Smart and stylish 300 seat cafe Misc. opens in Parramatta Park

From the ashes of the Parramatta Park cafe set on fire by an arsonist in 2016, the reborn site will finally open its doors on Tuesday, October 4. and misc. is one of the smartest trendy locations of 2022.

“We’re a restaurant that serves breakfast,” says Misc. owner Jad Nehmetallah, who defeated “40 to 50 candidates” to win the tender for the glamorous riverside barn.

Parramatta has garnered a number of prized food signatures in recent years, with Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini and Nour’s Ibby Moubadder opening CicciaBella and Lilymu in zip code 2150, and while Nehmetallah is best known for his role on TVs. glasses case, he has some hospo chops as a former owner of The Picnic at Burwood.

“Western Sydney has been waiting for a place to proudly call their own,” says owner Jad Nehmetallah. Photo: Parker Blain



Nehmetallah grew up inland, but wanted the 300-seat Misc. to reflect all of Sydney. So he swept the city for inspiration.

“Jad always hung on the pass at Fish Shop [in Bondi]ask any questions,” says former Pier chef Joel Bennetts, who worked on the Miscellaneous menu with Chef Sebastien Geray.

“We wanted to pay tribute to Jad’s background, so the beef tartare has a Middle Eastern flavor, but we didn’t want to be pigeonholed.”

Banoffee is on the extensive menu.

Banoffee is on the extensive menu. Photo: Parker Blain



There is even a South American arepa on the breakfast line. “Yes, there isn’t a menu in Sydney that doesn’t have something [from that part of the world] on it,” says Bennetts.

“We called the menu A Bit of This, A Bit of That, A Bit More and A Bit Sweet,” explains Nehmetallah.

A Bit of This can be smoked labneh, A Bit of That kingfish crudo, A Bit More barramundi with salsa verde or half a chook with sumac onions, and A Bit Sweet an affogato sandwich.

There’s even A Bit on the Side (eggplant with piquillo, coriander and garlic).

Nehmetallah can’t believe his luck landing a prized site, which is elevated by designer Nic Graham’s interior.

“Western Sydney has been waiting for a place to proudly call their own; something you would find in the eastern suburbs or even internationally,” adds the restaurateur.

Miscellaneous owner Jad Nehmetallah (left) and chef Sebastien Geray.

Miscellaneous owner Jad Nehmetallah (left) and chef Sebastien Geray. Photo: Parker Blain



“We’re sophisticated, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. The focus is on the food and what it means to different people. It’s in my blood to bring people together; to create family, fun and full stomachs. Now I I’m doing it on a larger scale.”

Open daily from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (dinners from November).

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