Pimp My Plate #4 – ALEXANDRIA

PIMP MY PLATE is my weekly series of reviews of cafés and restaurants in city and regional areas – I pop up all over over the place. My foodie challenge to find a good meal – lunch or brunch – with a limited budget of $18 or less for the main plate.

POTTING SHED – The Grounds of Alexandria

Sitting in a leafy ‘potting shed’ – that has wait staff – on a hot Summer’s day is an ideal setting in which to eat lunch.

I tried two items from their menu – Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($16), and their Summer Fruit Pot ($14), pictured, which won on price and spectacular presentation.

The Summer Fruit Pot is a very pretty fruit trifle served in a terracotta flower pot, with layers of yoghurt and fresh fruit, on a base of vanilla sponge.  The sponge was a bit cloyingly sweet for me, but perhaps that’s personal taste as I prefer semi-sweet.

For me the other standout was the Eucalyptus Fizz ($7) – such an unusual and innovative flavour idea that’s an oh-so-refreshing summer sip.

Staff are super friendly and professional, which is always a treat when dining in Sydney. There are other indoor bars and eating areas in the Grounds Of Alexandria space, including a bakery selling spectacular cakes and an interesting range of loaves of bread, plus an outdoor cart with cool drinks and eye-gasm cakes and pastries.

A truly creative space with good food you’ll want to revisit – even if parking is a challenge.

RATED: Pimped!    FOOD: 4/5    VALUE: 4/5 
ATMOS: Surrounded by leafy eye-candy    VIBE: Buzzing!
The Potting Shed – (inside) The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria, NSW

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