I’d been waiting to try Padella for a LONG time after drooling over it on Instagram and loving the pasta dishes at Trullo. Although no reservations restaurants usually put me off (especially those with as much hype as this one), Padella definitely didn’t disappoint.
Starting with the drinks it obviously had to be an Aperol Spritz for me (perfect with fresh pasta!). They also had a great wine selection by the glass though.
The menu isn’t huge so doesn’t require too much deliberation. If we were more hungry I would have definitely have ordered the Burrata with Sourdough to start which looked sensational, but alas… The pastas are small enough to order 3 between 2 so this is a must!
One of Padella’s most famous dishes is the 8 hour Beef Shin Pappardelle which is just divine. I’d recommend ordering 2 if there are 3 or more of you! The Ravioli with Goats Curd & Marjoram Butter was an unexpected favourite for me though on the day and our third dish was the Tagliarini with slow cooked tomato sauce, a classic.
Finally for dessert, it had to be the Chocolate Tart with creme fraiche, a bargain at only £4. This was delicious and a great way to end an amazing meal.
So let’s start with the queue (because there will be one basically whenever you go). We went on a Saturday for a (very) early dinner with this in mind. Dinner service starts at 5pm and we got there about 10 minutes before they opened. There were maybe 15-20 people in front of us which was actually fine as this meant we would definitely get seated in the first sitting. By the time they actually started letting people in though the queue had built up significantly behind us so be prepared. I’d definitely recommend visiting at an obscure time like we did.
Once inside, we were seated in the downstairs of the restaurant which I really liked. It had more of a chilled vibe than upstairs which is quite small with mainly window or bar style seating and the ever growing number of people outside wanting a table. Downstairs also has the advantage of proper tables which is handy for all the food you’ll want to eat!
Service is very quick and efficient as the staff are obviously conscious of table turnover but we didn’t feel overly rushed at all. Don’t bank on a long leisurely dinner though as we were in and out in just over an hour for two courses.
Budget or Bust?
£ – One of the best things about Padella (aside from the amazing food) is that it’s so ridiculously reasonable for the quality. With starters costing around £2-£5 and most of the mains £5-£9 you can order at will without breaking the bank!