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Flour & Grape

Restaurants, Italian Bermondsey
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A pasta specialist on Bermondsey Street.

From Bermondsey Street, passers-by are lured into this pasta specialist by an enticing window showcasing trays of handmade ravioli. And sure enough, the pasta turns out to be exemplary. The menu consists of just eight dishes, each carefully paired with wine. Every pasta is nicely al dente and it’s all affordable – the priciest main was £10.50.

A plate of reginette was thick with prosciutto, peas, and minuscule bits of mint. But the creamy saltiness from the prosciutto and parmesan was offset beautifully by the freshness of the peas and zesty mint, making it light and delicate.

The spaghetti – a twist of hay-coloured strands – had been dotted with glistening, juicy mussels, cut through with garlic and white wine.

Starters were proof that dishes don’t have to be complicated to impress. The bruschetta with freshly chopped tomatoes, practically bathed in olive oil, was delicious – a thwack of basil pesto added welcome tanginess.

Flour & Grape has a couple of flaws, though. In typical London style, it doesn’t take bookings, just walk-ins (even on a Wednesday night there was a half-hour wait), and the restaurant limits guests to a strict 90-minute slot per table.

But you can see why people are queueing: Flour & Grape stands out in a sea of pasta purveyors. Every element of every dish has been carefully thought through. It’s class. 

By: Ella Braidwood

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Address: 214 Bermondsey Street
Bermondsey
London
SE1 3TQ
Transport: Tube: Borough
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4 out of 5 stars

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This one of the Padella-wannabe restaurants but here you can make a booking. The pastas were decent but if you have time and are happy to wait for good food, just head straight to Padella. 


The vitello tonnato here was probably the best thing on the menu for me.

Tastemaker

If you have a thing for pasta like I have a thing for pasta, then Flour & Grape has probably already been sitting comfortably on your 'must-eat' list for a while and if hasn't, go forth and make it so.


Tucked away down the sort of street is takes an hour to traverse because there are so many lovely little independent shops, bars & restaurants to dip into, it might not boast the Instagrammable prosecco slushies of Pastaio or the eternally determined queues of Padella or the luscious shop-next-door feel of Lina Stores but it does offer everything you could ever need from a fresh pasta place - gorgeous small plates to whet the appetite and gently stretch the stomach, impeccable dishes of fresh, rich, moreish pasta to comfortably but not excessively fill said belly & a wine list to accompany that nicely straddles the border of familiar with uncommon. 


The pumpkin with pomegranate & ricotta? Order it. The burrata with prosciutto? Dive into it. The n'duja bruschetta with sweetly caramelised onions? Fall in love with it. The homemade bread with EVOO perfect for wiping plates dishwasher clean? Fight over it.


The beef shin ragu parpadelle...the mussels & preserved lemon conchigle...the wild boar & juniper fettucine...go with friends and share or go alone and be unashamed in your gluttony and as for the sparkling red described as 'Ribena for adults'? Get it. Just get it. 


The vibe here is just lovely especially at this time of year when twinkling lights make everything that little bit prettier in the same way that a tuxedo improves the appearance of even the most modest of males. It's cosy but tables don't feel piled on top of each other and there's a nice choice of high stools and low chairs so whether you go with your bestie or your granny, everyone can settle back for an afternoon of feasting in comfort. Staff are jolly but refreshingly normal - when a tablet refuses to co-operate, our waitress rolls her eyes and goes to find a pencil & notepad in exactly the same way I would - and there's no feeling of being rushed in & out despite it being a packed Sunday afternoon in December.


I adored everything about lunch here, not least of all the fact that portions were generous but never ridiculous and at only £30 a head, it proves itself to be excellent value. Maybe that's something to do with the fact it's not 'central central' but honestly, that's just another point in its favour - there's a feeling you know a delightful little secret when you eat here, so thank me for sharing it with you, go book yourself a table over the festive period then come back and thank me again.


A friend and I had dinner here a few weeks ago and frankly I haven't forgotten about it. If you've been to padella than you'll love Grape And Flour. Firstly there's a wait, yes but they have a fully sticked bar downstairs so you don't have to stand out in the cold waiting to be seated.

The food comes very quickly and the portions are pretty generous in my opinion. We had 3 dishes between us and left some as it was just so plentiful lol.

The price is also right and very similar to padella maybe a pound more but pretty similar. Very yummy food for reasonable prices. Can't wait to go back! The food is delicious and moreish.

Tastemaker

Flour & Grape is absolutely everything you want from a place specialising in pasta & wine. The setting and service is super relaxed and friendly, the mood lighting and seasonal menu very comforting.


The portioning of pasta on each plate makes it easy to satisfy a craving or induce a carb coma dependant on how far along the hunger scale you are; simply order a few starters or more plates to share if you want to beef it up. 


Rigatoni Duck Ragu with prunes was divine, as was the paired glass of wine. Apple Sorbetto was as fresh a finish as it sounds. I will certainly be dragging many more friends here in the future!


Tastemaker

Came here on a soft opening week when it was 50% off. Had some wonderful bruschetta to start, no soggy bread here thankfully. I had the ravioli with pork and sage for my main, and although there was not a lot on my plate, they were indeed very flavourful. Of course, the had a delicious wine selection. 


If I had to pay full price though, not sure if I would rate as highly. I have a hard time being excited about Italian food. Still, if you want fresh pasta and good taste, this is your place on Bermondsey Street for just that. 


Also... go to 214 downstairs. Delicious gin.

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