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Heavenly pasta – Flour and Grape, Bermondsey Street

By Marlena Razali, part of Girl About London – 11th June 2020

Why I love it: Charming, tasty and underrated.

Is it worth getting an Uber for? For sure!

Expect: Beautiful, fresh, handmade pasta and excellent service

Value for money: 8/10

Perfect for: Relaxed meal with friends or your significant other

Setting the scene: 

I first visited Flour & Grape two years ago. Tucked away at the corner of Bermondsey Street, you’ll see the chefs making fresh pasta and I knew as entering, that it was going to be AMAZING, and boy did it not disappoint! Expect pasta perfection in an informal but elegant setting.

The menu changes seasonally which I love as each experience is different. Every time I’ve visited, I’ve had something different recommended. The suggestion is to share three pasta dishes between a party of two but admittedly, it was hard to choose after having major food envy looking at other tables. I am all for the concept of sharing as I love trying as many things as possible!

pasta dish

On my most recent visit (the last restaurant I went to pre-lockdown), we ordered Taglierini with preserved truffle, butter emulsion, and cured egg yolk, the Spaghetti alla Chitarra with monkfish, tomato, garlic and chilli and a Ravioli with a Potato Mousse and homemade tomato sauce.

My personal favourite was the Taglierini – Anything with truffle is great, am I right? It was rich, unique and a perfect amount of creaminess and it’s something I don’t cook up in the kitchen myself so was a real treat! Followed by the lightness of the potato mousse ravioli which I was pleasantly surprised with. Finally, the monkfish was good and complemented the meal well, but slightly disappointing in comparison to the other two outstanding dishes.

On the menu, each dish had a wine pairing which is just as much of an experience as the pasta! Their extensive wine list has a description of the region and flavour profile which I’ve always found interesting to read. Unlike other restaurants, this gives you an understanding of what you’re drinking and what you might like. As we were speaking to the staff who were so so friendly, they provided their favourites and recommendations after hearing our preference. I love it when the service is personal and chatty – something I look for to be a repeat customer.

Not forgetting the important part – the price. The pasta ranges from £7-£13 which makes it a great, affordable spot for friends to meet up for lunch. The wines can be a little bit on the pricier side but worth it as a treat yourself on the weekend or a cheeky weeknight drink. What I love is the informal and lively atmosphere Flour & Grape brings which makes it perfect for any occasion given the modest price. 

Overall, a fantastic place, and I highly cannot recommend it enough. From the beautiful pasta to the superior wine list to the exceptional service, this charming neighbourhood spot should be on everyone’s list. 

Currently, they have started opening on the weekends for an ultimate Italian takeaway picnic of delicious sandwiches, boozy iced coffees, and refreshing aperitifs! I have yet to check this out but no doubt it would be delicious! 

For more information follow them on Instagram: @flourandgrape or visit their website

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