Many will know that I have little love for The Grounds. I don’t mean it in a bad way. The Grounds have been great in creating a new buzz for Alexandria which is mostly lived in by factories, warehouses and few amenities. New cafes and properties are popping up in that area but with poor public transport, I will avoid living there till it grows up more.
And why I not like The Grounds? It has a great herb and vegetable garden, roast its own coffee beans and bakes its own bread and other goodies. I don’t really fancy the food. I thought a little bland and pricey. I don’t fancy the coffee. Most of all, I don’t fancy the queue. After a year and a bit, you thought that I will be used to queues? I avoid queuing unless my mum says so or it is really damn good.
Bread & Circus is a feel good type of cafe, I mean, canteen. Lots of salads which means great for vegetarians and vegans and everything is organic and locally sourced. There is something for the meat eaters like poached chicken, salami, ham, beef and something else. You just need to be there to check out the menu that changes quite regularly.
This is not the easiest place to find. 21 Fountain Street is one big warehouse space. Bread & Circus is located behind Don Campos Espresso bar. It is quite deceiving and hidden for first timers. But I wonder if it gets easier after its renovation? This canteen does not serve coffee but they do have a huge variety of teas. Mister tried the chai and to be honest, I thought it lacked aromatic and was quite diluted in flavour.
For coffee lovers, you can take away your order from Don Campos Espresso Bar. It is quite a lovely space and what a nice little idea. I guess it does get most of the clientele from neighbouring warehouses, offices and locals. I tried the cold drip and quite like it. Very refreshing, clean and just a slight acidity which I love. It was a rather warm morning and so that was perfect for me.
Mister opted for something sweet and ordered the jude’s very particular pancakes. It’s a pre-soaked buckwheat black quinoa coconut-rapadura wholefood pancakes with maple orange syrup and maple biodynamic yoghurt. In case you are wondering, rapadura is form of sugarcane juice that is used as a candy or sweetener (wikipedia). Sounds like the healthy pancake that is ok to eat without guilt. I only had a small bite so you shall have to check it out yourself. They are good pancakes with a generous dose of sweet sauce, some yoghurt, blackberries and banana. I call it a “feel good” pancake.
I got myself a man size breakfast. It is called the parmesan-not-so-scrambled eggs. Not so scrabbled eggs are biodynamic with loads of parmesan cheese, chilli and truffle oil. It came with spinach, crushed avocados, tomatoes and toasted sourdough. I added a side of preservative free-range ham which was an additional of $5. If I had to pay $23 for this plate of food, I will like to taste and smell some truffle please. Everything on this plate is fresh and tasty but I guess being healthy and eating sustainable is suppose to be expensive?
There are other breakfast options like the morning jumble which is all things breakfast and that starts from $14 for a half plate or $16 for a full plate of bircher or crunchy granola with milk. Add ons are $3 each. For lunch, they serve soups ($7 – $10), salad plate ($10 – $25), sandwich boxes ($13 – $15) and the daily plate ($24).
The prices here are not cheap. I wonder how this place will cope and look like after the renovation? Might be a worth a visit after.