The spot that only serves the best home-made Pasta in London – Padella

 

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 Padella most 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 Padella you 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!

 

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Veganlicious breakfasts at Le Pain Quotidien in London

 

I am truly in love with London and my favourite part of the day is to wake up and have breakfast in one of the many cosy breakfast cafes. There is something about how the morning light shines through the streets and bounces of building windows. The smell of burning wood and the strong cold air fills your nose. I love London in the winter as all everyone wants to do is rush into warm cafes and warm your hands with a hot coffee or hot chocolate. Add a comforting chocolate cake on the side and enjoy the company of fellow Londoners as you talk about how the snow will make the city panic yet again.

One of my favourite spots to enjoy a warm cup of coffee on these cold mornings is at Le Pain QuotidienHere I can always find the coziness that I am looking for as well as a breakfast that puts a smile on my face.

 

 

As soon as you walk in you can smell the scent of coffee and freshly made croissants. The sound of the coffee machine creates a comforting noise in the background and you can’t help but stare at all the delicious pastries that are laid out on the counter. Your heart will convince you to order a pastry with your coffee as there is no way you can resist the amazing smell. But trust me, you will not regret a single bite as everything they bake here is comforting, fresh and delicious.

Almost everything they serve here is made with organic ingredients and is locally sourced from farmers. The menu is full of deliciousness including detox breakfasts, fresh juices, power porridge, fresh breads, cakes and much more. You can also buy the freshly made bread, pastries and cakes to take home with you – that is if you make it that far without eating it.

 

 

What I love 

I always start my day with a coffee and my daily order at Le Pain Quotidien is a delicious almond milk cappuccino. Then I love to dip a freshly made almond croissant in my hot coffee as to me this is a match made in heaven. A combination you can wake me up for any day!

For brunch I love getting avocado on toast. However at Le Pain Quotidien they serve this classic with a hint of other flavours and textures. Smooth avocado is smashed on home-made rustic bread topped with seeds, beetroot, fennel, carrot, citrus cumin salt, lemon juice and olive oil (8.45 gbp). This plate has so much flavour and the crunchy seeds go perfectly with the smoothness of the avocado.

 

 

On a cold day its always nice to enjoy a comforting moment of a coffee accompanied by a delicious piece of cake – the perfect way to warm up! My absolute favourite cake of all time happens to be the winner of 2016 Best Vegan Cake Award by Peta and its made by Le Pain Quotidien.This ‘Cacao and Pear cake’ is smooth from the inside and a little chewy on the outside. The dark cacao has a deep flavour but when you get a taste of the sweet and soft pear inside a whole other flavour explodes in your mouth. Its a dance of deep and comforting flavours together with firm pear and smooth chocolate. It really is award standard and I genuinely cannot get enough of it.

 

 

Where to go 

Le Pain Quotidien has many cafes located in different cities in the world such as LA, Paris, New York and London. However, the spot I mentioned in this article and also my favourite in London is located on 18 Great Marlborough St in Soho. They are open on Monday to Friday from 7am – 10pm. On Saturday they are open at 8.30am – 10pm and on Sunday 9am – 7pm.

So you can enjoy a delicious vegan cappuccino with the best vegan cake at anytime of the day! Because we all know the rule: If its vegan we can stuff ourselves with it and not feel guilty! Right guys?

 

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