Not a part of town I would normally associate an Italian restaurant to be, Bernadi’s is located behind Marble Arch on Seymour Street. Their website states
A place that feels comfortable but elegant, where the food is simple, seasonal and creative but at the same time familiar.
First to arrive, I settled myself at the table and soaked in the atmosphere, after being greeted by friendly and attentive staff. This also gave me the opportunity to peruse the menu though I didn’t quite make it to the wine menu. However, as the rest of my party are total experts in that area, I was happy to leave the choice to them.
The moment the others arrived it was non stop chatter, anecdotes and no matter how much we tried, the choice of what to taste from the menu seemed a difficult one. The best decision therefore was to leave the choice up to our most friendly and helpful waiter to order a few dishes from their Chiceti (small dishes/bar snacks), Forno (from the oven) and Anitpasti offerings. Having passed this decision on, we continued with our animated conversations over a bottle of sparkling, on the house by the assistant operations manager, Gabor. Part of our conversations were also to persuade the fourth person in our party to join us for the entire evening, only partly successful, he managed to stay for the starters.
How embarrassing… I have only mostly eaten images of the starters – shows how good and distracted I was! I can only thus give you the names of what we had: today’s salumi; pork and veal polette; Confit leek, Taleggio & celery pizzetta; and a special dish that they had yet to be put on the menu, a rocket salad with squash and pumpkin seeds.
Our failed persuasion attempts aside, we were down to three for our mains. By this time I think poor Giulia was quite exhausted having already had a long day. We tried their Sea bream, wild fennel, green olives & potato; Orecchiette, aubergine, pancetta & buffalo mozzarella: and one of their specials of the day, veal ragu with a pasta not dissimilar to a Tufoli.
For the wine, as previously mentioned, I had intentionally left the decision of choice to the other two, but then in passing I remembered and mentioned for some reason Carema, one of the wines that a former colleague of mine in Milan had introduced me to (he being from Ivrea). So in remembrance of my colleague we ordered this.
Casual, modern Italian, that is Bernadi’s. We loved the selection of starters, and I can definitely say my veal ragu was excellent. My wine choice… well the Carema was not how I remembered it – too young and it lost it’s essence soon after being poured in the glass. Barring that I think as a package Bernadi’s is somewhere to go after a hard day’s shopping (perhaps) but as it’s concept of a place to gather and chill over some food, it definitely has got that spot on. The staff are all friendly, jokey, flirty, helpful and atttentive – all you need to make your time there extremely enjoyable!
62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN
020 3826 7940
Monday to Thursday Lunch 12pm – 3pm & Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm
Friday Lunch 12pm – 3pm & Dinner 6pm – 11pm
Saturday Brunch and Lunch 9.30am – 4pm & Dinner 6pm – 11pm
Sunday Brunch and Lunch 9.30am – 4pm & Dinner 6pm – 9pm
Cicheti, pizzette and antipasti available all day
Restaurant images taken from Bernadi’s website.