The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria

31 Jul

What do you do with an old Four n Twenty pie factory? Turn it into a cafe of course! That’s where The Grounds of Alexandria comes in. I have heard great things about this place and was warned to be prepared to wait. We had just frequented the Growers Markets and Mr Dough had round 1 of his breakfast so I had about an hour before the hungry beast growls again.

The Grounds of Alexandria is really impressive use of the 1800 square meter space. Upon entry there are vegetable gardens with roaming chooks and large outdoor communal space where people can buy takeaway. There also houses a coffee research facility (they take their coffee pretty seriously), bakery and most importantly the cafe. There were hoards of people waiting at 10am and we put our name down on the list and were informed it was an hour wait. I didn’t mind as I amused myself watching the chickens walk up and down their enclosed pen.

Spot the chook

Directions..in case you are lost

Ok, on to the food. The wait wasn’t too bad, we were seated within 45 minutes and the food came within 10 minutes of ordering.

The coffee so good, I had 2 cups

Too funny….I couldn’t resist

The scrambled eggs were light and fluffy and I think they can give Bill Granger a run for his money.

House-cured ocean trout with a fennel and herb salad, dill creme fraiche and scrambled eggs

I ordered this because I am fascinated with quinoa at the moment. I never had crisp quinoa before and I imagined it to be like little rice bubbles but to my surprise it was actually quite hard. It provided a really interesting textural element but after a while it keeps on getting stuck in my teeth!

Soft boiled eggs rolled in crisp quinoa

 

I wouldn’t be put off by the constant queues, in fact the service here is professional and welcoming. Grab a takeaway coffee and sit outside and just enjoy the weekend.

 

The Grounds of Alexandria

Building 7A, 2 Huntley St

Alexandria, NSW 2015

+612 9699 2225

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria”

  1. chocolatesuze August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    mmm love crispy quinoa! it’s ridiculously addictive

  2. Excuse Me Waiter September 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I didn’t know it was the old pie factory! Loved our visit there, the quinoa does sound interesting though we got the chicken burger when we went 🙂

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