Polo Bar @ Bishopsgate

Argh, what an unpleasant noise! Someone is using a bandsaw, making horrendously loud sound in the courtyard. It reminds me the drill of dentist…
I woke up with yet another head full of cold this morning. While being assaulted by a torrent of sneezes every now and then, I contemplate my next move. Since Hubbie is still in NYC, I have to perform Mr.B’s morning duty. With the hair resembles a bird’s nest, am I gonna pull on a hoodie and pray for the best that I won’t bump into anyone I know?

Anyway I was out and about last Tuesday around Liverpool Station.
The time was nearly lunchtime and I was getting peckish. Around me was a wave after wave of city workers, striding to all directions at a brisk pace, apparently wanting to waste no time during their precious lunch break.
I stood at a pedestrian crossing, wishing if I knew where I was heading like they did. Then, I saw a sign of Polo Bar across the street…

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Even though I walked past this part of Bishopsgate countless times, I completely failed to notice this small eatery.
The patch the cafe opened its door to was probably the busiest part of the street, facing the main entrance of Liverpool Street Station. This mainline station was the terminus of two main lines: the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge and the Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich. There were also local commuter services to parts of east London, Essex, and Hertfordshire. Plus, Liverpool Street was the terminus of the Stansted Express, a link to London Stansted Airport. The station was also a gateway to one of the most popular weekend markets in London, Spitalfields Market, therefore, the area was awash with ceaseless pedestrians 7 days a week.

I stuck my head in the cafe and asked a staff if any table was available for lunch…

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Even though the ground floor was full up, a friendly waitress ushered me to their basement dining area.
The shape of the cafe resembled an eel – oblong and narrow. Their decor was simple but warm & cozy…

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The brick wall was adorned with a family crest…

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The menu was mainly consisted of sandwiches and burgers…

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I opted for their salt beef sandwich with skinny latte.
Shortly afterward, my sandwich was brought to the table…

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It was rather shame that the  sandwich was not exactly what I had in mind.
The bread was not rye bread and the gherkin was mixed into the filling. Still, the sandwich itself was tasty and I was very hungry. So I polished off the plate in no time.

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The cafe is one of the very few independent eateries around the Bishopsgate area in where any available scraps of land are eagerly taken up by large chain stores and restaurants.
Even though their food doesn’t have much to rave about, a properly cooked food which is free from a cardboard & cling film packaging is available 24/7.  And I would happily recommend them to anyone who happen to be in the area with empty stomach. Long live Polo Bar…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

11 thoughts on “Polo Bar @ Bishopsgate

    • Everyone around me is suffering from the same cold. I can’t live without Sudafed at the moment. Horrid!!! You take care so you won’t have it.
      So you haven’t been to Polo Bar yet? It’s not that special but a safety net when one finds itself hungry in early hours… xxx

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick again. I hope it’ll clear up very soon. Is salt beef the same thing as corned beef? That red meat looks very familiar and corned beef sandwiches also commonly use rye bread. Had to look up what a gherkin was, mmmm, I love pickles!

    • It’s so annoying that I keep on picking up a cold from everyone! I am thinking about getting a flu jab done before I go to Japan. However, I can’t do it unless I am feeling well 😱
      I blame this wet & cold weather. It was freezing last night 💧
      Salt beef is Jewish, isn’t it? It is definitely not corned beef. The meat is brined and slow-cooked so it’s very tender. The authentic one is really good. Is it not popular in Southern California? Gherkin is pickled cucumber but not sweet. Very sour but it’s nice when eaten with meat! 💓

      • I hope you’re feeling better! Yes, hopefully, a flu shot will help you stay well while you’re in Japan. I’ve never heard of salt beef before. I sometimes eat at delis in LA and I don’t recall seeing it on their menu. Corned beef and pastrami are the most popular choices for sandwich meat at the delis. I hope I can try this salt beef and gherkin someday.

    • Oh thank you for your get well message! I am 80% percent better now. In a few more days, I should be cold free (unless I catch another one, ouch!). Salt beef is very popular sandwich filling in UK. It’s originally Jewish food. Brisket of beef is slowly boiled in brine until it becomes soft. Normally served with rye bread and mustard while cucumber pickle called “gherkin” accompanies on the side. The one I had at Polo Bar came with salt beef and coleslaw sandwiched between plain white breads which was not at all a traditional one. Even though the sandwich alone was tasty, I was disappointed because I wanted a proper one. Do you eat anything like this over there?

      • Based on your description, I don’t think we have a similar dish. 😦 We pickle papaya or raddish with carrots and onions but the taste is sweet and sour. And it’s usually taken with Filipino-style barbecued meats. There are only a handful of British restaurants in Manila and my wife and I haven’t been to any of them. 😦 But we will definitely find them and sample some of their food! Hopefully they have gherkin and salt beef.

      • Sorry I touched the wrong button. My wifi is down therefore I have to rely on my iPhone to reply and it is a little tricky. Salt beef is a little like corned beef? It’s like pork ham but its nicer 😃

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