Corner Store Cafe is a charming cafe set in a restored turn-of-the-century cottage and is deservingly loved dearly by inner west Brisbane locals.
The cosy cafe boasts a covered patio as its main dining area, with light streaming in from all angles. The space is bright + open and the black-white-wood colour scheme is modern and minimal — while the heaters, blankets and relaxed atmosphere create a welcoming charm.
With their own organic herb + veggie garden, the Corner Store Cafe is all about fresh, exciting food made with the freshest possible ingredients.
The breakfast menu is compact and beautifully curated. Imagine Spiced Quinoa + Almond Milk Porridge w/ Poached Pear; Roast Carrot, Chickpea + Pickled Beetroot Salad; Avocado Smash 2 ways; Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Puy Lentils, Kale + Poached Eggs on Sourdough; and the classic Eggs Your Way with tomato relish on your choice of toast.
While we usually opt for both sweet and savoury dishes, on this gloomy, rainy morning we chose three sweet dishes: the Belgian Waffles, Acai Bowl and Fruit Toast.
The Belgian waffles — served with warm rhubarb compote, burnt butter ice cream, fresh strawberries and cookie crumbs — stole the show completely. Impeccably presented on a black plate, the Waffles were a sight to behold. And the taste satisfied all visual expectations.
The waffles ticked all the boxes being light, thick and fluffy. The caramelised burnt butter ice cream married beautifully with the tart rhubarb and crumbly cookie bits to create a deliciously balanced sweet dish.
The Acai Bowl was quite different to those I’ve had in the past. Topped with juicy, fresh seasonal fruit and seed + nut mix, I found the acai to be overwhelmed by the thick layer of seed mix. Buckinis or oat granola would have been a superb inclusion.
The Fruit Toast served with housemade jam was divine. Thickly cut and toasted to perfection, the toast was generously dappled with raisins, dates, sultanas, apricot and walnuts. Fruit toast is a seriously underrated breakfast option, and this fruit toast — complemented by the lovely housemade jam — was an absolute treat.
With its cosy yet bright dining space and friendly wait staff, the Corner Store Cafe has that warm appeal that continues to forge a collection of devoted long-term customers. This, along with its altogether delicious menu, makes it a pleasure to visit.