Polpo on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden is a Venetian-style bàcaro - an Italian tavern serving tapas-style sharing dishes or 'cicheti'.
Yet another runaway success from restaurateur duo du jour, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the industrial interiors sport their signature studied shabbiness, the effervescent staff are effortlessly hip and every morsel is a taste sensation.
Start the evening with a selection of crostini or arancini, make sure you try the meatballs and leave some space for a dessert or two.
Call ahead to book lunch but if you're planning to dine at Polpo, show up before 7 or after 9 as they don't take dinner bookings.
6 MAIDEN LANE
MON - SAT: 12 NOON - 11.30PM
SUN: 12 NOON - 10.30PM
Phone: 020 7836 8448