True to the name, Cornersmith sits on the corner of Illawarra Road & Petersham Road, and focuses on local & small scale craft (fare).
The cafe is small making seating very limited. We arrived early on a Sunday morning (around 8am) and were lucky to snab the last available table. By the time we left, people were queuing up. Its interiors shout out old eclectic vintage vibes – white tiles, blackboard menu, exposed concrete floors and jars of preserves, pickles and jams which occupy all the shelves.
There is something very endearing about this place. I’m not sure whether it’s the husband & wife team (James Grant & Alex Elliott-Howery) who produce a menu made on seasonal and local ingredients; or the beehives housed on the roof harvesting housemade honey; or the honesty and simplicity of flavours; or the staff who are so warm and knowledgeable; or the classes offered onsite dedicated to the art of preserves, pickles, jams and cheesemaking; or the food-community feeling that is created by a blackboard that names the locals who have grown & supplied ingredients in return for a coffee or jar of pickles. Maybe it’s all those reasons and as a result you feel homey and good about being there.
Much of what is served here is made from scratch – “housemade”. Chutneys, pickles, preserves, jams, braised meats, cured hams, honey, as well as the ricotta which is made by Kristen Allen (who runs regular cheesemaking classes at the cafe).
I had the ‘Beetroot, Buckwheat, Fetta with Braised Lamb & rosemary with verjus dressing & aioli on open sourdough $11. It was just devine. The lamb was tender and melted in my mouth. The addition of the herb dill – was a flavour sensation.
Hubby, Ben, ordered the Poached egg with pasture raised ham on white sourdough toast with a spicy tomato & eggplant chutney.
Freya, opting for something a little sweeter, had the Banana, Apple & Nut loaf with housemade ricotta, almonds and honey. She devoured it in no time!
The coffee is fantastic too – Mecca. Strong, nutty and just the hit you need for a Sunday morning.
We didn’t try the Rhubarb & Apple Milkshake but I’ve heard that it is the “bomb”. We will need to try it next time! The breakfast and lunch menu is available all day.
Marrickville is lucky to have you Cornersmith – a little community hub that offers a feeling of home with its wholesome house-made fare and brew of mecca coffee.
314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
02 8065 0844
Tues-Fri 6:30am – 3:30pm Sat-Sun – 7:30-3:30pm