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The Grounds, Alexandria

Author: Posted on: April 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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
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.

The Grounds, Alexandria

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.

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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.

The Grounds, Alexandria
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, Alexandria
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.

The Grounds, Alexandria
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.

The Grounds, Alexandria

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

The Grounds
Building 7A, 2 Huntley St
Alexandria NSW

http://www.groundsroasters.com

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Corinne

Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.


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11 Comments to “The Grounds, Alexandria”

  1. Oooh, breakfast looks a treat! I want those scrambled eggs..!

  2. I’m either going to wait until the crowds die down or go on a weekday. The weekend hoards are unbearable at the moment

  3. Jeff says:

    Long wait and chaotic at times. Will wait till they get more organised before I go back. Great grounds to wander in.

    • Corinne says:

      Lovely grounds, aren’t they! Let’s hope the chaos settles soon. Definitely a place to come back to and enjoy the surrounds.

  4. Krista says:

    This sounds like the sort of place I’d like very much. Especially for breakfast. I do so love going out for breakfast. :-)

  5. Disappointed says:

    I was very disappointed with my experience at the Grounds of Alexandria, I went there with my seven month old daughter and two and a half year old son. They have only 3 high chairs none of which were available at 0830 on a Saturday morning. They seated us under the espresso machine. I kept my daughter in her stroller for safety and was really disturbed to have someone stretching over her to stack cups and mugs in the machine. About two minutes later my son’s chair fell over backwards, he was not doing anything stupid, just tried to push his chair back from the table and the base is too small to be stable. This is not a child friendly cafe, they endangered both my children in less then 5 minutes, we left.

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