This week’s milkshake is mandarin and star anise (kids $4, regular $6) which seems to be more smoothie than milkshake because of the yoghurt. Either way we can say that Cornersmith know their flavour combinations well. This is superb.
The coffees are very beautiful, made from Mecca Espresso beans. Our table has mixed reviews from fair to great. However we send one of the cups back as it still had lipstick on it! Despite this, judging by the crush of patrons, the coffee (takeaway regular $3, large $3.50, dine in regular $3.50, large $3.50) is well sought after.
The month’s Cornersmith plate ($18) is based around a goat & stout stew which is a perfect winter warmer. It features tender pieces of meat and a fragant stew base however Dane prefers more stew liquid to dip the toast into. The salad on the side is pumpkin & feta with a wide variety of mixed greens. Some of the leaves are quite uncommon for salads, so be prepared for some new flavours.
The sardines and avocado with zataar ($12) is one of the best dishes at the table. Beneath the sardines and ripe avocado are wild green pesto, salad greens and rye bread. The pesto has a fresh, clean flavour with a hint of olives and is a hit amongst most of us.
The free range poached eggs with quince, pumpkin chutney and sourdough toast ($9) is (currently) available with one of four sides: honey roasted carrots with orange, fennel & sesame seeds, radish salad with orange, fennel, yacon, endive & feta, pasture-raised ham or (as one of our guests has) avocado with zataar & herbs (all sides $5 each). Once again the flavour combos are a hit. Every item has a unique flavour thanks to herbs and spices. The chutney will make you want to buy a whole bottle!
Two people at the table ordered the poached egg roll with pasture-raised ham ($12). It’s a mammoth roll and requires two hands in addition to a knife and fork. As we said above, the chutney has such great flavours and it goes well with the soft egg and fresh ham. It is a satisfying dish that will fill you right up.
The special sweet item on the menu today is a baked pear, orange and strawberry with ricotta on rye ($10). A great mix of fruit and savoury, they also throw in pomegranate and pumpkin seeds. We find this a healthy dish to share that isn’t sickly sweet.
We think it’s always good to dine somewhere that tries something new. While you may never see the above dishes again, Cornersmith have a dedication to taste and produce which will be sure to please. Before heading home we can’t resist purchasing a bottle of their home made lemon lime cordial ($16) as well as their vegetable bouillon ($14) Hopefully they can expand to cater for the crush of customers because most rumbling stomachs can’t stand the long wait before being served.
Overall Rating: 17/25
Phone: 8065 0844
Address: 314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, 2204
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash