Cornershop, Yarraville

9 Ballarat St, Yarraville | 9689 0052
We went: Sat Oct 18, 2014 | Rating: 23/25

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Liked:

The cool beats playing in the background that created an upbeat vibe – yet we could still hear each other.

Buzzing vibe. The place was packed on a Saturday morning. Despite this, food and coffees came out lightning fast and everything was top notch.

Bacon steak, potato hash, apple sauce and poached eggs ($18) hit the spot nicely – the smoked bacon combined nicely with the apple puree.

The baked eggs are reliable here. We had the Merguz sausage, roasted tomatoes and peppers with labneh and grilled turkish bread ($15.50). Loved the runny eggs – all too rare (no pun intended!) these days in baked eggs – and the turkish bread to mop up the delicious left-overs at the end.

Papa Smurf ordered the Ricotta hotcakes, blueberry compote and mascaprone ($15). He said, “they were very different because they were ricotta hotcakes and had a soft, creamy texture. There were plenty of blueberries and a dollop of cream. Everything was lovely and fresh.”

Lastly, we had the Melbourne Pantry cold smoked salmon with sweet potato cake and charred corn salsa ($18) which “was very nice but I think there should be a piece of bread or something else because it wasn’t very filling”.

Coffees (Supreme Coffee) was fine. No issues.

Service is unobtrusive; efficient.

There is a decent selection of beers, spirits (including Lark whisky from Tassie) and wine if you fancy an afternoon tipple before a movie at the Sun.

The village atmosphere around this place is the envy of surrounding suburbs.

Didn’t like:

Very hard to fault this place. They get most things right, though I do like the option of ordering a single-origin coffee, which I didn’t see here.

Ka-ching: $82 for four meals and coffees.

Ratings: Food 4.5/5, Coffee: 4.5/5, Service: 4.5/5, Vibe: 5/5, Price: 4.5/5

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Wee Jeanie, Yarraville

50 Anderson Street, Yarraville | 9687 7187
We went: Sun May 25 2014 | Verdict: 21.5/25

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Tues – Sat 7am- 4.30pm
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In a nutshell: sister cafe of Yarraville staple Cornershop that punches well above its weight for food and coffee.

Food: I had the pulled ham hock ciabatta which was delicious. Served with spicy tomato kusundi, cheddar and cos, this fancy toasty was crunchy and tasty.

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The braised white beans with poached gammon leg and fried egg was as pretty as a picture. The fried egg sits neatly atop the mound of white beans and then, dotted throughout the sauce are exquisite morsels of poached gammon that just melt in your mouth. Great combination of flavours.

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These guys don’t seem too perturbed by having such a tiny kitchen. For this reason, they don’t have the most extensive menu. However, what they do have, they do well and quickly.  3.5/5

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Coffee: Brazilian single origin through the v60 pour over filter. Quite fruity. Very drinkable. Their blend is Supreme (organic and Fairtrade). 5/5

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Vibe: two options for dining, inside and out. While there is only a handful of seats inside, it’s a pleasant vibe. The baristas are good at what they do so it’s a good spot for watching them, observing the Yarraville foot traffic or diving into a paper. There are plenty of tables outside. It can get windy out there and it’s quite shady but on a warm day it’s a good spot. 4/5

 

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Service: very good service on the two occasions we’ve been here. Waiters are inconspicuous, which is how you want them sometimes. 4/5

Ka-ching: under $40 for two meals and coffee. 5/5

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