On the corner of Brighton and Palace Streets – under a black-and-white striped awning, diners will find a new cafe, Brighton the Corner.

“I want to serve people what I want to eat,” says owner and head chef Scott Duncan, formerly of Fleetwood Macchiato. “We are hot smoking our own salmon, cold smoking the beef burgers and making our own yoghurt. That’s the idea – to make as much of what we can as possible. We are using soda stream so we are making a lot of syrups, which are big sellers.”

This is the philosophy that underpins Brighton the Corner; delicious, homemade food with as much locally sourced produce as possible. Also on the menu is braised brisket, potato hash, mojo verde, poached eggs and onion rings; house-made crumpets with caramelised pear and Dulwich Hill honey butter; smokehouse beef burger with hand-cut chips and a selection of sandwiches including pork belly, fennel and quince paste.

Duncan and co-owner and barista, Nigel Park did the refit themselves, with a soft industrial feel. “Before the renovation, you couldn’t see through the kitchen, so it felt like three different spaces,” says Duncan. “Now people walk through the front door and ask if we’ve made the place bigger, when in fact we’ve made it smaller – it just looks big and bright now.”

Future plans for Brighton include a space to sell local and homemade produce and extending opening hours to include a dinner service. “We want to have things people can sit down and share. Because we are so close to the train station people will be able to stop in here on the way home and have a wine or a beer,” says Duncan.

Brighton the Corner
49 Palace Street, Petersham

Tues to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm