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Great pasta! Nice atmosphere in the restaurant. They do takeaway too
Cacio e pepe was really tasty and similar with the ones I ate in Italy.
Fantastischer Laden, der seinem Namen mehr als gerecht wird. Selten so fantastische Pasta gegessen! :-)
My wife isn’t Italian.. we can never get pasta that’s good enough but this definitely was!
I travel to Italy four or five times per annum and have eaten across northern and central Italy. I have also eaten extensively in supposedly authentic places in London and find Al Dente quality of flavour excellent. On my latest trip to al dente I had zucca and tartufo which was sublime. On this trip I ordered the green tortellioni which were yes green, good flavour of the green vegetables and a core of creamy, buttery truffle, that rather created a symphony in my mouth. Served with a creamy- cheese sauce, lightly sprinkled with parmigiano, like snow on top of green mountains was nothing but appetising. Although they were marginally under seasoned. My partner had cacio e Pepe which is a classic. She enjoyed it but, again very creamy and the place lived up to its name - Al Dente, that was certainly pasta al dente. To start we had bruschetta con Lardo with honey and walnuts - another classic Tuscan dish. This was good but a word of warning the bread is very hard and a little hard to eat elegantly. However the lard is fatty and flavoursome with sweetness from the honey and some extra texture and earthiness from the walnuts. This would have been better is he bread was softer and bite size but this is how you get it in Tuscany so I’m not actually complaining. It’s a small menu executed extremely well. The vibe is modern and marginally hipster. Everyone is at high tables along the external wall or on a communal table in the middle. You get cutlery and napkins from drawers dotted around the place like food desks... it’s great. This price here is also wonderful. This is really Italian. Pasta in an Italian village kitchen is amazing, simple and cheap. Although this has its complexity it retains the fantastic taste & texture with the rustic price price tag. Two plates of pasta, plus the bruschetta and two aperol spirtz was less than £40. What more do you want. Been before. Will be back again. Thank you al dente. Keep it up!
Booked a table for 7.15. Arrived early and table wasn’t ready,people still eating which was fine. 7 of us were squashed onto half of the table which was really noisy and just couldn’t talk to each other. One of our group was running late. But we ordered starters and drinks. No cucumber for the gin. No straws. Waitress asked if we wanted her to go an buy some which I think is rude as we then felt we were putting her out surely for the ONE gin to offer you would have the side accompaniment to go with it?!?. She returned and gave us 4 slices of cucumber for 1 gin and tonic. When starters arrived we were looking for cutlery. Now,none of us had been there before so how were we to know there is a drawer in the side of the table?!? Surely you would say that when you seat us?!? Whilst ordering we explained one of our group was running late and they would order when they get there but we were then told we only had an hour and half on the table and it was in the booking email. Looked at the email there is nothing stating this. The waitress then tried to make out that she was doing ya a favour by letting us stay on the table till 8.45. By my calculations that is an hour and half? Well by the time our food came it was coming close to 8.45 but we were made to feel like we should rush our food and get out as we were an inconvenience. As we were leaving the group after us entered and the staff were profusely apologising to them about it being late! But that wasn’t done to us when we were waiting for our table! Our group was standing outside trying to think where to go for dessert as we didn’t have time to have it in this restaurant. A man came outside and sat on the chairs, who we feel may have been the manager, and starting bitching about us saying ‘what a disaster’. I don’t think this was very professional and most definitely won’t be going back to this branch again.
We attended as a group of 6 for a bridal celebration and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the restaurant wasn't too loud and had a great atmosphere so we could all talk together withough shouting to be heard. The only thing that we found a little difficult towards the end of the evening was the fact that there was only one toilet which there was a little queue for (although this is a very small venue and so this is to be expected).
Found this gem through an Instagram food blogger (I know, not very original and I'm perpetuating their industry), but a great find nonetheless! Walking in, looking at the very limited menu (6-10 main dishes, including past and a couple of baked dishes), and smelling the delicious aromas, you know you're in for a fantastic meal! Highly recommended and very very light on the pocket. 5 of us ate like animals, ordering enough for 6 people and it was GBP16 pp, including service.
The food was amazing! Their olive oil is out of this world, trust me I'm Greek, I know all about olive oil! The staff were friendly and polite and the atmosphere was nice and relaxing. We had two loud girls sitting next to us which was a bit distracting but this can happen anywhere. I would definitely go back again!
I had a wonderful time at Al Dente. The food and service were fantastic. The wine selection is fairly priced. Probably the best Carbonara I had in London.