Jersey Rd Bistro
The day after Buzo's final service the restaurant’s sign fell off the building and crashed to the ground. Owner Phillip Fikkers took it as a good omen considering he was about to open his new venue, Jersey Rd Bistro, on the same site.
Fikkers and Mark Campbell (who are co-owners of Macleay St Bistro) bought Buzo in 2015. Pinbone was in the space before, and before that Buzo, but under different management.
Jersey Rd Bistro is different; it’s more relaxed and isn’t focused on Italian cuisine.
The menu matches the relaxed atmosphere. Each dish focuses on two or three core ingredients, eschewing heavy, buttery sauces for light and fresh flavours. The sauce for the roasted lamb rump uses two types of potatoes and a zucchini and mint crumble for texture.
The brunch menu involves more than avo on toast (although there is a version served with goat’s curd and pepitas). There is rock oysters with a white balsamic and verjus mignonette, and fried duck egg and duck jerky served with spiced quinoa.
Wood accents and cool shades of blue dominate the venue, appearing on the walls, chairs and carpet. The decor is pared back, and this makes a large mirror mosaic the centrepiece.