Friday, 11 June 2010


As seen in Daily Addict
The arrival of a new baby is always a cause for celebration. In the case of owner chef Andrew Cibej of hip Italian trattoria Vini in Surry Hills, his new restaurant, Berta is an exciting addition to the family.
Tucked away in a quiet back street in Surry Hills, near Central station, Berta’s blink-and-miss-it entrance may be hard to find, but it’s well worth it when you do. If the front of house face looks familiar, that’s because Vini’s much-loved manager Kristen Allan has come across to rock the cradle.

Stark rendered walls, raw concrete finishes and tilted mirrors give a sense of industrial understated cool, but the food created by head chef O Tama Carey is quite the opposite: think bold flavours, big aromas, fantastic produce and a knowledge of what makes Italian food rock.The dishes are designed to share, a kind of Italian tapas if you will.
Start with the baked scallops topped with sugna (crunchy cumbs of rendered pork, Sonoma miche breadcrumbs and capers), move onto ox tail broth with wild green tortellini and order up on the spectacular suckling pig, roasted with fennel and served with braised lentils, leek and chickory.
Buffalo milk ice cream with poached apples and candied rosemary and sage makes a fragrantly sweet way to end the meal.There’s a wine list of cool Italian finds, sourced regularly from Italy by Andrew and the team, so there’s plenty of interesting vino to sit at the bar and sip, too.
Vini’s edgier younger sister looks set to be a welcome addition to this end of the Surry Hills dining scene and as far as sibling rivalry goes – here’s a case of the bigger the family, the better.
17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney 2000
T: (02) 9264 6133
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 5pm-late


Shaun said...

We stopped in to Berta tonight for coffee & dessert on the way home from dinner elsewhere in Surry Hills.

The chocolate truffle tart had a nice hint of cinnamon, and the quince tart had great flakey pastry & yummy candied sage on top.

The wine list will have to be explored further, we only managed two of the dessert wines this time!

Difficult to find at first, and it's definitely got a different vibe to Vini, but we'll be back for a proper dinner for sure!

Maybe don't tell anyone about this place, make it easier to get a table :)

Angelo said...

Very disappointed with this place. Despite being visually enticing and having friendly wait staff, the food at Bertas was incredibly bland, unexciting and all the while still somewhat pretentious. If the food was decent, you'd say this place was reasonably priced with a bottle of wine and 7 tapas-like meals between 4 costing $40 pp... In summary, I'd say Berta's is the most overrated thing to come out of Surry Hills since Toko.

Simon Food Favourites said...

i'm thinking of checking it out tonight although the last time i was a vini i wasn't terribly impressed with the food. i'm hoping Berta will offer something of value for the taste buds :-)