Located in an unusual spot for this calibre (underneath newly developed apartments and towards the north end of the Ramsgate shopping district), Gasolina Espresso and Kitchen is serving up great Italian breakfast and lunch fare.
Its noisy being situated on busy Rocky Point Road, but that is not stopping the crowds. We arrived for brunch on a Sunday morning and it was packed. We had to wait for a table but not for too long – they worked efficiently to have us seated in good time (and a table in the sun).
Most of the seating is outside whilst inside offers an open kitchen, a glass cabinet of pastries (namely doughnuts) and a bar table with a few high stools facing out the front window. Its decor is up with the current cafe trends – industrial style stools, large blackboard menus, dark wooden floors, open kitchen, graffiti artwork and a brick frontage counter. Only missing is the wacky light fixtures and copper pipes.
Staff were efficient – busy with high energy, a product of the busy crowds. I wouldn’t say they were friendly, but just covering the essentials to cope with the volume. I’m sure this would be a different story on a weekday with fewer patrons.
The menu offers a lip-smacking selection of meals. I found it hard to choose! Looking around I could see many had ordered the Italian Brekkie Board – two poached eggs, prosciutto, avocado, Persian feta and marinated olives served with sourdough. It did look good, but it was a cold winter’s morning and I was after something to warm me up. I chose the Gasolina Steak Sandwich on white sourdough with caramelised onions, provolone cheese, fresh tomato, mixed leaf and topped with a spicy tomato relish & bqq sauce served with beer battered hand-cut chips.
I wasn’t let down! I enjoyed the change to provolone cheese as it provided a sharper flavour in comparison to the sweet caramelised onions and relish. The chips were awesome – crunchy on the outside and fluffy soft in the middle – but I lost them to Freya. She approved of them too! My hubby Ben opted for the Salmon Benedict on Sourdough which included poached eggs, Norwegian salmon, baby spinach topped with hollandise (and a side order of bacon). He too was pleased.
Additionally tempting was the oven baked Granola Museli with vanilla bean yoghurt, honey, berries and poached pears; Italian Breakfast Panini with two poached eggs, san daniele prosciutto topped with a spicy tomato relish; Italian Chicken Schnitzel Burger with roma tomato, rocket & spicy mayo; and the San Daniele Proscuitto Panini with artichokes, olives, semi dried tomatoes, fresh ricotta & extra virgin olive oil. And then there are the housemade doughnuts that come either plain or filled with ricotta, jam, nutella or chocolate. There is just too much to choose from – maybe next time!
The coffee did not disappoint either – the brewer is The Grounds of Alexandria. I had my regular flat white – a strong nutty flavour with creamy smooth latte – just the way I like it.
Gasolina also sells breads from Brasserie Breads, coffee bags by The Grounds of Alexandria and gourmet goods by Salt, Meat, Cheese – also from Alexandria. It’s a great all rounder and I’m pleased that it’s not too far away from home.
Gasolina Espresso and Kitchen
1/226 Rocky Point Road, Ramsgate
Ph: 9583 2858
Mon-Sun 7am – 4pm