A breath of fresh air in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD, The Walrus Cafe is an ambient yet relaxing space that’s perfect for a mid-day escape.
As you walk down Pitt Street, look for the floor-to-ceiling glass windows at the bottom of one of the many high-rises. They provide the first look as to what’s inside – crisp white interiors filled with pot plants and neutral toned tables and chairs. If you’re passing by in the morning, expect to see workers milling around, waiting for their morning caffeine hit, while as the hours pass, freelancers and brunch buffs take over, sitting down over a coffee and morning treat.
It really doesn’t matter what time of the day you visit – Walrus will have something for you. Coffee comes courtesy of a custom blend from Toby’s Estate, and is expertly transformed into whatever you fancy. Single origins provide a chance to try something new, but if coffee doesn’t really tickle your fancy, stress not – the assortment of smoothies alone will provide the perfect start to the morning.
The food menu has been designed by Head Chef Joe. It celebrates the abundance of fresh produce that can be found within Sydney and its surrounds, with dishes that let the ingredients shine.
For brekky, try the Breakfast in bread – slow-roasted tomatoes, wild mushrooms, bacon, egg and cheddar, all baked within house-made sourdough, or the Walrus B&E, a soft taco with bacon, egg, sheep’s milk feta, avocado and lime.
If it’s a sweet start to the morning you’re after, there’s no looking past the barley and vanilla porridge, served with honey-roasted macadamias and caramelised figs.
At lunchtime, it’s all about sharing and caring. Kimchi fritters with kewpie mayonnaise, sriracha, and itogaki and gin-cured trout with cucumber, radishes and a lime granite are the perfect nibbly food to pair with a glass of wine. Hungry enough for your own dish? The Walrus beef burger is ideal, featuring grain-fed beef, roasted tomato compote, pancetta and raclette cheese.
The Walrus’ comprehensive offerings are no surprise when you consider the owner, Nagendra. A trained chef, he has been operating cafes for over 15 years, with the Walrus being his fourth venture.
With his newest cafe, he’s created a culinary haven smack bang in the middle of the CBD. With fresh interiors, specialty coffee and nourishing food, it’s the ideal spot to unwind.