Brewtown Surry Hills
This tiny espresso and wine bar (once known as Gnome) is part of the Brewtown Newtown stable. There may only be room to seat a handful of people, but the tables spill out congenially onto the pavement under an awning, while a steady stream of regulars pick up their expertly brewed coffees to go. Cold and batch brew options are available, matched with maybe with a cinnamon cronut or caramel popcorn cruffin.
The coffee is roasted at Brewtown Newtown and the cafe also retails a selection that includes Ethiopia Kolowa and Kenyan Wakulima as well as offering guest roasters. On hot days keep an eye out for their Egyptian rose iced tea with lemon and mint. The menu is an all-day affair, with dishes sitting comfortably in the anytime-of-day field. Lemon and herb cured salmon and taramasalata on rye with fennel salad for instance, or spicy meatballs with mozzarella and basil sauce served as your choice of toasted baguette or in a bowl with toast. The quinoa salad with pumpkin, pistachios and dried cranberries comes with a truffle hazelnut dressing, while baked polenta includes Meredith feta, poached eggs and romesco.
The tight little wine list offers one or two options in white, red, rose and sparkling, with a couple of cocktails and a cider or beer option. It might be small and select in its offerings, but Gnome lacks nothing, proving that great things can certainly come in small packages.
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