Earlier this week I popped to Finsbury Park for the first time with my friend Jen to check out the newest Pasta Remoli branch. To be honest I thought it was a bit far for me to go but actually it only ended up taking me 20 minutes on the tube from Covent Garden. I didn’t know that Finsbury Park is also a mainline station as well as a bus hub either so there are LOTS of transport options. Who knew North London was so accessible? Not me, but perhaps I’ll be venturing there more in the future!
The restaurant is steps away from the station so it’s a great option if you’re waiting to get a train or need to meet someone in an easy to find place. Seriously, if you come out of the correct exit (I think it’s signed as the bus station exit) you can literally see the restaurant right in front of you as you leave.
Inside it’s very casual, colourful and oozing a relaxed environment. Just what you want on an evening after work! The artwork on the walls reminded me a lot of Udderlicious in Islington and I wonder if they share the same artist. We were shown to a very comfortable table at the back of the restaurant which was great for watching the place as it filled up – which it did very quickly indeed.
We hadn’t planned on having starters but when we heard that they have an onsite bakery we figured we should definitely give the bread a try and oh go on then, I’ve always wanted to try burrata!
Everything tasted so good we finished off every mouthful. I’ve always been a mozzarella fan so was intrigued to see how the burrata fared against it and oh my god I think I have a new favourite cheese! It was so creamy and delicious and practically melted in my mouth. I’m salivating just thinking about it. The parma ham that it came with was also very good and the two flavours worked well together. The bread was also really good especially the focaccia which was salty but in a very good way.
The way Pasta Remoli works is that you pick your pasta, either plain or filled, top it with a sauce of your choice then add some cheese too if you’re feeling naughty! Everything sounds amazing but I couldn’t resist the lure of the spinach and ricotta ravioli and neither could Jen – cardinal blogger sin ordering the same thing for a main course I know but who cares when it’s this good? We did pick different sauces with me going for the basil pesto and Jen opting for the butter and sage sauce as well as a sprinkling of salted ricotta.
When our plates arrived I thought the portion actually looked quite small but after the first mouthful I knew that I was going to be stuffed to bursting and I was right. I ate every single bit of that gooey filled parcels of pasta! Pasta to me is the ultimate comfort food and this was perfect.
The best thing is the price, even the most expensive pasta & sauce combination only comes to £11.40 (any of their plain pastas with a seafood sauce) and they also have a really excellent pre-theatre menu which includes a glass of wine or prosecco, a pasta dish AND a dessert for just £15 per person, an absolute steal!
Talking of dessert, the staff at Pasta Remoli practically wouldn’t let us leave without having something. In fact, the staff were quite simply superb throughout our entire visit. Quite a few of the options were sold out (a shame but you know that they’re obviously good if that’s the case) including Jen’s first choice of mint & lime sorbetto with prosecco so instead she opted for the affogato al caffe with vanilla gelato as she wanted to keep it light.
I on the other hand ordered the fresh ricotta and chocolate cake thinking that it would be a light mousse type thing. Instead I was presented with this:
Basically heaven on a plate but a bit too heavy after the meal I’d just eaten. I did my best (for the blog of course) and managed about two thirds before giving up. It was incredibly rich and creamy and if it hadn’t had the biscuity base I think I could have managed it. We topped off our meal with a shot of limoncello digestif – well Jen did, I’m not a fan of the stuff but I hear it’s great for digestion.
Pasta Remoli is not just a restaurant either, you can get a small discount by ordering food to take away and even get the pasta to cook at home. Oh and if you’re feeling EXTRA lazy, they’re also on Deliveroo!
As well as Finsbury Park they also have a small branch in Westfield shopping centre in Stratford which as an East London girl makes me very happy indeed! I checked their twitter feed today and one of their specials is lobster linguine – I just gotta have me some of that ASAP!
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