Building 7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015
I have heard quite a bit of reviews about this place from friends, online and also pictures on instagram, and all the pictures that were shown was absolutely eye-catching! So finally after weeks of trying to find a perfect day to go, I rounded up a bunch of few friends for a catch-up brunch at The Grounds of Alexandria.
When we first arrived at the place we were welcomed by animals!
The place itself is divided into two distinct sections, which comes together beautifully, The Garden (organic plants and vines climbing the urban sanctuary, outdoor tables and chairs, charming outdoor decorations and other free-standing food outlets) and the Cafe. It was such a warm, sunny day that we sat outside to enjoy the scenery since the past days has always been so cold.
There was also a children’s’ area to play, so cute!
There was all these fresh products that were being sold, all the produce was local and they were all perfect for this season
Before we headed in there was this man selling chocolate filled donuts and this refreshing beer outdoors:
Visiting on a Saturday afternoon, it is bound to be busy! We had to wait for about 30mins for a table to be free and so we waited in the garden. After a long wait, we finally got seated. I didn’t quite like the first waiter who served us, he didn’t seem quite friendly but maybe because he might have worked for quite a while, but working in this type of industry you would still need to keep a smile on, it really changes the experience for the customers. But the second server we got, he was upbeat and super friendly! He even gave us a free cake! Thumbs up for him 🙂
I found their menu, easy to read with helpful descriptions. There was at least 5+ items in each section, I really liked what they had to offer in the mains, they were all fresh and high energy.
The table set up, I found it cute how they placed the utensils inside a tin bucket
The kitchen is easily viewed by customers, and by having an open window to the kitchen allows the staff to have quick access
See how full it was!
So here’s the foods we ordered, get ready for the array of ingredients…
Avacado Smash $15.50
(Top) Orange Juice (Below) Pear, Apple & Mint $7.50
Lamb Shank $19 – Slow braised lamb shank on a bed of Middle Easterm infused rice with labneh and a herb salad
Well-Being Breakfast $19 – this is what I ordered and I absolutely loved it! House cured ocean trout was amazing! Gribiche eggs and a green bean and fennel salad with beetroot relish, dill creme fraiche and toasted bamboo charcoal sourdough
Mushroom Tart $16 – Not a really filling dish if you have not had breakfast, but the king, swiss brown and oyster mushroom tart was a nice mix with the buffalo mozzarella, lemon, chilli and micro basil
Chicken Pot Pie $18 – I didn’t get to taste this, but from everyone they quite liked it! It had chicken, seasoned vegetables and herbs with a side of beer battered chips
Next we moved on to desserts, since we still had empty spaces to fill. Their range of pastry looked amazing and the pieces tasted how it looked.
This was given to us for free, I forgot what it was called but I remember it having an orange taste with coconut and the cream was not too sweet.
Kiwi Macaroons – I’m not a fan of fruits, especially kiwis but since it was made into a macaroon why not taste it… it was YUM!
Mango Cheesecake – I chose this because I loovvveee cheesecakes! When the others tasted this they didn’t like it, I loved the mango on top but the cheese part kind of disappointed me, since it just tasted like cream.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone be it on a weekday or weekend, but be sure to arrive early to find yourself seated. I’m thinking of going back on the first Saturday of any month, since they have more markets on open at the place.