February really didn’t deliver on the weather front, and as a result we carb loaded through it. On one of the snowiest days we hunted out Fat Tony’s for it’s soft launch at Bar Termini for three courses of indulgent comfort food. We weren’t disappointed.
Fat Tony’s in this location is a two month pop up, ahead of opening up permanently in South London later this year. Located just a couple minutes away from Bond Street it’s a perfect spot for escaping the hustle and bustle. Simply decorated it was a great hideaway from the weather outside and for catching up with friends over carbs.
This place genuinely has some of the best service we have experienced for some time. Staff were so incredibly helpful, knowledgeable of the menu and served us up some, as they described, some rather lovely ‘smashable’ red wine. To find this level of service during a soft launch, when things are usually hectic, was really impressive.
Self-trained chef James Young has been touring Italy for his inspiration (James can we trade lives with you please?) and it shows in this menu. We started with pretty much every starter there was – burrata, octopus with potato and lemon and charred aubergine with chilli. All of which were delicious and the octopus was cooked perfectly.
We knew we were on to a good thing so we ordered three bowls of pasta – the clam and samphire pasta, sage butter ravioli and ragu pappardelle. This place knows their pasta! None of us could fault it. Each was cooked perfectly and focussed on heroing the star ingredients in each. Our favourite was the sage ravioli as it was cooked to perfection, was simple and had us coming back for more.
We had desserts, which were nice, but not as stand out as the mains. We had roasted peaches and the caprese tart and whilst both were nice, but not mind blowing and we were probably too full from the mains to enjoy it.
This is such a great value dinner – go and order a bowl of pasta a glass of ‘smashable’ red wine and you will still have change from twenty quid. Whilst we love Padella so does most of London and if you can’t brave those queues we suggest you head on over to this pop up and carb up here instead.