During our last weekend in Sydney, A and I drove past Gnome on Crown Street in Surry Hills and were immediately drawn to it by how tiny the café is but its bustling atmosphere. After viewing the breakfast menu online, we decided that we’d have to try it.
There are only a handful of tables inside Gnome and we were lucky enough to snag one straight away. After a quick assessment of the menu, we placed our order and our coffees were quick to arrive. Gnome source their coffee from a range of suppliers, including Coffee Alchemy, AIR, Toby’s Estate and Axil, and the coffee used interchanges weekly or monthly, depending on demand. The coffee itself is focused around Gnome’s ‘Casablanca house’, which they have been developing and perfecting for the past three years. The end result – strong, smooth coffee that is expertly made and moreish.
The kitchen at Gnome is tiny and I loved watching the kitchen work in such a small space. The menu is casual but aims to serve high quality dishes and Gnome uses ethically sourced produce including free range and locally, sustainably farmed produce, which is my kind of eating.
For my breakfast, I ordered the mini egg benny roll ($8.50) featuring a poached egg, hollandaise and ham on a brioche bun. This mini benny burger was my perfect breakfast – a sweet, flurry brioche bun that went perfectly with the ham, egg and hollandaise sauce.
A ordered scrambled eggs on toast with house tomato relish (with poached eggs also an option instead of scrambled) ($10). A loved that the scrambled eggs weren’t overly buttery as well as the accompanying tomato relish.
Gnome also has a range of pastries on offer, including their version of the infamous cronuts. Gnome is open for breakfast, lunch and drinks everyday.
I loved our breakfast at Gnome and the attentive service, excellent food and bustling atmosphere will definitely draw me back to Gnome in future.