Since opening its first Bondi shop in 2019, Lox in a Box has opened takeaway bagel shops all over town. But the brand had never offered proper dine-in – until now. Its fifth shop, inside the old Marrickville Cornersmith site, takes advantage of the bigger real estate with more breakfast and lunch options than ever before.

The menu is built on family recipes for Jewish staples such as matzo ball soup and latkes, plus dishes inspired by co-owner Candy Berger’s earliest food memories like hot salt beef on rye (only available on Sundays). But The Corner Deli is certainly not kosher – the menu takes inspiration from travels around the world, resulting in dishes you wouldn’t usually find at a Jewish deli. Case and point: a the brisket brekkie burrito rolled up with latke, scrambled eggs, hot sauce and slaw.

Other highlights include Sydney's first bagel high tea. Fit for two, it arrives on a tiered platter with cured fish, schmears, condiments and bagels. Sweet breakfast fans can go for chocolate babka French toast topped with banana cream, maple syrup and cherry compote. There are also all of the bagels – and fillings – that you’d find at your typical Lox in a Box outpost.

The space is as visually distinct as the other members of its family. Sign artist Nathan Pickering has deployed a dry-brush technique to give the lettering on the facade a worn-in vibe, with Berger handling the rest of the fit-out – which involved many late-night Facebook Marketplace hustles.

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Updated: October 27th, 2023

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