What do you do in that in-between time, after afternoon-tea but before dinner? If you live in Mentone you could go to The Corner Store which is precisely what we did after work last week, before I got on the train to go into the city for an evening of frivolity. This time of day is difficult particularly in the suburbs, most cafes are winding up for the day and most restaurants haven't yet opened for the evening.
All that I required for medicinal purposes was a good cup of coffee and perhaps something to nibble. After a full day at work I was really looking for just a little something to tide me over before the evening meal.
We parked across the road at the railway station - after all we were going to catch the train in another hour so we felt entitled. On arrival after being seated the waiter explained how it was too early for dinner and there was only a small selection of dishes available - what they called small plates (for sharing) - perfect.
The Corner Store is an interesting place, it has a sense of intimacy even though for all intense purposes it really has an open plan design, and there are plenty of seats outside if that type of dining takes your fancy.
We ordered a share plate of Nachos and had a coffee each and spent around $20.00 on the entire exercise.
We weren't the only ones there either, it seemed that there were lots of people catching up after work. I got the impression that there would be tides of people moving through the place and enjoying themselves. A great venue for all sorts of catching up with or without kids, a romantic date or just out with friends.
Booking - we didn't book but if you're going there for dinner I'd book as the place gets really busy and I've seen people being turned away.
Getting there - easy access by train or car.
Parking - is available in the surrounding area including at the railway.
Disabled Access friendly - very.
Price - quite reasonable depending on what you order.
A great place to eat at any time or to just pause for a coffee between the day and the evening activities.