Surry Hills degustation restaurant Arthur to open sibling Jane on Bourke Street

Jane head chef Victoria Scriven (left), founder Tristan Rosier and group head chef Kevin Oh.
Jane head chef Victoria Scriven (left), founder Tristan Rosier and group head chef Kevin Oh. Photo: Dan Mylons/Mark Photography

With Ursula, Margaret, Roxy and Lola already at the party, the culinary historians might remember 2021 as Sydney's year of restaurants named after women. Late next month, Jane will join them.

This is no plain Jane, however. It's the spin-off from Surry Hills' award-winning degustation-specialist, Arthur restaurant. The moniker is a nod to owner-chef Tristan Rosier's grandmother, Jane (her late husband's middle name gave Arthur its name).

The 30-seat restaurant will slot into the former site of Ume and Bistrode at 478 Bourke Street in Surry Hills, just a Buddy Franklin kick from Arthur.

"Arthur has become a dining destination, so we wanted to create a less formal space which our local community could come [to] and enjoy multiple times per week, whether it be a great cocktail, after-work drinks, or dinner with friends," Rosier says.

Rosier is collaborating on the opening menus with group head chef Kevin Oh and Jane's head chef, Victoria Scriven. "We've pulled out some of my grandmother's old cookbooks for inspiration, so in that sense it's old-fashioned. But we're bringing some of our technique from Arthur," Rosier says.

One of the desserts they've been working on is a riff on his grandmother's sponge cake with pink icing. The version at Jane's will have its roots in the French merveilleux and include meringue, cream, rosella flower and strawberries.

The Luchetti Krelle interior will have another feminine touch. A lazy susan is part of the plan at Jane.