Bardolino opens at the Cube, Birmingham

Guest Post by Philip Ellis

Brunch and Bellinis at the Bardolino Launch

Named for the Bardolino region of Italy, Marco Pierre White’s new restaurant in The Cube is a tribute to his mother and his early childhood. At Bardolino they like to keep it simple and authentic; this is pizza and pasta the way Italians make it.


There are large tables designed for family-style dining, complemented by a menu which encourages sharing; dishes are slightly cheaper than your average main course, encouraging groups to order a greater variety. This approach also makes Bardolino the perfect date night destination — there are more than a few tables for two available.

As well as the usual wine and spirits, Bardolino has a signature drink; the Bellini. A number of variations on the cocktail are available, in addition to the peach classic.


Evening dining aside, it’s refreshing to have a daytime hangout space in The Cube. The entire venue is light, airy and informal. A counter lined with stools looks out onto the canal, a scenic spot to grab a coffee or get some work done.

Brunch is served every day until 11:30. Like the rest of the menu, it’s kept simple; bacon or sausage sandwiches (the bacon is smoky, crispy, and perfect), assorted croissants and bagels, and Marco’s Breakfast, a fry-up made just a little differently, and served in a skillet. The signature juices are refreshing and healthy, and most importantly, the coffee is good.


Also, if you’re allergic to anything, the staff are incredibly accommodating — the non-dairy version of the house porridge, made with coconut milk, is just as tasty.

All in all, Bardolino serves up great quality food and service with a less formal atmosphere than you might associate with Marco Pierre White.

Philip visited Bardolino on behalf of BrumHour. This is not a sponsored post, all his content is his honest opinion.