The owners of Glebe’s Valhalla Social aren’t new to the local cafe scene. Cat and Davide Isola also run The Wedge Espresso, another Glebe Point Road eatery.
They bought it in 2014 from Toby Wilson (who went on to open Ghostboy Cantina, The Duke and the soon-to-reopen The George) and turned the toastie and granola kitchen into a brunch haven with the help of chef Jack Fitzhenry.
Fitzhenry is now at light and airy Valhalla Social, which takes its name from the art-house cinema that opened in the pretty Art Deco building in the 1930s but sadly closed in 2005.
The couple’s motivation for opening it is a pretty good one. “We’ve been living here for seven or eight years and love it, but getting a decent coffee was just too hard. So we thought we needed something up [this end of Glebe Point Road],” says Cat.
They’re keeping things straight – it’s not about reinventing breakfast or lunch, but doing the standards well.
That said, the dishes are pretty and well executed, in particular the berry-based French toast served with Panko-crusted brioche. Also for breakfast is a house-made granola roasted with maple syrup and (interestingly) tamarind paste. The omelette, which is surely one of the fluffiest in town, comes with crisp bacon or portobello mushrooms, and the eggs Benedict are served with the nice addition of thyme and rosemary roasted pumpkin.
“We pretty much make everything in-house: house-made sodas, milkshake syrups, all the picklings, the crackers, the hummus. The only thing we really don’t make is the bread,” Cat says.
At lunch the standout is the chicken-katsu sandwich with a house-made daikon and carrot pickle, followed by a slow-braised lamb that’s pulled and served with Ezekiel flatbread and served with cashew hummus and pomegranate.
Like The Wedge, Valhalla Social uses Five Senses Coffee – only in a stronger-tasting blend. There’s also a selection of herbal and classic teas, as well as seasonal iced tea.
166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
(02) 9552 2446
Mon to Sat 7am–4pm