London's Best Fritto Misto

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.

Winner:

Polpo

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.

  • 7/10 (£9)
  • 9/10
  • 9/10

Soho
41 Beak Street, W1F 9SB
020 7734 4479

Covent Garden
6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
020 7836 8448

Smithfield
3 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DR
020 7250 0034

Notting Hill
126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
020 7229 3283

@Polpo

www.polpo.co.uk

Contender:

Bocca di Lupo

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.

  • 6/10 (£13)
  • 9/10
  • 8/10

Soho
12 Archer St, W1D 7BB
020 7734 2223

@boccadilupo

www.boccadilupo.com

Contender:

Paesan

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.

  • 7/10 (£10)
  • 8/10
  • 8/10

Clerkenwell
2 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4PX
020 7837 7139

@paesanlondon

www.paesanlondon.com

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