The expansive grounds of The Newport is set to become even more elegant with the inclusion of Bert’s, Merivale’s newest brasserie and bar. Inspired by grand hotel dining rooms of the 1930s, Bert’s aims to capture the easy air of Sydney’s Northern beaches with a hint of whimsical nostalgia. An all-star line-up of hospitality talent will take charge of the space. This includes Jordan Toft as Executive Chef, Franck Moreau as Master Sommelier and Sam Egerton as the Bar Manager.
The impressive kitchen will take centre stage, accented by charcoal ovens and basque grills, opening up to an elegant brasserie and cocktail lounge. This set up will pump out raw bar classics (oysters, crab on toasted brioche canapes), heavier mains such as beef or whole fish roasted in the charcoal oven or cooked over basque grills and vegetables, simply prepared to accompany. The overall menu will accommodate both guests who enjoy sharing and those who prefer their own entrée, main and dessert.
“We want to create that sense of relaxed indulgence you experience on a coastal European holiday”, says Toft. “It is very special, yet completely fuss-free – beautiful, fresh produce, served simply and elegantly”.
Wines will be displayed in a stunning cellar at the entrance, curated under Master Franck Moreau’s watchful eye. He has focused on classic Australian wines, including back vintages of Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet, alongside European wines and emerging and quirky labels like the Lucy Margaux ‘Wildman’ or Patrick Sullivan ‘Windy Cottage’.
A cocktail list developed by Sam Egerton takes cues from grand European hotels and American country clubs. Each drink represents one of the classic styles, with influence from seasonal and local produce. His pick of the list is inspired by the classic Royale, with Absolut Elyx vodka, ginger cordial and champagne, finished with finger lime caviar. The Bert’s Bar will also serve a selection of snacks from the main menu.
Merivale first opened the iconic Newport venue in March 2016, catering to the outdoorsy relaxed crowd of the Northern Beaches community. The launch of Bert’s, will offer an additional special experience for those wanting a little something extra. Bert’s is set to open in early January. Details on the exact open date will be announced soon.
Address: 2 Kalinya Street, Newport New South Wales 2106
Contact: 02 9997 4900