the groundsThursday, December 19, 2013
If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I'm awful with trends. I'm usually the last person to see a movie, and when it comes to talking to me about popular books? You can forget about it! Anyway, the Grounds of Alexandria has been hyped on everyone's blog and Instagram feed for awhile now but it was only yesterday when I had time to sneak in a visit with friends. Evidently we weren't the only ones with that idea, as the place was already packed before twelve on a weekday! I can't even imagine what the wait would be like on weekends.
There were so many things to choose from in the drinks menu, but true to form I went for the iced tea. The English Breakfast brew with lime was surprisingly refreshing, not too sweet and definitely something I need to try at home! I think I also would've enjoyed the smoothie despite my aversion to bananas, but I was so full after my meal that I was grateful for the extra stomach space. Regardless my companions seem to like the concoction, and it sounded pretty darn good with ingredients like yoghurt, banana, and honey topped off with seeds.
The food didn't take long at all to arrive, which is probably crucial at a bustling place like this one. Anyway, I went for the steak sandwich and there was only one word for it... huge. I barely even knew where to start, but thank goodness I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty because it tasted amazing! Although the sandwich was overflowing with sirloin steak, caramelised onions, tomato, lettuce, pickles and garlic aioli, it was the bread that really did it for me. If only I knew what it was...
Given Sydney's obsession with cafe culture and all things rustic, the Grounds is a genius concept. I'm still a bit sad that I didn't wake up early enough to catch the brunch menu (which closes at 11:30am), but I'll definitely be back! Breakfast is my obsession and given the experience, I don't think it'll disappoint.