Aaron Starling – eat & drink insider knowledge

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Aaron Starling – eat & drink insider knowledge

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Melbourne chef, now Sydney resident Aaron Starling shares his favourite Melbourne haunts for fresh produce, great coffee plus eats & drinks. Originally sous chef at Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne, he moved to Sydney to help open Guillaume in Paddington.


favourite coffee spots

DRUGSTORE ESPRESSO, South Yarra

My local on the way to work, awesome coffee, they also have cold drip coffee, if you don’t feel like coffee they can make you a fresh juice they also do an great burger!

CLEMENT, South Melbourne

Great coffee, i recommend the pony blend as a long black, they also sell beans and all the gadgets so you can make good coffee at home.

TIVOLI ROAD, South Yarra

Another good local in my area, good coffee and they also make house made sodas which are great in summer, great bread and doughnuts too!

 


favourite casual eateries

TALL TIMBER, Prahan

My favourite place for breakfast in Melbourne, gets packed out on the weekends so get in early, serves good coffee and serves fresh seasonal produce i recommend the ‘pulled pork eggs benedict with apple cider hollandaise’

ACLAND STREET CANTINA, St Kilda

The best tacos in Melbourne! Great place to go for lunch and a couple of beers, also have a mexi-mart so you can buy hot sauces and dried chilli’s for home. Try the Cubano its amazing!

THE OLD BARBER SHOP, Richmond

Great little place on Church Street that does great coffee and breakfast, simple great tasting food.

 


favourite restaurants

CUMULUS INC, CBD

One of my favourite places to eat in Melbourne, good use of ingredients always busy great place to go share some food with friends.

ATTICA, Ripponlea

Once you have dined here its easy to see why its one of the best restaurants in the country! Amazing dining experience, clever use of ingredients and technique.

CHIN CHIN, CBD

I love Asian street food and this is the best place to go! The perfect balance of sweet, spicy and sour. Gets very busy at lunch and dinner and they don’t take bookings but you can always have a few drinks at the bar while you wait for your table!

 


favourite bars

BLACK PEARL, Fitzroy

Awesome cocktails, and a great place to go for drinks with friends, great atmosphere.

LILY BLACKS, CBD

A well known ‘hospo’ bar in the city, a massive selection of spirits and cocktails, great craft beers the best place to go for drinks after work.

THE EMERSON, Prahan

Great space, and the best place to go for a Sunday session in summer! Massive terrace with a cool atmosphere.


favourite markets

QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET, Melbourne

The main market for Melbourne where all chefs and foodies go for great produce, everything is there!

PRAHAN MARKET, Prahan

My local market, great butchers and fishmongers, there is a mushroom market stall when you can buy pines, slippery jacks when they are in season, and Essential Ingredient is next door!

MILK THE COW, St Kilda

The best place to buy cheese! very knowledgeable staff who know what they are talking about, you can takeaway cheese or you can sit down and enjoy it with a glass of wine or try a cheese and spirit flight!

 


favourite interstate restaurants

THREE BLUE DUCKS, Bronte, Sydney

Great place for Sunday lunch, always busy, great use of seasonal produce, good cider an awesome place for a casual lunch with friends, and the best bread in Sydney is two doors down from these guys at Iggys.

PAPI CHULO, Manly, Sydney

Great food, bbq and smoked meats, raw fresh fish located on manly wharf perfect place for lunch in summer!

BIOTA, Bowral, NSW

Amazing restaurant located in the beautiful Southern Highlands, great use of Australian ingredients that are grown on the premises and a great Australian wine list!

 



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