The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria Photo: Jon Reid

2 Huntley St Alexandria, NSW 2015

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Opening hours Mon-Fri 7am-4pm,Sat-Sun 7.30am-4pm
Features BYO, Accepts bookings, Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Outdoor seating, Wheelchair access, Breakfast-brunch, Green-eco focus
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Lilly Fasan
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9699 2225

The wait can be a downer but this ‘con’ is countered by a list of ‘pros’ far longer than the eager daily queues. In the shady outdoor courtyard with its vegie patch, kids’ cubby, pet pig and mini produce market, a hut sells barbecue and burgers. Indoors, an army of friendly staff buzzes about the cavernous cafe. Everywhere you look is a magazine photo shoot ready and waiting, including on the plate: house-cured ocean trout and gribiche eggs; sweet pea fritters with poached eggs; corn and cheese tostadas; divine choc-caramel mousse. Classes and community events are bonuses, and there are plans to open for dinner.