75 Ludstone Street, Hampton
Tues-Sun Lunch and dinner
03 9521 6865
First thing that I love about Cornerstone & Co. in Hampton is that it’s not on Hampton Street, this means finding a parking spot is actually a reality. Secondly, the warmth of the hospitality inside is contagious. Having only recently opened, customers range from young and old and while posers could fit in perfectly, so would my grandma or my little nephews. It’s relaxed and as it should be.
The menu has all the classics like smashed avocado and eggs, and bircher muesli, but the Japanese chef, who up until recently worked at Da Noi in South Yarra, has also previously worked in Italy and the menu reflects his experience well – I’m sure to the delight of owners Antony and Michelle Pavone, both also of Italian heritage.
The Japanese inspired crispy chicken Karaage burger is sensational. It’s like cafe-esque KFC but so much better in terms of flavour, texture and well everything. The crispy chicken pieces are addictive as it the house made mayo. Beyond good.
On the Italian side of things, I tried the Aquacotta Tuscan baked eggs which were served in a classic terracotta pot with crispy ciabatta. The sweet tomato, onion and basil sugo sauce with crispy ciabatta bread was a perfect combination with my softly baked eggs, yolks oozing. This dish definitely filled the post-workout hole in my belly.
The coffee here is great too. Serving Maling Room single origin coffee, (awarded ‘Best boutique roaster 2013′ by The Age Good Cafe Guide). Cornerstone & Co. also use Saint David’s organic milk, which is locally sourced from a dairy in Fitzroy. Tick.
All I can say is welcome to the neighbourhood Antony and Michelle, I’m sure I’ll be seeing you again soon.