Balkan restaurants exit Oxford Street

Oxford Street is now without any Balkan restaurants for the first time in more than 50 years.
Oxford Street is now without any Balkan restaurants for the first time in more than 50 years. Photo: Antonin Cermak/Fairfax Media

The stretch of Sydney's Oxford Street that has been home to a collection of restaurants with eyes on the Adriatic Sea is a Balkan-free zone for the first time in more than half a century.

This year the restaurant known as the "original" Balkan Restaurant closed after a 55-year run.

The restaurant stalwart – which provided many Sydneysiders with their first taste of Balkan cuisine and Croatian specialties – left the Oxford Street strip several years ago for a site at 249 Crown Street, Surry Hills.

Now the 43-year-old Balkan Seafood Restaurant – which has different owners – has closed at 217 Oxford Street.

But the story doesn't end there.

Like a work of Balkan absurdist comedy-drama, Balkan Seafood Restaurant has relocated to the Crown Street digs of its former restaurant rival.