Best Café: Time Out Food Awards 2017

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Winner: Cornersmith Annandale

When the first Cornersmith Café opened in Marrickville, their produce-first, all-pickling, housemade jamboree was a firestarter for more conscious, sustainable dining across the city. Now they’ve doubled down on their game-changing reputation with their second café in Annandale. It’s only once you go looking for the bacon that you notice its absence from the menu. In its place, all the unsung heroes of the plant world take centre stage. Kale and lentils are stars of a Persian-accented roasted veg salad with toasted almond crunch and creamy tahini dressing. Their potato and leek soup is a rustic, one-pot cure-all, eschewing silky uniformity in favour of big chunks of tattie, slippery leek leaves and a broth given smoky bass by paprika. Since these guys are seasoned pros when it comes to family-friendly dining there’s a blanket box and pre-ordered picnic boxes you can take to the sunny park and playground opposite. In 2017, people are embracing the less-is-more approach to meat, and Cornersmith Annandale are proving that your breakfast might just be better without it.

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