La Polenteria Restaurant Review Soho
La Polenteria is a unique gluten free dining experience that takes a humble underused ingredient and makes it the star of many dishes.The small venue allows for cosy intimate dining which is also relaxed and welcoming while bare wooden floors and hand-written signs gives it a personal feel along with the friendly helpful staff. Serving polenta in many different forms and at a reasonable price, it is difficult to not want to try so many things on the menu.
I went with a friend and we both opted for a three course meal, allowing us to try a variety of dishes they had to offer. For starter, I couldn't resist Hot creamy polenta with egg, black pepper, scamorza cheese, smoked salmon and fish eggs with a side of orange. The creamy base was divine mixed with a perfectly runny yoke and the smoky salmon. Finishing it off with orange was perfect to stop the dish feeling a little stodgy.
For a main, we both decided to try the enticing pasta. There were plenty more polenta dishes, but I was concerned that it would be too similar to the started and wanted to see how they put their skills to use with other dishes.
I chose the Lasagne which was creamy and rich and unusually with whole peppercorns which added a nice bite and the occasional burst of flavour.
My friend chose the gnocchi with one of their favourite cheeses...gorgonzola with pistachio nuts. It was creamy and rich once again with a nice bite coming from the salty nuts.
For dessert I chose the cheesecake but had to end up swapping it. It was described as a chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, so I envisioned a slice of cake topped with the hazelnut cream, but it was a little too much like a moose for my liking. I felt like it should be described slightly different on the menu, but my friend still really enjoyed it.
So I ended up having theirs...which was a chocolate cake. It was moist in the centre with a delicious crispy bite to the top and I was actually quite happy to have not enjoyed the Cheesecake as it was in my opinion, the better choice.
Overall, I really enjoy my three courses here, but I think that was mainly down to the clever decisions we made. I think if you were to visit to purely try the polenta, it could get a little heavy and samey. Perfectly comforting on the winter days, the creamy polenta is a great choice, but I think if I were to revisit in the summer months, I would opt for the grilled polenta salads. I look forward to going back!