Wallis & Ed
1 Bourke St,
(03) 9633 6265
Ok, so I have a vested interest in this one.. The design studio I work for was asked to name and brand a new restaurant adjoining the Windsor Hotel. It was to have a completely different vibe; something far more slick and modern than than the Windsor, and yet still friendly enough that you could take your grandma for lunch. And so after a bit of researching I came up with the name Wallis & Ed, a cheeky nod to the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor. The logo I designed shines proudly in the front window, uniting together my two loves of food and design.
The menu borrows from various cuisines, with items such as pork or prawn rice paper rolls, peppered yellow fin tuna on a bed of pine nut and apricot cous cous, or lobster Bisque with saffron rouill. Though chef Jerome Tremoulét (Lynches, Paul Bocuse and Penfold’s Magill Estate Restaurant in Adelaide) harks back to the good-ol-fashioned roots of the Windsor by putting beef wellington on the menu. Enough to share between two, it looks delicious, though it wasn’t one of the items we ordered when some friends and I visited one Friday night.
We decided to get a bunch of plates to share between the five of us. The waiter informed us that some of the dishes came in serves of 3 or 4, so kindly arranged for serves of 5 so we could each have one. The prices below are the prices off the menu, as I’m not sure what they charged us per plate to make them serves of 5.
Being a bunch of girls, we then ordered a few desserts to share. I think chef Tremoulét comes into his element here, as I thought the quality of the desserts were far superior to that of the mains. But maybe I just have a sweet tooth..
While the place wasn’t full, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to what I consider to be my Wallis & Ed. I hope it does well as it would be a shame to see it close! *Some photos courtesy of Wallis & Ed.