Owners Paul and Michaele have renovated this 1930's old corner deli and transformed it into a modern eatery mixing the old and the new. Polished timber floors, 1950's drinks fridges, industrial looking lights and a rejuvenated 1900's workbench (now the main counter) all add to the retro feel of this place.
Opened three months ago, the Corner Store seats around 35 inside in air-conditioned comfort, and around 30 outside under a vine covered roof along Kitchener ave, or in the secluded courtyard (which used to be the front verandah). The menu is aimed at the breakfast and lunch crowd and has been popular with locals and nearby office workers since it opened.
The covered courtyard area. The owner is intending to build a timber deck to increase seating.
Local produce is used as much as possible; including Barossa Valley chorizo, KI haloumi, SA prawns and Hahndorf Ruby spoon jam. Chef Adrian (of Whipped and Mantra fame) has previously won the apprentice chef of the year award - and it shows. The menu is well thought out and offers all-day breakfasts, three different lunch specials (soup, salad or pizza) or pre-packaged lunches or sandwiches. The pizzas are simple with gourmet toppings, or you could try the Thai, Middle Eastern, Caesar or Fattoush salads which have tasty ingredients that complement each other.
I opted for the "Mega Corner Store" breakfast. My food arrived promptly and consisted of free range scrambled eggs, grilled bacon on toasted sourdough bread with roast tomato, field mushrooms and Barossa Valley chorizo. The soft and fluffy scrambled eggs were perfect with the crispy bread, the serving of soft, juicy mushrooms so large that I couldn't even finish. The "Immunity" juice (OJ, carrot, apple and ginger) went very well with the meal; they also offer frappe, milkshakes or teas.
The satisfying, hearty breakfast. Image by writer.
And the coffee is not bad either. Normally I only have one cup, but today I found myself indulging in a second. The baristas cut their teeth at Cibo, the beans are sourced from Guetemala, the coffee roasted by D'Angelo, and the milk is from the Fleurieu peninsula. No wonder it tasted so good.
The menu also caters for kids and a 'kids corner' area with toys and books will keep them occupied. There are also a range of gluten free bread and other options available sourced locally from Enzo's.
Cabinet options include foccacias, frittata, baguettes and cakes. A baker will be employed in the new year to bake cakes on site.
The Corner Store café is a great breakfast or lunch spot tucked away in the beautiful tree-lined suburb of Dulwich, not far from the CBD. I can't wait to try their pizza and lunch options. Make sure you check it out!
I really recommend this cafe! My husband and I have been there quite a few times and have tried many of the breakfast and lunch specials. We have enjoyed every meal and never been disappointed! I recommend you book a table at the weekends as it gets very busy!
LOVE The Corner Store Cafe - have been there several times for breakfast, each time as good as the previous one. Great coffee, excellent menu and terrific service. I will continue to be a "frequent flyer".