Yesterday we had a big family brunch at The Grounds of Alexandria – now THAT is my kind of coffee shop. It’s an amazing place and a great use of space in what could easily be/used to be? an industrial area in inner Sydney.
Had a good walk around before we sat down. Youngest arrived an hour before us to secure a place in the queue – I am N O T kidding. It’s a lovely place to be though, full of herbs and flower gardens. Flowers for sale and fresh juices, fruit. Animals to coo over. Fresh eggs from their own chickens and an adorable piglet they surely aren’t growing to eat? I think the egg and bacon roll sign could be moved a little further from his house…
As well as the formal restaurant in the main building there’s a large area undercover where you can eat food (eg said egg and bacon rolls) from the outdoor counter. And a child’s birthday party was in full balloon and cake swing. One tiny boy was nipped by Kevin Bacon but, really, you can’t blame him – the place was packed and everyone wanted his attention. Massive photo call day for him.
When the buzzer went off we were led to the best table in the house! Out of the main traffic area and with a view of indoors and out, our own private little alcove. We all wonder aloud what the building was used for originally til one bright spark among us reads the blurb in the menu – it used to be a pie making factory. Mmm son in law thinks he wants a pie now. Ha ha 🙂 The food was so good. Fruit plate with yoghurt and cappuccino for me. Ginger tea, hot chocs, lattes all round. Big breakfast boards; Turkish eggs, breakfast burger; bircher muesli – sounds delicious? Everything was..
I loved it and will try to go back on a less crowded day if it has such a thing. Maybe a week day, early.
I’ve been living in the city too long – I woke up wondering how they keep Kevin Bacon and the chooks safe at night.