BERT’S BAR AND BRASSERIE
2 Kalinya St, Newport, 9114 7350, merivale. com/ venues/ berts At Bert’s, it’s hard to know what’s more impressive; the striking interior, arguably the most picturesque dining room in Sydney, the lush European menu from Merivale executive chef, Jordan Toft, or the sweeping vista from the sun- drenched dining room over Pittwater. Safe to say, it’s a winning trifecta.
The dining room takes inspiration from the 1930s, the floral upholstery, forest-green hues, pink stone flooring and crisp white tablecloths transporting you to another era of dining.
A sophisticated offering from Toft ups the ante on brasserie-style fare. Kick off with a glass of Ruinart blanc de blancs from the champagne selection, and briny south coast oysters shucked to order and drizzled with a light mignonette dressing. It’s the simple stuff you need to do well at a venue of this size, and Toft shows restraint with a lovely plate of hand-filleted anchovies served in a pool of emerald- coloured extra virgin olive oil flecked with lemon thyme and black pepper. Soak up the oil with heavenly pillows of fried bread.
For special occasions, the lobster tagliolini is a must: whole lobster in a glossy twirl of handmade tagliolini, coated in a rich emulsion of tomato, garlic, white wine, marjoram and olive oil.
There’s a palpable sense of luxury and romance here at Bert’s, and no one is complaining. Chefs Jordan Toft & Sam Kane Price $$$ Open Lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Tue-Sat