Finally, I make a trip to The Grounds of Alexandria, something I’ve been wanting to do for months now! I don’t often get the chance to drive up to these Eastern suburbs as it is quite a trek for me but I was so excited for this to happen and of course I was going to make the most of it.
I organise a brunch date with a dear uni friend who I don’t get to see very often but always make an effort to catch up with. Luckily for her, she doesn’t live too far. With the windows down and sun shining in our face, we casually make the drive.
We feel as if we are driving through some industrial area (which I’m sure it is, well at least with plenty of warehouses around) and score parking right across the street. I am suprised at how huge the place is, but I know already that I’ve fallen in love with the location and setting of The Grounds.
This letter box is just gorgeous. It made me feel as if I was being welcomed into somebody’s humble abode.
A table for two calls for about a half hour wait. We don’t mind because we get some coffee to go and wander around the beautiful gardens.
Blessed with a gorgeous day, we are more than happy to spend some time in the oh so pretty gardens. It’s such a relaxing feel and my girlfriend and I speak of such potential events that could occur with such a beautiful surround – imagine the tea parties, garden parties or even such thing like an Mad Hatters/Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea.
Don’t know where to go? Perhaps this sign can help. The wait for the table doesn’t seem so bad when there are things to see in the garden, benches to sit and get a sun tan.
The open garden house is where we sit, figure out what we want to eat and drink our coffees. I was really looking forward to the rolled eggs with crispy quinoa which I had first seen here but sadly they weren’t on the menu today. The menu changes each season.
We get seated within the warehouse, borderline of being outdoors. I’m so glad it’s such an open space because we really did have the perfect weather for it. It definitely felt like Summer was upon us.
Lemon Myrtle Mushrooms $16.00
We share the shimeji, enoki, field, baby button and wooden mushrooms sauteed in The Grounds lemon myrtle butter with a fried egg on brioche. I loved the different varieties of mushrooms and the textures it gave. Anything on brioche is a win really, however, I’d have liked a stronger hit of the lemon myrtle flavour as it was very, very subtle.
Turkish Style Eggs $16.00
It’s still breakfast for us so we cannot go without some eggs. In this dish, the eggs are soft poached in a rich tomato sauce with cannellini beans, spinach, labneh yoghurt, pistachios and toast.
Yolk ooze, oh yes baby
These poached eggs were a delight to eat. It did feel like a modern day version of the typical breakfast of eggs, baked beans and toast. The yoghurt lightened the dish up and the pistachios gave the perfect crunch.
I also just had to share my favourite photo of the day. I love the wooden table and the rustic feel of the brown paper.
The food at The Grounds is made with wonderful produce. And you can see why it’s a boomer with both the locals and non locals hence the queues. I am looking forward to returning to see what else is on the menu during other seasons. I will be on the look out for those rolled eggs with cripsy quinoa (I really hope it makes it on the menu again, soon).
The Grounds of Alexandria
Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street
Alexandria, NSW 2015
Tel: +61 2 9699 2225