Situated near the corner of Bourke and Spring in the CBD, in the iconic space once occupied by the Hard Rock Cafe, sits Wallis & Ed, a newly renovated space that has become a dining room and bar. The crisp, neutral hues of the interior make the space is an inviting one where visitors can enjoy a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a tipple or two with friends at the bar (when it opens evenings very soon).
Loosely associated with the adjoining Windsor Hotel - the name of the dining room and bar is a cheeky nod to Windsor royalty Edward, Prince of Wales and his saucy mistress Wallis - was created by architects Woods Bagot (evident in the beautiful hardwood floors and boldly patterned walls), and is owned by Adi Halim, previously of the hotel.
The food is a contemporary Australian with French and European influences, and is prepared with aplomb by renowned chef Jerome Tremoulét (Lynches, Paul Bocuse and Penfold’s Magill Estate Restaurant in Adelaide) to name but a few. Currently there is a small lunch menu with about six dishes including a beef Bourguignon pie, French onion soup and a chicken baguette, as well as a couple of sweet baked goods. This is set to expand and grow. All produce is carefully sourced and accompanied by a succinct wine and beer list. Coffee is also a priority with Five Senses beans providing a much needed caffeine kick throughout the day for city slickers.
Wallis & Ed
1 Bourke Street, Melbourne
(03) 9633 6265
Mon-Sun 7am-3pm (with plans to adjust to 7am to late)