Whenever I plan a trip to London, my list of restaurants to try is longer than my packing list. That is because London has a thriving and terrific restaurant scene. It’s just fantastic and having seen most of the sights there, I can now focus on getting to know certain areas, wandering around aimlessly to discover new spots and eating myself through this cosmopolitan city. This time the BF and I stumbled upon Padella, a little restaurant serving home-made pasta.
We dropped by at around 2.30 pm and were astonished that people were still queuing to get a table for lunch. But knowing that pasta lovers are raving about Padella, we happily joined the queue, which, to our surprise, moved quite fast.
Deciding on the drinks was quite easy. Once I saw the “Pear Spritz” on the menu, the choice was made. The name says it all, it’s the perfect aperitif containing Aperol, rose syrup, pear vodka, Fever Tree soda water, orange bitters and a slice of grapefruit.
However, choosing one of the Pasta dishes that Padella offers was far more difficult. So we did what we do best: ordering several dishes from the menu. And I recommend doing the same to you. Come hungry and work your way through the menu.
Just look at these plates full of fresh, hand-rolled pasta. So worth the wait.
First up was a plate of “Tagliarini with slow-cooked tomato sauce & 2017 Confini olive oil”: simple, yet full of flavour.
We then ordered “Ravioli of Neal’s Yard Westcombe ricotta & sage butter”, which were, in other words, little pockets of creamy deliciousness.
Next up was one of Padella’s most popular dishes: “Pappardelle with 8 hours Dexter beef shin ragu”. I’m still dreaming of it, it was that good. I would compare this sauce to Massimo Bottura’s ragu, although they are quite different in flavour. However, even mentioning Massimo Bottura and Padella in the same sentence says a lot as he is a world-renowned chef.
We rounded off our lunch experience at Padella with ordering their “Pici with marjoram, golden garlic & lemon”: another favourite of mine as I loved the cheesy and gooey flavour of these thick, hand-rolled pasta strings.
Have you had lunch at Padella before? I, however, can’t wait to be back soon. And you should visit asap as well!
Until then: pasta la vista, Padella!
Padella, Borough Market
6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