Restaurant Reviews

Berta: Restaurant review

Berta

Address

17-19 Alberta St
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch Fri noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-11pm

Prices

E $7-$12
M $16-$38
D $14-$16

REVIEW

Jamie Irving isn't pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine too far at this understated bistro - he's pushing impeccably sourced ingredients and presenting them without tricks. Tuesday nights are even dedicated to celebrating a seasonal ingredient such as chestnuts or chilli, or northern Italian cheeses, perhaps. The buzzy room befits a stylish crowd, with glossy polished concrete flanked by bottled pickles and a glass rear wall. Zucchini flowers are stuffed with ricotta, fried in a lacy batter and sweetened with honey from rooftop hives, while kingfish crudo is lightly oiled and flecked with chilli and punchy citrus segments. Pasta is a highlight - as you'd hope - with pappardelle coated in a rich sausage ragù. Desserts make the most of seasonal bounty, as with the rhubarb torte with a crumbly almond crust, and there are plenty of Italian wines offered by the glass. So take your time, take it easy and taste your way through Italy, from top to toe.  

Phone:
(02) 9264 6133

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Jamie Irving

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.