Italian staple, polenta, is put firmly in the spotlight at this charming restaurant in the heart of bustling Soho. The cornmeal-based, gluten-free food associated with peasant cuisine of Northern Italy features in many forms as part of the inventive menu, from starters to muffins.
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Venue Details & Map
64 Old Compton StreetSohoLondonW1D 4UQ
- Public transport:
- Piccadilly Circus, Underground
Together with my friend I was the lucky winner of the Sagitter One competition during the Yelp Mad Scientist Soiree, which brought us for a dinner to La Polenteria.
Being a huge fan of Italian cuisine but having tried only supermarket polenta before and not being convinced I really had liked it, I was really looking forward to having 'a proper one' to see if it'd change my mind.
Popped in while passing by as it had a recent mention in Time Out for being of a new breed of restaurants specializing in one dish & I'm a fan of polenta. I was actually a little bummed that they had a wide menu of varied offerings rather than just standing by the polenta as I expected. There were pastas on the menu & the waiters were eagerly pushing me to pick items out of the display case...more
I don't know why but I expected better from La Polentaria. It's a simple concept and should be easy to pull off but there was something just plain bland and boring about it.
The service was fine and the waiter was very friendly, keeping us mildly entertained with little jokes. The waitress who brought us our drinks thought it a little strange when I wanted to pour some of the wine myself, but...more
We stopped by for tea and cake and I was super disappointed. (It's like 4 quid for tea and cake- but seriously, skip the cake)
Firstly the waitstaff were super not interested, despite there being only like 3 tables and 3 waiters. Man, was it difficult to flag someone down to get some tea or to leave.
The tea was fine. There is NOTHING. And I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do wrong to a...more
I grew up with polenta, I love polenta, I want to eat polenta all the time.
I wandered past the place within a few days of opening in December. I always look at new restaurant's menus and was lured in by the VEGAN section! It looked great, but I had just eaten. So for a dessert, we went in for an espresso and a (Ms Cupcake) lemon cornmeal cookie. It was cute, good ambiance and we had a nice...more