April 19, 2019: There is a new brunch spot in Markham! A Corner Cafe is located at Highway 7 east of McCowan Road directly across from Markville Mall. It’s also close to a Krispy’s Kajun Chicken and replaces a former Green Grotto location.
A Corner Cafe is currently in its soft opening. My friend Betty and I went to check it out on the second day of their soft opening.
Walking in, the space is large and spacious. There are three sections of seating, one area of tables on the left, a long communal table in the middle, and several booth seats on the right-hand side. There’s a bike hanging on the right-hand side of the wall as decor.
The brunch menu runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day while the evening menu is from 3 p.m. until closing at 10 p.m. Their brunch menu features the ever-popular eggs benedicts, pancakes, waffles, chicken and waffles, open-faced sandwiches, pasta, salad bowls, and a few sides. We were served lemon-infused water in a pitcher by the server while we decided what to order from the minimalist clipboard menus.
The drink menu was located on a chalkboard next to the kitchen (a bit difficult to see if you are sitting on the side where the chalkboard is or further away from it in general — you’ll have to get up to look at it).
I ordered the Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon which was served with a side of salad and fries while Betty ordered the Chicken n Waffle. She also got a small Brewed Coffee.
(Feedback: We were a bit disappointed to see the coffee served in a paper container considering we were dining in and weren’t taking the coffee to-go. Perhaps they haven’t switched to mugs yet as it’s a soft opening?)
The Eggs Benny was a huge and beautiful portion! The colours were so vibrant on the plate. The two poached eggs were done perfectly! They looked so soft and bouncy with a bright yellow Hollandaise sauce on it.
The slices of smoked salmon looked like the higher grade type and the important part was that it remained raw while on the egg. (I personally dislike it when the surrounding heat warms up the smoked salmon so that it doesn’t taste cool anymore.) The fries were slightly crispy and seasoned and tasted really good! I liked the fries. The salad was nice as well.
I liked how when I cut into the poached egg, the yolk oozed out beautifully (ideal for those of you who need the perfect boomerang shots :P). It was definitely a 100% perfectly poached egg!
(Feedback: The eggs bennys were served on a slice of bread instead of the usual English muffin. I would have preferred an English muffin or slice of bread that was toasted a bit more because the slice of bread was a bit soggy. I shared this feedback with the owner, which he acknowledged. He said he didn’t want to use the typical English muffins and that’s why they had chosen bread instead.)
The Chicken n Waffles was also a gigantic portion! The fried boneless pieces of chicken were served with four waffles on the side, salad, and a generous portion of spicy mayo in a cute Asian-inspired container.
I tried a bit of the chicken and waffles and really enjoyed the slightly seasoned and spicy chicken and the soft and fluffy waffles. It was great! Again, it was a huge portion and Betty wasn’t able to finish it all on her own.
Since I know they’re in their soft opening stage and will be continually changing their food and service to become better and better, I hope my feedback help them! (Another idea: Maybe they could even expand their evening menu to include having all-day brunch as well. Would foodies enjoy having a cafe that serves brunch all day?)
I’m so glad to see another brunch place open in Markham. I know they will be very popular for the next little while when all the foodies in Markham check this place out.
The space is good for small or large groups, and for catching up or studying. They have free wifi. There is lots of parking too in this usually quiet plaza (perhaps not quiet anymore now that there’s a new cafe here!).
Fun fact: The owner, Tien, has long been using @acornerkitchen as his Instagram account and now his cafe is called @acornercafe! 🙂 Congratulations again on your new venture and all the best, Tien!