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Dropped into Gnome Espresso Cafe for a breezy saturday brunch before we headed off to check out anish Kapoor. Gnome Espresso and Winebar is located at 536 Crown Street in Surry Hills. We had heard good things, and gnomes are charming so this was a novel enough choice for an artsy arvo.


um, bad gnome! wine.



Gnome is a rather peculiarly named and popular Surry Hills Eatery. Its housed in one of those Victorian surry hills town houses since converted into a shop – painted a mustard colour.  There is limited seating so it will be tricky to try and reserve and hold a seat on the weekend. Bit of a wait as seats are limited but then they do seem to want you out of there the second your done with your food. Understandable for a small venue that needs to turn tables. There is a small area to sit inside, with a few seats on the footpath outside.




The little place was buzzing the day we were there and it took some persuasion of the wait staff to secure shaded seating inside. Once inside we nestled around a small stool-ish table. The decor of store was rustic and thoughtful. Old world maps, stainless steel and timber detailing, leather seats and wooden stools, and a gnome statue tucked on timber box shelving between glasses and wine bottles. It was simple but inviting. There was ample daylight and Gnome feels light and breezy.

Both T and I ordered sandwiches off the lunch menu.


 It was a super sunny day for April, so to start I ordered an apple, orange juice, ginger & mint juice for $6.00 to cool down. For lunch I ordered the roast pumpkin, walnut, pepitas, maple yoghurt and goats curd sandwich. The pumpkin sambo $10 had a very smooth texture with the cheese curd and soft pumpkin.



T ordered the ocean trout sambo with capers, dill, mascarpone and watercress on soy linseed bread. It was delish! Would return just for this sambo. Preferred T’s smoked trout sambo though, the flavours were more balanced. (*J comment: The thickness of the bread really meant you needed some sort of texture/protein imo)

The sandwiches were bursting with filling, which was great value for $10.00. The bread was cut super thickly, it was fresh, seeded and satisfying. I wonder which baker they source their bread from.



The daily blackboard special was a Roast beef, ricotta and spinach quiche with a side salad $12. Decent enough quiche with a nice onion jam relish on the side.

Coffees were decent for a cafe like this. (J* I really wanted to try the $8 gnome affogato but they were out of ice cream) 

Gnome has a great feel and atmosphere, and we’ll certainly be back for the generous and ample sandwiches. Looking around at what other people ordered,  we’d want to try one of their breakfasts served on a board. Next time then.


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