Another weekend. Another cafe.
Everyone I know is talking about Grounds of Alexandria. It is the current talk of the town for weekend breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. And possible one night dinner events happening soon. It was Queen’s birthday long weekend and I thought, why not…. let’s check this place out and see what the hype is all about. Is it really so amazing and is the coffee really that good?
This place is huge and used to be a four and twenty pie factory. It is not just a cafe but one that seems have a roaster and cupping area, a very big kitchen, a very impressive kitchen garden with so many different herbs and vegetables, an outdoor area which will be lovely in warmer weather and I spied a wood fire oven? There are also 2 coffee stations. One for takeaway and one for the dine in customers. Amazing layout.
This place was packed and buzzing. But I thought that it was a little too much if you are after something a little more quiet and slow paced. It seems to be the place to be seen and also a place where families want to hang out.
We ordered a piccolo while waiting in queue. Yeap! The weather was crap but still a queue. I still prefer the piccolo at Gnome. But anything in a takeaway is usually slightly inferior. The lunch menu on the blackboard is only served on weekdays! Damn it… I prefer the look of that menu.
The whole outfit is really well thought out. The Grounds of Alexandriais opened by Ramzey Choker and coffee expert, Jack Hanna. I love the glassware, the plates, the cups, everything. It is very modern shabby chic.
I ordered a second round of caffeine. I wanted to try the clover but can’t remember the reason why it was not available. So I settled for the pour over. Just to note, I am not a coffee expert. The opinion is base on my preference. This cup had quite a clean taste with most likely a light body. I prefer something a little stronger and bold. This means that I am not convinced about the coffee. Might have to pop back another day but when there isn’t any insane queue.
I ordered the rolled eggs with crispy quinoa ($16). Lovely soft poached eggs that is rolled in crispy quinoa to give it the texture. It was served with perfectly cooked asparagus, naturally sweet slow oven roasted tomatoes with truffle oil on olive sourdough. It is a simple dish but well thought out. I love the sourdough and wished I had more! If you have a big appetite, then this is not dish for you.
Mister ordered the pork and veal sausages with fried eggs ($17). Oh… before I go on, they actually have laying hens in the garden too. I highly doubt that they supply the eggs for the restaurant. Anyway, back to the dish. The portion was relatively small. Mister did complain a little about the size. The sausages was served with spicy tomato and spinach ragout with a side of sourdough. I am not sure what to say about it except good sausages.
I am not prepared to wait for more than an hour for a table at The Grounds. As I left, I overhead wait time as long as an hour and forty five minutes. WTF? I find it quite ridiculous. The food is good but not worth waiting for. Will the hype ever die down? Who knows. But if you are one of those lucky ones that do not work or have cafes as offices, then head down during downtime to check it out. Try the lunch and let me know if it is any good.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015
02 9699 2225