Corner Store Cafe, Toowong
I have been travelling to quite a number of new food places that I have stored a few food entry drafts. Just last Sunday, J, Flora and I decided to have late breakfast cum lunch also known as brunch at Corner Store Cafe in Toowong before we headed to church. As usual, I will normally do some background research on cafes before going there… most of it were either pretty neutral or not very positive. As such, I lowered my expectations!
I tried to book a table for us, because most of the reviews says that there will be a long line of queue. I called, only to realise that they only take bookings for 5 people and above, however the waiter assured me that if I came at 11am, I will be guaranteed a table without much of a wait. And he was right, we arrived and were led to a seat immediately. I actually quite like the layout of the place, most of it was technically outdoors, preferably to go there during winter. There is also a vegetable garden at the back. The service was friendly, prompt, and attentive. I like the family atmosphere they have among the workers, they would take turns to sit down to have lunch together. Inside the cafe also had a couple of tables, but most of it was taken up by their open-concept kitchen which I liked.
I personally enjoyed my breakfast, J and I ordered the same thing, except he had bacon while I had mushrooms. We had corn and potato rostti, with poached eggs and a delicious home-made sauce. J had a priceless expression when he ate his poached eggs, it was runny on the inside, his face lit up like a kid opening his Christmas present on Christmas morning. In other words, it was perfectly cooked. Flora ordered toast with a whole bunch of things on her plate which I can’t describe but it was packed with flavour.
What I love most about this cafe is they have freshly squeezed juice which allows us to mix flavours, of all the cafes I have visited, this is only the second cafe that does that. Flora had carrot and apple which was alright, but I totally fell in love with my watermelon and kiwi! I would recommend you to try, especially in this hot summer, it was refreshing. We also ordered a chocolate brownie with nuts, it was a recommendation from another food blogger I read. It had a nice crust yet soft and chewy on the inside. Though I still prefer brownies fresh out of the oven!
To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Either I lowered my expectations so much that it wasn’t so bad or people were really tough on them or those customers came on a bad day or the cafe has really improved. The only thing I didn’t appreciate was that it was too pricy for their portion. I paid $17 for my breakfast and $7 for my juice. To me, that’s one expensive breakfast! But it is still a nice place to chill, J, Flora and I ended up playing games on J’s ipad while we were there too! Just a side note, great place for woolshed as well!