Your local Strada is currently set to Cobham
Strada Cobham is situated in the centre of this ancient settlement that can be traced back through Roman times to the Iron Age.
The restaurant is close to the River Mole, that provides a setting for Cobham's best-known landmark, the red brick water mill, which was constructed in 1822.
At the back of the restaurant there is a car park which is free from 6pm.
** NEW! Preview Strada’s fresh new summer menu at this restaurant from 18th June 2013. Full of crisp, bold new flavours and summer delights, these dishes are not to be missed! **
Mon - Sat:
11.30am - 11.00pm
11.30am - 10.30pm
Read the latest reviews from our customers
On walking into the restaurant my guests and I received a warm welcome from a cheery waitress at Strada, Cobham. We were seated at our table in the middle of the busy restaurant.
Strada’s décor consists of deep and warm tones which creates a stress-free and attractive environment. One feels relaxed and at ease eating and socialising in this cosy restaurant.
The olives were presented to us to start. Oh how I adore Strada’s olives, they are large green stoned olives that explode with flavour and have a lovely sweet after taste, the olives went deliciously well with the red Chianti wine served to us. A lovely snack to begin with and to get the taste buds motivated.
Following the olives was the Antipasto. Strada’s food presentation is none but the best, it is presented on a black slate, making the ham and tomatoes’ colours stand out. The Antipasto consisted of Parma Ham, Salami, Mozzarella, ripened tomatoes, tapenade- Provençal paste, made from black olives, capers, and anchovies, and Bruschetta pomodoro-a tomato and garlic sauce. Alongside the antipasto comes a basket of schiacciatella aglio bread, crisp and light, topped with rosemary which gives it a punch. I loved this platter as everything was packed full of Italian flavours. The tapenade was my absolute favourite and went perfectly with the bread.
We were served the pizza next. The base of the pizza was light, crisp and just thick enough to hold the topping. The Quattro Stagioni is four pizzas in one. Luganica sausage; Italian cotto ham, roasted artichoke and chestnut mushrooms. I would thoroughly recommend this pizza for the variety of tastes and textures. My favourite section was the mushroom quarter. The pizza went down a treat with my fellow diners too. We all agreed that Strada pizza knocks the socks off other pizzerias’ pizzas.
We were then served the pasta dish, risotto, pork and the fish. I was surprised at how generous the servings were.
The twisted Strozzapreti Puglliese had a very good texture. The pasta was soft and moist and the sausage, pancetta and broccoli provided a crispness to contrast. The red chilli butter added a discreet twang and was quite spicy. Have to say this was my least favourite…
The Risotto Zucca consisted of pumpkin, butternut squash, pancetta, spinach and pine nuts. What an exciting combination of flavours and presentation. The rice was cooked perfectly and was a delight to eat, heavy though; if ordering this dish, I would be defeated by the portion size as risotto is notoriously filling. All in all, a very tasty dish.
The Orata Al Forno was a whole Sea Bream served with roast potatoes, green beans and spinach. The fish looked exquisite on the plate and was absolutely delicious .Unfortunately the fish had to be filleted, one of my guests kindly volunteered to do so. The fish had been cooked in lemon and thyme and those flavours were vibrant in every mouthful. The fish was perfectly cooked as the flesh was light and flaky and came away easily from the bones, a lot of bones in this fish, so beware! In my opinion the winning dish of the menu. My partner is not a big fan of fish, and would never order fish when eating out, but he changed his mind with the Sea Bream, he found it absolutely divine, as did all four of us.
The final dish was Saltimbocca Maiale, a pork fillet with crispy parma ham laid on top, mashed potato, green beans and a sage butter sauce. The pork fillet was well cooked and tender and by no means dry, as pork can dry out easily. It was laid over mashed potato which was fluffy and buttery. The soft potato with the crispy Parma Ham created a juxtaposition of textures-soft vs. hard. The green beans were cooked well and the sage butter sauce was a good accompaniment to this dish.
My guests and I decided to rank the dishes, so #1 Orata Al Forno, #2 Quattro Stagioni, #3 Saltimbocca Maiale, #4 Risotto Zucca and lastly #5 Strozzapreti Puglliese. A delight to try them all.
The puddings were brought to us, and what a delight they were! My favourite was the Affogato, an iced nougat semi-freddo ice cream with a shot of hot fresh espresso to pour over the top. The contrast of the hot espresso and cold ice cream was mind blowing, and a genius idea.
We also had a chocolate ‘melt in the mouth’ Bunet Piemontese which when cut exuded a chocolate goo, topped with hazelnuts and crushed ameretti biscuits, to make it even better, a generous splash of amaretto liqueur finished it off. This was superb, light but rich and was eaten very quickly I assure you.
The Pistachio Gelato consisted of two scoops of delicate, perfectly rounded pistachio ice cream and a wafer biscuit. Very light, but nothing really special for me, as I would have liked a stronger pistachio presence, not enough flavour for me, but beautiful as always.
Strada offers first class service and a relaxed yet ‘being looked after’ atmosphere. The food presentation is picturesque and the chefs make food look fashionable on the plates. The waiting staff were very helpful and always at one’s beck and call, unlike some restaurants where you cannot get hold of any one to make an order or get the bill… They also know the dishes inside out, so if you cannot translate the Italian lingo, the staff will give you a detailed description of the dishes and reel off the ingredients and even calories if you are counting.
