Padella is one of my favourite places in London that I religiously visit every time I visit this beautiful city. Its a small restaurant in Borough market that’s always buzzing with people creating the most energetic atmosphere.
Inside this rather small but beautiful restaurant you’ll immediately feel cosy and welcome. The passionate chefs are cooking away behind the bar creating the most delicious plates of home-made pasta. These plates of pasta are served just like la nonna would serve them to you – a good portion, full of deep flavours and extremely comforting. After all a plate of pasta is supposed to comfort you, tell you everything is okay and make you feel so good that by the time you put your fork down you’ll be skipping through the rain with a smile.
When visiting Padellamost of the time you’ll find a queue going around the corner. But don’t be afraid to get your spot at the end of the line, as their service is so quick you wont even queue for very long. And nevertheless, once you’re inside digging into your plate of pasta you’ll quickly realise that it’s definitely worth queueing for.
What to have
I definitely recommend to order a few different plates so you can share with your pasta date and this way you can try as many of all the delicious flavours as you can!
As a starter I recommend trying their amazing sourdough bread by dipping it in their Fiorano olive oil. It’s so simple but yet so amazing. I believe in Italian food thats what really makes a dish, simplicity and high quality is what makes flavours stand out.
Other plates to share are the fresh Radicchio, oak leaf and rocket salad as well as the Bruschetta with cannellini beans and salsa rossa. They are both amazing starters preparing you for more deep flavours to come.
Now we get to the main of your feast. I cant help myself but order way too many plates which I somehow manage to lick clean as even the last bite is as magical as the first. My two absolute favourite pasta’s are both the tagliarini with dry chilli, garlic and pangratatto(£5) and of course the classic tagliarini with slow cooked tomato sauce(£6.5) – which is an absolute must try. The flavour of the tomato sauce is so deep and extremely rich. It’s incredible how a tomato sauce can have so much flavour that even though every bite is the same, you will never ever get bored of the flavours.
I am honestly in love with this place and if I could I would come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s also amazing is the fact that every plate is extremely affordable. Just like in Italy a plate of pasta is the most basic but delicious and comforting meal that should be affordable to anyone. And unlike normal restaurants in London at Padellayou will get multiple plates creating an absolute pasta feast for under £20. Plus this really is the most authentic and best pasta you will get in London – so its a win win! I mean..its a pasta dream right?
Where to go
You’ll find this piece of pasta heaven located in Borough Market and their address is 6 Southwark St in London.
They are open from Monday to Saturday at 12–3:45pm and 5–10pm. And on Sunday from 12–3:45pm and 5–9pm. You can’t make any bookings, however I suggest you to try visit just before or after the typical lunch or dinner time as it gets very busy. Nevertheless, if you do have to stand in line it won’t be for too long and it will definitely be worth it! Buon appetito!
When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.
What to have
You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!
The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!
The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a sidesalad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!
Where to go
Mystic Burgeris open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday.
Their address is ViaDiaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.
You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!
Since I made it for the first time I completely became obsessed with this recipe! It’s perfect for those wintery days to have a cheeky dessert that’s comforting as well as super healthy. However, it’s a total winner in the summer too as you can serve it with a bit of creamy vegan vanilla ice-cream on the side – yum!
180 grams oats
200 grams almonds
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
80 ml maple syrup
Bottom fruit layer
7 red apples
200 grams blackberries
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180c.
First start by making the crumble layer. Place the almonds in a food processor and blend until it forms a flour.
Then mix the almond flour with the oats in a bowl.
Place a sauce pan on low heat and add the coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla powder and maple syrup. Mix for a minute until the coconut oil is fully melted and all the ingredients are well mixed together.
When ready pour this mixture into the bowl with the almond flour and oats and mix well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the coconut maple mix.
Leave this bowl aside, get ready to make the fruit layer.
Peel all the apples and cut out the core. Then cut the apples into small cubes of about 1-2 cm.
When you are done place all the apple cubes into a large saucepan together with the blackberries, maple syrup, vanilla powder and cinnamon. Before turning on the heat pour in a layer of 1 cm of boiling water, just enough to cover the bottom.
