Inspired by reconnaissance trips to west coast diners, particularly in LA, Walrus is more intimate than most of its US counterparts. The space features a handful of cosy wooden booths, wipe-down Laminex tables and a curved counter. Dark tiles, naked lightbulbs, thrifted artwork, and a handwritten specials board finish the lo-fi, Twin Peaks-style fit-out.
You'll find good old-fashioned filter coffee brewed using a vintage Coffee Queen machine. The beans come from Fieldwork and the coffee is served black or white, hot or iced. Whichever you choose, it’ll pair well with a thick slice of the caramelised pecan or cherry pie usually found on the counter.
Old-school American staples are served all day, and might include crisp bacon made from fatty pork belly. Eggs come fried or scrambled, and omelettes include a Mexican-inspired number with queso fresco and house-made salsa. Pancakes are cooked on a flat-top griddle, tripled stacked to resemble an emoji and served with plenty of maple syrup and whipped butter.
Lunch options – a BLT, a tuna-salad sandwich, a cheeseburger with fries – are available by late-morning. You might also find state-specific breakfasts like Texas French toast made with extra-thick sliced bread, and New York bodega-inspired breakfast sandwiches – on sturdy knot rolls to contain combos of egg and cheese with sausage or hash brown with minimal spillage.
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