Restaurant Review: Pulia

Where? Pulia serves food and drink from Puglia, funnily enough, right down in the south of Italy. It’s a deli, takeaway and bistro, happily casual, light and airy. This region is known for amazing olive oils, great wines from interesting indigenous grape varieties and the divine burrata, a mozzarella made with cream. It’s just behind Borough market, 36 Stoney Street, London SE1, 9LB. Their strap line is “qualita e semplicita” – quality and simplicity – and it delivers on both fronts.

When? We popped in for a Friday lunch when the market is at its busiest and buzziest. They currently close at 7pm but are waiting for an extension from Southwark Council until 9pm. It’s a perfect spot to meet friends and have the aperitivo.
What we ate? Burrata with olives, tomatoes and a fruity, peppery, unctuous olive oil; filled focaccia with ham, Scamorza cheese, pepper puree, salad; filled Apulian pizza – “pizza Rustica” with melted onion. To finish, pasticciotto, a custard pie with cherry jam and stonking coffee.
Food envy? It’s very easy to share and pick and dip. But you must try the mandarin olive oil drizzled over a cake and a glass of Falanghina, a local white wine which is fresh and dry.
What’s it like inside? Simple – everything is sustainably sourced from Puglia. It’s light and spacious, contemporary and relaxed.

You’ll like it here if you like… simple, rustic, Mediterranean food that is packed with flavour and as a bonus, is great value for money.

Starters from £4.50 Mains from £6 Desserts from £2.75 House wines from £15 for 75cl bottle