Toby’s Estate unveils new café in NSW

Toby’s Estate

Toby’s Estate unveils its latest café offering in Sydney’s CBD, showcasing the best the specialty coffee roaster has to offer.

In the heart of Sydney, New South Wales, the building formerly known as the MLC Centre has been renamed 25 Martin Place, which, after a lavish revamp, will usher in a selection of new dining destinations and luxury stores.

One new café to enter the food and beverage quarter of the precinct is specialty coffee roaster Toby’s Estate, which opened the doors to its new café in October.

Toby’s Estate Brand Manager Kelly Nguyen says the striking venue showcases elevated dining that pairs perfectly with its specialty coffee offering.

“At 25 Martin Place, guests have access to the full Toby’s coffee offering including our classic espresso blends Single Origin espresso and filter line-up, and limited-edition releases,” says Kelly.

“The seasonal menu pairs perfectly with our specialty coffees, whether you prefer to try a new single origin, or stick with your favourite espresso blend.”

Toby’s Estate has engaged Head Chef Sam Wu and Sous Chef Noah Lee who have come together to create a unique, spring-inspired a la carte menu, designed specifically to cater to crowds from 7.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. The menu is complete with breakfast, brunch, and lunch options to cater for all appetites and day-dining moments.

Sam’s curated menu includes breakfast standouts like zucchini fritters with cheese crackers and a sweet potato puree; French toast with candied walnut, blood orange, mascarpone cheese and berry compote; and 10 variety healthy grains steamed, puffed, and fried, served with sautéed mushrooms, smoked chorizo and a free-range poached egg.

For something light at lunch, Operations Manager Adam recommends the stracciatella with chestnut, peas and asparagus or the watermelon steak with kalamata olives, heirloom cherry tomato, pickled and fried eschalot.

Adam says a more substantial dish for a business lunch or social catch up includes a cheeseburger on a brioche bun, 180-gram Angus beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato and caramelised onion.

“For those on the go, there is an array of fresh pastries that pair perfectly with coffee,” he says.

Throughout the last 25 years, Toby’s Estate has launched multiple venues and lent on multiple different concepts, including its most recent renovated flagship and home on City Road, Chippendale.

“However, no other venue pushes luxury limits like 25 Martin Place. While specialty coffee will always remain at the heart of every Toby’s Estate venue, they have taken a much more elevated dining approach with the latest opening,” Kelly says.

“The new venue boasts a beautifully curated brunch menu, slick interiors, luxurious leather booths and a huge terrace overlooking bustling King Street.”

The 300-square-metre space makes it one of Toby’s Estate’s largest cafés to date, and has been designed to take the usual in-venue experience to a luxurious level, in line with the tone of the precinct.

“The masterminds behind the sleek, minimalist interior, Studio MKZ, had a vision to create a space that was unique and tailored yet bold through materiality, form and light,” says Ali, Director of AMA Hospitality, brand licensees of Toby’s Estate.

He says designer Han Lim of Studio MKZ described it as a “sculptural nod to the flow of movement throughout and the experience within the café itself”.

“The counter and kitchen are the epicenter of the large, curved room which is made up of a composition of raw natural stone and stainless steel. As you follow the curve around, the back wall is lined with large, soft black leather booths with round tables, perfect for city workers to catch up over breakfast, brunch, or more serious business meetings,” Ali says.

The flow of natural sunlight from the ceiling illuminates the space creating a holistic ambience. There is also an expansive outdoor terrace that attracts a breeze for those warm summer days and an escape from the four walls of an office space.

Ali says the new dining spot is a great pitstop for inner-city workers.

“25 Martin Place will provide new reasons to indulge with best-in-class dining with Toby’s Estate,” he says.

“Whether it’s your morning grab-and-go coffee, a business meeting or long lunch you’re after, stop by for an amazing coffee and culinary experience.”

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