"Round-the-clock comfort food"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
You could easily blink and miss this spruced-up greasy spoon opposite Liverpool Street station, despite the fact that it serves food and booze 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a city starved of round-the-clock venues. Moreover, it’s been going since 1953, servicing “builders and bobbies, bankers and bloggers” as their menu proudly states, evidenced by the all-day fry-ups for £6.50 and bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal costing £225.
The hot salt beef sandwich marries slices of juicy, briny meat with fiery English mustard, rich mayonnaise, pickled gherkin and cheesy coleslaw; it’s sinfully pleasurable and is only a fiver. A marbled rib eye steak is equally satisfying, with caramelised onions and chips with the skin on, a great bit of beef for only £12 including the sides.
Elsewhere on the menu there are roasts, pies, afternoon teas and old fashioned puddings, while booze is kept local: beers come from the Camden Town and Redchurch breweries, while wine and fizz are sourced from Chapel Down in Kent.
It's perfect hunger/post-long haul travel/hangover food, not to mention the fact that ordering a hearty meal and an alcoholic beverage after 1 am on a week night induces an exquisitely satisfying feeling. Capital cities can never have too many places like Polo Bar.
Leila reviewed Polo Bar on Sun 01 Sep 2013