Love at first bite: Padella

The rumour has it that London’s Padella restaurant is the best thing to have happened to humble pasta. I’ve been meaning to check it out for a while, so thought I’d share it with you too.

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

Padella sits on the outer ring of London’s Borough Market and is an epic example of an Italian pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta with subtle and flavourful sauces and fillings.

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The interiors – all white marble, wooden barstools, black and white honeycomb tiles and high ceilings – are very sleek and Italian. There is a downstairs area with more tables too but we didn’t see it. 

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

The menu is short and sweet: six antipasti, eight mains, three puddings. And a couple of specials for the day. One of those from which you’d happily order everything.

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We ordered our drinks and a basket of crusty sourdough bread ready to be dipped in deliciously fruity olive oil. 

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

You may have to queue for a table, but the moment your food arrives – say, the simple and spectacular starters of bruschetta and beef carpaccio – you’ll realise it’s worth it. We arrived little before noon and got in for the first seating. 

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Cannelini beans on perfectly burned sourdough bruschetta, dressed with salsa rossa that bring just the right amount of heat over the creamy beans.

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

Dexter beef carpaccio that melts in your mouth. Freeken good.

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

We shared two portions of pasta. 

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

Before arriving in front of you, the Pici cacio & pepe noodles are rolled by hand, bathed in parmesan, butter, a good turn of freshly ground black pepper and a splash of cooking water turning it into an irresistibly bity and creamy consistency. A real treat.

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

Ribbons of tagliatelle dressed in cream, a hint of Amalfi lemon and the best smoky eel I have ever had. Just dreamy. 

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

Finishing off with a pear & almond tart and a pair of macchiatos. 

And let me tell you, the rumours are true. Love at first bite!

Padella Restaurant, Borough Market, London | Karoliina Kazi

With its chic marble interiors and truly exceptional food, served simply – what’s not to love? 

PADELLA

6 Southwark Street, London SE1  |  website

Mon to Sat 12-4pm & 5-10pm  |  Sun 12-5pm  |  No reservations – first come first serve. 

22 Comments

  1. SofarsoSabine
    24th March 2017 / 7:43 am

    This looks verrrryyyyy chic! That interior is insane with the marble and a lot of white. The food looks even better though!!

    Xo sabine

    • 31st March 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Very chic and simple – but yeah, the food wins the first place.

  2. Amy M
    24th March 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Ahh this all looks so delicious! Love short and concise menus to, makes ordering much easier.

    • 31st March 2017 / 3:03 pm

      I agree… and its great that the menu also keeps changing so there is always something new to try.

  3. 24th March 2017 / 4:57 pm

    The dishes look amazing! I need to take J there some day, he absolutely loves pasta haha. Would be perfect for him!

    • 31st March 2017 / 3:02 pm

      I also liked the new concept of a pasta bar.. quick and easy, no fuss.

  4. 24th March 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Looks very tasty and simple. I’m not a big fan of pasta but maybe I just haven’t had the perfect dish yet. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  5. 25th March 2017 / 3:51 am

    I love the vibes of this place, the artwork and decor are gorgeous and make this place look amazing. The food looks incredible too and your photos actually made me hungry

    • 31st March 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Trip to Padella will sort that hunger out 🙂 Thanks Marleen x

  6. aicabatoon
    26th March 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Wow! Everything looks insanely delicious! <3 And it also seems like such a great place 🙂 Hope you had a great time!

    • 26th March 2017 / 7:17 pm

      We had such a lovely time and the food was out of this world. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

  7. 28th March 2017 / 4:55 am

    That beef carpaccio looks insanely delicious!!

    • 31st March 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Delicious food and great place… one of our favourites in London for sure. I wish they took reservations though.. not a big fan of standing in line.

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