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