It didn’t take long for the dead-end laneway of Wynyard Street to draw attention to itself. When you share a space with distinguished retail outfit Made In Japan (MIJ), and your neighbour is boutique bottle shop European Wine Store, it’s only a matter of time before you’re found out.

Wynyard is another venture from the crew behind Coventry Street’s Giddiup and Richmond’s Amsterdam Street Cafe (now closed). It was MIJ which found the site and invited its pals at Giddiup in to share. They didn’t need any convincing.

Wynyard’s fit-out was designed by Adele Bates Design – a Giddiup regular that offered to take on the new project, with seamless results.

The space complements the minimalist aesthetic of MIJ next door, with whitewashed walls, polished-concrete floors and plywood detail for seating and shelving. Signature coloured crates function as outdoor furnishings, allowing for summer lounging in the laneway.

The advantage of a proper, functioning kitchen (an absence at sister cafe Giddiup) offers room for experimentation. Savoury standouts include tea-smoked salmon fillet with potato-pea hash and pork-belly tortillas.

Assorted baguettes and sandwiches line the display cabinet, along with tempting cakes and brownies. Gluten-free bread, house-made muesli bars and granola balls complement other gluten-free options on the menu. The coffee from Sydney’s Single Origin Roasters is smooth, strong and inevitably demands a second.

Updated: December 14th, 2020

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