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La Polenteria

64 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UQ

((((* Gluten Free
Main course: £12
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00.

Very impressive Gluten Free food for a coeliac - awesome Valentines experience

Alex 15 February 2017
from London

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London's first 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant, La Polenteria Soho fuses traditional and modern Italian cooking in relaxed surrounds. Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, La Polenteria offers fresh, homemade pasta and classic Italian flavours.

The flavour-rich La Polenteria menu begins with the likes of poached spicy egg with polenta croutons and a tomato and garlic infusion, and courgette and ginger box stuffed with fresh vegetables and topped with caramelised onions. Innovative mains include pork fillet with liquorice sauce and grilled polenta, homemade fish ravioli with asparagus cream, and cauliflower steak with quinoa and courgette and a pie crust.

Joined by a selection of Italian dessert wines, discover classic desserts at La Polenteria London. Savour the gluten-free cheesecake, tiramisu, and panna cotta served with fresh fruit.

One of the most exciting gluten-free restaurants in London, find La Polenteria on Old Compton Street, a short walk from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus Tube stations.

La Polenteria

64 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UQ

Contact +44 2074343617

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Customer reviews for La Polenteria

4.1 ((((* (based on 137 reviews)
83% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (98)
  • lunch (72)
  • trendy (42)
  • value (28)
  • romantic (25)
  • private dining (17)
  • business (10)
  • child friendly (10)
  • large parties (6)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • entertainment (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((*** 20 February 2017 by Sam from London

    I found the food very bland, and the ingredients were unusual combinations. It's not often that I leave food - particularly when out for dinner - but to me this was just inedible. I can't blame the restaurant because it's clear they try hard but maybe it just wasn't to my taste.

    On the other hand, the service was great. It was quick and friendly and the waiter knew a lot about the menu and ingredients.

  • ((((* 15 February 2017 by Catherine Smith from London

    As we have never eaten polenta before it was nice to try something different. I loved the starter with the cheese dip and my husbands turnip salad was delicious. I also loved the way the soft drink was served. My only negative I had the belly pork main meal served on top of the polenta which made it to greasy to eat. I would definitely come again to try something different.

  • ((((( 15 February 2017 by Alex from London

    Very impressive Gluten Free food for a coeliac - awesome Valentines experience

  • ((((( 12 February 2017 by Karen Robinson from London

    The food was great. It was fantastic to know that my friend who is celiac could choose from a wife range of dishes. The service was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant has a good atmosphere and lively buzz. Will go back for sure.

  • ((((( 10 February 2017 by Bianca Pearman from London

    The staff were extremely friendly and helpful: so welcoming infact. The food was anazing, yummy yummy. The selection on the menu wasnt overwhelming just right amount of choice. LOVELY. would definitely come again and will recommend.

  • ((((( 9 February 2017 by Maggie Maciejczek from London

    Fantastic restaurant with great dishes that are served super fast with excellent hosting.

    I have other intolerances not just gluten and I was looked after superbly.

    The gnocchi with sage butter, pork & desserts was insanely good.

  • ((((( 6 February 2017 by Marco Sacca from London

    Nice and friendly staff, awesome food and very good wine.

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Genevieve Guy from London

    Found our new favourite gluten free restaurant! Staff we're welcoming, friendly and seated us quickly despite being unexpectedly late for our reservation.

    The place was full, so reservations on a Saturday night are crucial. The tables are rammed in but we didn't mind that. Nice atmosphere and a sort of urban feel with exposed lighting, copper and wood everywhere.

    Everything on Italian menu is gluten free which is my idea of heaven! Lovely selection of dishes for starters and mains (pasta or meat with polenta), and our waiter was keen for us to know if we had any other allergies to let him know and they'd accommodate us.

    We both had the pork belly with polenta and vegetables. Bit of a wait but worth it.
    Our starter of bread helped to distract from the wait. It was also so yummy and something I have to spend my life avoiding so was a real treat.

    We sadly had to rush for the theatre or we'd have definitely checked out the dessert menu.

    Thoroughly recommend this place. If you spend your life looking for that elusive gluten free dish on the menu, then you'll be your element. We'll definitely be back.

  • (**** 3 February 2017 by Clare Perkins from London

    Service was terrible, I a Campari which arrived AFTER the food, despite asking several times,............the polenta was nice , but nothing to write home about, the pasta terrible and soft, was supposed to be with avocado and asparagus but came with a lurid green paste, my friends bolognese was badly presented and tasted like a school dinner, barman was rude , no one seemed to care , the bread we ordered never came..... , 3 old friends looking for a great gluten free brunch left very disappointed , dine elsewhere

  • ((((( 3 February 2017 by Catherine Rawcliffe from Reading

    Such a very positive experience. I arrived before my booked time, with messages from the other 2 in my party giving me a running commentary on their (late!) arrival time. I explained and was made to feel very welcome in spite of not knowing (a) how many were in my party and (b) when they'd need feeding. I shared online menus with both late arrivals, and was then able to order food to be ready for when they'd arrive. Then one was further delayed, so I had to remove their starter from the order. All handled efficiently and with courtesy and a smile. At no point was I made to feel awkward or that I was inconveniencing them. Due the the late arrivals and as we were going to the theatre, we needed to eat and sort out payment quickly - and again, having allowed me to dither at the beginning, they were just as helpful in expediting our departure.
    And then the food - oh my, the food! As someone with a gluten intolerance, I love being able to choose anything from a menu. I had the sorghum focaccio and baby octopus starter (while I waited for my family!) and both were extraordinary. A real focaccio texture and flavour without gluten - something I never thought I'd be able to enjoy again. And the blend of flavours in each mouthful of the baby octopus starter was exquisite - the sort of taste that makes you close your eyes just to focus on the amazing sensation in your mouth! Two of us had the prawn ravioli with saffron cream - a similar, perfectly blended balance of flavours as my starter. And the other's pork belly was tender, flavoursome and again perfectly complemented by the accompaniments.
    This is not jut a restaurant for those of us who have food intolerance - it is a wonderful new style, with traditional Italian roots, restaurant that anyone who loves Italian cuisine should try. All at prices that I would think were very reasonable at a provincial restaurant, in the heart of Soho.

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