Turn the heat on medium, cover it with the lid and let it simmer for about 15 min until all the fruit is nice and soft.
Once your fruit is ready place them at the bottom of your baking dish, make sure not to transfer a lot of the liquid as you don’t want your crumble to become soggy. Then add the crumble on top and spread it out nice and evenly.
Place it in the oven for 20-25 min until the top is beautifully golden.
Now get stuck in while it’s still warm – it’s the best!
These strawberry tarts are the perfect dessert to make in the summer. It’s healthy, super delicious and you will definitely impress your friends when you serve them this perfect little tart!
If you are having a big crowd over or you would like to make a birthday cake, instead of making small tarts you can also triple the recipe and make a big tart out of it. Just as yummy and of course, more cake equals to more happiness!
Makes 4 tarts
For the base
25 grams cashew nuts
75 grams pecan nuts
2 tablespoons rasped coconut
3 medjoul dates
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon hempseed
For the filling
300 grams plant based yoghurt (I used soya)
1 tablespoon rasped coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon agave syrup
3 hands full of strawberries
First place the chia seeds in a bowl with about 5 tablespoons of water. Wait for the chia seed to expand and form a jelly, this will take about 10 min.
Then place all the ingredients for the base in a blender and blend until it forms a sticky mixture.
Cut baking paper into smaller pieces and place them in your muffin tin. Divide the sticky nut mixture over 4 bottoms to make a base for your tart. Make sure to put some pressure to create a good base.
Place the yoghurt in a bowl and add the rasped coconut, vanilla powder, agave syrup and the chia seed jelly and mix well.
For the next layer get a heaped tablespoon full of the yoghurt mixture and place it on top of your nut base.
Cut your strawberries into small pieces and add it to the remaining yoghurt mixture.
Use the strawberry yoghurt mixture as a last base to your tart.
Cut half a strawberry and place it on top as a finishing touch.
Then simply place it in the fridge for at least 1.30 hours to make sure your tart sets.
Don’t they look great! Summery, flowery and simply beautiful! Enjoy!
BanH-Hoi is truly one of my favourite spots in Saint-Tropez. I am in love with it’s atmosphere, vibe, location and most of all it’s amazing food. It’s a little hidden in-between the cute streets that lead you around town. But as soon as you walk into the right road you’ll notice the restaurant straight away. With it’s cute tables set in the middle of the road and light creating a fairytale like atmosphere. You walk into a little dream that is just going to get better.
What to have
I’m honestly in love with their menu. It’s so classic but with a little twist that will make you get excited. Everything they serve is colourful, full of honest and raw flavours and extremely high in quality. As I mentioned before, this is one of my favourite restaurants – however, I might even say this is my ultimate favourite. Yes, it’s that good.
As a starter I love ordering the Spinach filled Dim Sum. They are perfectly steamed filled with lots of spinach that’s so full of flavour. It’s a bomb of healthy green goodness and every mouth full is divine. It’s the best start to a delicious dinner.
The ultimate main that you have to try is the Vegetable Basil Curry. This plate is overloaded with fresh crunchy vegetables bathing in a coconut curry sauce that is so creamy and rich. It’s honestly the best curry I have ever had as the flavours are fresh, comforting, tropical and they come together perfectly. I personally believe it’s the best dish on the menu.
As a side dish that’s a must try is the Sticky rice with coconut milk steamed in it’s bamboo stick. It’s unlike any rice you have ever tasted. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet. As soon as you take your first bite all the flavours kick in and as a finishing touch the bamboo flavour comes through. It’s absolutely amazing.
Another dish that is absolutely delicious are the Crispy vegetables rolls. They are perfectly crispy and filled with fresh vegetables. Served with lettuce and fresh mint you can decorate your own spring roll making it even more refreshing and tasty.
Where to go
BanH-Hoi is open everyday from 19.30- 23.30 and their address is 12 Rue du Petit Saint-Jean in St-Tropez.
I advice you to make a reservation before as it get’s pretty busy especially in the weekends. Their number is +33 (0)4 94 97 36 29