We decided to go to Polpetto and, in doing so, have now officially managed to have a meal at each of Russell Norman's London outlets. I've been irritatingly enthusiastic about him before on numerous occasions - see here or here or even here. Finishing the set has long been a cherished goal of my husband, who believes in completism (and, as such, is doing his best to visit every single Brewdog bar. The fact that they've opened one in Brazil is a constant source of annoyance to him).
Anyway, Polpetto. I'm not sure that I've much to add other than what I have said about Norman's restaurants before. They're not high end dining, the decor tends towards slightly shabby whimsy, the staff towards the achingly cool. The food is, in my experience, always delicious.
Whoever was cooking on Monday night was skilled in the art of perfect protein. Grilled octopus skewers were the absolute highlight of the evening, the meat all at once dense and tender. Ribbons of flank steak, tangled with aubergine and lamb's lettuce, melted on contact with the tongue. Squid, thinly robed in batter and fried, had just the right amount of silky bounce.
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