Unless you've been walking around singing tra-la-la-di-la with your fingers in your ears for the last year or two, you should know by now Redfern needs to be on your radar. But if you still need convincing, simply head down to Scout's Honour on George Street. We swear, hand on heart, you won't be disappointed.
Safely tucked behind the 2016 postcode's iconic rollers, the interior is light and bright; a white-tiled counter fronts the street allowing ample room for takeaway trade before leading you toward a deceptively spacious dining area. Here you'll find a worn-wood share table to the left flanked by dark green industrial style metal and wooden chairs, and to the right: tall tables and high stools. The walls on either side home lush hanging plot pants and old-school hook scales for a little retro love. Throw in some well-selected tunage from the speakers and you're set.
As the menu goes, Scout's Honour specialises in toasted sandwiches, but don't expect your bog standard bread-filling-bread bore. Yes there's bread, and yes there's filling, but each week you'll be treated to a brand new selection of sarnies, packed with the likes of roast pork, peach relish, wild rocket and lemon mayo, to pumpkin, roast butternut, pearl barley, feta, rocket, basil and cashew. Now the temperature's dropping these guys are also ingeniously doing soup of the day, but according to our sources, expect a line come lunch.
We came in for breakfast, however, and opted for the bone ham ($9) and the breakfast sandwich ($9). The first, personally, was the winner. But then again, I'm a sucker for pickles. Perfectly toasted, the cheddar and the vinegary goodness complemented the succulent meat like a charm. The breakfast sandwich also kinda blew us away. After all, so many places offer this morning-time favourite yet so few get it right. Scout's gets it right because two words: herbed ricotta.
If you're not into sandwiches, don't worry. There are daily specials like home-cooked mince or porridge, plus regular featuring salads ($10), muesli ($7.50), fruit toast ($4.50) and a breakfast plate ($10). Coffee-wise it's 5 Senses and it's good, plus the banana smoothie is just a little bit delicious if you like a little cinnamon sweetness.
Overall Scout's Honour really is a winner, and as one Facebook reviewer managed to sum up: "if you live in Redfern why isn't this already your local?"