I regularly walk past the site that is the just opened Bernardi’s and am delighted that a butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis that has been under construction for several months. Perched on the corner of Seymour Street and Seymour Place, this is the latest offering from the Italian-Australian Bernardi brothers.
I have been keeping in touch with the supremely efficient general manager, Zoe Charlton-Brown and booked a table for dinner with the family during its soft launch. The restaurant has been beautifully restored and is luxurious in an understated way. With its high ceilings, sympathetic lighting and glistening marble topped tables, there is a feeling of space and light. The crowning glory is a bar with a tantalising array of bottles and a barman who promised to mix me 7 types of Negroni!
The menu has a classic Italian composition but with a modern touch with chiccheti, antipasti and the must have pizzetta that are freshly baked to order. We started with the pea and Pecorino arancini, creamy burratina with heritage beetroot and almonds and a perfectly cooked pizzetta with leek, celery and Taleggio.
Service from Gabor and Juan was friendly and attentive and they were more than happy to accommodate my son’s request to serve the polpette with tagliatelle and adapt the pizzetta to a seven year old’s specification!
We went on to enjoy an intensely flavoured risotto with Jerusalem artichokes, tender lamb that rested on a bed of lentils paired with roasted Romano peppers and fresh and light tagliatelle generously adorned with Cornish crab that made me believe summer was not quite over.
We didn’t have time to sample the dolce but I did get a preview of the breakfast menu that looks very appetising, so I will definitely go back for a leisurely weekend brunch.
The beautiful head chef Sabrina Gidda (a two time Roux Scholarship finalist) popped up for a chat. She was keen to get feedback on our meal and said she wants to serve seasonal food with a twist on traditional cooking. Her enthusiasm and excitement is evident. Sabrina was also charming to my son, who told her how “yummy” his food was.
I recommend Bernardi’s for well-cooked, interesting food in a lovely room. Go there for coffee, a snack, cocktails and antipasti or a relaxed meal. The widely spaced tables make this a good venue for a business meeting and I am sure that the bar will become a popular watering hole. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
62 Seymour Street
London W1H 5BN
020 3826 7940 bernardis.co.uk
Nuzy Sayani is Catwalkschoolgates’ restaurant reviewer. Nuzy lives in Marylebone with her husband and seven year old son. She is a technology lawyer and loves the theatre, cinema, is an avid reader and likes nothing more than trying out restaurants. Nuzy will be sharing her dining experiences with us and would love to hear from you with your recommendations.