Bonjour. I currently have the French episode of Food Safari on in the background so I’m feeling French inspired. Lately I have gone photo crazy on cafes/restaurants in Sydney as I can’t get enough of their interiors and exteriors. These venues are made up of the most beautiful furniture, knick knacks, views, surroundings and foodie produce. Check out these posts on the Boathouse in Balmoral, The Scarborough Hotel and Manly Wine and you’ll get an understanding of what I mean. The Grounds in Alexandria is no exception in this category, with the whole premise being made up of beautiful photo opportunities. I’ve blogged The Grounds before and you can check that out here, with this post covering the brunch/lunch menu instead of breakfast.
The wait for a table was about an hour (you can’t make bookings, but don’t worry there is plenty to keep you occupied), so we grabbed a coffee and headed out into the garden and market area to walk around.
This is my pretty as a picture little sister, Katerina. We are seven years apart, and I generally get called the younger one…Explain that!
We made friends with Kevin….he’s a babe.
…and this is my mumma :).
Time for some lunch our buzzer beeps and we make our way over to our table which is situated on the outdoor balcony section which is perfect in the mild warmth of the sun.
I’ve been obsessed with Green Juices recently and thought I should continue the obsession over lunch. This one is a concoction of Parsley, Kale, Cucumber, Celery and Apple. Fresh and filling it really does taste yummy with most of the sweetness and flavour coming from the apple and parsley, without those two I assume it would taste pretty bland.
Although the wait to be seated takes a while, the food comes out super quick. First on the table is the Beef Burger, with a Beef Brisket Patty, Cheese, Lettuce, Dill Mayonnaise on a Soft Toasted Brioche Bun and Beer Battered Fries. My sister and aunty tuck into their burgers and I steal a bite, I’m amazed at the flavour similarity to a McDonald’s Cheeseburger.
My sister also orders a freshly squeezed juice of Apple Pear & Mint.
For lunch I chose the Poached Chicken Salad with Pickled Celery, Broccoli, Radicchio, Pepitas and Dukkah. I’m a big fan of Dukkah and it was a nice Middle Eastern twist to the salad. Definitely keeping this ingredient list in mind for my lunchbox salads for work this week.
My mum chooses the Chicken Pot Pie which also has the Beer Battered Fries on the side. The inside of the pie was full of creamy chicken and heaps of cheese making it extremely moreish.
Since breakfast ends at 11.30am, the separate brunch menu allows you to order egg dishes at any time of the day. My cousin chooses the Smashed Avocado with Haloumi, Olives and Poached Eggs on top.
Content from lunch we pass the pastry and cake displays on our way out. We picked up the Strawberry Tart on the right for my dad and then a Zeppole, Italian Doughnut filled with Nutella for us to share. We had been watching them make the doughnuts earlier and we couldn’t deny having a try of one. It was the best and worst decision I made all day, they were absolutely amazing!! Still slightly warm and filled with the right amount of Nutella which oozed out with every bite, I was in sweet heaven. The downside…I’m going to be thinking about these damn doughnuts that I can see myself driving via The Grounds just to pick some more up. Note to self: must also try the jam filled ones.
There we have it…a wonderful lunch with family at one of Sydney’s busiest and most popular cafes at the moment. Definitely head down and make a day of it. If you’re not the type to wait around for a table then don’t worry, you can also buy take away food from one of the little stalls they have set up and eat it at your own leisure in the garden.
Bonsoir for now. I am off to dinner with the girls for a Greek feast at The Apollo :)