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YOUNG WAITER / VIC
Gerald Ryan is the sommelier at Brae Restaurant in regional Victoria and our Australian Young Waiter 2014. Find out where he likes to hang out for the best eats, coffee and of course bars.
favourite coffee spots
Wye River Café, Wye River
Great Pastries and chilled vibe on the Great Ocean Rd
St Ali, South Melbourne
Coffee is out of control
Brother Baba Budan, MElbourne
Coffee is great and the décor is hilarious
favourite casual eateries
Proud Mary, Collingwood
Coffee is fantastic, as is the food, and the place is always buzzing!
Belle’s Diner, Fitzroy
The chicken these boys are dishing up is so painfully addictive, it should almost be illegal.
Because it offers something completely unique and inspiring.
The Town Mouse, Carlton
So unpretentious and so bang on the money, the kind of place you go for lunch and leave at midnight!
Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy
The food is so approachable, and so well executed, and Cam Wheeler is always around to offer something interesting to drink.
The Everleigh, Fitzroy
The drinks here are the best in Melbourne, hands down.
City Wine Shop, Melbourne
For a great bottle of wine and good beers.
For very late nights!
Victoria Markets, Melbourne
They have everything you could want.
Foothill Organics, Yeodene.
Joe is an organic farmer with a great temperature controlled honesty stall between Birregurra and Colac.
Birregurra Farm Foods, Birregurra
They slaughter their own animals, make their own sausages, cure their own meat, and have a great range of local produce, from cheese to wines.
favourite interstate restaurants
Bentley Restaurant and Bar(and Monopole and Yellow), Sydney.
Nick and Brent are always bang on the money with their restaurants, all three at different price points deliver the goods.
Lalla Roohk, Perth
The Bar is one of my favourite places to visit when I get over to see Mum and Dad, amazing wine list at affordable prices!
Ethos Eat Drink, Hobart
Iain and Chloe are pushing the boundaries in terms of changing their menu every day, and making close to everything they serve in house, so inspiring, and so delicious!