There’s no better way to learn more about a suburb then by exploring it on foot; so last month when the opportunity arose to go on a progressive food crawl through Redfern with Guerilla Eats, I jumped at the chance to explore my partner-in-dine’s local haunts.
The process of the food crawl is a simple one: once you decide on your location to explore (they also run food crawls through Surry Hills, The Rocks, Darlinghurst and more) you receive your treasure map of dining locations a few days prior to your tour and your starting time. Each venue will be expecting you.
Our ‘Blackbird in Paris‘ Redfern food crawl begins at 6pm just near the train station at a cosy bar known as The Angry Pirate (125 Redfern St).
The tour gets broken into three stops where you show your treasure map and are awarded your ‘booty’ (usually entrees and drink at stop 1, main and drink at stop 2 and dessert/nightcap at stop 3).
Decked out in pirate-y paraphernalia it is reasonably quiet at this hour and we manage to grab a wooden plank to sit on at Stop 1. The friendly barman brings us tasty popcorn and takes us through the drinks menu. We decide to go with the Guerilla Eats special which includes Angry Pirate rum made on premises, fresh ginger, pineapple, lime juice and angry bitters (also house made).
It is indeed a tasty beverage.
Impressively, our “entree” turns out to be a full sized woodfire pizza. I go for the favourite spicy Hispaniola whilst my partner-in-dine tries a chicken and mushroom combo. They’re both tasty but mine wins with its quality chilli kick in the Chorizo Pamplona.
With our bellies full and the clock ticking we take a brisk walk around the corner to the Pitt St Diner (96 Pitt St, Redfern).
A complete change of pace, we now find ourselves within a quaint french-inspired cafe. Noting this destination for our next brunch adventure, our attentive waiter seats us and brings us the menus.
At Stop 2 we have the choice of main with a beer or glass of wine. I select the Ragu whilst my partner-in-dine is tempted by the fish-of-the-day special: Crispy skinned Salmon with squid ink pasta. We let the waiter decide our wine which is paired perfectly with our mains.
I feel bad that I could not eat all of my main. The huge bowl of pasta is hearty and the meat slow-cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. We note next time not to eat anything prior and bid our new friend ‘adieu’ (goodbye) as we head onwards to the last stop for the night… The Dock (182 Redfern St)
The Dock is pumping when we arrive. The small bar is three people deep and all seats are taken. As we wave our treasure map at the bartender we are told to select any of the cocktails on the board as our final tipple for the evening.
Note the $6 Havana shots!
A well made golden mojito and a tasty alcoholic mocha on steroids cocktail later and the night is starting to kick off.
It’s hipster central here and it’s super loud but the the party atmosphere is contagious. Everyone, including the bearded and long-locked owners are enjoying themselves, and we soon find ourselves making friends with our new neighbours at the bar. A free Havana shot with the burly bloke beside us ends a great food crawl and starts a great Friday night out in local Redfern. Salut!
All-in-all, the food crawl was great. We found the places pretty easily (all within a 5 minute walk of each other) and the staff at each place were attentive and made some delicious food and drinks. When you consider how much you spend on a Friday night out usually, the $79 pricetag for 3 x high-end drinks (not the usual house cheapies) plus a full-sized pizza each and a main is well worth it (obviously you can buy more at each place as you please). My only thought would be to increase the times at each places – we were having too much fun and you can easily lose track of the time and overstayed.
The Guerilla Eats guys have created the perfect way for you to explore Sydney’s hipster eateries in one night – whether it’s your local neighbourhood or just a fun night out with friends for a group catch up, birthday or I guess heading into the festive season, a fun Christmas party, there’s lots to do. Now which tour do I do next – Surry’s Sexy Secrets or Darlinghurst’s Devil in Disguise?
Do you have a favourite suburb for Friday night food and drink – where is it? Share your Sydney secrets in the comments below!
Blonde Tourist and friend dined as guests of Guerilla Eats but as usual all views and images are her own.