The Potting Shed at the Grounds is the sister restaurant of the famous cafe The Grounds of Alexandria. It is open from lunch till dinner and serves a range of food and cocktails. The decor is lovely, when you walk in you will be greeted by Fluffy, the resident pet and an abundance of hanging plants, terracotta pots and timber beams. The menu offers a number of share options for groups, so it was the perfect place to have our (early) work christmas party.
After a tough afternoon of lawn bowls, we ordered a round of cocktails to relax and unwind. There is a large range of drinks but we finally decided on the Lady in Red, Citrus Fizz, Pina Backyarder and The Fluffy-tiki. They were nice and refreshing and the presentation was the most unique I have ever seen, its not everyday you drink a cocktail in the shape of a pot plant or in a cup the shape of a bird!
For our mains, we ordered a range of dishes to share. The first dish was the Robbins Island Wagyu Rump Steak with charred leek, roasted bone marrow and béarnaise. This was cooked medium rare and tender and juicy, with the bearnaise sauce going nicely with the steak.
We also ordered the Fillets of Ling, gremolata crumbed with hand cut chips and lemon & dill aioli. This is essentially fish and chips and it was nice, the fish was well battered and the chips nice and crunchy.
The third dish was the Zucchini, Pea, Enoki & Spring Onion Risotto with fresh Southern Highlands goats curd, spring flowers and leaves. This was an interesting risotto, I really enjoyed the zucchini and pea mixed up with the goats curd cheese which cut through the dish and the rice was well cooked.
We also ordered the Pan Roasted Cone Bay Barramundi with squid ink pasta, sesame, broccolini, shiitake and ginger. I am a huge fan of squid ink pasta and this was great, the barramundi was nice and tender and the sesame and shiitake mushrooms added great flavour.
We also ordered the Twice Cooked 1/2 Free-Range Hazeldene’s Chicken with cauliflower, leeks and almonds. Sometimes chicken can be bland but I loved its tenderness and the fact that skin was nice and crispy, which the almonds added a nice crunch.
For our salads and sides, we ordered the Pumpkin Fatteh with za’atar, honey, pine nuts, labneh, sesame & flatbread. The pumpkin was perfectly roasted and so tender with the honey and pine nuts adding delicious flavour and the labneh went nicely smothered on the flatbread.
We also ordered the Roasted Cauliflower with mozzarella, cornichons and green onion oil and Roasted Potato “Waldorf” with fermented garlic and Chips with tomato jam and aioli which were all great sides that accompanied the mains nicely.
For our dessert we could not resist ordering one of each, thats the beauty of having a large group! To start with we tried the White Chocolate Cherry Mousse with polenta cake, corn créme and fresh cherries. I loved the creamy texture of this dessert, with the fresh cherries adding a nice tartness that balances out the white chocolate.
Next we got the Potting Shed’s signature dessert, the Raspberry Lychee Trifle with coconut sponge and pistachio cactus macaron. I loved how this trifle resembles a cute cactus and the texture was soft and creamy, while the macaron added a nice crunch.
The third dessert was the Caramelised Pear Tart Fine with almond milk ice-cream and stone fruit salad. This was another great dessert, the pear was perfectly caramelised and went well with the creamy ice cream and fruity flavours.
Lastly, my favourite dessert was actually The Shed Sundae; Triple chocolate brownie, toasted marshmallow, butterscotch & ginger biscuit. The triple chocolate brownie was so rich but one of the best brownies I have ever tried and I loved the butterscotch sauce.
Overall, The Potting Shed at the Grounds is a fantastic casual dinner venue that has great food and drink options in a lively garden ambiance. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants to relax and unwind after a long week!