Owned by the esteemed Grand Pacific Group, Walter sits within the precinct of The Marion and is the first part of the redevelopment to open.
Celebrating the history of Canberra, Walter Café takes its name inspiration from Walter Burley Griffin and is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and brekky during your bridge-to-bridge walk around the lake.
With a menu heoring local produce, the light and fresh breakfast and lunch options will be available daily and champion some of your favourites plus some exciting new dishes. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the ricotta hot cakes with caramelised banana, wattle seed butter, Manuka honey and pecan crumble has already got locals talking. If eggs are your go-to, try the Alaskan crab omelette with chilli, coriander and lemon, or the chilli scrambled eggs with feta and a potato and rosemary focaccia.
For lunch, enjoy a selection of small and large plates, with highlights including prawn linguine, wagyu cheeseburger, pan-fried mushroom & goat cheese gnocchi and steak frites. Sweet offerings then include sticky date pudding, apple, pear & rhubarb crumble and a decadent chocolate fondant.
“We are thrilled to be opening the doors to Walter Café and The Marion. The site has been closed for over two years, and a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes. We know guests are going to love the menu that chef Matthew Ouwerkerk has created, and we look forward to showcasing the region’s incredible local produce within this stylish and elegant space. We look forward to launching lunch and high tea at The Marion later in the year,” says Co-owner and Sydney hospitality veteran, Manny Spinola.
The café’s stylish and alluring interior has been executed by award-winning H&E Architects’ Co-director Chris Grinham and has taken various elements of the building’s original mid-century architecture and early sketches by Walter Griffin’s wife Marion.
“We translated and reinterpreted these through the use of unique colours and materiality – timbers alongside green marble highlights and muted brass finishes, each informing a design narrative that never looked to speak over the phenomenal views offered of Lake Burley Griffin,” says Grinham.
Walter Café is now open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7am-4pm. Currently open for events, keep a look out as The Marion opens for lunch and high tea later in the year.
Visit https://www.waltercafe.com.au/ for the full menu and to make a reservation.