Apulia Cafe - CLOSED

Restaurants, Cafés Camden Town
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A Puglian restaurant and café on Camden Road.

Please note, Apulia Café has now closed. Time Out Food editors, April 2018

Apulia’s the kind of authentic little café you’d find down an Italian side street and never stop banging on about. Except it’s on Camden Road, so you can go today and spare your friends the smug holiday snaps.

Set in one teeny room decorated with artisanal-looking wines and pastas, Apulia is a brunch and panini spot by day, but by night they do that magical, mythical thing of going off-menu. “What do you like?” said the handsome maître d. I mumbled something about cheese, and the next thing I knew there was a bespoke cheese and charcuterie platter in front of me, complete with candied ginger and a bowl of friarielli, a green leafy vegetable that’s a little like broccoli’s sexy, Mediterranean cousin.

Almost every ingredient in this restaurant is sourced direct from Puglia (that’s Apulia in Italian), a region in southern Italy famous for its food. You can tell. Along with smoky scamorza and salami, the best thing on this platter is caciocavallo, a beautiful whipped cow’s cheese that’s strong to the point of spiciness. This was served with lovely warm focaccia and the kind of balsamic vinegar that makes you understand why people pay good money for balsamic vinegar – rich, sweet and apparently aged for 12 years (12 years?!), Apulia gave it to us for free. Now that’s Italian hospitality for you.

The next surprise to wing its way out of the kitchen was burnt wheat cicatelli – a short, delicately curled homemade pasta that came with spinach, juicy red peppers and al dente asparagus. All of this was washed down with wonderful wine, Apulia’s house red.

Eating here is like having that Italian holiday, in your mouth. But for one tenth of the price, and within walking distance of the Northern line. Paradise.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Apulia Cafe - CLOSED
Address: 126 Camden Rd
London
NW1 9EE
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Apulia is a little cosy cafe with great selection of homemade regional Italian food from Puglia.

The menu includes Friselle - this is one of those things that never show up in on a restaurant menu. The Frisella resembles a crisp doughnut but it is actually made from durum wheat flour and is topped with delicious tasty food (fresh tomato, avocado etc..). My all-time favorite brunch!

This lovely cafe also offers good espresso coffee, a well sourced selection of wines and, last but not least, the best Aperol Spritz (served with Taralli) in Camden.


It's def worth a visit!! 

Tastemaker

Popped into here last weekend to be greeted by wonderfully friendly owners in a cozy spot. The walls have shelves with various Puglian products for sale like pastas and wine. And a guitar to play:) I got for takeaway the Caesar Frisella and this one: £8

Mulignan Frisella

Sweet peppers cooked with Condinero, cream of aubergines, stringy smoky scamorza cheese, rocket.

The Caesar was honestly disappointing as the cheese sprinkled on the bread/bagelish Frisella just falls off. It would have been much better had the cheese been melted atop and the bread had a smear of butter.

But the Mulignan... OMG fantastic. The smoky scamorza is phenomenal and the bread is loaded with veg topping. I would return just for that!

There were other off-menu specials like ciccetti and stuffed peppers for sale and I kind of wish I had gotten those for takeaway as well.