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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