It was love at first latte at this cool new little café in Lawson, and with the simple, contemporary décor, the quality of the food and friendliness of the staff (and being next door to Bullaburra!) I can tell the love’s going to last.
At this stage there is only a handful of sweets and snacks available, but owner Tom Charuk has plans to expand the menu and we should see more seasonal-produce-inspired dishes offered soon.
It’s named Cortado after the Spanish style of coffee – an espresso “cut” (the Spanish translation of cortado) with warm milk and served in a shorter-than-latte glass. You can order one made from beans roasted right here in Lawson and packaged under Tom’s own Alto Familia Specialty Coffee Co. brand. (‘Alto familia’ = ‘high family’ = all the coffee colleagues Tom has brought with him into Cortado.)
The small selection of bites have a tapas feel, too, fitting with the Spanish theme – avocado with smoked salt on sourdough; baguettes with poached chicken, fennel and basil mayo; lush croissants with jamon and brie. Tom also has his eye on a liquor licence, which would see more small plates on offer and opening hours extend into the evenings.
For now I love that we can prop my one-year-old on the wide wall-side bench and she can stay out of trouble there with some snacks and toys while Mr E and I indulge. Though there was no stopping her from demanding more and more spoonfuls of our lemon polenta cake – a moist and not-too-sweet wedge with a consistency that crumbled and dissolved at once in your mouth.
With the building of additional shops on Staples Crescent and with the school and loads of local mums who don’t want to trek up the mountain for a coffee every day, I’m predicting Cortado is going to live a long and happy life in this neighbourhood.
- Address: 1/11 Staples Crescent, Lawson, NSW, 2783
- Phone: 0422 081 569
- Web: Cortado’s Facebook page
- Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–3pm; Sat–Sun 8am–1pm
- Prices: Food $6–$14.50
- Cuisine: Café
- Licensed: No
- Bookings: Possibly when/if it becomes licensed
- Views: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Cards accepted: Cash only