RestaurantsLondonShoreditchEC2

survey result

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A find!”“Sit at the ground-floor kitchen bar for a fun, close up experience” at this sophisticated Shoreditch joint, where Jon Lawson and his team provide accomplished sharing plates (often with Moorish touches) and deliver them in a “knowledgeable and friendly” manner. But ratings took a hit this year, with the odd review referring to cost-of-living concerns: “most of the food is excellent but the size of the portions for the price charged was ridiculously small and felt like a starter at the price of a main. For the premium cost, you might expect comfy seating too!”

Summary

£56
   ££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the best meals I had all year” – this “noisy, little spot in Shoreditch” showcases “simply great cooking” from kickboxer-turned-chef Jon Lawson, who prepares “awesome sharing-style Italian plates” with Spanish and North African touches. “Perfect for a date night if you want to impress, while still keeping it hip and intimate”. The occasional duff note concerns the low-intervention wines: “interesting” to some, to others “expensive” or “an acquired taste”. Top Tip – “grab a seat at the counter for the best ambience/experience”.

Summary

£55
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Exceptional food” – in a Spanish/Moorish vein – combined with a friendly buzz and “great staff, too” again all win a major thumbs-up for Jonathan Lawson’s small and casual Shoreditch fixture, with counter seating on the ground floor and a compact upstairs dining room.

Summary

£52
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An amazing experience at a price that doesn’t hurt your wallet” – Jonathan Lawson’s “superb Italian food with Spanish and Moorish influences, and including brilliant pasta (just as good as at The River Café!)” is well-worth the trip to Shoreditch to discover his brilliantly casual and laid back little hole-in-the-wall, with counter seating at the open kitchen downstairs, and a small upstairs dining room.

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26 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DU

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Popolo Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Popolo Restaurant in EC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Popolo restaurant.
Mike W
This restaurant was fine. But probably no...
Reviewed 10 months, 17 days ago

"This restaurant was fine. But probably no more than fine. The menu is so familiar from a load of other restaurants and is probably more expensive than most for similar dishes."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£10.50 £21.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
26 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DU
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday6 pm‑11 pm
Friday6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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