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18 April 2014
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La Polenteria

64 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UQ

£25.00 International Soho
  • Wine: £18.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-11.30pm (Friday 12M) Sat 12N-12M Sun 12N-11pm

Square Meal Review of La Polenteria ?

What was a shop selling sex toys on racy Old Compton Street is now London’s first restaurant devoted to polenta – that all-purpose, gluten-free grain made from dried, ground maize. Family-run La Polenteria peddles its edible wares throughout the day, serving everything from polenta muffins or creamed polenta with blueberries and maple syrup for breakfast to more substantial plates of the soft stuff pepped up with everything from Sicilian caponata or salted cod to Tuscan sausages and borlotti beans. Otherwise, take your pick from a line-up of Mediterranean-style sandwiches and salads (perhaps smoked salmon with artichokes, rocket, olives and oranges), before rounding off with one of the home-baked cakes or pastries. The drinks list includes numerous beers, wine and spirits, as well as a gluten-free ale. Takeaways are also available.

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  1. La Polenteria

    64 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UQ
    Overall rating:
     
    James C.

    Daring Unique New restaurant in middle of SOHO.

        (20)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 9

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 8th April 2014

    The List :: La Polenteria

    Last week I made my way over to La Polenteria in Soho with one of my siblings, Sister Jo, hoping that she might produce some overdue birthday presents. She sadly arrived empty handed, but I soon forgot once we were greeted by our awesome waiter, Francesco, who kept us royally entertained throughout our meal. La Polenteria specialises in, surprise surprise, polenta-based dishes. Fat free, gluten free, high in fibre, no cholesterol - makes a change from pulled pork, burgers and triple-cooked chips! Polenta dishes are hard to come by in London, unlike in the north of Italy where polenta is said to "run inside the veins" of the people, so La Polenteria may just be on to something...
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  2. Published : Saturday, 8th March 2014

    The Hedonist :: La Polenteria – Review

    I am the sort of person who gets very overexcited about new food trends. Whether it is rock’n roll ramen, Taiwanese buns or Peruvian street food I will be standing outside the yet unbuilt restaurant like a needy child, waving my cutlery in the air and shouting ‘Feed me now’ to anyone who will listen. So when I heard that there was a new family-run polenta joint opening in Soho I knew that it and I wouldn’t remain strangers for long. The interior is more stylish cafe than fine dining with an attractive copper bar, wooden tables and menus chalked up on blackboards. For the uninitiated polenta is cornmeal that has been boiled into a porridge with water or milk or a blend of the two. It can then be served wet or else grilled or fried...
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