Saturday, 30 March 2013

Grounds of Alexandria, 30 March 2013

Today my wife and I decided to wake up early in the morning and make trek out to Alexandria to try one of Sydney’s most popular cafes in Grounds of Alexandria. The Grounds have transformed an industrial warehouse into a large space for people to  experience coffee and food in a relaxing environment. We were already loving this place even before we walked into the café. There is also a coffee school, a fountain and a mini-farm, and a large courtyard.

Big tall chimney
The Grounds
Happy 1st birthday, Grounds of Alexandria, your first of many to come!
Dog parking?
We got to The Grounds just after 7.30 in the morning and it was already starting to fill up. By 7.45am, the whole café was full. So if anyone wants to have breakfast or lunch here, you either need to get here early or be prepared to wait a long time in the queue. The Grounds’ was also celebrating their one year anniversary so I was going to be a long, busy day today! The festivities were only just starting as they were setting up the area for an Easter Egg hunt and the market stalls.

Baristas in action
Funky apparatus in background, cold drip coffee
We both ordered cappuccinos. They roast their own beans. The coffees are great, one of the better ones in Sydney. The cappuccino was smooth and there was a good balance of flavour with no bitter after taste.

House Cured Ocean Trout

I ordered the ocean trout, which I enjoyed very much. The ocean trout was delicious and was house cured. It was a very light and refreshing breakfast with the cucumbers and the wonderful dressing. The eggs were beautifully cooked, with soft white and runny yolk. Perfect with some sourdough bread.

Za'atar Pita

My wife had the za’atar pita. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern mixture of  herbs and spices, such as thyme, sumac and sesame seeds. This was another great breakfast dish. Everything goes so well together. Pita bread was fresh and was soft . The za’atar was amazing. Salty feta cheese. The heirloom tomatoes and of course the soft poached eggs with warm oozing yolk.

After a highly satisfying meal, we walked over to Salt Meats Cheese, which is situated in another warehouse. This is another great place to check out if you’re at the Grounds. They do exactly what the name suggests and they do it well: Salt, Meats, Cheese. We ended up buying some porcini salt (at $120 a kilo, obviously we only bought a little bit). It just smelt amazing. Can’t wait to use it to finish off my pasta and risottos! Here are some photos of the great products at SMC.

Salt Meats Cheese
Multi coloured pasta
Black and whte ribbon pasta
More multi coloured pasta
Selection of weird and wonderful salts
Block of Himalayan pink salt
Selection of tea
Big chunk of cured meat

Highlight: The entire experience really. Love the décor. Love the coffee. Love the buzzing atmosphere. Love the breakfast served here. 
Lowlight: It can get very busy here so be prepared to wait a while.
Overall: People from all walks of life gather here to relax and enjoy great reasonably priced breakfast and lunch. In my opinion, this is one of the best places in Sydney for breakfast. The service is friendly and laid back. Can’t wait to come back here to try other things on the breakfast menu and also the lunch menu. 7.5/10 (Great)            
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