The Book Kitchen, Gnome and Bruschetteria 102, Surry Hills

I am getting overwhelmed with photos in my folders and not getting posts up for all these places that I’ve been around Surry Hills. I am not posting as much as I used to. There is another side project for the blog that I am working on. I can’t say anything till things are set in stone and the direction and concept fully thought out. Be patient and all will be revealed in time.

Mister and I visited The Book Kitchen on Bourke Street late last year. It is just located opposite Bourke Street Bakery and usually just as packed with the locals during the weekend. There are cookbooks filled in big book shelves and even if you are a lone, you will be entertained by the surrounding books. The coffee is decent and not something that I will come back purposely for.

Book Kitchen

Book Kitchen

Mister ordered the Panetone French toast. It was topped with rhubarb, raspberry, strawberries, kiwi, grapes and a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt. The french toast is lightly spiced with a hint of cinnamon. It was a nice sweet way to kick start Saturday.  ($17.60)

panettone french toast

panettone french toast

I love corn fritters. This was a trio of corn fritters, avocado salsa. poached egg and smoked salmon. Maybe it was too early for bitter rocket taste in my mouth. Maybe baby spinach might work better or just leave it out totally. I like that the corn fritters aren’t too floury. More corn and egg than flour. That is always a good sign. I thought $22 was quite pricey for a dish like this.

trio of corn fritters

trio of corn fritters

I have only visited Gnome once but will be back to try their lunch and dinner menu as well. Gnome is a small corner cafe on Crown Street in Surry Hills. There are bits of outdoor sitting but you aren’t here early enough on weekend, then queue you must!

Inside Gnome

Inside Gnome

Coffee itself is pretty good. It is most probably the best one closest to me. But then, I have tried many yet. It is definitely better than The Book Kitchen or Four Ate Five. I have walked over a few times to just get take away coffee. Maybe the ambience of this place is better as well? And not forgetting the friendly staff. They are always smiling and even ask if everything is ok. It was a change from the very serious wait staff around Surry Hills.

Latte at Gnome

Latte at Gnome

Bloody Mary is one of their specialty. With all the party animals around Surry, I can usually see a couple of orders on weekend. There are other juices and even a very small wine list for either lunch or dinner!

Juice at Gnome

Juice at Gnome

This was a breakfast for one over the Christmas period when Mister was at work. I ordered the Benny breakfast which is basically eggs benedict on toasted brioche bun and a slice of bacon and slathered with house made  tangy hollandaise  sauce. Very naughty but really good.

Benny breakfast

Benny breakfast

My other visit over Christmas break was to head back to Bruschetteria 102 on Albion Street. I was in hangover hell the last time I visited and so only had one yummy bite of the chorizo bruschette. I did recall that the coffee was questionable but will remain questionable. I have also tried their nutella coffee but it just tastes like slightly thinned down version of mocha?

Latte at Bruschetteria

Latte at Bruschetteria

It was breakfast for one and another salmon dish! I must love salmon for breakfast. There is something about smokey salmon that makes me salivate in the morning. Slices of smoked salmon folded gently on the toasted bread, topped with salt and pepper seasoned slices of avocado and sitting on a fried egg! I thought the mix salad and tomato was quite redundant. I don’t like this sort of salad. It always seem like an easy way out?

The Bruschetteria 102 is definitely a place to check out. It serves only mostly bruschetta with a couple of anti-pasto dishes, fruity muesli and toasts. If you are not up for a normal size bruschetta, they serve snack version. One more thing, as much as I love the wooden board idea, I have a feeling that I have eaten scraps of that board from cutting through the bruschetta with that special knife. I hope that this place sticks around a little longer.

smoked salmon fried egg bruschetteria

smoked salmon fried egg bruschetteria

There is so much more of Surry Hills that has not been explored and written about. I am eating faster that I can blog. I have yet to find a breakfast place that I truly adore.

Do you like sweet or savory for breakfast?