revisiting the grounds

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

So when I visited the Grounds of Alexandria last year, I knew it wouldn't be long before I was back again for round two. This place only keeps getting more popular and it really shows... In fact, my friends and I went on a Monday afternoon and had to endure an hour long wait, while last time it was only twenty minutes! Apparently parking's also pretty atrocious, so walking from Green Square station might be something you want to consider. After all, it only takes about fifteen minutes and you'll need to walk off the inevitable food coma!







Part of this place's appeal is that everything's so photogenic. Vintage-style lemonade stand with pretty signage? Check. ATM hidden within a red telephone box? Check. Mounted deer head on the wall? You get the idea... There was even a florist selling rainbow roses that I kinda wanted, but at $5 a pop it definitely wasn't happening!



The 'Ground' Burger served with beer-battered chips

I ordered the Grounds' signature burger, and oh my. I've been looking at a disproportionate number of burger pictures lately and after weeks, the craving has finally been satisfied! This one was pretty good as far as burgers go – the toasted brioche bun was nice and soft, and I really liked the mayo and crisp lettuce inside. Oh, and can I just say that I love the chips at this place? I was so full that I didn't really get to enjoy them properly but they were delicious, especially with the chilli mayo on the side! They kind of remind me of the ones you can get at the Snag Stand, which are a hybrid between regular chips and wedges.

      



Iced tea, Crushed apple cider, Beef ragout stracci, Steak sandwich 

Our whole group got drinks to-go and I have to admit, it was pretty comical to see so many drinks being served in bubble cups instead of the usual mason jars! Thank goodness I did get one though, since I could barely finish my iced tea and ended up drinking it on the walk to the station. Anyway, my friend really seemed to enjoy her beef ragout stracci despite none of us being sure about how to actually pronounce it (isn't that the worst)? Same with the steak sandwich, although I noticed that they changed the bread since last time! Despite this it was still huge and seemed like a battle to finish...



Lemons and strawberries today, bread and pastries tomorrow. Speaking of lemons, during the wait we tried teamonade which tasted more like lemonade than tea, but it was still pretty good! It's inspired to me to make my own lemonade with pretty garnishes sometime.

      



While I like food I'm usually someone who'll snub a restaurant at the mere sight of a line, so this was definitely a rare occasion! I thought the hype would die down by now but apparently not, so that may determine whether I decide to come back again or not. Nevertheless, if you've never been and have FOMO (fear of missing out) I recommend trying out the Grounds for yourself. It's certainly an experience!

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24 comments

  1. An hour long wait? My goodness! It's so nice to find new and low key gems, but they always become popular and crowded as time goes on.

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    1. I know right?! It's really sad when that happens but I guess it's inevitable, haha.

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  2. Great that you don't regret the hour long wait! It looks like it was well worth it.

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  3. the queues are def crazy but i love the grounds!

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  4. I'd get so grumpy if I have to wait so long :c
    But I guess it's a good thing for The Grounds
    to have so many people visit it :P Anyway nice
    yummy looking picture! Xx

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  5. Definitely photogenic! I still haven't gone because crowds scare me off, but it seems like the hype is never gonna die down haha.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think it'll die down any soon! I think it was slightly busier because of school holidays though, so maybe it's better on a regular day.

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  6. I haven't been yet, I feel like I should go. But I tend to eat out where it is convenient. So the Grounds have never been a place that would be convenient to try out. But everyone keeps telling me how amazing it is. But I'm never a brunch sort of person anyway! Looks good though!

    www.rosa-dyn.com

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    1. I know what you mean, I wish more nice places would open up near my house! They have quite a lot of options if you're not a brunch person, I've never actually gone early enough to wake up in time for it haha :)

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  7. what a delicious looking burger! i don't know if i'd be up for an hour wait though-kudos for your patience!

    Little Blue Backpack

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  8. The queues are insane!
    oh their burger looks like they serve it differently now... perhaps i need to revisit :P

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  9. I can't believe you waited an hour! I remember my first time, it was a twenty minute wait and we were like ???? But I soon realised it was the norm even though we usually do brunch on weekdays not during the school holidays. It's crazy how popular this place is! You captured some really nice photos :) x

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  10. Just my luck, I just found your blog and looked through these pictures right before lunchtime. Now I'm super hungry! hehehe Your pictures look great and I love that "dog parking" sign!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  11. I am in love with your blog!! I have yet to go to the Grounds, and your pictures are tempting me to go. Hmmm..

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  12. Oh! Everything looks absolutely delicious and picture worthy!

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  13. Everything looks great!

    xx

    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  14. simply amazing. Enjoying reading your posts, keep in touch! xx Peach

    http://momomoworld.blogspot.com

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  15. woah everything looks so yum!
    I love the vibrancy to your photos as well!

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  16. You made beautiful pictures! It seems like an amazing place :)

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  17. You take such amazing pictures! xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  18. This place looks awesome! Super pretty and everything looks delicious too :)

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  19. The place look great! and the food looks super delicious!

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