If you’ve been in London for a while you are sure to have heard of the restaurant legend that is Padella in London Bridge. Situated right next to Borough Market, arguably the most foodie market in town, this gem is potentially my favourite eatery in the city.
This is a place that keeps it simple – the main course menu is limited to pasta, a few regulars and a changing list of specials. But this is not just any ordinary pasta. Freshly made in front of your eyes with eye-watering skill and mouth-watering fresh ingredients, they manage to make the best pasta I’ve eaten outside of Italy.
I would recommend going in a small group and sharing as many dishes as you can eat. Some personal favourites of mine are the nutmeg butter gnocci and the chili tagliarini. Their 8-hour beef shin ragu also attracts fans from far and wide.
Beware, the popularity of this joint usually makes for a guaranteed queue. No bookings are allowed, though in the evenings they take your name and give you a callback when your table is ready, meaning you can relax over a pint in one of the many local boozers while you wait.