Much like its older sibling in Darlinghurst, Rey Jr is a modern Filipino restaurant bringing the cuisine of the Southeast Asian island to new audiences, as well as those looking for a taste of home. Here you’ll find traditional dishes and classic flavours elevated by using quality local ingredients and refined techniques.
There are rice bowls and lunch rolls offered, all in the $11 to $16 price range, as well as some small-plate snacks and desserts. The Rey’s Place favourite is a Cebu-style lechon: slow-roasted for 14 hours, the crisp-skinned suckling pig comes with house-made sarsa (a sauce of vinegar, onion, chilli, garlic, brown sugar and charred chicken liver), toyomansi (a mix of soy sauce and calamansi juice), atsara (pickled papaya) and a fried egg. There’s a solid roster of meat free options available too.
Although the space is small, it packs quite the aesthetic punch. Rey Jr’s bare walls and raw concrete interior draw inspiration from Manila’s 1980s brutalist architecture. The colourful floor tiles and the stone bench tops are a nod to the Philippines’ Spanish colonial past.
The eatery is tiny – just four bar seats overlooking an open kitchen, and not many more outside – and because of its proximity to the CBD and corporate offices in the area, Rey Jr is more for the lunch crowd (although it’s open every night, too).