Cornerstone & Co

“Che mangia bene, vive bene”. Thats the motto here.

A mere stone’s throw from the vibrant busy main shopping strip of Hampton, Cornerstone & Co. Cafe is conveniently situation in Bayside Melbourne. Far enough from the hustle and bustle of Hampton Street, yet near enough to ensure ease of access and parking. Set in a quiet suburban location, Cornerstone & Co. café brings together luscious gastronomy, quality coffee, and skilful service.

This fresh and lively café was named after a Kings of Leon song that brought owner Michelle and her partner together. This sentimental value follows through the café, with a unique menu based on a well traversed head chef, Shoichi Ueda , from Japan who travelled through Italy perfecting the art of Italian cuisine. Design wise, cornerstone is clean, and energetic, with timber hexagon wall features behind the counter, bright spring toned wire bar stools, an outstanding yellow wired chandelier, and a fresh courtyard dotted with greenery.

Expect to be spoilt by choices for distinctive meals that bring together a fusion between traditional Italian style cooking, and Japanese cuisine. Not just your average café- this place shines in many ways. Theres the Okonomiyaki fritters with bacon, poached eggs, and katsuobushi shavings; Caponata Baked Eggs with eggplant, red peppers and parmigiano; and Orange Crepes with sticky date ice-cream. Lunch offerings include traditionally made pasta; Burgers; and Black sesame salmon with okra, kidney beans, herbed rice, crunchy quinoa, and spiced grana padano tomato coulis.  For those who are health focused, they have a ‘health club’ listing, loaded with nutrients and gluten free options. Think tapioca bircher, smashed avo on organic toast, and Macro bowls.

Coffee is smoothly extracted on a custom powder coat white La Marzocco Linea, and sourced from Melbourne’s award winning boutique roaster- The Maling Room.  Single Origins rotate weekly, and I was spoilt by the Ethiopian offering. As a long black, it was sweet with floral notes, a creamy body, and a candied lemon fragrance. 

Cornerstone and Co. adds a special touch to Melbourne’s bayside area, and serves as a bedrock of goodness in Hampton.

Cornerstone & Co
75 Ludstone St
Hampton VIC

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