Plenty at Padella

PADELLA, BOROUGH MARKET: OMG! This pasta place is heaven… cheap, speedy and most importantly, some of the best pasta I’ve ever had, Padella is really quite an incredible restaurant. Always expect a line before the restaurant even opens so make sure to get there early – but any wait is well worth it. Given that the pastas are slightly smaller than portions from some other restaurants, it is perfectly reasonable and still economical, to share 3 between 2 etc. As we went with 4 people, we tried 6 and that was basically the whole menu! The menu changes almost every week, but they always maintain a wide variety of different pastas such as gnocchi, pici, stracci, tagliarini, pappardelle and fettuccine – always cooked perfectly al dente. The prices ranging from about 5 – 7 pounds and just over 10 for seafood pastas, so I will just point out a few highlights from the night below 🙂

Delicious Spread of 5 Pastas: Pappardelle, Pici, Gnocchi and Tagliarini – Approx. GBP 35

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Writing this review is making me want to go back there again so badly!

The good fat: I’m not even sure where to begin.. every pasta had its own unique flavour, with its own individualised sauce and meat/cheese base. Given that I tried so many, I can remember the definite highlights being the gnocchi and the tagliarini with slow cooked beef ragu. Surprisingly for me, the truffle pasta (which would usually be my favourite) didn’t stand out in comparison to the others – in saying that, I can still remember the mellow cheesy earthliness of the truffle oil in the pasta, which I would happily order again.


Firstly, the gnocchi – wow this is by far the best gnocchi I’ve had, not that I’ve really tried that many. But the texture of this gnocchi was just something else – it gave a sort of crumbly potato texture inside with the proportion of flour, egg and potato balanced amazingly. The simple butter sauce outside complemented it wonderfully, being subtle enough for the inherent potato-y yum of the gnocchi itself to stand out, whilst providing a bit of a peppery cheesy complexity.

At first, the slow cooked beef ragu may not sound particular, but the tomato base of the sauce, coupled with the tenderness of the beef after being slow cooked for 8 hours just made something magical happen. The tagliarini, being a swirly, medium-sized worked well in distributing the flavours of the beef and tomato. Aside from the tomato, this was also quite a cheesy pasta and everything together just made it an aromatic, flavoursome dish.

To be honest, it’s quite hard to describe the exact taste of each pasta – they were all so simple, but each one was carefully put together to create something indescribably delicious for my taste buds!

The bad fat: We ordered 5 to share (1 more after we finished the first 5) and by the end the last one I tried was cold.. looks like we’ll just have to eat it faster next time 😉 The portions could also be bigger.

Fat-o-meter: 5/5. Undeniably.


YES  – If you just read my review is this even a question? Absolute must-go in London


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