) we popped down to the newly reopened 'Polpetto' for a spot of lunch.
Luck happened to be on our side and we arrived just before the Polpetto rush at 12:30pm and were seated straight away at the bar. Another place to be inspired by décor the ceiling is stunning (one can only dream!) and like her sister restaurants it's stripped back, bare and basic goodness!
Seeing plates flying past our noses and having an hours break we got straight into ordering from the simple but perfectly formed menu.
Some delicious olive oil was poured and we were brought a basket of warm rosemary and salted focaccia bread.
Burrata was creamy and rich, served with chopped chilli and agretti (a type of sea-plant AKA Salsola). It was the best burrata I have eaten in a long time. Such decadence and an absolute delight to eat the chilli kick and salty greens made for a fantastic trio!
Calvolo nero, anchovy and burnt butter bread was the best 'alternative' Caesar salad we both have ever eaten! On exclaiming this it seemed most of the punters that were to ever comment on this particular dish thought so too!
Mussels were my choice of a 'none-sharing' plate and these were simply served with cannellini beans and 'cime di rapa' - a type of broccoli. A little chilli was added and thin slices of garlic and what appeared to be a white wine sauce. Another winner and just what I fancied as it wasn't over filling but really flavoursome.
Mr E went for the game faggots with leeks which I didn't picture as by now we were nearing our hour and therefore these had to be gobbled up quickly. A side of extremely delicious and creamy polenta was also added onto our already rather OTT 'simple, quick lunch' and this was, again, scrummy!
Another winning little hot spot for Russell Norman and Richard Beatty and if you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Florence Knight whom heads up the kitchen. A great lunch place and almost certain to please a date in the warm summer evenings.
Our meal for two came in at an extraordinarily reasonable £20 pp - however, it was a week day and we were back to work so no boozing was done!
A: Polpetto 11 Berwick St, London, W1F 0DR