Review: Corner Cafe
Corner Cafe is a new business that has quietly emerged in the busy Addington Mall on the thriving, hospitality-laden Lincoln Rd in the busy Addington suburb.
This part of the city is drenched in other food operations so is highly competitive. The cafe sits relatively discreetly at the back of Addington Mall and is hard to spot from the road but is well worth a visit as we discovered.
It's a balmy Saturday morning and Lincoln Rd is pumping with traffic and hungry punters. Corner Cafe catches our eye. It's new and we decide to taste-test. The owner warmly greets us and tells us it's the end of his first week. Business has been encouraging although, when we arrive, there are no customers.
We soon discover that's their loss and definitely our gain.
There are a few seats outside the cafe but we go inside where there are some small tables and some comfortable armchairs awaiting us. The food display units have some sandwiches and pies but we decide to order from the blackboard menu which, on first impressions, is quite limited.
The kids order the pancake stack, which is three freshly made pancakes with some cream, vanilla icecream on the side and tasty maple syrup. For just $7.50, this represents pretty solid value. The pancakes are made from scratch and are delicious with just the right "fluffiness" you expect from a good pancake. It is a top effort and goes down really well with the kids.
Mandy orders the bacon and egg on toast and it, too, is filling and tasty while I order the Corner breakfast which includes hash browns, bacon, mushroom, tomato and some bread. It is as good as many others I've tried and a credit to the business. Iced chocolates and iced coffees are also ordered and they, too, are well worth it.
The owner is a polite man who is genuine about looking after his customers. On the day we visit, he is working on his own and still manages to create great food quickly, efficiently and with impressive service. He is keen to get feedback on his menu because he wants to ensure he is constantly improving - an admirable trait.
There are a couple of suggestions to lift his game. The first is improve the choice in the display units and second - slowly but eventually - increase the offerings on the blackboard menu. These will take time but, on first blush, Corner Cafe has all the ingredients to make a good fist of things.
Corner Cafe, Shop 9, Addington Mall, 300 Lincoln Rd, Christchurch. Ph: 03 338 3168.
When: Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm. Saturdays 9am - 4.3-pm. Sundays: closed.
How much: $61.50 for two adults and two children.
What's to eat?: Cafe fare, pies, sushi.
What we think: A promising enterprise from a friendly operator. Great homemade offerings.
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