Our first experience at The Grounds of Alexandria was at The Garden Bar. As its name implies, this is the outdoor section of The Grounds, with a limited but appealing menu.
We were there for brunch (before noon) and thus were not able to sample the spit roasted rolls (we will next time). So we had bacon & egg rolls on gluten-free bread and smashed avocado on gluten-free toast.
Smashed avocado ($9), bacon & egg roll ($9)
The smashed avocado comes with tomato, feta, chilli & mint. I couldn’t taste the chilli but the combination of flavours was very pleasant. Although not advertised, there was a nice olive oil in the mix.
Smashed avocado on GF toast ($9)
Bacon & egg rolls and other BBQ items are pick-up at the corresponding station, which has a wide range of sauces available, including aioli, smokey mayonnaise and chimichurri.
The bacon & egg roll was epic. It had that combination of quantity and quality that is so hard to find these days.
Bacon & egg roll (GF bread) ($9)
The drinks menu includes (non-memorable) coffee, plus juices and shakes. Alvaro had a coconut kale shake that was pretty good and not too sweet.
Coffee ($3.50), coconut kale shake ($8.50)
There were tempting sweets at the Garden Bar and we found out some of them were gluten-free. So we had one of each.
Orange & poppyseed muffin ($5), polenta cake ($7), passionfruit cheesecake ($7), lemon meringue tart ($7)
My favourite was the cheesecake, followed by the polenta cake. The orange & poppyseed muffin had pieces of orange in it, which I found pretty cool.
Orange & poppyseed muffin ($5)