Hand rolled pasta of dreams
Padella is literally a 30 secs walk from London Bridge, right by Borough Market. You can’t miss it.
It looks quite small as you walk in with only a few seats at the bar and the outer edge of the restaurant but there are more seats downstairs. Upstairs is a little more chic with its marble counters, downstairs has zinc tables and terrible lighting, so your instagram photos will look awful. Overall, the look and feel is modern, minimal, cool.
FOOD & SERVICE
Got such a backlog of restaurants to post about. I went to Padella in May – it’s now December. Crikes…
Padella is basically a pasta bar. A bloody good one at that. It’s by the same peeps behind Trullo in North London which I’ve been meaning to go to for the LONGEST time but just haven’t made it to yet. I went during lunch at an awkward time (2:30pm or so) and luckily there wasn’t a queue.
I ordered the hand rolled pappardelle with beef shin ragu (£9) which was blow your mind, melt in your mouth delicious. Soooo worth the calories. Had the almond tart (£4) too coz I’m greedy innit and that was tip top as well.
They don’t take reservations and I hear it gets big queues usually. In the eve, they use a virtual queue system – so you head down there, give your details and they’ll text you when your table is ready. Not sure if you can request a specific slot though. The dude who waited on us the day we went was a little odd but friendly.
Random story, a few weeks after I came here, I was walking towards London Bridge tube post a spin class and felt horrendous, faint and super vomity (exercise is bad for you kids). I went into Padella to ask for some water and they looked after me so well – very kind of them. So, if they can treat non paying customers with such grace, I’d say you’re in good hands. However, I can imagine it can get quite hectic during peak hours which may make it difficult for them to be super attentive.
Very laid back vibes. I didn’t really scope out the crowd (because my sole focus was getting that pasta in my belly and just smiling to myself like a proper little weirdo) but I reckon it pulls in a mixed bag of tourists exploring Borough Market and fresh pasta addicts.
Astonishing value for money in a city full of cowboy restaurants trying to swindle you out of your well earned cash. You can comfortably eat here for under 20 quid (incl.a glass of house vino which isn’t great but you can’t win everything, can you). Having said that they do offer £10 corkage per bottle…
THE TAKE OUT
Padella is dope. Full Stop. Go. Queue. Just eat the damn pasta and make yourself very happy.
Cuisine: Italian (Pasta)
Avg Cost Inc. an alcoholic bevvy: £25 and under [£]
Address: 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ
Hours: Mon – Sat 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 22:00 | Sat 12:00 -17:00
LAST VISITED MAY 2016