Sydney, NSW

The only problem with The Grounds of Alexandria is that we couldn't stay there all day and all night. Thankfully, The Potting Shed has solved this serious problem with cocktails and share plates from lunch to dinner. With the same produce-driven ethos as The Grounds cafe, expect delicious dishes like steamed black mussels accompanied by a tomato sofrito and chorizo.

2 Huntley St
Tel: +61 2 9699 2225
Bar food, Modern Australian, Share plates, Vegetarian available
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
The Potting Shed reminds me of family camping holidays. The smell of heavy, wood fire smoke lingers in the air, seeping into diners' clothes. The bar staff rock around in tartan flannelettes and beanies and diners don't sit stiff in their chairs, they lean back, feet splayed out. Platters of chacurterie, bowls of olives and forgotten about menus lay around on the tables.

I have time to observe all this because I'm left awkwardly standing in the entrance area, trying to get the attention of a waiter. Should I just take a seat myself? I give up on the beige apronned waitresses and get the barman's attention before being whisked away to a corner table where hanging pot plants create a semi-private dining refuge. A tin of hot cider is placed in my palms, hints of cinnamon and vanilla warning off the niggling signs of oncoming cold. Ahh, this is where all those people I was watching earlier have been. Happy, content.

The menu reflects Head chef Kahlil Rogers-Perazzo's ingredients-first style of cooking. Steamed black mussels swim in a fragrant tomato sofrito with chunks of chorizo, that provide an unusual contrast to the slipperiness of the mussel meat. The sofrito itself is a little too sweet especially with the mussels but the saltiness of the chorizo and the garlicky garlic bread works well. I want to eat the dish twice as fast as I physically can, pushing open each mussel shell, scooping out the flesh. Come with a group and order dishes to share such as a black barley salad with candied walnuts and pesto or high-personality sliders of Kurobuta pork belly with kim chi and mayo.
Anna Lisle
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All day dining
Outdoor Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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2 Huntley St
Alexandria NSW 2015
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