Pophams Bakery is pretty good at any time of day.
But the evening is when they really take the cake…
…and replace it with fresh pasta.
Climbing aboard the carby bandwagon that’s currently making the rounds in London (and hopefully never leaves), Pophams have elected to turn their kneading talents to Italian-style dinnertime fare too, in addition to their famed pastries.
The space itself is stripped back, and hyper-functional: the huge open kitchen dominates the space at the back where you’ll be able to see the chefs busily mixing & rolling pasta all day. That kitchen overlooks the wooden sharing tables in the main space, and it’s all wrapped by concrete walls, bare except for a few minimalist artworks.
And mirroring the space itself is the very short menu, sporting just four dishes at any time. You’ll find the likes of capellacci dei briganti (a pasta shape representing the hats worn by 19th century guerrilla fighters known as brigands) with Isle of Wight tomatoes and lovage; ‘ham and pea soup’ (pig cheek tortellini in broth with fresh peas); talleggio cappelletti with macerated grapes & hazelnuts; and ‘nduja scarpinocc (it looks like an old fashioned wooden shoe) with broad beans and parsley.
To drink, there are a pair of aperitifs designed by mixologists Cock and Tail, including one that blends a smoky and citrusy mescal, cocchi americano (aperitif wine) and stellacello pompelmo (it’s limoncello-esque). Then of course, there’s dessert: yeasted semifreddo; cherries on ice; or a delicate panna cotta made with fig leaf…
…which should cover the essentials.
NOTE: The pasta menu is available Wednesday – Sunday from 6-10. The bakery is open from 7.30am Monday – Friday and 8.30am at the weekend. For more information, head to their website HERE.
Pophams Bakery | 197 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
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