Wallis & Ed

Wallis & Ed
1 Bourke St,
Melbourne 3000
(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.

Above: Complimentary hommus and chips to start.

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.

Above: Dutch beef croquettes with Dijon mustard ($12.00) which were tasty.

Above: Baked Pimientos del Piquillo with eggplant and labna stuffing ($13.00) which we all found a bit bland and mushy.

Above: Duck spring rolls, confit duck leg in feuille de brique with spiced plum sauce ($15.00). Nice, but tasted store-bought.

Above: Peppered Yellow Fin tuna with pine nut and apricot cous cous ($20.00) was pretty as a picture. The tuna was perfectly cooked and seasoned, as was the cous cous.

Above: Little beef burgers, homemade brioche bun, tomato sauce and shoestring fries ($12.00 for 3). A must! They are so cute too!

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..

Above: Mandarine crème brûleé with kumquat ice cream ($13.00) was deliciously creamy with an intense mandarine flavour, perfectly matched by the kumquat ice cream.

Above: Warm apple tarte tatin, with vanilla ice cream ($10.00)

Above: Spiced steamed pudding, with brandy custard ($12.00). I loved the figs that came with this one. It reminded me of Christmas!

Above: caramel popcorn ($10.00). I couldn’t fathom how they could charge that much for pop corn..

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.

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2 Responses to Wallis & Ed

  1. Miss T says:

    I walk past here every morning and it looks tremendous. Bleedin’ heck! 10 dollarays for popcorn? outrage! (I bet its good though…)

  2. Mr H says:

    Well done Sarah, you are now embedded in the history of Melbourne, food looks great can’t wait to go. Mr H

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