Corelli's Cafe Gallery, Newtown (21st May 2011)

Jono and I decided to skip cooking tonight and headed over to one of the restaurants on King St in Newtown for dinner instead. A quick browse in the Entertainment Book and we found several vouchers for restaurants in the area, Corelli's Cafe Gallery being one of them. We have walked past this cafe every time we go to the supermarket or gym in Newtown and it's always very busy. Curious, we decided to give them a go, and even at 7pm, the tables both indoors and outside were nearly filled.

We found ourselves a table indoors in this bohemian-looking cafe and scanned the menu as well as specials' board to decide on our order. Jono went for their barramundi salad with mango salsa while I ordered the sirloin steak with mash and peppercorn sauce. Cost us $17.90 for both mains as we had a 1-for-1 main voucher from the Entertainment Book and Jono had to go up to the counter to place our order as table servie was pretty slow. There were only three staff working (one chef and two wait staff) and with a full house, it was about a 20-minute wait before we got our meals served. 
The food itself was pretty average (my steak was tough and lacked flavour) though the servings were huge. Perhaps the cafe did much better in cafe meals for breakfast and lunch than their dinner...

Corelli's Cafe Gallery is ALWAYS this busy...

Barramundi salad with mango salsa & Sirloin steak with mash
and peppercorn sauce

We decided to get dessert and coffee before we headed home - cost us $15.90 for two flat whites and a coffee and sticky date pudding with ice cream. The pudding was light and very nice (better than our mains!) but the coffee! Oh my god. We have been warned by our Wellingtonian friends that the coffee in Sydney is terrible (by Wellingtonians' standards - we do have very good cafes in the capital city) and we didn't believe them till now - the coffee was just bad and terribly bitter. Jono didn't even want to touch his coffee after the first sip, a real indication that the coffee was really bad. 
We were not particularly impressed with our mains and now such coffee? I'm not sure we'll be coming back here anytime soon...can't quite understand how the cafe manages to still attract so many customers...

Sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
& flat whites for dessert

Corellis Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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