The long-time Yarraville fixture that is Cornershop (9/11 Ballarat Street) is one of our locals – but not really one of our regulars.
Yet here we are on a lovely Saturday, dining on the footpath with our pal, Al Fresco.
We’re not close friends with Al, as eating outside while eating out is a rarity for us.
But today it feels just right.
I’m eager for Bennie to try a Cornershop dish I tried a few weeks back.
For some reason he has been showing an increased interest in – and liking for – dal after years of it being a fixture for us both home and out and about.
Maybe it’s been just background noise for him all that time.
But he heartily agrees with me – the Cornershop’s coconut dahl with idlis, poached eggs, lime and curry leaves ($16.50) is extraordinarily good.
The dahl itself – made with yellow split peas, I think – is lusciously creamy thanks to the coconut content.
The fried curry leaves, coriander and red chilli bits add colour and excitement.
We’re not eggy people by any means, so we’re both bemused that the perfect poached eggs are such a winning and – to us – unlikely addition.
We’re used to the near-mushy consistency of steamed idlis.
The Cornershop versions are magnificent – fried, crisp, a tad salty, amazing.