The Grounds of the City - The Galeries, Sydney
The Grounds of the City has recently opened up at The Galeries after much anticipation and is, unsurprisingly, very popular. The café has a beautiful interior with a lot of old school charm. It's cosy and dark inside which was a nice escape from the cold weather.
During the week the café first opened, I suggested a catch up lunch with a friend here and we managed to grab the last two seats at the bar right at 12pm. Lucky us, as it was otherwise going to be a 45 minute wait for a table, which would be a definite no-go for a workday lunch! We order the pea parmesan strozzapreti with wild mushroom plus the pumpkin tart to share. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures from this visit, but both dishes were delicious and I was impressed with the speed of the meal, we were in and out within an hour.
There's also a takeaway counter outside with a nice array of cakes and pastries where you can also order drinks and food to go. I've ordered a couple of times and the food orders are very quick, though drinks have been hit and miss. The waiting area can get super crowded and I found it hard to follow up when they forgot my smoothie order as there were just so many people, especially as the food and drinks are called out in two seperate areas.
Takeaway brekkie burger
The brekkie burger is a delicious takeaway option with maple bacon, fried egg, avocado and roast tomato relish on a brioche bun. I love the addition of avocado and this is definitely one of the better bacon and egg rolls I've eaten.
This smoothie is for the coconut lovers: a super creamy concoction made with coconut sorbet, coconut water, coconut milk and coconut nectar. I thoroughly enjoy this smoothie, but it does start getting a bit too rich half way through; highly recommend sharing this one.
My most recent visit is for a weekend breakfast and I'm surprised at how busy the place is for a early Sunday morning.
Freshly baked croissant with king crab salad
Wild mushroom feuilleté
The wild mushroom feuilleté is layers of puff pastry topped with wild mushrooms, peas, sheep's curd, hazelnuts, spinach and a perfectly poached egg.
The Grounds of the City is on the expensive end for breakfast, though admittedly we did order some of the pricier dishes. However, my pick out of all the dishes was the least expensive brekkie burger.
The Grounds of the City is already a firm favourite in the CBD so be prepared to wait for a table during peak times. At the moment it's only open during the day for breakfast and lunch, but watch this space.