Going to Sydney with family can be a real challenge.. especially because my family always opt Chinese food over Australian brunch. After a lot of disagreement over restaurant selection.. I kinda give up trying to take them to places because they simply not into it. So, this time I decided to separate from the bunch with one of my sister to finally, FINALLY try this famous brunch place. They seriously miss out because this place is so much more than just a cafe. It is a charming combination of cafe, bakery, garden, and urban farm. It transform the old factory into a rustic wonderland. You just have to come here, even if you don't like brunch!! I feel like a little Disney princess again in this place.
Inside of the Grounds, bakery carts and small cafes are sprawling just like in a farmer's market. Living up to its urban farm concept, there are a vegetable garden, rustic flower shop, and animal shed complete with chicks and its pig mascot Kevin the Bacon. The newest addition to The Grounds is The Potting Shed, located in front of the fountain. It looks more secretive behind the hanging plant pots, which makes it a great choice for private party/ dining events.
I make an amateur mistake to arrive quite late, around noon and it's unsurprisingly crowded. It's like a house party full of children and couples! I suggest you to come early so you can take as long as you want to pose in one spot. I have to wait for an hour to get a table, but it's not a problem because we can wander in the gardens first. Although I'm annoyed with this crazy crowd (taking photo without people in the background become extremely hard!), everybody seems to have their happy ever after here. They understand really well what people like. And boy, they know that a lot of their visitors are photo junkie like me, cause they install an automatic photo printer that prints you photo once you upload it to instagram with their hashtag #groundsgram.
I order a Bonsoy Cappucino, Chef's Breakkie Pan and South Australian's Smoked Salmon. The menu is humble and hearty, you will definitely won't leave hungry. Although it's delicious, if you are looking for a more unique food selection, The Grounds is not my first choice. However, as I said, the atmosphere is very pleasant and it make the food tastes better!