Padella Pasta is one of the London food scene's chosen few this year. From regular appearances on Instagram by London's top food bloggers to the thirty minute wait lines due to the no-reservation policy, Padella has definitely accrued a lot of attention and hype. In addition, the sad closing of Zucca, which was my favourite Italian restaurant in London, left a vacuum in this area for a restaurant offering affordable but authentic Italian cuisine. I was hoping Padella could be the beacon of hope that would occupy this niche!
After a 25-minute wait with Mr Kowa da Kowa, we were guided to our tables in the lower-ground dining area after which we ordered from a concise menu.
We chose to share two antipasti dishes, the first of which was the Burrata with Puglian Olive Oil (£5). The burrata was rich and amazing with its freshness and smoothness pairing very well with the quality olive oil and the house made bread.
The second antipasti course was the Bruschetta with baked borlotti beans and salsa rossa (£4.50). This dish showed off exemplary comfort food qualities with its moreish element and the spicy kick from the salsa to the lovely beans. Oh and did I mention how incredible the olive oil was?
I was so impressed at this point that I remained anxious for what the pasta dish had in store. I opted for the Papardelle with 8-hour Dexter beef shin ragu (£9.80). With the first bite I could taste the freshness of the pasta, the tenderness of the mouth-watering beef and the flavourful sauce that glued the beef and pasta together. It was truly enjoyable ... so enjoyable that I could have ordered another portion.
We finished off our meal by sharing two desserts: the chocolate tart (£4) and the salted caramel ice cream (£4). The desserts were good but generally less impressive. The chocolate tart could have done with a thicker crust and the ice cream was placed in too small of a container leading to unavoidable spillages.
As an experience in its entirety, Padella definitely met my expectations for delivering dishes with an underlying fresh and authentic quality. In addition, the ambience was lively, the prices were fantastic and the service was awesome. Basically, there wasn't more I could have asked for. The only catch is the waiting line but like I said at Barrafina and Bao, the wait is worth it!
6 Southwark St
Greater London, SE1 1TQ