Padella, Borough

1 year ago

The Vibe

This is the most exciting restaurant to open in 2016, from the restauranteurs behind Islington’s popular date spot Trullo. Lip-smacking fresh pasta dishes in a covetable, over-popular small restaurant by London Bridge.

This is perfect for a mid-week date with someone who doesn’t mind a little queue – and isn’t carb dodging. Seats can be up at the counter (pretty hot), side by side in the window or on small snug tables downstairs. Waiters are clipped and to the point, service is speedy and you can be in and out within 60mins.

The Order

The Pici Cacio e Pepe is the star dish – a butter, cheesey, peppery melting pasta. Pick a second main to share, like a rich ragu, and start with burrata and bruschetta with borlotti beans. You can take or leave the wine as the focus is the food, and move on to a nearby bar afterwards to reflect on the feast.

The Game

Meet at London Grind for a Tommy’s Margarita and then head down to the queue, tipsy and relaxed. Once you’re in, order quick and share everything. Sop up juices with extra bread and joke about who’s getting the bigger share. Then pay up and head to Bedales wine for romantic reds and your first kiss.

The Faults

The line outside.

Sex Factor

2. It’s a foodie factor really.

Amaranto, Park Lane

1 year ago

The Vibe

Yep, it’s at The Four Seasons. Yep, that’s on Park Lane. Obviously it’s super luxe and you’ll be treated like Kings, yet it’s surprisingly friendly and both food and service are truly exquisite. The decor is sumptuous and encourages one to languish decadently for multiple courses.

The Order

Go with starters (scallops here will melt your heart), mains (seabass for her, steak for him) and share a dessert (the tiramisu tastes like blissful clouds of cream and coffee). Ask the sommelier to guide you with wines – they have an excellent variety that are served by the glass and you’ll want to accentuate the deliciousness of each dish.

The Game

Definitely meet beforehand. There’s nothing quite like being ushered into a glittering lobby by doormen in bowler hats, so share the experience and allow yourselves to be led through to your table. The lounge is an excellent stop off for a pre drink if you haven’t already indulged, or hit it up afterwards when you’re well and truly engulfed in the glitz.

The Faults

Yep, you guessed it….but it’ll be worth it, promise.

Sex Factor

5.

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