A particularly thrilling recent weekend was spent mainly touring London’s PC World stores (don’t ask), but we managed to make a boring situation much improved by stopping for lunch at Pastaio Giant Robot: the street food incarnation of Stevie Parle’s popular pasta place in Soho. Nothing like a bowl of spaghetti to get you out of a funk, huh?
Six years ago when I first moved to London, I pretty much lived at Street Feast Dalston Yard. I rarely go to any of the Street Feast sites these day but back then when I lived in Dalston, a dream Friday night was a couple of tacos, a bao, a few pints of cider, and coming home smelling like bonfires. I loved it. The Street Feast Giant Robot site is a little less Dalston and a little more suits. Still a fun vibe though. And Pastaio has joined the likes of Yum Bun and wing kings Thunderbird.
If there’s burrata on a menu, I’ll order it, so we shared a that to start followed by all the pasta. Ed got the slow-cooked sausage malloreddus (teeny shell pasta — it's one of the most popular dishes on the Pastaio Soho menu), I got the wild mushroom Casarecce pasta, and we shared a cacio e pepe for good measure. Served in paper bowls, portions are definitely reasonable, but if you’re extra hungry, three dishes between two is easily do-able. Ed devoured the sausage pasta in minutes (dull laptop shopping clearly worked up an appetite) and thought it was his fave, whilst I’m a sucker for a good cacio e pepe. Here, they get it just right, with the spaghetti a little chewy, just like you have it in Italy.
After lunch, I napped in the car then napped again on the sofa when we got home. A carb coma is the sign of a great pasta place, isn’t it?
PASTAIO, GIANT ROBOT, CROSSRAIL PLACE, CANARY WHARF, E14 5AR