Jessica Martin – eat & drink insider knowledge

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Jessica Martin is one of our 2015 Young Waiter State Finalists. Jessica shares her recommendations for the best places to eat & drink in Sydney!

favourite coffee shops

The Lucky Pickle Surry Hills

A hole in the wall offering great coffee and outstanding pork rolls. Get there before 1 o’clock or miss out.

Four Ate Five Surry Hills

Everything here is pretty amazing; the French toast is a gem.

Edition Roasters Darlinghurst

If I do have a coffee its definitely Edition. The guys here are so friendly and they are always doing something interesting.

favourite cafes/eateries

Bangkok Capitol Theatre

I have been eating at Bangkok for as long as I remember. It is traditional Thai cuisine which is affordable and open late. Great after a late night service.

Bar Reggio Darlinghurst

My favourite Sydney restaurant where I can get my pizza or pasta fix. It’s affordable honest Italian food and its BYO!

favourite restaurants

Sokyo The Star

Chase Kojima is one of the most talented Japanese chefs in Sydney. Make sure to ask for a sushi counter seat and let Chase do all the work. His sushi is fresh and flavoursome and his snapper tempura is next level.

Sepia Sydney

Truly one of the most incredible meals I have had in Australia. My meal was a journey of culinary discovery with every course leaving me in awe.

Sagra Darlinghurst

Amazing pasta with a seasonally evolving menu. It never disappoints!

favourite bars

Love Tilly Devine Darlinghurst

A hidden Gem behind the bustling crown street in Darlinghurst. It’s an awesome place to try new and exciting wines with Gabrielle Webster running the show. Its eclectic, friendly and fun and a great place to take people to show off Sydney.

Shady Pines Saloon Darlinghurst

I love to head to Shady for a gin and juice. The bar team is always entertaining.

This Must Be The Place Darlinghurst

I love a spritz. Luke and Charlie have created something truly magical on Oxford Street. Drinks are always light, fresh and set you up for a fun night out.

favourite food markets/local grocers

Sydney Fish Markets

I’m not a morning person but I don’t mind rising early to head to the fish markets for some fresh seafood. Sunday seafood feast was a large part of my childhood growing up.

Cabramatta Asian Markets

For all your Asian produce needs.

Taste Growers Market, East Village Zetland

I am really lucky to have a great fruit and vegetable shop in our local market. They specialise in organic vegetables and they always have a great range of produce.

favourite interstate restaurants

Franklin Hobart TAS

My interstate highlight. David Moyle’s offering at Franklin is interesting, ever changing and refined. I had an amazing meal there and I can’t wait to return. Fantastc selection of natural wines.

Africola Adelaide SA

What a surprising meal. I commend Duncan and his team for doing something different and utterly delicious in South Australia!

The Flinders Street Project Adelaide SA

Flinders Street is such a nice contemporary space to stop by in the mornings. Breakfast here is always a delight and Stewart does Smørrebrød for lunch, which takes me back to Copenhagen.


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