If one was to search for good espresso based drinks and cafe food in Sydney, you cannot go wrong with Surry Hills. One of my new happy places in Sydney is in the form of a cafe called Gnome Espresso and Wine Bar. It is located on Crown Street, Surry Hills. It is a Cafe by day and a wine bar restaurant by night (that still serves coffee of course!).
The ambience is cozy and laid back. A barista friend of mine has recommended this joint a while ago. But when Chocolatesuze mentioned that they have a super grilled cheese sandwich, I instantly planned a breakfast visit. Gnome had me at grilled cheese. That breakfast was followed by lunch visits.
The flat white ($3.50) is excellent! It was full-bodied, not bitter and very smooth.
|Super grilled cheese sandwich|
|ooohhh yeahhhh!!! So awesome right?|
The super grilled cheese sandwich ($12). It is a big serving of grilled cheese sandwich which has three cheeses (cheddar, gruyere, and buffalo mozzarella) that oozes out of the sourdough bread. It also has proscioutto that works really well with the three cheeses. The only thing missing in this sandwich is the word "awesome" in its name. It should be called Super awesome grilled cheese sandwich.
|Mini beef burger|
The mini beef burger ($10) with swiss cheese, caramelised onions and tomato relish, is like a large slider. It is about the size of a McDonald's cheeseburger. But taste wise, it is bursting with flavour. It is very juicy for a small burger and the taste somehow reminds me of chili con carne.
|Spicy meatball in mozzarella and tomato basil sauce|
The spicy meatballs in mozzarella and tomato basil sauce ($14) served with a side of sourdough, is a perfect comfort lunch food! The spiced meatballs is full of flavour and so is the sauce. There's a choice of having it served in a bowl or baguette.
At Gnome Espresso, they take their excellent coffee and food seriously. Their service is great and I've always left their place with a happy belly! Two thumbs up for me!
Gnome Espresso and Wine Bar
536 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9332 3191
Monday 7am – 5pm
Tuesday – Friday 7am -9.30pm
Saturday 8am -9.30pm