Corinthians, 37 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing. Phone: 8742 4009
Consider The Sauce has been aware for quite a while of the cool coffee spot that is Corinthians in Hoppers Crossing without ever developing a pressing desire to visit.
However, a recent journey to Hoppers to pick up Bennie found me dropping in for a takeaway coffee and being impressed by the lovely vibe.
Two absolutely amazing gluten-free choc cookies – one for myself out of curiosity, one for Bennie on the theory that “he’s going love the living hell out of this” – did the rest of putting a visit for something more substantial rather higher on the CTS agenda.
So it is that I visit with a pal – the one responsible for the fine new-on-the-scene blog, Not My Bread And Butter.
It’s a nice, cosy room and is obviously quite the coffee spot to be during this mid-week lunch hour.
OK, it’s not like this part of the west is overly blessed with such options – but it’s a credit to the Corinthians crew that they nevertheless aim for high standards in food, service and coffee.
Both our meals are fine, if hardly representative of the menu as whole; there’s salads, for instance, that will have to wait for another time.
My mac ‘n’ cheese ($19) is a humble yet garlicky dish. But I like it a lot – it’s filling, hearty, bigger than it appears and (thankfully) more moist than some of the dry and crumbly versions I’ve had since this dish became a fad.
The rocket and radish salad on the side is very fresh a dressed just right.
My friend enjoys her 24-hour beans – don’t they look special? – with two rotund poached eggs and gluten-free toast ($20).
Unfortunately, there is no evidence of world-beating choc cookies today so we more than make do with a shared slice of carrot cake ($5).
I’m no big fan of carrot cake but find this one to be nice indeed – very moist and tasty.
My cafe latte ($3.50) is excellent.