Cortado, Lawson

Cortado, Lawson

Cortado cafe in Lawson, Blue Mountains

Ever since some friends moved to the village of Lawson in the Blue Mountains, Cortado has become our coffee go-to by default. We’ve sussed out the local pub – the Blue Mountains Hotel – with its rustic food offerings, and this time around I made sure the camera was handy for our revisit to this relatively new cafe on Staples Street.

The widening of the highway led to the demolition of Lawson’s Mid Mountains shopping centre, but with the replacement building now complete and slowly filling with tenants, the village centre is slowly coming back to life.

Cortado cafe in Lawson, Blue Mountains

Breakfast at Cortado cafe in Lawson, Blue Mountains - feature by heneedsfood

Music producer Tom Charuk (aka The Silent Titan) is the owner of this small village cafe; a Wentworth Falls local that’s been on the cafe scene for 15 years. There may be construction right next door, but nothing appears to be stopping the steady stream of locals dropping by for their morning takeaways or leisurely breakfasts and lunches.

Alto Familia Specialty Coffee is the bean of choice at Cortado, a micro-roaster that happens to be another one of Tom’s babies; roasted here in Lawson. Crafted blends of arabica beans and single origins make for a gutsy drop that shines when there’s not too much milk involved.

Cortado cafe in Lawson, Blue Mountains

Aside from the cakes, pastries and rolls that appear on the counter display, a simple sheet of wall-mounted black perspex is where the rest of the edibles are scribed. Not much, mind you, just a few sandwiches, salads and brekkie dishes that are knocked together in the small kitchen behind the counter.

Breakfast for this pair was a relatively speedy affair – toasted sourdough with avocado & smoked salt (10), with some added jamón and feta for a few extra bucks. Nice, simple and satisfying.

What I was expecting to be served bruschetta-style ended up in toasted sandwich form – the smashed egg, chorizo and chipotle mayo (8) on sourdough. A pretty decent sandwich, especially that chorizo which so happens to be made in Marrickville, Sydney.

I’d love to see more choice on the menu, but with the lack of a fully-functioning kitchen, I guess they’re doing what they can. Who knows what we’ll see down the track?

Cortado cafe in Lawson, Blue Mountains

  • Cortado
  • 11 Staples Street
  • Lawson 2683
  • 0422 081 569
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  • Ha I love the irony of travelling to Lawson and finding that the chorizo was made in Marrickville 🙂

  • I was just complaining to a friend that I’ve been out all day and have zero energy to cook. Guess what? I have sourdough, avocado, prosciutto, feta and TRUFFLE salt. Ha! Trumps the smoked salt any day! 🙂

    Twist my arm, make me say it – gorgeous pics, kills me knowing how subtly and quickly you snap these. Sigh. PS Do you do anything other than eat in the Mountains?

    • I agree about the truffle salt, Nagi, and what an easy dinner!

      Eating in the mountains is just a small part. I’m usually rolling around on the floor with a 2 and 4 year old, or walking around the bush with them collecting branches for the fireplace!

  • I bet the egg and chorizo sandwich would be awesome with your homemade chorizo!

    • Ooh I like the sound of that, David!

      • I should send you my baked eggs and chorizo recipe, too!

  • Wow, that sounds amazing Barry!

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