Gnome Espresso & Winebar, Surry Hills

  17 May 2012

So you know how I went a lil crazy and ate at Mad Spuds Cafe 3 days in a row? Well I kinda went and did it again, this time I took a little mosey on across the road and landed at Gnome Espresso & Winebar (536 Crown Street, Surry Hills) where surprisingly there is only one gnome on display. And giving us the finger the cheeky bugger! I have a thing with gnomes, the boy hates them so it’s my dream one day to fill the back yard with gnomes and see how long it takes him to freak. But that’s another story so moving along now.

OH HOW IT OOZES! Behold! It is the one, the only, the Super Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12)! Cheddar + gruyere + buffalo mozzarella + prosciutto = FREAKING AWESOMES!!! My heart melts at the sight of equally melty cheese trying to escape it’s carbohydrate confines. I made it thru about 2/3 of that insanely tasty sandwich before having to admit defeat and eat some salad to balance out all that richness. But oh how I have dreams about that sandwich.

A coupla days ago, FFichiban brought a friend to the hood (HIHI JELLY!) so back to Gnome we go and this time I’ve gone for the Deli Board ($20) which is freaking massive especially with a whole basket of fresh baguette slices. The chicken liver pate isn’t as smooth as I’d hoped but is still pretty tasty schmeared inch thick onto the crusty bread. Surprisingly I loved the salami, generally I’m not a huge fan of the cured meat but those slices along with the smooth curls of prosciutto were carefully rationed. The fat wedges of cheese were a blue d’Auvergne Cantorel and Telegraph Road triple cream, both incredibly rich and so delicious. I don’t like pickles so I stayed away from them (“ugly little gherkin” teehee).

The Mini Beef Burger ($10) is a steal, the meat patty is juicy and smothered in glorious Swiss cheese and topped with a tomato relish.

Aaand then yesterday it seemed like perfect weather to try the Spicy Meatballs in a Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce ($14), opting for the meatballs on a baguette over a bowl. The meatballs are ginormous creatures, juicy hand shaped lumps of meat drowned in a rich tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Gnome does takeaway too but I’m dying to drop by after work and try the dinner food as well as the drinks menu which are reasonably priced for the area. Love how they also thoughtfully provide shawls for each table as the temperature plummets and look forward to trying everything on the menu.

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