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 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.
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.
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.
We ordered our drinks and a basket of crusty sourdough bread ready to be dipped in deliciously fruity olive oil.
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.
Cannelini beans on perfectly burned sourdough bruschetta, dressed with salsa rossa that bring just the right amount of heat over the creamy beans.
Dexter beef carpaccio that melts in your mouth. Freeken good.
We shared two portions of pasta.
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.
Ribbons of tagliatelle dressed in cream, a hint of Amalfi lemon and the best smoky eel I have ever had. Just dreamy.
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!
With its chic marble interiors and truly exceptional food, served simply – what’s not to love?
6 Southwark Street, London SE1 | website
Mon to Sat 12-4pm & 5-10pm | Sun 12-5pm | No reservations – first come first serve.