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The Grounds, Alexandria

Alexandria is not a place I go very often, but there seems to be a lot of new cafes, restaurants around the area. First it was 4143 at the James Barnes, and now The Grounds.

The Grounds is relatively new, situated on the corner of Huntley Street and Bourke Road, where 4143 is. It’s a relatively large area, it has a kitchen garden, café, takeaway area, research facility, kids’ play area and various workshops.

They take their coffee seriously here, there is a huge blackboard illustrating every step of production which I thought was pretty cool.

I have been here twice now, both in the first week of its opening and the place was busy. The first visit was with two lovely girlfriends, E and H for lunch. We rocked up at midday thinking it would be relatively easy to get a table, unfortunately we were wrong. It took a good 20 minutes before we were seated. There are outdoor seats in the garden, however, that’s only for takeaway.

There are two menus, one for takeaway which is written on the board above the counter and coffee machines, and the other for dining in. We perused the menu carefully, unfortunately breakfast finishes at 10.30 am – there is no all-day breakfast.

I really wanted the confit ocean trout salad with pearl barley which was served with green beans, tender stem broccolini, hand picked garden herbs and preserved lemon – it looked absolutely divine. Both E and H ordered this – medium rare ocean trout, and they both said it was excellent.

I on the other hand opt for the herb crumbed chicken schnitzel which was served with house slaw and salsa verde. The chicken schnitzel was thin making it very dry and overly too crunchy. I would have definitely have been better if it was thicker and less dry.

We couldn’t refuse a bucket of fries, unfortunately, it didn’t come in a ‘bucket’.

Drinks – juices and ginger beer are all served in rustic jars, which I love. Coffee is definitely what they are good at!

I was hoping to try the breakfast on the weekend with ‘The Mother’ and his friends. We rocked up at 10.30am, there were 8 of us, so unfortunately we had to wait a good 40 minutes before we were seated. We toyed with the idea of ordering takeaway and having it in the garden, but the eat-in menu sounded wonderful – scrambled eggs with smoked cheddar with garden herbs, roasted field mushrooms and toasted miche sounded wonderful, so does the brioche French toast. However, by the time we were seated, breakfast was over and lunch was about to start in 30 minutes.

Service the second time round was a little slower – they were extremely busy and under staffed. It took them a good 30 minutes for our hot cross buns to come and when they finally arrived, we devoured them within seconds!

I was a little disappointed that breakfast was over. For lunch, I thought I would try the Grounds Burger, dry aged angus beef, smoked cheddar, tomato, house pickles, tomato relish and fries. It was served on a wooden board with a knife right in the middle of it – the beef pattie was thick and juicy. It was surprisingly good, better than I had anticipated.  Is it my favourite burger? Probably not, you probably know that my favourite burger is still the Lotus Burger. The side of chunky chips were excellent. The majority of us ordered this.

‘The Mother’ ordered the confit ocean trout salad and enjoyed it. B ordered tortilla which was served in a grilled pan, and served with house-made olive bread and spinach leaves topped with herbs and parmesan cheese.

Thought the service was a little bit of hit and miss – still teething I think. I have yet to try their breakfast but am very keen to try. Coffee is definitely their specialty! Make sure you go early, like before 9 am if you don’t want to miss out on breakfast!

I do love the idea, the outdoor gardens, they even have chickens on the grounds! I do hope that the service is just a teething thing, it would be better if they did have service in the garden too! Nothing beats eating breakfast in the garden whilst the sun is shining!

NB: photos unmarked was taken by my Uncle!

22nd June 2012

As you know, I have wanted to come back here for breakfast, but on the weekends, unless you are there before 9am there is at least a minimum wait of 45 – 60 minutes. That’s totally and utterly insane and you all know how much I hate waiting.

I was taking ‘The Mother’ to the airport – a very sad day, as he is leaving both dragon and I for a few weeks to find a place before we all make the move. It was a Friday, and the place was relatively busy. Parking was absolutely horrendous but thankfully we found one!

I took my parents here, and they loved it, mind you we didn’t have to wait at all and were seated immediately. The cappucino they absolutely loved.

My freshly squeezed orange juice which was served in a cool jar 🙂

Dad ordered the ocean trout with scrambled eggs and fennel which was delicious. Generous amount of ocean trout and scrambled eggs, and the fennel was cooked to perfection.

Mum had the scrambled eggs with toast ($10) with a side of smoked salmon ($4).

I knew exactly what I wanted, rolled eggs with crispy quinoa ($16), I have seen many friends eat this and I couldn’t wait to try and it was absolutely delicious! Probably one of my favourite breakfast at The Grounds. The eggs were cooked to perfection, it was served with asparagus, roast tomatoes and crunchy quinoa – YUM!

Service this time round was infinitely better. The place was busy when we got there at about 9.45am! Can’t wait to have the rolled eggs with quinoa again, but I don’t think I will be rocking up on the weekend though!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

The Grounds of Alexandria

7a / 2 Huntley Street (corner Bourke Road)

Alexandria NSW 2015

Ph: +61 2 9699 2225

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  1. mike g
    April 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

    good food, but the service gets a score of 3 out of 10.

  2. April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for this review lovely! Hubby was just telling me about this place 😀

    • April 19, 2012 at 5:33 am

      hey lorraine, definitely worth checking out but make sure you go early or there will be a LONG wait!

  3. April 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

    this looks like a really cool place, trout looks fab and love the big knife sticking out of the burger!
    don’t really hang around alexandria – traffic is too much of a problem there – but may venture there for this!

  4. April 20, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I really like the look of this place (great photos of the outside too, thanks). I’m keen to go but the crowds are putting me off at the moment. I wonder if it will settle down soon?

    • April 20, 2012 at 4:39 am

      hey miss piggy – you might have to wait for a while! say in a couple of months, it was insanely busy the other day.. crazy!

  5. April 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    The presentation of the lotus burger looks so cool! Might wait for it to settle down before visiting though

  6. Jlz
    April 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What a lovely place to spend a morning with friends xxxx Luv Luv Luv …. The food was amazing and the service great 😉 must get in early though as the crowd is definately there from door opening

    • April 30, 2012 at 2:28 am

      definitely – i am still keen to try their breakfast menu but have to be there UBER early! before 8am!

  7. Jim
    May 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Yummo.

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