Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cornerstone, Darlington

The cafe space at Darlington's Carriageworks has had a few incarnations since I started working in the area (totally not my fault that cafes keep opening and closing there...just for the record). I'd say so far Cornerstone is my favourite cafe in this space.


The inside of the Carriageworks building is a HUGE industrial type warehouse space. It's cavernous with lots of concrete floors and exposed industrial beamwork revealing its former life as a train workshop.


It amazes me how the crew from this cafe have created what is essentially a welcoming, intimate and cozy cafe - something that reflects the vibe of a comfortable lounge room rather than a hard-edged workshop. There's lots of comfy leather couches, knitted nana blankets and beautiful flowers.


Cornerstone is open for lunch seven days a week and it's a perfect escape from the office. They also do drinks and bar snacks later in the day but it's lunch that interested me.

My first visit is my first Friday back at work after my holiday. I'm feeling BLUE and the post-holiday SADs have hit hard. The only cure is a big BIG burger with hot chips ($12.00). The burger was great - juicy patty and beetroot just like a good Ausise burger should have. The chips were also great - crunchy on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. I was set to eat them all but my uber healthy boss wandered into the cafe half way through my chip-fest and I didn't want to see like a big fat pig by eating them ALL. Next time time.

Or not. Next visit I decide to try the salad of the day ($14.00) changes all the time so you never know what'll be on offer. On this particular day it's a smoked salmon salad with baby spinach, radish (yum) and avacado with a mustard + dill dressing. It's delish - the salmon is fatty and melt-in-the-mouth and and I adore the crunchy radishes.

Of course a gal can't live on salad alone so I ask for a slice of bread on the side which comes out toasted with a splodge of salty butter.

I love this space and I cannot wait to come back and spend more of my lunchbreaks in somebody elses lounge room.

Cornerstone Bar & Food on Urbanspoon


  1. Hi Mel, happy Boxing Day to you. Is this cafe near the Eveleigh markets site? Just curious.

  2. I thought you would order a side of fries with your salad. I think I would :)

  3. Helen (grabyourfork)December 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    A shame that this site seems to struggle. That burger looks tasty though!

  4. Sherrie @ Crystal NoirDecember 28, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Loving the decor of the place. I find it so hard to resist the temptation of a burger especially if it's made with quality ingredients!

  5. why are all these awesome places opening in the redfern area when i no longer work/study there?!?! life is unfair!

  6. God I love a burger. And with chips. Must check it out one day soon. Might take a long lunch one day as I work in the city.

  7. I think if you're going to skive off work one day then Chur Burger in Surry Hills would be better...or even Mary's in Newtown. I also love Charlie & Co in town (Westfield) and Grill'd is good too...their chips are OMG.

  8. Thanks for the tips. I discovered grill'd in Melbourne. Super excited when I saw them in Sydney.


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