320 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 8356 9120 rosiecampbells.com
Someone once told me that the key to happiness is to make others happy. Well, they were wrong, because after a visit to this quirky Jamaican hangout, it’s pretty clear that the key to happiness involves jerk chicken and alcoholic sunsets served over ice. From the team that brought us The Soda Factory, comes Rosie Campbell’s – a happy, vibrant, Caribbean-inspired jerk diner and rum bar with a New York twist that serves ‘sweet tings’ from brunch until midnight. For the jerk-uninitiated, no visit to Rosie’s is complete without wrapping your lips around a spicy Jerk Chicken Burger ($16), which features sunshine ‘slaw, a dill pickle, crispy fried shallots, habanero pepper sauce and, of course, the venue’s homemade signature jerk marinade. Wash down the spicy jerk with rum or a cocktail, or better yet, jerk down some of Jamaica’s own Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer ($8) (and yes, it’s alcoholic).