Step back in time and bring back all those nostalgic feelings with a visit to Jane. This swanky new smart-casual restaurant is nestled on Surry Hills’ trendy Bourke Street that’s become a true culture and foodie hub in Sydney. The modern Australian diner is a unique combination of a 1970’s style and a boujee, swanky dining experience that we’ve come to expect from some of the coolest restaurants in Sydney. Steeped in nostalgia, the historic butcher’s site retains the polished tile-work façade, some vintage gold foil typography and oversized polished brass-frame window, popular of the era, while the restaurant’s original wood-framed double doors have been freshly stained in matte-black and open to a palette rich in saturated colour and texture. Let’s take a closer look.
Jane Surry Hills
Address: 478 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Wed-Sun 5-10pm
Phone: 0403 632 355
We can thank renowned interior architect Luchetti Krelle for the design mastery, combined with hatted chef and founder Tristan Rosier, for the finished product. A vintage 1970s smoked-glass and gold-tone metal pendant chandelier hangs lowly in the window above a circular dark Rosso Levanto marble table and macchiato-brown leather-covered custom-built banquette for eight, complete with lazy-suzan. A charming street view can be seen through bronzed mirrors, which also allows for plenty of natural light to warm the space, that little bit more. “My design vision was clear from the outset, to bring the elements I loved from Nan’s house to live here at Jane, showcasing her timeless style,” said Rosier.
“We were very excited to work alongside Tristan and so pleased to bring his nostalgia into reality… What is also exciting about the project is how neatly Jane fits into the fabric of the street. Her humble demeanour is sure to make it a local favourite,” said Luchetti Krelle principal, Stuart Krelle.
The custom-built and hand-finished Italian Carrara marble bar runs the length of the room, while a flowery pattern adorns the bar’s splash-back, taking inspiration from a photograph from Rosier’s childhood where he grew up in a Clovelly beach house. The glassware is eloquently hung above the bar, creating a sense of eloquence and class like none other. An ode to national pride, all-Australian wines take centre stage lining the back-lit mirrored wall. Furniture is custom-built and incorporates plenty of Australian timber as well as references to Rosier’s childhood – “There are pieces in here which only my family will understand the meaning of and maybe an inside joke here and there, then there are touches which feel nostalgic to everyone – it feels warm, comfortable and like we’ve been here forever,” said Rosier.
As a result, Jane is not only a refreshing trip down memory lane, but is also a striking representation of a personal history intertwined with the structural history of the building and shared memories of the 1970s. The menu is equally as spectacular with Arthurs dinner rolls, Sydney rock oysters, and a wild boar nduja cigar to start. Mains are taking an obvious leaning towards fresh, quality seafood. Favourites of ours include; Murray cod (native curry, saltbush), wagyu skirt steak (horseradish, cime di rapa), and duck leg wrapped in cabbage and pepperberry. Desserts are equally as thoughtful with Jane’s pink cake and Sticky persimmon pudding being the highlights.