I’ve been to the Cornershop quite a few times for brunch – they serve fantastic baked eggs – but had yet to try their dinners. A group of about 8 of us went after our work Christmas lunch (a casual backyard-style affair), since we couldn’t decide on a movie to watch at the Sun Theatre across the street.
The dinner menu was quite variable – with splashes of Mediterranean, French and Asian flavours evident across the page.
The waiter explained that for a large group of about 7-8 people, we should order about 11-12 dishes to share. Not being that hungry yet (the night was still young, and we were stuffed from lunch), we decided on 7 dishes to share (the last 2 dishes were BL's - he arrived late because he had a hair appointment).
I couldn't remember the exact details of each dish, and didn't take a photo of the menu, so pardon me for the lack of description:
Confit duck, onion chutney, greens
Cheese and spinach
Lamb cutlet, beetroot sauce, walnuts
Quail, apple salad
The food was good, but not fantastic – with the exception of the potato chips, those were sensational – crispy, golden brown with just the right amount of salt, served with aioli.
Service was lacking that night – perhaps it was a busy night (it was Saturday, after all). The place is nowhere as busy as it usually is for breakfast and brunch – at night there was a much calmer, more sedate atmosphere (comparatively).
I did drop by again a few nights later with Dee for a coffee, at about 4pm – once again, I was disappointed with the (lack of) service. There seemed to only be one waiter around (though it was a lag period of the day, well after lunch, but before the dinner crowd), and it took numerous attempts to get his attention every time we wanted to order.
I ordered the potato chips again – and was saddened by the lack of consistency. This time they arrived a bit soggy and oily, and missing the crispiness I remembered from last time. Our second round of coffees never arrived.
Overall, although I still think the Cornershop is a great place for brunch, I wouldn’t go back around dinner time. Service is inconsistent – I remembered the staff to be super-friendly from my (numerous) previous brunch experiences there; once they even removed our drinks from the bill simply because our coffees took a while to arrive! This level of service remains to be seen around dinner time.
Food – 6 / 10
Service – 4 / 10
Value for money – 5 / 10