The first impression you might have when you push open the glass door of Touchwood is that of its sheer size. Then you notice the spacious adjoining back room through the wide, brick archway. Then you discover the sunny, open courtyard out the back with 40 more seats.
This expanse would lead you to think that whoever's running this place isn't really partial to small steps, and you'd be right. The collection of minds behind Touchwood have, between them, also been responsible for institutions like Coin Laundry, Station Street Trading Co., Tall Timber and Pillar of Salt, so there's no shortage of ambition housed within the clean and elegant fit-out.
Chef Tristan White’s (ex-Red Door and Ladro) breakfast menu takes the classics and amps them up about three levels, with every aspect of the dish creatively considered. There’s also the peanut butter and jelly wholemeal waffles with a peanut butter ricotta and peanut brittle that has a fierce following stamped all over it. The lunch menu couldn’t be more finetuned to popular eating trends, featuring Wagyu burgers in brioche, pulled pork tacos and po’ boys with slaw.
Coffee is by 5 Senses (done any way you can imagine it) and is pulled from an impressive custom-made Synesso Hydra with a mean-looking matte black finish. You need something a little menacing when you’re facing 120 customers in need of caffeine.