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A Venetian Lunch at Polpo, Notting Hill - Little Observationist
For four years (until 2012), I worked in Notting Hill, walking every day down the high street. Now when I return to that area, I notice all the little changes, shops that have closed and new restaurants that have opened. So when Jorge and I took a walk on Sunday, we were excited to see that a brand new Polpo had opened the last weekend in May in the place of an old All Bar One chain. We had both been to the Soho branch on separate occasions and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere there, so I guess we had high hopes. Unfortunately, though the staff were lovely, this branch didn’t quite live up to our expectations. The decor had a down-to-earth, industrial chic vibe which worked in some ways. The quirky lamps hanging over the bar and the cool distressed ceiling stood out, but it was a bit too dark on the end far from the windows, the tables are tiny for a restaurant that recommends sharing three tapas per person. Perhaps because of the previous use of the building, it maintained a tad bit of that chain atmosphere that can’t be helped in a big open space. The …