An Italian restaurant on Old Compton Street, with a menu going big on polenta.
When this Old Compton Street venue launched back in late 2013 it was one of a few restaurants at the time with single-item menus – in this case, polenta. It recently gave its menu a bit of a rejig to incorporate pasta dishes, though sweet and savoury polenta dishes still reign more or less supreme. It remains gluten-free.
Expect dishes such as polenta with asparagus, egg, scamorza cheese and truffle oil, and polenta gnocchi with truffle cheese, butter and sage alongside a flan of mustard cheese and speck, a courgette box with pickled shallots, and homemade beef ravioli with balsamic reduction, pine nuts and raisins.
Desserts include tiramisu, the La Polenteria cheesecake and a polenta crépe with macadamia nuts. The wine list is exclusively Italian, with every bottle available by the glass.
|Venue name:||La Polenteria||Contact:|
64 Old Compton Street
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:13
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
At last I've found a restaurant that really gets what having food intolerances means to a customer. I've found somewhere I can go and be like any other normal diner, I have choice on the menu, and gluten free dishes that are tasty. I've a lot of love for these guys, and so has my tummy.
Simply the best Italian food, delicious and beautiful! It's also 100% gluten free so it's just perfect!
Absolutely wonderful food, with truly warm and efficient service, and a real taste of beautiful Italian flavours. By far and away one of the restaurants I enjoy going to the most.
If you’re looking for something really different, really handmade and really tasty, that’s the place for you. A totally amazing experience, good food, not so easy to find in London!!!And it’s all completely gluten free!!!!Some dishes are simply fantastic, wonderful creations, friendly staff, lovely location. Absolutely one of the best new ideas of restaurant, for brunch, lunch and dinner. Good luck for this competition guys
They are the only gluten-free Italian restaurant in Uk, which is already a good reason to nominate them! Their food is terrific, so is their service and when I went with my friends who eat "normal", they couldn't spot the difference! I really wish they will win.
I love this place; the staff is very friendly and the food yummie and fresh. All the dishes I've tried so far were excellent for the price.
The only good thing about this restaurant is the location.Over priced microwaved meals.No thanks.
I'm surprised is even on this list, come on time out, I`m sure you know better....
It's ok, but quite stodgy. Polenta is probably one of the cheapest things you can buy and in Italy is considered "poor food" so I think the prices are extortionate when you bare this in mind. Also my food was very obviously microwaved, there was one waiting staff and when I walked past the kitchen the lights were off & no chef in sight... so I can't say I was at all impressed.
I too can't believe that TimeOut rated it 3 stars! I just returned from London from a 2 week vacation and had to stick to a gluten-free / milk-free diet, and finding places that cater to those dietary restrictions is difficult. Most restaurants in London did an okay job at having gluten-free / milk-free options but this place by far served one of the most tasty meals during my two weeks. I had the Pollo alla Romana and the Rocket with fennel, green beans, oranges and olives, and topped it off with a brownie. They also had a lot of vegan options. The owners very friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere was bright and comfortable. Having been spoiled by New York City and San Francisco cuisine, this measured right up to what you would find in either of those cities. Again, not so of a lot of places I ate in London, living up to the American stereotype that British food is often not very good and completely over-priced.
Also, Time Out has them listed under Chinatown area but it's really much closer to Covent Garden and Soho, one block from Shaftesbury Avenue.
I can't believe time out has rated 3 stars! The food was delicious and comforting... Perfect in this cold weather! I had the caponata and my partner the goulash. 100% recommend. Lovely friendly atmosphere, good prices especially for soho n the staff are very pleasant! Make sure u try the vegan Cupcakes- yummy!!!