There’s a lot to like about The Grounds in Alexandria. You’ll find an organic vegetable and herb garden supplying the kitchen, a bakery, a café, a children’s play area, a takeaway space, well-kept chickens and a “research facility” in bold yellow neon lights with an in-house roastery.
The Grounds, Alexandria
Set amidst an industrial zone in Alexandria with a tall factory chimney within view, the Grounds is a welcome oasis headed by creative entrepreneur Ramsey Choker and renowned coffee expert and former World Latte Art Champion Jack Hanna.
Roaming through the urban garden before sitting down to a table is part of the charm of visiting the Grounds, a product of The Artistry interior design. Rustic, dog-friendly and well-organised with arrowed signs pointing to different sections, there’s a lot at which to marvel. You’ll even find a horticulturalist on board.
Inside the café, from the large blackboard with illustrations of coffee production to the explanations and tasting notes alongside diagrams in the menu, this is a place that takes its coffee seriously.
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Cheddar
The breakfast menu ranges from smaller items such as the Grounds Granola ($12) with fruit and vanilla bean yoghurt, and more substantial dishes such as Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Cheddar and garden herbs, roasted field mushrooms and toasted miche ($15), pork and veal sausages with free range fried eggs ($17) and the excellent Grounds Breakfast Board ($19) with double-smoked ham, poached eggs, Persian fetta, avocado, and more.
The Grounds Breakfast Board
Equally tempting from the lunch menu is the tortilla of spring onion and potato ($14) and the Grounds Picnic Box for Two ($28) to savour on the premises.
Pork and veal sausages with free range fried eggs
Breakfast runs until 11 am before a lunch menu takes over at 11.30 am, leaving a half hour gap for a coffee, one presumes.
Still in its early days phase, the Grounds will also offer cupping and coffee making classes as well as garden workshops.
At the time of visit, the Grounds had only opened its doors ten days earlier and it was still finding its rhythm. A massive Saturday morning crowd, a long wait for service, a stressed waitress with no customer service skills then being informed after placing the order that it was a cash only facility are factors that didn’t make it a glowing first-time experience. But don’t let this dissuade you. Like any new establishment, it needs time to settle particularly as Sydney’s food fashionista converge en masse at the latest hotspots.
The Grounds is an innovative concept combining a passion for the bean with designer surrounds, a beautiful place to come to be it for a coffee, a hearty breakfast or the lunchtime menu. The crowds aren’t likely to disappear so allow plenty of time and explore the surrounds at a leisurely pace.
And that is exactly what we intend to do.
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The Grounds are featured in our guide to Sydney’s Top Breakfast & Brunch Spots
Building 7A, 2 Huntley St
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