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Berta, Sydney… another visit

It has been a while since I last went to Berta. My last visit was very memorable, however, the photos were absolutely horrid – so apologies. It’s very dark in Berta and my camera and mobile phone at the time did not do justice to any of the food.

A dear friend, C, has been nagging me to go back to Berta and finally, I agreed. Berta now takes reservation, and they have Wednesday Sagra Dinners for $55 – four course dinner at either 6pm or 8.30pm sitting. Unfortunately, we weren’t there for the Sagra dinner. I know how much C can eat. Whilst waiting, I perused the menu, it had changed since the last time I was there. I noticed they had a banquet for $69 pp – it seemed like good value and indeed it was.

Not much persuasion was required for C, he is always up for a degust or a banquet. There’s no menu for the banquet – it is up to the Chef’s. We just had to inform them of what we didn’t want or want from the menu. I had no allergies and will eat anything and everything. C on the other hand, is not a huge fan of greens, so we asked for less greens!

So let the banquet begins…

We started with the mushroom taleggio arancini horseradish – one each of mushroom rice balls coated with breadcrumbs which was fried and seared with horseradish cream. This was excellent, the taleggio was very creamy and the rice balls tender and moist and melted in my mouth.

I loved the sweetness of the horseradish cream and it complemented the mushroom arancini well. C on the other hand, is not a huge fan of the texture of arancini, he said it was ‘so so’ but that was pretty much it.

Ndjua parmesan cream pickled onion served with toasted bread was wonderful. Ndjua is a soft, spicy hot spreadable salami, it was good but too spicy for C, which meant more for me! The crunchiness of the pickled onion, it was sour and with the spicy salami it was just excellent. The cream was just too good not to eat, it had to be scrapped with bread or with a knife or even with the salami! YUM!

The fresh oysters from Carrington Bay were served a la natuaral and it was wonderfully creamy and delicious. C thought ‘this should have been the first course, such big and yummy oyster, sensational! I wanted more!’ I agree, one was just not enough.

Scallops sugna breadcrumbs – the flavours exploded it in my mouth. The steamed scallops with crunchy crumbs of rendered pork, breadcrumbs and capers were magnificent and one was just not enough.

The kingfish jerusalem artichokes, fennel samphire was a favourite of mine. Fresh thin slices of kingfish, I could have easily eaten the whole plate on my own! C on the other hand thought it was nice, but really nothing special.

I believe that conclude the entrée, now the mains! To start off with, Marron chestnut agnolotti celeriac, bite size chestnut ‘ravioli’ which burst into flavours of sweetness was to die for. Each mouthful was better than the next, and the next thing I knew, it was al gone! It had a wonderful aroma and it tastes even better than it smelt!

Whole silver perch green peppers celery which was served with soft polenta mushrooms parmesan. The silver perch was panfried, crispy skin and the green peppers celery had a mixture of sour and crunchiness which complemented the fish well. Both C and I thought it was nice, but nothing special.

The soft polenta mushroom parmesan was magnificent! Creamy, with large chunks of mushrooms – I couldn’t help but serve large spoonfuls of it.

The scotch fillet white beans preserved lemon was lovely but I do like my steak rare, and this for me was a little over cooked. It wasn’t as tender as I had hoped, it was nice but nothing special I thought.

The potatoes were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. C especially LOVED the crunchy ones.

Lastly dessert. Unfortunately, dessert didn’t blow me away. We first started with two scoops of gelato – amaretto gelato and yogurt gelato. Almond amaretto gelato was definitely not my favourite dessert. I do like eating raw almonds but almond dessert I don’t like. To me, it had a strange nutty flavour, however, C seemed to have enjoyed it. The yogurt gelato was a light and a little tangy, C on the other hand, did not like the yogurt gelato.

The ‘chocolate salami’ is a traditional portugese dessert made from dark chocolate, broken cookies, butter and eggs. At first I thought it was chocolate and salami combined but no, that is not the case. It is dark chocolate which is rolled in a shape of ‘salami’. It was nice but again, it did rock my boat or anything.

I was a little disappointed with dessert, however, the banquet was well worth it! All that food for $69. Both C and I were in the ‘upper range of full’ and were satisfied.

The service was great and friendly. I definitely enjoyed my second time at Berta, got to try more food and it was delish! They have a range of wine options, C and I aren’t big drinkers so neither of us ordered any wine.

If you haven’t been to Berta, I would definitely recommend it, especially now that they do take reservations!

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10


17 – 19 Alberta Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9263 6133

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  1. April 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

    oh, the food looks delicious. im hungry now. mmmmmm!

    • April 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

      hey laura – thanks for dropping by! it was good. you should def check it out!

  2. April 11, 2011 at 4:43 am

    They all eventually take reservations!

  3. April 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Looks yum!

    And I’m glad I’ve found someone who doesn’t like Almond in desserts… I find them everywhere, including Chinese desserts!

  4. April 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Mmmm, looks like a return visit for the banquet or sagra dinner is definitely in order.

    • April 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

      im tempted to try the sagra dinner also one day… the banquet was definitely worth it! so much food!

  5. April 13, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I really want to go to this place. Not too many places in Sydney where you can get great quality oysters for $3 a piece either!

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