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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Sometimes all you want in London is a concise, straightforward menu, superb food and good value. The team behind much-loved Highbury Italian Trullo have well and truly cracked it here. Split over two floors, this cramped, no-reservations pasta bar features a marble-topped counter overlooking the kitchen (watch the pasta being hand-rolled on site) and a black and gold, low-lit basement dining room and bar. We were treated to a classic 80s soundtrack and a full restaurant, creating an effortlessly congenial vibe. Antipasti include unembellished plates of beef fillet carpaccio and burrata, leaving a list of six pasta dishes to steal the show. We ordered a second plate of the unassuming pici cacio e pepe: fat, al dente spaghetti with butter, Parmesan and black pepper, astonishingly delicious and tangy, only £6. Pappardelle with Dexter beef shin ragu was similarly bursting with flavour, the beef cooked with due respect. Almond and rhubarb tart was a crunchy, sublime steal at £4. Some portions could be larger (although none of the dishes are more than £10) and there are just three cocktails and four wine choices – don’t miss the peachy, smooth Sussex Bacchus – being succinct is Padella’s core characteristic. In a city of endless choices, Padella is a supreme antidote.

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6 Southwark Street ,London SE1 1TQ

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PADELLA Staff and Manager do not welcome families- Be Warn

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Sep 2017

NOT a FAMILY FREINDLY RESTAURANT Before we queued we told the tall bald waiter that we have a child and needed the tables in the basement. However after 45 mins of queuing with a now very hungry little toddler, we were almost to the front of queue, we were told we have to wait another 45 mins because they just filled up the tables in the basement. But there were still many available counter seats which other customers with no children can seat on. So why did the tall bald waiter give away the table...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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6 Southwark Street ,London SE1 1TQ

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Perfect pasta

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Aug 2016

3 of us ate here on Saturday, we were the first in the queue at 11.30am and by the time the doors opened at midday there must have been 40 people waiting in line. We shared the following - the special starter was seared beef carpaccio with a glorious olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, (melt in the mouth), a lovely creamy burrata with pepper and the same wonderful oil, bread warm from the oven. The pasta dishes were all delicious, one with a pesto sauce, basil and ricotta ravioli with lots of...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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    Quiet eating :: Quiet Eating Padella

    I applaud another new restaurant opening up in my area. Although there is great eating to be had in nearby Borough Market, sometimes I just want to have a break from the crowd and sit down for lunch. Food tends to taste better if you aren’t at risk of being sideswiped by time pressed tourists.
    Chill. The Shard won’t crumble just yet.
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    Gingle lists everything :: Gingle lists everything

    I’ve been itching to get to Padella. I never used to be a huge pasta fan, but ever since having some silky smooth and buttery pasta at Vasco and Piero, I have been searching for other Italian places to give me the same experience (preferably for less money).
    Padella is the fast-serve pasta place from the guys behind Trullo. It’s small and trendy, and doesn’t take bookings so queuing is the name of the game. Unless you can get there early.
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    Yummy Jubbly :: Padella- Best Pasta in London Yummy Jubbly

    I’d tried out Trullo in Highbury last year – a friendly Italian inspired restaurant serving up excellent food. I left with a very good impression and have been meaning to go back since. Sadly the location isn’t that convenient for me. So when I heard that they’d opened up a new sister restaurant next to London’s Borough Market dedicated to pasta,there was no excuse to not go!
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    Eating Covent Garden :: Eating Covent Garden

    Padella opened in Borough Market in March this year. It’s basically a pasta bar where they make their hand-rolled pasta fresh every day and serve it with sauces and fillings inspired by trips to Italy. The simple menu offers eight handmade pasta dishes and a handful of classic starters. Okay, sounds good so far.
    Not so good is that you can’t book. One of my pet hates about restaurants – I hate being disorganised (which not booking implies to me) and I really hate queuing (especially for food).
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    Jing Visits :: Jing Visits Padella

    Padella is just located right next to Borough Market. It is an Italian restaurant that serves inexpensive fresh pasta daily.

    My friend and I dropped by around 11.15am on a Saturday to find that there were already people queuing, we decided to only come back at 12pm and found ourselves caught in a long line.

    Tangliarini with slow-cooked tomato sauce & Confini olive oil 2016 (&6.50)

    A very simple pasta dish with no meat or whatsoever, yet very, very tasty. Pasta was nice and chewy, the tomato sauce was fresh and very fragrant. It tasted really fresh and had the right balance between sweet...
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