The Corner Shop is located in the busy streets of Yarraville. Outside it is not all that appealing to look at, and you could almost go past it with the small 'Corner Shop' name written on an overhead. Once entering, help yourself to a seat. They have a wooden community table in the center, or small booths surrounding the exterior. The Corner Shop has a very alternative and unique feel to it, with teapots scattered around and an old horse racing betting board hung on the wall. Creatively, this has the drink specials written on it in chalk.
The wait staff are friendly and helpful when it comes to explaining menu items and ingredients. Unfortunately, the menu is very small and there is not a whole lot to choose from. I had smashed avocado on sourdough bread with chilli, lemon and lime, and a grapefruit salad on the side. The sourdough bread comes out buttered, which I thought was a bit odd when the smashed avocado mixture was adequate enough as a spread. Nonetheless, the spread was delicious and the mix of grapefruit with chard (a type of lettuce) was surprisingly very refreshing.
Another popular item is the cucumber and mint fritters, with cumin yoghurt and a salad.
The Corner shop looks to be popular for their coffee, as their tables are always full with people reading the paper, enjoying their soy lattes or flat whites. I was pleased when my peppermint tea was loose leaf and brewed in a teapot, so as to get 3 drinks per pot. I cannot stand when teabags are placed in a teapot at cafes, but thankfully, The Corner Shop is not guilty of this and their tea is delightful.
The sweets counter is not their speciality, and there are only a few choices between muffins and cookies. This café looks to be the hot spot in Yarraville, as it is in an ideal location to the train station and is always bustling with trendy locals. If you enjoy their popular menu items, you will more than likely become a regular here for lunch.