Gasolina kitchen and espresso, Ramsgate

 Gasolina Kitchen and Espresso, Ramsgate

The Grounds coffee. 1/226 Rocky Point Rd, Ramsgate. Ramsgate’s latest cafe is beautifully fitted out, and already churning out great coffee and food. You’d like more detail than that? Sure.

breakfast plate - Gasolina Kitchen and Espresso, Ramsgate

The menu is standard cafe breakfast items with an emphasis on high-quality breads – a brioche roll for the breakfast burger ($10), and a breakfast tasting plate ($18) that includes two poached eggs in addition to avocado, feta, olives and prosciutto. 

where the magic happens - Gasolina Kitchen and Espresso, Ramsgate

Inside, the counter gives emphasis to the ready-made pastries, like the Nutella-filled donut. When we visit for the grand opening, they have a selection of miniature versions available (two embarrassingly large bites, or perhaps four more reasonable ones), but the full-size version ($4) is somewhere around the size of a Krispy Kreme. There’s self-serve water at the counter, infused with fresh cucumber: very refreshing.

Gasolina Kitchen and Espresso, Ramsgate

I was skeptical when I read about the “Nescafe Frappe” ($6), but asking around, this is a very popular Greek traditional drink, and it’s expertly made here – the texture is cloud-like: it really can keep the straw vertical. If you’re more traditional in your tastes, the tricked-out Synesso (complete with digital timers for each of the three group heads) is being used to good effect, with expertly made short blacks and lattes.

This place deserves every success.

movie: robocop (2014)

Movie: Robocop. Reimagining the original Robocop (from 1987) in the modern day, with Samuel L Jackson as a kind of Fox News presenter, Michael Keaton as an evil billionaire, and Swede Joel Kinnaman in the titular role. Special effects heavy, and neither as violent and chilling nor as thorough in its presentation of a world overrun with crime, it’s an interesting one to watch. The ED-209’s have lost none of their fury.

movie: non-stop

Non-Stop is the latest Liam Neeson vehicle – it’s a thriller / whodunit on a plane. It’s no Citizen Kane, but it is an amusing puzzler with plenty of twists and turns. Julianne Moore is highly watchable, and the other group of people do a sufficient task at keeping the film going. There are a few continuity gaps, but this is very much not something you want to think about too deeply.

apple tv: jiro dreams of sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a short (75 min) documentary about the only Sushi chef to ever win 3 Michelin stars for his restaurant. It tells something of his life story, part of his family life and background, but is mostly about the pursuit of perfection in the craft to which you devote your life. Having made sushi since he was nine years old, Jiro continues to search for improvements and new ideas in how to conduct a meal of varied sushi courses. An engaging portrayal of a world that is quite foreign to me.

apple tv: idiocracy

Idiocracy is one of those movies like Three Kings where it defies belief that someone funded the production of the story. An average person from today is put into suspended animation, and awakes, hundreds of years later, to a society where he is now the smartest person in the world. Its crass (in a frat-boy humour way) portrayal of a life taken over by corporations has moments of insight into the kind of culture that the West risks embracing to greater and greater extents.