Jason Allen 02/12/22
Padella Shoreditch | The Beloved Pasta Bar’s Second Outpost
Join the queue.
And rejoice, because Borough Market’s starchy Shangri-La of fresh pasta (a real contender for the freshest pasta in London) has opened a second restaurant in Shoreditch. And while this time they are taking a few bookings each day, it’s another opportunity to thoroughly spoil ourselves with a few light rounds of Britain’s national sport: queuing.
You’ll find Padella Shoreditch in a spaceship-like building hidden on a side road off Great Eastern Street. You’re still able to see chefs diligently hand rolling fresh pasta in the window each morning. And you’ll be extremely glad to see that it’s slightly bigger than the original Padella in London Bridge, with higher ceilings, and a lot more light.
Being on the corner of a curved building, Padella Shoreditch all one big ‘C’ shape, with a bar at each tip: one for pasta, one for cocktails. The design is all exactly as pretty as you might imagine, with lashings of red mottled marble, polished concrete, and richly coloured wood varnished to a glimmering shine, designed to evoke those glamorous Riva boats that scoot up and down the Italian waterways.
As for the food? Well, they say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and the Padella menu certainly ain’t broke. So they’ve only elected to throw on a little bonus in the form of mussel fritti with aioli. You can still get the near-legendary cacio e pepe; the fat pappardelle with 8hr Dexter beef shin ragu; the ribbony taglierini with crab, chilli & lemon; and a lot more. And prices still start at under a tenner.
On the cocktail menu – which, it should be noted was created in collaboration with Mr Lyan of Lyaness – you work your way through a Padella Negroni (it involves lemon & thyme), a blackcurrant-loaded Americano, and an all-new gin martini punched up with a gorgonzola-stuffed olive. Then there’s half a dozen wines on tap (including a particularly nice Kentish white) and absolutely no bottles – the kegs are fresher, and create a considerably lower carbon footprint.
Oh, and Padella Shoreditch has an onsite bakery, too, putting out 120 loaves of fresh sourdough every day…
…right on queue.
NOTE: Padella Shoreditch is open daily. There’s a limited number of bookings available for parties less than six that can be reserved from up to 4 weeks in advance, or you can queue virtually with the Walk-In app. You can find out more at their website right HERE.
Padella Shoreditch | 1 Phipp St, EC2A 4PS
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1 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4PS
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