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Top 10 Restaurants In Redfern, Sydney
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Top 10 Restaurants In Redfern, Sydney

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Redfern is an inviting district in Sydney that is still somewhat rough around the edges. The neighborhood has resisted gentrification and has remained the center of Sydney’s Indigenous community. Dining in Redfern offers unique restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. Here are some of the best.
The Eathouse Diner
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The Eathouse Diner

One very lovely and casual place to dine, the Eathouse offers patrons good food and great drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can take a seat at the bar or find a comfortable table. Do not mistake Eathouse for an ordinary diner, though; the food they serve is phenomenal and their sake cocktails are legendary. The decor is a bit eclectic but this only adds to the restaurants unique personality. Be prepared for a lively meal when visiting Eathouse.

306 Chalmers Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 8084 9479

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An Asian restaurant inspired by the great teahouses of China, Pu’er is an experience not to miss. Although they are very focused on high quality tea, Pu’er also offers sharing plates in the form of fantastic dumplings and gyoza. For lunch and dinner the menu also holds a varied selection of dishes authentic Pan-Asian classics that have been given a modern fusion touch. Be sure to grab some quality tea from their excellent emporium before you leave.

Pu’er, 20a Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW, Australia +61 2 8399 1331

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Lal Qila

This is the essential Indian restaurant of Redfern. Lal Qila is best described as a mix of Tandoori and a barbecue restaurant serving dishes ranging from smaller tandoori plates to very generous biryani dishes. The restaurant is located on the border with Surry Hills, so it is a short walk from the attractions of Crown Street.

Lal Qila, 351-353 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9319 1988

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House Of Crabs

If you are looking for a restaurant where you can let it all go, then you must pay a visit to the House of Crabs. The name of the establishment is self-descriptive as they serve mostly seafood, fried chicken and great cocktails. Be prepared to make a mess and have a great time doing it, and don’t miss out on their specials, lobster fries and fried snow crab.

The Norfolk Hotel, 305 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 9699 3177

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Moon Park

Redfern hosts a true gem of a Korean restaurant called Moon Park. Refreshingly this local restuarant does away with fancy interiors and presents itself with a clean, minimalist decor. This simplicity does not affect the kitchen as Moon Park offers outstandingly great food. The Bibimbap is probably the restaurant’s most praised dish, while they also do a great selection of Korean desserts. Located just by the beautiful Redfern Park, the restaurant allows visitors to catch the famous South Sydney green area and an Aussie Rules Football playing field.

Moon Park, 34 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 9690 0111

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Chiki Chiki Sakaba

If you have ever been to Japan, then you know that most Japanese restaurants in the west never come close to replicating the true atmosphere of a traditional Japanese diner. Surprisingly Chiki Chiki Sakaba in Redfern comes out from nowhere and offers an amazing and authentic izakaya experience. This restaurant is very low key, hidden away along Bourke Street, its small shop front is easy to miss. The food is excellent quality and their ramen is to die for. Be sure to also try the Karaage.

Chiki Chiki Sakaba, 654 Bourke Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 9698 6191

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Kepos Street Kitchen

Kepos is a lovely Israeli diner right at the heart of Redfern. The food is distinctly Middle Eastern with an obvious nod to Israeli cuisine. However, Kepos manages to breathe life into traditional dishes and creates a truly unique dining experience. Their hummus is probably the city’s best. The decor of the restaurant is welcoming and full of light. The best part is that Kepos is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can enjoy their wonderfully varied menu any time of day.

Kepos Street Kitchen, 96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 9319 3919

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Pitt St Diner

Another lovely restaurant in Redfern, Pitt St Diner is best described as a bistro restaurant offering a varied and interesting menu throughout the day and evening. The diner has a lovely bohemian atmosphere, and you will enjoy gazing through the large windows at passersby on tree-lined Pitt Street. Booking is recommended for dinner.

Pitt St Diner, 96 Pitt Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 8668 5936

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Milk Bar Pizza

Sometimes all you need is a good pizza. Fortunately, Redfern has got you covered with a disruptive upstart in the pizza industry, Milk Bar Pizza. The restaurant distinguished itself in being bold and different. The design is black and inspired by retro video games and pop culture. The pizzas are innovative and you can taste the quality ingredients and skill. If you are feeling brave, be sure to try the Crab Omelet or Diablo pizzas.

Milk Bar Pizza, 152 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia +61 2 9699 3366

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Cornerstone Bar And Food

On the Eveleigh side of Redfern, right by the railroad tracks, sits the famous Carriageworks culture space, which hosts different exhibitions and performances throughout the year. If you are visiting one of the shows or are just in the area, it definitely pays to check out Carriageworks’ sister establishment Cornerstone, which serves amazing food and an excellent tapas menu. The drinks selection is also very impressive as this is a modern pub with a cutting edge Australian menu.

Cornerstone, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, Australia +61 2 8571 9004