It may mean ‘fried things’ in Italian, but the type of fritto misto we’re talking about is far more refined. Consider it a plate of mixed lightly battered and fried fish, shellfish and seafood, and there are three places in London where we go just for this dish.
Polpo do their fritto misto big (at least in comparison to their other small Bacaro plates). The dish is generous enough to share between two and consists of delicately deep-fried white bait, squid and prawns. The batter is salty, flaky and most importantly, light, allowing the fresh fishy flavour of each morsel to dominate.
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Serving up exceptional Italian fare, Bocca di Lupo are a predictable addition to our fritto misto edit. At Bocca the fried plate is all large rings of soft squid, juicy prawns and salty whitebait, all fried in a perfectly crisp batter, served with fried shavings of lemon decoratively placed on top. Beautiful.
A large dish of squid, delicate crab claw meat and succulent purple octopus tentacles, all coated and fried in a delicate soft batter. Squeeze the big wedge of lemon over the dish and begin dipping into the ramekin of homemade lemon mayonnaise on the side. Delicious.