In a quiet, out-of-the-way spot on the top level of The Strand Arcade is a restaurant that will knock your socks off!
The Restaurant Pendolino has only been open since 2008 but already it has made a name for itself. Receiving rave reviews from the critics, it’s not hard to see why it has had such an impact.
The loving creation of ex-Otto chef, Nino Zoccali, Pendolino’s regionally-inspired Italian cuisine is made using only the finest ingredients, including organic flour and eggs and extra-virgin olive oils.
Canapés can be enjoyed from the top floor of The Strand Arcade overlooking the prestige boutiques where oodles of natural light pours in from the vaulted ceiling. This building also doubles as the perfect venue for some bridal party location photographs, or if they have happened elsewhere, perhaps a few shots of the bride & groom while they take a moment to share some time together.
When you enter the restaurant the feeling is wonderfully intimate with dramatically black painted walls and wrought-iron fittings. Unusual though it is, it really works well, especially during the middle of the day when the sun might be blazing as the blinds will be drawn.
As a wedding reception venue, there’s plenty of room for over 100 guests with a dance floor to kick your heels up. And we love how you can see the kitchen staff busy at work through the opening in the wall. In fact, all of the staff at Pendolino’s will take care of you like you’re one of the family.
As a bonus, in a small room off to the left are shelves upon shelves of the most amazing extra-virgin olive oils for sale. There’s quite an array and it would be hard to leave without something for the larder at home or a small gift for a dear friend.
Interestingly, although the pendulum in their logo is clearly the Italian meaning of the word “Pendolino”, the close association with the word “pending” conjures up for us images of “eager anticipation”, hence the title of this post.
After all, we can’t wait to visit again!