Having weekdays off work has it’s perks, and I decided to take the opportunity to pop down to Padella for their much talked about pasta.
We are sat by the window, along the lovely marble counter, with a view of the ever-growing queue outside.
I ordered a glass of Chiaretto Rosé 2015, wishing that it was summer again, whilst WK had the Aperol Spritz, that I ended up helping to finish – because that’s what friends are for.
The food menu, listed on a single sheet, is pretty brief and straight-forward: Antipasti, Pasta and Pudding.
We started with the Burrata with Puglian olive oil which was soft and creamy, and the Salame “Lovison” that had a nice balance of lean meat and white fat and a nice peppery taste. I was really tempted to order the Padella sourdough bread as well but I held back to save space for the pasta.
Being slightly over-ambitious, we decided to try four pasta dishes between the two of us – I don’t eat pasta that often so I like to go all out and indulge myself every now and again …
The tagliatelle with smoked eel and Amalfi lemon was my favourite – tasty pieces of eel playing hide and seek in between ribbons of pasta that were cooked al dente, all mixed together in a sauce that was creamy yet not too heavy.
The Pici cacio & pepe was one on my list to order after I had seen it appear numerous times on my Instagram- a thick, hand-rolled pasta that originated from Tuscany made from just flour and water. Kind of like irregular shaped fat spaghetti with a denser texture, simply coated in a cheese and pepper sauce – simple and delicious.
I do love pappardelle and this was stirred together with rich and comforting Dexter beef shin ragu.
The tagliatelle with nduja is definitely one for those who love a spicy kick in their food. As someone who can tolerate a reasonable amount of heat in my food, you can be sure that this is not for the untrained tongue – interesting, but I personally preferred the other pasta dishes.
You’d think that we would have been too stuffed to have dessert, but a meal just feels incomplete without something sweet to finish off …
There were three choices from which we selected two: a classic chocolate tart that was seriously indulgent, and an Affogato.
We went for an early lunch, arriving just a few minutes before they opened at 12noon, and there was already a queue forming outside, so I would definitely recommend going early or popping in for a late lunch, or an early dinner whichever suits you best …
Prompt service, good food and affordable prices – I envy those who live/work close-by …
I’ll definitely be back for more pici, despite their ‘squiggly worm’ appearance (it’s the taste that matters!), and will finally book myself in for a visit to their original Trullo branch.
So much food, so little time.
Padella is one of many great venues in London that offer counter dining, giving diners a different experience: catch the chefs in action in the kitchen, and if you’re lucky, you can avoid the queues of people who prefer table seating. I do enjoy a bit of counter dining, especially if I’m dining out solo, and it’s good to see that more places/people are embracing this culture.
You can read more about Bookatable’s latest campaign, The Counter Dining Revolution here.
The Cheekster, signing out x
The meal was complimentary, but views remain my own.