I dined with my partner and our two family friends. We had a fantastic meal and cannot fault the food and service, however, we would have loved serving spoons for the dishes as we had to use our own knives and forks to serve ourselves, it’s a good job we were all friendly! A fantastic evening, so thank you Strada, we will be returning in the near future.
Staff were amazing, could not have asked for any better service!! A+
The selection of food was perfect, absolutely delicious, we all went home talking about the fantastic food that we’d eaten, Amazing!!
Looking forward to going again very very soon!!
Myself and three friends visited the Cobham restaurant last night and had a fabulous meal. The service was excellent, as always and the food was in the main, very good.
The starters were excellent although a member of my party did not care much for the olives.
The mains were all presented very well although the four seasons pizza was a bit drab. The sea bream was especially wonderful, as was the risotto. We would definitely order these again.
The desserts were all beautifully presented although we felt the the nougat ice cream with the espresso was difficult to eat in the bowls and the coffee taste was a bit overpowering - possibly could have done with another accompaniment, such as creme fraiche?
All in all, a marvellous evening at my favourite Strada - you really can’t beat the staff in the Cobham branch - their customer service skills are the best in town.
A warm welcome from Assistant Manager Craig upon arrival at Cobham Strada. Escorted to our seats we relaxed into the curved booth-like table area which had been reserved for us. Strada interior designers have created a warm, relaxed and inviting atmosphere with the choice of colors, lighting and fittings. I would best describe it as Retro with a modern twist.
First item on the menu was a bowl of fresh Sicilian Castelvetrano olives. Just sharp enough to cleanse the palette and so very green and plump. The olives were accompanied by a basket of very light and crispy schiacciatella aglio bread. Absolutely delicious.
Time to relax for a minute or two with a few sips of the rich plum and berry full bodied Montepulciano D’abruzzo Doc before being served the Antipasto. A delightful presentation of Parma Ham, Salami, Mozzarella, ripened tomatoes, tapenade and bruschetta pomodoro. I loved this platter and if looking for a lighter option this would be my choice. The platter looked so attractive and was the sort of dish that could be eaten slowly whilst enjoying a glass of one of the many excellent wines available. This would be my perfect choice for a lunchtime menu.
Another few sips of the wine and time to take a break before the big ones…The Pastas!
I had expected little ‘taster’ bowls but we were served full sized dishes. Very generous but I do not like waste and I knew we would not be able to eat all in front of us. The twisted Strozzapreti Puglliese had a very good texture. The pasta was soft and moist and the sausage, pancetta and broccoli provided a crispness to compensate. The red chilli butter added a discreet twang and I added some of the olive oil which was included with the condiments. I like spicy food and this olive oil would spice up any dish. In fact I couldn’t resist mopping up with some bread. Not recommended for those not liking ‘hot’.
A few slices of the Pizza followed. The base of Strada pizza’s are exactly to my liking. Light, crisp and just thick enough to act as a suitable base for the topping. As the name suggests the Quattro Stagioni is four pizzas in one. Luganica sausage; Italian cotto ham, roasted artichoke and chestnut mushrooms. I would thoroughly recommend this pizza for the variety of tastes and textures. Often, after the first few bites a Pizza becomes boring but this one was interesting and creative. I particularly liked the artichoke element.
The third and final pasta was the RISOTTO ZUCCA. Pumpkin, butternut squash, pancetta, spinach and pine nuts. Again a good combination of flavors and presentation but my least favorite. The rice was not separate enough for my liking. I did not like the texture. It looked good on the plate but was too joined together . However, Risotto is not a dish that I am very familiar with so this is just my personal opinion.
A break followed before the main courses were presented.
I decided to go for the fish first. ORATA AL FORNO. The whole sea bream served with roast potatoes and green salad looked spectacular on the plate and was absolutely delicious . The flavors of the lemon and thyme the fish had been cooked in came through the fish and were the perfect compliment. The fish itself was perfectly cooked. The flesh was light and flaky and came away easily from the bones. In my opinion star of the menu.
Second main course was SALTIMBOCCA MAIALE. Pork fillet with crispy Parma ham, mashed potato, green beans and a sage butter sauce. The pork fillet was well cooked and tender and not at all dry. It was laid over the mashed potato which was the best mashed potato I have ever experienced. I was not aware that mashed potato was an Italian speciality! It was so creamy smooth and tasty. The potato with the crispy Parma Ham created a tasty and interesting experience on the palette. Nice ‘greenery’, green beans and sage butter sauce were a well chosen side to this dish.
And finally, how could anyone leave a Strada restaurant without squeezing in one of the delicious puds on the menu. It was a struggle but it had to be done!
My divine favorite was the Affogato . An Iced nougat semi-freddo ice cream with a shot of hot fresh espresso to pour over the top. When I say ‘heavenly’ I am not exaggerating. We also had a chocolate ‘melt in the mouth’ Cioccolato Fondente which when cut oozed a chocolate concoction and the most delicious ice cream.
The service, atmosphere, presentation and food could not be faulted. The staff were very helpful and informative with regard to explaining in detail the elements of each plate we were served. Strada is a welcoming , clean and convivial environment to enjoy fine Italian food and wines at very sensible prices. I went with my husband and a 9 year old.