24 July 2014

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

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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.


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

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  1. Published : Monday, 9th June 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: La Polenteria

    The concentration of restaurants in London is disproportionately higher than any other city in the rest of our GB. Unsurprisingly then, this trend is also seen in those restaurants focused on a single ingredient. The one-dish phenomenon is embraced in the Capital with the likes of ‘Burger and Lobster’, ‘Bubbledogs’, ‘Le Relais de Venise’ and many more. Lobsters, steaks, and even hotdogs are understandable candidates for this single-pronged approach; a side dish like polenta is not. This hasn’t stopped it from stealing the show however, and La Polenteria utilises this under-valued workhorse with admirable panache. Polenta is a northern Italian peasant food staple, and is similar to American grits or cornmeal. It can be used in savoury or sweet dishes, with textures ranging from creamed-porridge to dense slab. At La Polenteria, the polenta can be had in both guises with a remarkably large amount of choice. Mains feature a hot patty of polenta with a lava-like consistency and an appreciable amount of corn-sweet grain. This, topped with a fount of sluiced cherry tomatoes and burrata is a masterpiece in simplicity. The creamy-milky cheese is brought in every day from Puglia ensuring unbeatable freshness, elevated with a spritz of tomato. Another plate pairs the same polenta cake with Sicilian caponata; a riot of rustic vegetables in a slow cooked tomato sauce which makes an effortless companion to the polenta...
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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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