Padella Pasta

I was hanging around the reception area at Leiths School of Food and Wine when I picked up the latest Jamie Oliver magazine. Everything I love: Autumn leaves, hearty and robust flavours for colder days; hot chilli… sweet potatoes… fresh pasta…(hold up). Fresh pasta. No. Why. Those words defeat me every time. It’s like trying to fight off my cravings with a sword made of soft boiled spaghetti.

I start flipping through the magazine like a rabid hamster to find the recipe. I can already picture myself rolling the dough with flour-covered hands. Instead, there’s an entire spread on PADELLA, a new fresh pasta place next to the Borough Market in London. Boasting seven pasta dishes on the menu, one more tempting then the next, I try to recruit any and every friend via Whatsapp to accompany me (ok, lies, to double our ordering capacity and get through 80% of the menu in one-go). But they all have lives beyond cacio e pepe,  and I’m left walking (running) to PADELLA alone, ordering two main courses and a glass of red, and polishing it off with an espresso.

The pici cacio e pepe had a chewy and bright flavour, with enough pepper and creaminess to topple your lust past infatuation and on to long-term commitment. The Parpadelle ragu makes me think they have an italian grandma sweatshop in the back, where they’re producing slow-cooked, emotional sauces.

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FreeState Coffee

Met with an old friend at FreeState coffee near Holborn today. The roasting coffee aroma lulls you in before slapping your system with a triple shot high.

The almond milk cappuccino was magic on a cold morning. My friend’s cold brew (why would they sacrifice hot coffee at the altar of innovation) was also surprisingly smooth. Try anything once, yeah?

The goat cheese and red pepper wrap was not well balanced in terms of proportions. Lacked a bit of flavour, but oh well, they’re coffee experts, not basil-to-goat cheese ratio experts.

 

SERVING EXCEPTIONAL ESPRESSO AND BREWED COFFEES FROM THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE ROASTERS, PREPARED BY THE MOST SKILLED BARISTAS IN LONDON