It was love at first latte at this cool 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!) the love was always destined to last.
One of the first cafes to kick-start the coffee and dining renaissance in the village of Lawson, Cortado’s menu comprises sweets, snacks and light meals with a focus on seasonal produce and local suppliers.
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-size glass.
You can order one made with Mecca coffee beans (everyone knows Mecca, right? That Sydney coffee stalwart known for its single origin program, which assures direct contact with land owners).
The small selection of light meals draws on the flavours of Cortado’s sister cafe in Blackheath – Hounslow – which has more of a restaurant feel to its fare. What you’ll find here are very Instagram-able but tasty bites – not your ordinary smashed avo, but food-stylist-formed rosettes of the stuff, garnished with discs of radish and a crunchy Middle Eastern sprinkle; or baguettes with poached chicken, fennel and basil mayo; lush croissants with jamon and brie.
If you’re lucky, there’ll be a lemon polenta cake on offer – a moist and not-too-sweet wedge with a consistency that crumbles and dissolves at once in your mouth. But if not, then there’s a lovely glass exhibit of bite-size sweets to add a lip-smack to your macchiato.
And given the cafe’s owner Mike Rathge also has an Italian-French patisserie in Wentworth Falls – Weatherboard – it’s likely we’ll be seeing influences of this other sibling in the sweets department soon.
Rubbing shoulders with some of the Blue Mountains’ best-quality foodie places all in the one spot on Staples Crescent (looking at you, Mesa Barrio, Black Cockatoo Bakery, Maprang Thai and Napoli Corner) it’s safe to say our love affair with Cortado – and Lawson as a whole – will be long-term.
- Address: 1/11 Staples Crescent, Lawson, NSW, 2783
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: Cortado’s Facebook page
- Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–3pm; Sat–Sun 7.30am–3pm
- Prices: Food $6–$14.50
- Cuisine: Café
- Licensed: No
- Bookings: Possibly when/if it becomes licensed
- Views: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Cards accepted: All cards