Ah Redfern, you seriously tasty bastard. Here at The Urban List we love you for many reasons, from your luxe to your cheap eats, your tree lined streets, your local flavour and the fact that not only are you not Surry Hills, you actually don't want to be. You're there doing your thing, and doing it well.
The guys over at Thirdi, who are about to launch the swanky new development, 88onRegent, know that Redfern is the kind of suburb where the best of the best isn’t always the easiest to find, which in our book makes it even more fun. So with that in mind, they’ve helped us round up not only the best local finds, but the very best menu items from each, so you can start living (and eating) like a Redfern local immediately.
Coffee And Cronuts At 88onRegent
Sydney loves a pop-up cafe, and the best type of pop-up is one that involves a tasty cronut from our friends at Grumpy Donuts, paired with a seriously good cup of Joe from Pablo & Rusty. The newest cafe to hit Redfern, Thirdi's 88onRegent is doing exactly that and doing it damn well.
Pork Katsu Sandwich from Oratnek
This bad boy is totally worth the 15 minute wait. 200g of pork fillet goodness with Japanese bbq sauce, cabbage and mustard.
Pho at Yen’s
Every suburb needs a Pho place and Yen’s Vietnamese Restaurant has been dishing up the steaming hot bowls of happiness to locals for years, and now it’s your turn.
Corn Fritters By Coffee, Tea and Me
Corn fritters are about as divisive as brunch dishes can be, but the corn fritters at Coffee, Tea and Me are layered with bacon and are the perfect hungover cure for your next dusty Sunday morning.
Granola Bowl at Little Evie
One of the newest kids on the Redfern brunch block. We can’t go past the granola bowl at Little Evies. It’s crunchy, fresh and filled with fruit, yoghurt—and of course—berry compote.
Narnies By Three Williams
The narnies from Three Williams are the stuff of breakkie legend, and their mushroom narnie proves that you don’t need meat to have a good time. Filled with sage crumbed field mushrooms, blue cheese, rocket, pear and strawberry balsamic. This is #goals.
Baby Back Pork Ribs at House Of Crabs
Getting down and dirty with your food is always a good thing in our books. Who doesn’t love getting elbow deep in a full rack of BBQ ribs, for example? Well, House of Crabs delivers all of the dirty good times with their rough and ready menu which features those delicious baby back pork ribs we were talking about. They are prepared with a bourbon and maple glaze that you just know will be delicious. Bibs are optional, but are they really, you dirty dirty thing, you?
Croque Monsieur From St Judes
We’re all over the perfectly crunchy,buttery and cheesy goodness that is the Croque Monsieur from St Judes.
Smashed Avo At Henry Lee's
It wouldn’t be a roundup of an inner Sydney suburb without a shout out to one of the best smashed avos going around. Do yourself a favour and hightail it to Henry Lee’s as only the best smashed avo will do.
Lila Pizza From La Coppola
They had us at BYO wine, but because this is a food list we’ll mention the epic pizza at La Coppola. Wood fired and tasty af, the Lila with Italian pork and fennel sausage will have everyone’s stomach smiling.
Chicken Sandwich at Meet Gerard
So, technically, Meet Gerard is on the borderline of Alexandria, Redfern and Erskineville BUT we just had to include him. The chicken sandwich guys, we’re serious. Get it in ya.
Shaksuka From Kepos Street Kitchen
Your Instagram, and more importantly your belly, need the pretty as a picture shakshuka from Kepos Street Kitchen.
Pappardelle by Redfern Continental
Talk about party at the front and business at the back when it comes to our friends over at Redfern Continental. A bar when you first walk in, there’s a quality restaurant waiting for you at the back. With daily specials, there’s always something new to try—but their pappardelle with slow braised lamb gets a big fat yes from us every time.
Louisiana Smokey Beans at Eathouse Diner Redfern
There are very few food things that are more comforting than a bowl of smokey beans, and these do not disappoint in the comfort stakes. They are open every night of the week, so if a particularly rainy or gloomy day comes around (or you just need a big old hug from the inside), then this is the dish you need in your life.
W.T.F Burger at Mylk Bar by Café Ish
The W.T.F Burger at Mylk Bar by Café Ish is everything you don’t really want in a burger, but know you will order, eat and love from the moment you walk through the door. This monster has two 150g beef patties, double American cheddar, pulled pork, artisan bacon, hash brown, red onion, pickles, house BBQ sauce AND jalepeno lime aioli. Totally worth the ensuing meat sweats and food baby.
Margherita Pizza at Napoli Nel Cuore
When the pizza is this good, it would be sacrilegious to order anything but the tried and true classic: margherita. It is everything you want in an authentic Italian pizza, with a thin chewy base, fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Enough said, really.
Dumplings And Tea At Zensation Tea House
Hot tip: sometimes there’s even a clairvoyant so that means dumplings, tea and sorting your life out. Win.
Hazelnut Gelato at Ciccone and Sons Gelateria
Discovering a new gelataria that NAILS classic hazelnut gelato (or Nocciola to those in the know) is almost a religious experience. Now, you could opt for their more experimental flavours like black sesame, burnt butter and gingerbread or matcha—but really—it’s all about the tried and true classics for us. Just keep an eye out for their weekly specials, because we would hate for you to go when they are serving pistachio instead of hazelnut #tragedy.
Beef Brisket Sandwich by Scouts Honour
Rounding out the very best of Redfern eats is the beef brisket sandwich from Scouts Honour. Lunch is always sorted with this one, finished with red cabbage, pickles, salsa verde, fresh mint and lemon mayo.
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Image credit: Claudia Schumelli at Mylk Bar by Café Ish; Kepos St Kitchen; Oratnek; Ciccone & Sons; Three Williams.