On a rare trip to Sydney to visit friends, there was one place I knew I had to visit – The Grounds of Alexandria. For anyone wondering what I’m talking about, where have you been? The Ground of Alexandria is a culmination of garden, café, market, farm, bakery and coffee roastery, and is one of the most photographed eateries in Australia. Located at an old industrial site, this acre of land has been converted into a beautiful space perfect for anyone looking for a cup of coffee and some greenery.
Nestled in the alleyways of Melbourne is the newly opened Souk, a restaurant offering a taste of North Africa, Anatolia and the Middle East. This unique venue is a welcome change from the overabundance of cafés and hipster bars that can usually be found, and delivers whole-heartedly in its atmosphere, food and drinks. The space is massive, spread over two floors, and the menu is full of share-plates bursting with flavour and refreshing variety.
There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a dinner of buffalo wings and beer, and the team at Wings of Glory certainly agree. With a simple menu that allows you to design the type and flavour of your wings, there’s an option for everyone. The boneless chicken definitely caught my attention – there are definitely some days where convenience is best, and there’s even something for any vegetarians out there.
When Australia’s first Gontran Cherrier boulangerie opened up in Melbourne, I was beyond excited. Named after the star Parisian baker, this venue combines the classic French patisserie with the much-loved Melbournian café to create a beautiful space perfect for brunch with a side of croissant.
Mahalo Poké, created by the crew behind Richmond’s Botherambo, is the latest addition to Melbourne’s new and booming Hawaiian-Japanese fusion scene. Serving custom-made poke bowls filled with fresh, healthy ingredients, it’s the perfect destination for a guilt-free, yet satisfying lunch on the go.
Choose from a base of kale, brown rice, jasmine rice or soba noodles, then pick one of the restaurant’s signature bowls, all based around proteins such as sashimi grade tuna or salmon. If you’d prefer, you can also build your own poké bowl from a huge selection of fresh ingredients behind the counter.