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.
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.
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?