Restaurant Guide

Bert's: Restaurant review

This large gorgeous restaurant atop the former Newport Arms owes more than a dash of its sunny elegance and Med-luxe vibe to Merivale's Paddington flagship.

Address

2 Kalinya St, Newport

Hours

Lunch Wed-Sat noon-3pm,
Sun noon-4pm;
Dinner Wed-Thu 5.30pm-9.30pm,
Fri-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm

Prices

E $17-$29
M $34-$125
D $12-$26

Enter Bert's and step into a seaside fantasy. One of Chablis and Burgundy and post-lunch Brandy Alexanders, where everything is clothed in linen and the ceilings are made of wicker. This is not a place to do things by halves. The (yes,$125) opener of hand-picked mud crab, dressed tableside with a tomalley emulsion and a lemony mayonnaise, is still essential ordering. But there's fun to be had around the edges; the toasty fingers of brioche smeared with chicken-fat butter and overloaded with trout roe, for one. Ruffled reginette pasta with red mullet and sea succulents and a pretty mandarin and yoghurt slice show off Jordan Toft's eye for invention, underlined by a sure touch. With the grill and the Josper oven, he lets good produce lie, elevating it with a few spare details and focusing on precision and timing – properly roasted flathead comes with a brown butter and caper sauce cut with lemon; a blushing duck crown is glazed with quince. Add floor staff perfectly at ease in the setting and Bert's is a destination to settle into – for a good time, and a long time.
Phone
02 9114 7350
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair friendly
Chef
Jordan Toft & Sam Kane
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
2020 Top 50 Rank - #32
Wine: ★ ★ ★
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