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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Corelli's Cafe, Newtown

Vegetarian works breakfast $12.50
Eggs, corn fritter, tomato, mushrooms,
vegetarian sausage, tomato relish and toast

There's a happy and relaxed vibe at Corelli's.

It's lunchtime Sunday and this poky corner cafe has a happy jostle of tables, chairs and people that spill out onto the footpath outside. There are freshly baked muffins on the counter, a rustic rhubarb crumble in the display cabinet, and the delicious aroma of coffee amidst the click-click whirrrr of the coffee grinder.

The menu has something for everyone. Breakfast options include berry yoghurts, rhubarb and apple waffles, grilled haloumi on sourdough and ricotta hotcakes. Meat lovers can feast on the chorizo breakfast, Atkins followers can have the low carb verion (bacon, eggs and salad), and coeliacs can enjoy gluten-free bread for only $1 extra.

Breakfast is available all day so I opt for the vegetarian works,: a vegetarian sausage, a generous tumble of mushrooms, fried tomato, an egg any-style, two thick slabs of toast, tomato relish and one of their famed corn fritters. The corn fritter is a bit more batter than fritter but I do enjoy the vegetarian sausage which is soft and a little sweet, a bit like a frankfurter.

Roast pumpkin tart $13.50
Pumpkin, fetta, caramelised onion and spinach
served with relish and salad

Main meals include the usual cafe offerings--toasted turkish breads, blt's and chicken season salad. Fancier stuff includes a grilled barramundi in lemon butter sauce, a corn fritter stack, and a grilled haloumi salad.

There's plenty of comfort in the bangers and mash, beef burgers, soft bean burritos and the crispy bacon nachos. Vegetarians have plenty of options and even the Meatette, a self-confessed carnivore, ends up ordering the roast pumpkin tart, a substantial wedge of pumpkin, fetta and caramelised onion in a deep pastry shell.

Vegetarian lasagna $12.50
served with salad

Two of our party opt for the vegetarian lasagna, There's plenty of zucchini, eggplant and tomato and I'm impressed that it's not too greasy nor drowning in oil.

We had planned on dessert but are too full to fit in another mouthful. A shame really, because that rhubarb crumble looked really good!

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Corelli's Cafe

352 King St, Newtown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9550 4080

Open 7 days from 7am til midnight

BYO surcharge $2 per bottle
15% surcharge on public holidays

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/09/2007 11:07:00 pm


  • At 10/09/2007 11:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oooh I LOVE Corelli's! We go there for dinner all the time. The dinner special is $16 and includes a huge main and dessert. I always get the berry crumble as its the best crumble in the world.

  • At 10/10/2007 8:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I swear I could smell the eggs cooking as I looked at that picture of the big veggie breakfast.
    I would seriously consider giving up veganism just so I could eat it. And the tart and lasagne look mighty tempting also. *drool*

  • At 10/10/2007 11:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh i'm so happy! you posted a vegetarian, (potentially) wheat-free, breakfast. three of my favourite things all together :)

    the other meals look great too!

  • At 10/11/2007 11:51 am, Blogger Terri @ A Daily Obsession said…

    hi can i know what camera u use? i like the 'naturalness' in the surrounding, presentation n focus.

  • At 10/13/2007 11:25 am, Blogger papa lazarou said…

    havent been for a while, but was a big fan of the corelli's dinner special when i used to work late nights in the city... lovely meal, and finished with a delicious dessert!

  • At 10/13/2007 11:33 am, Blogger papa lazarou said…

    while on the topic of vegetarian food... 'Full Circle' in crows nest is a great find... its a chinese vegetarian restaurant (more upmarket than say mama chu's) but the prices are comparable... the vegetarian versions of peking duck, sweet & sour pork (using walnut) are great... the veg salt & pepper fried flounder is the standout... i felt like i was eating the real thing... and dont forget to try the flash toilets upstairs on the first floor... i took fervent meat lovers there and they loved it..

  • At 10/13/2007 2:08 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lorraine E - Wow, a $16 dinner special sounds great. I will have to check that one out, and I will def save room for the berry crumble too!

    Hi bean_mix - The veggie breakfast was great. I hope the pic didn't cause you too much pain :)

    Hi Lindsey Clare - That is a neat trifecta. I thought it was great that Corelli's did offer so many vegetarian options (and tasty desireable ones too, not afterthoughts) plus wheat-free alternatives.

    Hi Terri - I use a Nikon D70s for most of the photos here.

    Hi Papa Lazarou - Another dinner special mention. I'm getting hungry already!

    Thanks for the tip-off re: Full Circle too. I've been to Green Gourmet at Crows Nest where we had Peking "Duck". I loved their pumpkin purses too.

  • At 10/21/2007 8:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love your vegetarian breakfast.. ;) i could use that once in a while. ;)

  • At 10/21/2007 6:05 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Mama Bok - Me too :)


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