With the minimalist blonde wood design, a Scando-inspired breakfast and single origin coffees from Sample and Mecca, the new Cornersmith Annandale is definitely on-trend.
Housed in an old milk bar on the edge of Hinsby Park, they’re the corner store-come-café of a new generation. Instead of sliced white bread and mixed lollies, this modern day corner store offers up Cornersmith pickles, preserves and chutneys, Alto olive oil, and Nonie’s gluten free charcoal bread. And while users of corners stores old and new, all visit them looking for convenience, here it’s likely that locals are also seeking food ethics and sustainability.
The move to Annandale makes perfect sense for owners Alex Elliott-Howery and her husband, James Grant. Their new store has the same light-filled corner aspect as the Marrickville original (opened back in 2012), and the surrounding locale has a similar community-minded spirit. I popped in for gander and a refreshing Cucumber and Basil Soda ($6) that wasn’t overly sweet.
From their short all-day vegetarian menu I chose a lunch-friendly Poached Egg Roll ($14). Their use of ingredients like a house-made tasty lime pickle help to ensure that even a simple poached egg roll with Maffra cheddar, snow pea and cabbage ‘slaw, and aioli isn’t lacking in the flavour department.
Battling a log jam of expensive prams, I made my way to their product aisle to pick up some Alto Olive Oil ($18), a nicely funky Cornersmith Pumpkin Kimchi ($14) and, after trying one in-house, I decided to give their Highland Fresh Free Range Eggs ($10) a whirl. The proximity to Annandale North Public School is making this café an early hit with parents with youngsters, so next time I might take their 'borrow a picnic blanket' hint and enjoy my lunch in the park across the road.
88 View Street, Annandale
Ph: (02) 8084 8466