Is there any stopping the characters behind Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino? Looks like not as they have just added the new, more spacious da Polpo to their growing portfolio of funked up, grunged up, sexed up little eateries where the food comes in sharing portions and everything is cooler than your average cucumber. Located in Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, da Polpo goes over two floors, with a big bar in the middle and a little room out back and is busy and buzzy with all the right types chowing down on pizzete, arancini, meat-balls, you know the kind of thing. Great for a pre-theatre or a post-drink, it might be a little too lively for a date unless you don’t mind that date veering onto the rowdy side. Da Polpo is at 6 Maiden Lane and you should ring 020 7836 8448 for reservations, though you can only reserve at lunchtime.