Bardolino is Birmingham's newest venture from the Marco Pierre White group. They've taken advantage of the lovely canalside space at the bottom of The Cube, filled it with colourful furniture, fresh herbs on every table, wooden flooring, fashionable lighting and retro Italian ads on the wall. It's very current. I really like this style of restaurant fitting; it feels friendly and approachable.
We chose to have some tap water for the table alongside an espresso for Edd and a fresh peppermint tea for me.
Loved the little duck egg blue crockery and fresh mint leaves in my tea. So refreshing and fragrant.
I enjoyed my tea while trying to decide what to eat. I don't tend to order a Full English these days as I find them too heavy and I don't want a lot of meat in the morning (wahey). But equally I've been eating way too much smoked salmon really.
So I ended up with something a bit different, the Bardolino's Breakfast (£7.50). This reminded me of a continental breakfast that you might get in a hotel, but better ingredients. Lovely cured meats, pecorino cheese, a boiled egg (my current favourite snack) mushrooms and bread. All good quality produce.
I added some olive oil to soften the bread a little but it felt like something was missing.
That's because there was something missing- they had missed off the sun dried tomatoes! I asked the waitress and she brought me over a little pot.
This was quite a hearty breakfast and I felt really full afterwards. I loved all the produce used but I wanted something a little fresher with it. Perhaps something green!
Having thought about it since, I think it would be nice to have this meal to share between a couple of you and then have a little bagel or granola or something.
This would also work with the dish Edd chose- the Marco's Breakfast (£8.50). This is their 'Full English' with sausages, bacon, fried eggs, beans and mushrooms. Again, really good produce and absolutely huge. Some people would be cross about the presentation of course.
So, as I said, I think the Marco's/Bardolino breakfasts are worth sharing and ordering a little something to go alongside it. I could imagine a Saturday morning with a group of friends, picking and sharing and chatting.
Or maybe you just have a large appetite.
Bardolino is only about ten minutes from my flat so I will definitely be back and next time I'll be having a bagel and sharing one of the larger boards.
Bardolino, The Cube, Birmingham
Photos by Helen and Edd.
Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.