Nestled between a Domino's and a weird pokies dungeon, the new Redfern eatery Misfits is a little tricky to find, but once you discover the entrance, bathed in pink neon light, you won't be disappointed. The quirky restaurant and bar has taken over the site of the former Mr Mary's Hotel — just near Scout's Honour, if you prefer your landmarks to be of the sandwich variety.
The impressive fit-out has many similarities to a Tumblr blog belonging to someone with a keen interest in 60s and 70s interiors — there's a cocktail lounge, a rooftop terrace, a public bar and a private dining room with low lighting, plush furnishings and flourishes of vintage gold. The space is casual cool — ideal for a fancy meal with friends or date night cocktails. Plus, the jade green, blush pink and rose gold colour palette is super Instagram-friendly… if that's your vibe.
Once you've settled in, look to the drinks menu, which is seriously extensive — I'd say it's probably a few pages shy of the first Harry Potter. Put together by the alcohol aficionados who bought us The Glenmore, The Tudor and the Australian Heritage Hotel, the menu includes an impressive list of local craft brews, a few chapters on cocktails — both the classics and some more adventurous numbers — and several pages of international and local wines. Prices vary from low to baller status, and for those really looking to splash out, there's an entire page dedicated to magnums (not of the ice cream variety).
The menu was designed by executive group chef James Privett, and is separated into relaxed snacks, adventurous smaller dishes and generous share plates with a loosely Mediterranean feel. We recommend starting with the blue cheese polenta chips ($12), which come with bacon jam, or the duck croquettes ($12), which are perfectly browned, crisp and served atop a creamy buttery walnut tarator.
The larger dishes are a little more experimental and the gnocchi ($16/$24) is a highlight. The buttery potato dumplings arrive dappled with walnuts, gremolata and tiny Brussels sprout leaves, all cloaked with a very respectable amount of pecorino. The double lamb cutlet ($32) is on the smaller side considering the price point, and is served on a bed of smoky eggplant puree, sautéed broccolini and a rectangular prism of potato, which could do with some seasoning. The chargrilled octopus($18/$24) veers a little too far on the sweet side with its spiced apples, sugary romesco sauce, native sea succulents and black beans. Do make sure you leave room for the actually dessert, though, as the burnt honey crème brûlée with buttery biscotti and a Grand Marnier orange salad is the real MVP and the sweetest way to end your fancy night.