Soho’s popular “Venetian tapas” destination Polpo has so far produced three offspring in remarkably short time: Polpetto and Spuntino, both also in Soho, and Da Polpo in Covent Garden. They reproduce Polpo’s winning formula of delicious small plate food, perfect cocktails and cosy, shabby-chic interiors, while each maintains its individual appeal too. www.polpo.co.uk
PIZZA EAST PORTOBELLO
A West London version of the snazzy-but-casual Shoreditch restaurant opened recently – instead of calling it Pizza West, its owners (the Soho House Group) have called it Pizza East Portobello. Whatever, the relaxed, groovy atmosphere and first-rate pizza will be bringing in the Notting Hill masses.
Scottish whisky, Scottish beef, Cuban cigars and international jazz are a pretty good combination, particularly when they’re in such plentiful supply as they are at the three Boisdales. The original Boisdale of Belgravia was joined a few years ago by the City version, while the grand temple of good living that is Boisdale Canary Wharf opened earlier this year. www.boisdale.co.uk