During A and I’s last weekend trip to Sydney, we headed directly to The Grounds of Alexandria for a Friday lunch. When we arrived, we were told that it would be a half hour wait for a table. After we put our name down on a substantial waiting list, we headed into the garden area to have a walk around. On the Friday afternoon we were there, there were a number of stalls open around the beautiful garden area, offering freshly made lemonade, a bbq with burgers, market stalls featuring fresh produce as well as a coffee stand.
A and I learnt that on the first weekend of each month, The Grounds of Alexandria present markets featuring fresh produce and wholesome goods sold directly from the source. Some stalls include Italian providore Salt Meats Cheese for jamon and cheese, floral extraordinaire Florals by Silva and a delicious selection of hand-made treats including jams, hampers, fresh cut flowers, charcoal roast rolls, snow cones, homemade pastries and organic breads. It’s a great way to pass your waiting time for a table.
After half hour, we went back to the hostess and enquired about our table. She stated that it would be ready within 5 minutes but the 5 minutes turned into another 15. During our wait, A and I had also scouted the menu and knew what we were going to order, so placed it as soon as we were seated. Our lunches took a surprisingly short amount of time to arrive, especially since the large venue was completely full.
A ordered the Herb-crusted Chicken Schnitzel ($18) served with house slaw and salsa verde. A had only great things to say about her dish – the chicken schnitzel was crunchy, lean and went spectacularly with the house slaw.
I ordered the Smashed Avo ($15.50) on sourdough toast, which featured roasted tomato, ligurian olives and grilled haloumi with micro herbs and parsley oil. Every element on this dish was executed perfectly and highlighted a winning flavour combination. I loved the ligurian olives, which were petite in size but had lots of flavour. I also love that you can choose to add free range poached eggs for an extra $4, which I’ll be ordering the next time I’m there.
A and I also ordered a side of fries with chilli mayo and salt ($6) after noticing them on the table next to us. I am so glad we ordered these chips after worrying that we might be over-ordering, as the chips were thick cut, golden, crunchy and heavily salted – our favourite way to have them. The highlight of these chips was definitely the chilli mayo, which had an oomph of chilli.
The Grounds of Alexandria not only serve excellent food but also roast their own coffee in-house. As much as I wanted to try the coffee while we were there, I didn’t feel like one and instead of coffee, A ordered the gunpowder green tea ($4).
I loved The Grounds of Alexandria and can confidently say that we both thought it was well worth the wait.