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Rey Jr: Bringing a new style of takeaway Filipino food to Australia

Rey Jr

Rey Jr: Bringing a new style of takeaway Filipino food to Australia

Since its opening in Darling Square just under a month ago, Rey Jr is showing Australians just how delicious and creative Filipino food can be.

Rey Jr is the second restaurant by owner Jonathan Bayad, and provides a smaller, more streamlined menu to its older Darlinghurst counterpart, Rey’s Place.

These traditional dishes topped with a modern twist are a growing favourite among Sydney-siders, creating greater awareness of Filipino food in Australia.

Jonathan said he is excited by the coverage and representation of Filipino food over recent years, and he has seen around five more Filipino restaurants open up across Sydney since he opened Rey’s Place just over a year ago.

“We have so much pride in our food and to see that being appreciated by everyone is amazing,” Jonathan said.

The feeling is so good, and the response has been awesome.

Despite both his restaurants offering Filipino food, Jonathan said the menu of Rey Jr is completely different.

The menu is mainly made up of individual rice bowl options which makes them quick and easy meals for the office workers in the surrounding area.

At the moment, the Lechon is the most popular dish that we’re doing but my favourite is the Sisig rice bowl.

Rey Jr

Image obtained from Rey’s Place, Facebook Page

In the next two weeks, Rey Jr will be offering five savory dishes, a few snacks/sides and introducing a total of five dessert style selections.

“We’re looking to expand to more desserts, so more Filipino baked goods and more desserts in the summer,” Jonathan stated.

That was what we learnt pretty quickly; we have to get in on this sweet game. Rey’s is always a learning process.

Rey Jr

Image obtained from Rey’s Place, Facebook Page

However, the similarities between the two restaurants have also helped maintain a customer base that were already fans of the food at Rey’s Place.

“We’ve definitely seen a range of regulars coming in and we’re also getting a lot of customers who know of Rey’s Place and have come to check out Rey Jr,” Jonathan said.

Rey Jr is the second restaurant named after Jonathan’s dad who appreciates good Filipino food and is one of Jonathan’s biggest fans.

Both my parents are very proud. Whenever they bring people into town, they take them down and show them around the restaurant.

Stay up to date with latest dishes from Rey Jr and Rey’s Place by visiting their Facebook Page HERE


Noor Rizk

Noor Rizk is a Western Sydney University student and in her third year of a Bachelor of Communication. She likes to stay updated with the latest books and enjoys writing anything that grabs her interest. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au