Cornerstone of Northcote
Dani and Will Walters of Cornerstone of Northcote, have a self-professed interest in superfoods, and eating for medicinal benefits. The couple previously ran Mount Buller’s Snow Pony for more than seven years.
The menu caters to a wide range of dietary requirements. Most dishes are vegan or vegetarian with the option to add a protein or “superfood” supplement. A separate pamphlet titled Food Facts provides nutritional information on each superfood cited in the menu.
For example, the broccoli sprouts in the lunchtime Kale Bowl contain sulphoraphane, which Walters claims is beneficial for the muscular and nervous system.
Collagen (in powder form, derived from beef) can be added to the banana, tropical or mixed-berry smoothie bowls. Its supposed health benefits include greater skin elasticity and reduced signs of ageing.
Coffee comes from South Australia’s Kommon Grounds roaster, and the menu has a broad range of coffee alternatives, including chai, herbal teas and hot chilli-chocolate. More out-of-the-box options include beetroot and lavender lattes, and house-made “lemonaid” with charcoal powder, currently in vogue for its purported detoxing abilities.
If you want to send your liver in the opposite direction, there’s an interesting range of cocktails, including a hibiscus Martini and a blood orange and bourbon sour.
The fit-out features polished concrete flooring, light timber and lots of hanging greenery. Natural materials create a soft, light and fresh space with an off-white hexagonal feature wall that alludes to chemical bonds and ties in with the nutritionally minded menu.
Due to the small site, clever interior design choices had to be made. A large mirror, booth seating and a window that fully opens onto Clarke Street balance the feeling of cosiness with a sense of being in your own space.