Located on a former industrial site The Grounds is the brainchild of Ramzey Choker and Jack Hanna, who have brought life to the former industrial hub of Alexandria in Sydney's eastern suburbs. With help from Hanna's sister Caroline Choker and her well honed eye for design with the restaurant's interior, The Ground's aesthetic celebrates the rich heritage of the former life of the site and mixes it with a contemporary edge.
Greeting you as you enter from the sidewalk is the resident pig, Kevin Bacon (what else would he be named?) and his posse of hens and other farm animals penned up in the bountiful garden that surrounds what was once an industrial warehouse. Inside the cafe you can pick up some take-away to eat at a table beneath the garden pergola amongst the veggies, herbs, fruit trees and flowers. If you want to try dining in to sample the best of Executive Chef Lilly Fasan's seasonal dishes, you can settle in for a long lunch at one of the leather banquettes or in our favourite space tiled by Sonya Marish of Jatana Interiors.
Described as a wholesome and produce driven dining experience that uses locally sourced ingredients, house-made organic breads and onsite-roasted coffee, The Grounds is clearly a favourite haunt for nearby creatives working in the area as well as mums and kids looking for an experience akin to a day in the country (well an urban, built up, new age kind of country perhaps) with farm animals and vegetables gardens to explore.
This busy little hub, 15 minutes from the city centre feels slighlty more 'Melbourne' with its penchant for an industrial style dining space. A destination in its own right, there is plenty of reason to get yourself to The Ground's with plenty to see, taste and pet!