If you've ever strolled down Semaphore Road when the sun is shining, you'll know the place is often abuzz with people either heading to the beach or enjoying a meal at one of the many cafés or restaurants adorning either side of the footpath.
Spring is in the air and the first two weekends have been blue skies and sunshine. So it's no surprise that people are flocking to Semaphore. It can often be hard to find a place with room to seat a group of four (or more) during these busy peaks. But thankfully The Corner Store had a free table as I was strolling by on Sunday. I've wanted to check this place out for quite some time, mostly because it always stands out to me as I drive past on the way to the beach. Aptly named by its location on the corner of Semaphore and Military Roads, The Corner Store really demands your attention. From the crisp white lettering on rustic green of their shopfront logo, to the wine barrel potted plants and deck chair seating, you get the feeling of enjoying a meal on your own veranda, just with a lot more foot traffic than your regular suburban street.
Step inside The Corner Store and you'll see why it's named as such. Not only is it a café, but the type of place you can do some pantry shopping while waiting for your coffee or toasted sandwich. You'll find the likes of gourmet tea, infused olive oils, honey, breads, cheese and more. While the stock isn't exactly cheap, it's worth taking a look because you might find yourself a new favourite dressing or flavour of tea you'd not come across before.
But on to the food. While the menu is not extensive, they do offer a range of choices suited to both breakfast and lunch. You'll find the usual suspects on the menu, like eggs and bacon, toasted sandwiches, salad and burgers; and there are choices for vegetarian (and vegan if you ask nicely).
From experience, the "garden party" toasted sandwich at $9.90 is absolute value for money. It was so big and full of the good stuff that I had to eat it as an open sandwich. The homemade hummus, in lieu of butter or mayonnaise, gives it a nice earthy flavour and the caramelised onion (conveniently spread on the other slice of toast) pairs well with the pumpkin chunks.
While ambiguously described on the menu, the 'lentil pie' is one thing worth trying. The pastry has a perfect crusty consistency, and the filling is full of flavour. It's served with a side salad, and a sauce of sorts, although whatever the side sauce is, you can certainly leave it (or might prefer to) as the pie filling really needs no additional flavour.