If you’re in the mood to stop off at a cafe in the city, feeling thirsty or want a light bite; then make your way to Jet Bar Caffe. The coffee ($4) is well presented and tastes delicious. If you’re hungry, you can tuck into a fully fledged Italian meal too if you’d like. They’re open all day, seven days a week. My first visit was with a few of my old school friends. We sort of stumbled upon the restaurant, being in the mood to foot our feet up and grab a drink after walking around the city all day.
Beautifully presented coffee
You could do the same, or between breaks at work, stop by. Or even for business meetings. In fact on my venture back there, the place was filled with business men and women chatting with iPads and newspapers in hand. When I say back there, this is because it’s too good not to venture back; mainly due to its close proximity to Town Hall train station, one floor directly below.
Entrance to Jet Bar Caffe from QVB
The cafe greets you at the main entrance of the stunning Queen Victoria Building (QVB), located on the corner of George and Park Streets. If you’re entering through the other entrance, it's in between George and Market Streets. If you’ve just stepped off the train, follow the Town Hall station exit signs which lead you directly to QVB. It’s been at the QVB residence for fourteen years under the supervision of owners Antoinette and Tony Mowad. According to their website, they are undertaking a full scale renovation, “adding a new Wine Bar, Espresso Bar and a larger, fully air-conditioned Dining Room.” This all sounds great.
Sketch of the restaurant interior
A variety of house made Italian pastries are served at breakfast, alongside the endless options of the classics. If you’re there for lunch or dinner, try the pasta ($17-25), risotto ($20) or pizza ($22-$26). I had the risotto on my second visit with a couple of girlfriends, and it was divine. Italian chef, Danny Russo and Head Chef, Immanuel Arena worked hard together to create a new Italian menu. You may try the famous jet rolls ($13-$14) too, with an option for vegetarians.
Large vanilla milkshake
You can’t leave without trying the sweet treats. The house made desserts include the apple cake with ice cream ($9), crème caramel (8.50) or tiramisu ($10.50). Now milkshakes ($7.50) are my guilty pleasure, and of course my go to drink on a hot day. My friend and I sat down to one. Well proportioned I have to say - nice and large, served in cooling silver cups.
View from within the restaurant, looking out onto Park Street.
I hope you enjoy your visit there. The staff are very friendly, and the food is quality stuff.
Where: Shop 55, Queen Victoria Building/455 George Street Sydney NSW.
Why: Great Italian food
Cost: Reasonable to Pricey
When: 7 days a week
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: For pastries and coffees.