Dexter Beef Ragu

Lunch at Padella, Borough Market London

Padella Borough Market first opened its doors 4 years ago. Its founders are Jordan Frieda and Tim Siadatan, their dream was to open a pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta with delicious sauces and fillings inspired by their trips to Italy. 

The pair also own restaurant; Trullo a traditional Italian restaurant in Highbury & Islington, and earlier this year they opened a second Padella in Shoreditch.  

Padella has always been busy, I’ve never seen it without a queue. It was the perfect excuse to go and try their fresh pasta, plus we had heard from everyone whose been that their pasta dishes were exquisite and we had to go and try it for ourselves! 

Marissa and I visited Padella in September, when it was still warm. We got there for 12pm and were met by the Padella staff who told us to join the queue on their Walkup App (an app that will alert you when your table is ready! This was great as we could easily wonder around Borough Market or even go for a cheeky drink) but we didn’t have time as our table was ready within 10 minutes.   

The Padella team were friendly and all wore masks to keep to the government rules and regulations. There was perplex glass dividing us from everyone else to keep a suitable distance. We were sat by the window, which we thought was perfect as we both love people watching! We had the table for an hour and a half- plenty of time!  

The food came out quickly, for starters we shared the Burrata with Fiorano olive oil with bread, and the Cobble Lane Cured Saucisson with whole peppercorns.  

We had never tried Burrata before so we were both very excited and oh my gosh, it was so creamy and fresh, it just melted in our mouths. I would have easily eaten more, or eaten it on my own! However we weren’t impressed with the saucisson as there were only a few slices and for £5.50, we thought wasn’t worth it. 

For our mains we both chose the Pappardelle with 8 hours Dexter beef shin ragu. It was absolutely delicious – the pasta, was cooked to perfection and it was very saucy which I just loved! The ragu was divine, highly recommend this dish! We did add a bit of olive oil to the dish but it was tasty as it was too! We were surprised how affordable Padella was, especially being so central. Their most expensive dish is £11.50! 

Marissa was stuffed after her mains whereas I had a bit more room for some dessert! I ordered their chocolate and salted caramel tart- tasty and the cream worked well with the tart. A velvety chocolate with subtle hints of caramel and salt, it was the perfect dish to end the course with. 

We highly recommend visiting Padella if you haven’t done so already! (Once lockdown ends, but in the meantime you can order their pasta kits via their website – 4 mouth-watering pasta dishes to try!)

The signature dishes are the gnocchi with nutmeg butter, pici cacio e pepe and Pappardelle with 8 hours Dexter beef shin ragu. 

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