Australian-raised Italian brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi bring an Antipodean approach to their motherland’s cuisine to London with Bernardi’s, now open in Marylebone.
The 120-cover all-day restaurant and bar on the corner of Seymour Street and Seymour Place, occupies two floors of a restored Victorian property in Portman Village. As well as an open plan dining room with banquette seating there is also a large communal table overlooking the open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs and baristas at work.
Downstairs is a cocktail bar which doubles as a private events space for up to 40, with French doors opening out into an outdoor courtyard. At street level there’s al fresco dining on a raised outdoor seating area.
Chef Sabrina Gidda, a two-time Roux Scholarship finalist, heads up the kitchen. On the menu: Antipasti of Rose veal tonnato, parsley, red onion & caper salad; white peaches, burrata, almonds & basil; and Market fish crudo to share. Pastas such as: Tarragon gnocchi, rabbit ragu, broad beans & pancetta and Oochiette, n’duja, romanesco broccoli & basil will be available alongside secondi dishes, like: Salted cod, white polenta, peperonata & sorrel; duck, cime de rapa, pistachios and rare-breed pork, preserved lemon, clams & fregola.
There is also a more casual offering of pizzettes and cicchetti dishes, as well as a brunch menu at weekends.