Brunch at Bernardi’s, Marylebone

I have great respect for Italy’s gastronomic culture. Their regional cuisine genuinely drive great fascination and the greatest of chefs still worship their mothers. It’s familiar, familial, and full of heart. Something you definitely share with people to have good conversations about.

When A suggested we catch up for brunch at Berardi’s in Marylebone, I was quite curious. Italian food isn’t something I’d pick particularly for that time of day, but I’ve heard nice things. Admittedly, mostly about aesthetics and their ‘grammable plates, but I was keen to try the food.

First to arrive, the grilled squid with garlic, peperonata and chick peas. Lightly spiced and simply prepped, this dish was well-balanced yet hearty. I liked how soft the squid was.

The cacio e pepe arancini was a contrast of textures, with its crisped coating and soft filling. The flavour was bold and the size was perfect. So far, so good.

I wasn’t too fussed about the pizzettas at first, but when you put wild mushroom and Taleggio together it just makes sense. The cheese, strong on its own, married so well with the soft, earthy shrooms.

I couldn’t pass on the burratina, and Bernardi’s version did not disappoint. I definitely enjoyed spreading it on the chicory and fig garnish. The pesto and balsamic glaze was quite tight, bringing a nice sharpness to the cheese. But it’s the creamy, smooth, milky flavour of the cheese that shone on the plate.

We also tried the beef carpaccio. Bernardi’s serve theirs slightly thicker than usual, and definitely a bit more cooked than usual. But it was very tasty indeed, the depth of aged meat seeping through the palate for a nice warm welcome. The ricotta and olive tapenade was quite an interesting choice of garnish, but it worked quite pleasantly.

Next up was the maltagliati with white veal ragu and rosemary. This, my friends, is one to order when you go to Bernardi’s. The sauce was fantastic - rich in flavour yet light as the taste of veal sets on the palate.

The casarecce was cooked with the classic combination of Cornish crab, samphire and chilli. This was quite a favourite, and quite rightly so. Crisp sage leaves add an earthy freshness to the thick, al dente pasta. Heavenly.

And then there was gnocchi.

Holy shoot, that gnocchi.

I’m not usually keen on gnocchi as it’s usually too heavy for my liking. But this was soft, fluffy, pillowy, and light. The sauce, seeped with Gorgonzola and pumpkin, was so divine, you need all the carbs you can think of to want to mop it. Add some crisped pancetta and seeds on top, this was definitely the star of the day for me.

Dessert 1 was an apple strudel of some sort. Light pastry encasing warmed apples with cinnamon and sultanas, plus a nice marsala cream on the side. Decent enough and very appealing for this type of weather.

The rosemary focaccia treacle tart with fig ice cream was something I wouldn’t normally order myself, but it turned out to be the better dessert. It was well balanced. The treacle tart wasn’t too sweet and the ice cream was well made. Definitely get this.

Verdict for Bernardi’s

Nobody said you can’t have Italian classics for brunch. In this day and age where people tend to oversell more than they undersell, Bernardi’s comes with a quiet statement on a plate. And it’s piping hot with a whole lot of deliciousness. I thoroughly enjoyed all the pasta dishes and the antipasti and small plates for the table were rather good, too.

I’m not one for Italian cuisine when going out, but this is a place I’d definitely come back to again.


62 Seymour St, Marylebone, London W1H
Ave spend pp: £40 per person
Bernardi's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  1. 12th November 2017 / 9:56 am

    mmm…I like the food there too. That pasta looks amazing!

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:56 pm

      I rarely order pasta but it was delicious indeed!

  2. 12th November 2017 / 12:03 pm

    It looks delicious for lunch, and since these days restaurants references to brunch seem to really mean lunch anyway… that works for me! In my head, brunch should be a late morning thing — later than usual for breakfast but earlier than lunch… I love the sound of the crab casarecce and that fig ice cream in particular!

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:56 pm

      I agree Kavey! The crab casarecce was delicious!

  3. 13th November 2017 / 9:17 am

    That gnocchi looks really good and I am a big fan of beef carpaccio. I would definitely eat here, it looks amazing

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:55 pm

      I was rather surprised the carpaccio was quite thick but otherwise it was pretty good!

  4. The Purley Girly
    13th November 2017 / 11:08 am

    The arancini look delicious, I’ve become a bit obsessed with them lately since having them at Lime Wood, can’t get enough of them!

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:54 pm

      The arancini was nice - i’ve been craving for cacio e pepe and it delivered!

  5. 13th November 2017 / 11:39 am

    Wow - what a show-stopper of a meal! Marylebone is the other end of town for me so I seldom get there… but this seems worth the journey! You had me at the pillowy gnocchi… 🙂

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Awww Jeanne, I hope you get to trek it down Marylebone! It was quite a pleasant meal!

  6. Suze
    13th November 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I’ve been to Bernardi’s once but not tried the maltagliati - clearly I’ve been missing out 😉

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Suze, it was divine - the veal ragu was so good!

  7. 14th November 2017 / 11:44 am

    Wow - that was a lot of food for lunch! But then again - I know Italians often have their “big meal” in the middle of the day, right? For a pregnant woman (who is always hungry) this looks utterly yummy! Those gnocchis with gorgonzola and pumpkin, yes please!!!

    Thanks for sharing! As always I love your poetic ways of describing your food adventures!

    X Louise

    • Honey
      14th November 2017 / 11:51 pm

      The gnocchi was fab, Louise! And thanks so much 🙂

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