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.
My friend had the hot creamy polenta with egg, black pepper, scamorza cheese, asparagus and truffle oil which was once again cooked to perfection.
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!

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