Flour and Grape
Restaurant in Bermondsey
Fresh pasta and great wine – what more do you need?! Owner, Nick Crispini, who originally started off as a chef working under Theo Randall at Park Lane founded the Anticio Restaurant & Bar in 2012 and rebranded it to Flour and Grape, a fresh pasta restaurant in Bermondsey, in late 2017.
The restaurant is casual with stripped decor with exposed brickwork. The 60 cover space includes a counter bar and high table seating and attracts a variety of customers from date nights to family outings. Flour and Grape accept reservations for lunch but not evening service. Luckily, 214 bar downstairs is a great place to have a pre-dinner tipple!
Aperitifs and small plates
It would be rude not to have an aperitif at an Italian restaurant! Obviously we had my favourite Aperol Spritz (£7) and a Blackberry Bellini (£7.5) which was fantastic. I do love a peach Bellini but the blackberry was even nicer.
There are 10 small plates to choose from and the recommendation is 3 per 2 guests. We wanted to save room for our pasta dishes so had two to share. First up was the Bruschetta, tomato, basil pesto (£3.5) which was just how I like it – without lots of chunky tomatoes! We loved the addition of basil pesto and it was a great small plate. We were similarly impressed with the Melon, prosciutto crudo, mint (£6). The mint gave the melon a little kick and it was so fresh and juicy.
Each small plate and pasta dish has a suggested paired wine, which is a great help if you are not a wine connoisseur.
The Pasta Dishes
The menu is effective and simple with eight pasta dishes. The problem was that I wanted to try most of them! That definitely was not helped by the small window outside the restaurant where you can peer in and see them making the pasta from scratch. Five of the eight dishes can also be made gluten free, which is fantastic.
We were absolutely blown away by the Tortelloni – roasted pork shoulder, sage butter (£9.5). It was such a stunning dish. The texture and flavours were just fantastic – the pork melted in your mouth and the sauce just made the dish. Big tip – do not share this dish! I would order this again in a heartbeat.
We also tried the Pappardelle – beef short-rib ragu (£10.5) and the Rigatoni ~ “norma” tomato, aubergine, basil, salted ricotta (£7.5). The ragu was flavoursome and filling and the pasta a little al dente, how I like it. The vegetarian dish was a little bland for me so I started dipping it in the sage butter!
We sadly did not have room for dessert but they have some original dishes including homenade Tiramisu gelato!
We were very impressed with Flour and Grape restaurant in Bermondsey. It offers fresh, affordable pasta in a relaxed environment with wine pairings. The staff are great and more than happy to recommend dishes and drinks. Just make sure you order that Tortellonni!
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