London: La Polentaria

I had heard about La Polentaria but somehow I didn’t get round to going. I FINALLY managed it! Yay!! Before you ask, it did not disappoint. If anything it exceed my expectations.
MMmmmmm melting cheese

MMmmmmm melting cheese

We kicked off with a shared starter of polenta Bruschetta with Fonduta cheese. This was like a polenta version of cheese on toast just the cheese really made the difference. Think gooey comfort food. I think if I worked closer I’d come here for lunch.
Yummy mushrooms and seriously smooth polenta

Yummy mushrooms and seriously smooth polenta

For our main course I really was stuck choosing between the polenta with gorganzola and walnuts or the mushrooms. I opted for the mushrooms just because I didn’t want to overdo the cheese. The mushrooms were a really good choice as I think with the creamy soft polenta the melting gorgonzola might have been a bit too much for me. I could have eaten the whole thing but needed to leave room for dessert. I managed to get a taste of Mr G’s vegetable stew and that was really good. It tasted of the natural sweetness of the vegetables came through which worked perfectly with the polenta.
Sweet veggie stew

Sweet veggie stew

For dessert I asked what was gluten free and was told that everything was gluten free – which frankly was pretty amazing. After much indecision I opted for the Caprese choco cake, while Mr G had the brownie (chocolate wars!). The waiter was really nice and made me an off menu fresh mint tea as a caffeine free alternative to the coffee. While chocolate v chocolate can be an interesting comparison I have to say these were both very different. The caprese was lighter while the brownie was dense chocolate which I couldn’t have stomached. Good choices made all round.
Caprese v Brownie

Caprese v Brownie

All in all I had an absolutely lovely meal at La Polentaria. Mr G adored his meal too. I can’t wait to go back! My only comment would be is that they need to be slightly clearer about the gluten free status of everything.
Brownie vs Caprese

Brownie v Caprese

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