Padella Borough
Padella Borough
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Gold Award

“Fantastic pasta, fresh ingredients and a real city vibe” – this no-bookings pasta joint from the people behind much-loved Trullo scores in every department, and it’s amazingly affordable too: “where else can you pay £4 for a plate of gnocchi and be transported to Italy?” muses one fan.

They don’t take bookings and the queues are endless, with some punters sitting on stools at the modest marble-topped counter overlooking the kitchen action while others decamp to the relative comfort of the low-lit black-and-gold basement dining room.

Either way, the short daily menu never disappoints, and the hand-rolled pasta gets rave reviews: properly al dente pappardelle with aromatic lamb ragù stole the show for one reader, although the choice might run from tagliarini with Dorset crab, chilli and lemon to stracci with sweet onion, thyme and Gorgonzola.

A bowl of pasta should do the trick on its own, but if you want to do the full three-course trip, there are a few antipasti to start (bruschetta with cannellini beans and salsa rossa, say) plus a trio of desserts along the lines of salted caramel ice cream or almond and pear tart.   

The succinct drinks list keeps things neat and tidy, with just three cocktails, three beers and four Italian wines on tap – or you can BYO (£10 corkage). Affable, efficient staff know how to manage the crowds and they operate a waiting list in the evening (just leave your details and they’ll text you when a table is free).

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining
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Dates

Location for Padella Borough

6 Southwark Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TQ

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-10pm (Sun -5pm)

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3 Reviews 
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Jacquelyn W

The wait was worth it!
04 February 2018  
I heard so many good things about Padella that I decided to give it a try, despite the queue. And it was worth it! The lamb ragu pappardelle absolutely stole the show - the pasta was al dente and the sauce was flavourful and aromatic. If you want to beat the line, go 15 minutes before it opens at 5pm!
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Fion P

PADELLA Staff and Manager do not welcome families- Be Warn
14 September 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 downstairs well knowing that the next people in queue is a family who really need the table seats!?! When we complaint about this- we were asked to leave the queue by waiter. When we complained to the manager- she was siding the waiter and asked us to leave the restaurant Lovely pasta- BUT IF COMING WITH LITTLE CHILDREN - AVOID PADELLA
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Piglet

Perfect pasta
08 August 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 lemon zest that was so light and zingy, with parmesan and a fennel sausage ragu on parpadelle, followed by salted caramel ice cream and a cherry and almond tart. Carafes of pinot grigio (500ml) @ £14 each (all wine and beer on tap). The bill came in at £96 for 3 of us. The restaurant itself is laid out a bit like Barrafina with a large bar that you sit at and watch the chefs work, but without any of the banter and camaraderie that you get there, everyone just works on their station, without speaking a word. The waiting staff are great, running around and talking with everyone. There are some tables downstairs too and another “bar” to sit at. I’m not sure if I would bother to come again unless I was here at 11.30am, as the queue just goes on all day and they don’t even fill the restaurant (I guess to so as not to overload the chefs), so you can stand there for a quite a while looking at empty seats and not be allowed in. But all in all a very enjoyable experience that, required a long walk to work off the carbs.
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