The latest in a line of sandwich hot spots popping up all around the country, Corner Deli is the brainchild of Ben McShane and Matt Kuhnemann. The pair are also behind the nearby Clarence Restaurant, best known as a European-style bistro.
The new Corner Deli adjoins the space occupied by Clarence Restaurant and is situated in a restored heritage-listed space that seats 20 people spread across the indoor and outdoor spaces. Its main source of business, however, is from takeaway trading.
The Corner Deli came about after the owners recognised a gap in the market offerings near them.
“During the day, I’d duck out [of the kitchen], and there would be a massive line at a generic kebab shop,” Ben told Broadsheet.
“It made sense to tap into that market and do something that we’re putting effort into, rather than these cookie-cutter food offerings.”
The sandwiches that Corner Deli is putting out definitely couldn’t be described as cookie-cutter offerings. The eatery offers both hot and cold sandwiches that are all made with care and a strong focus on quality.
After being brined, rubber, and hot-smoked at a low temperature in the oven, the venison that goes into the sandwich shop’s Reuben has been on the go for four days before reaching the customer. This results in a sandwich with a great depth of flavour.
Another one of the sandwich shop’s biggest focuses is making sure that every customer gets their order within a short amount of time while not compromising on quality.
“People only get a small window [of time for] lunch, and they rely on you to get them back to work on time,” Matt told Broadsheet.