Alexandria, the new foodie destination!

Real estate is not the only thing buzzing in Alexandria right now. If you live or work in Alexandria and like your food, suddenly you have a whole lot more options for day and evening dining. Watch out Surry Hills, Alexandria is hot on your heels.

The Grounds of Alexandria really set things moving and its success has obviously encouraged new businesses to come to the area with Vicinity just across the road and Sub-Station Cafe at 127 McEvoy Street.

The Fratelli Fresh opening in the Buckland Hotel might have surprised a few, moving from its Dank St premises. But the owners must have done their homework as Fratelli Fresh and its Café Sopra restaurant have been insanely busy from the minute it opened. I have seen outlet shoppers, suits, mums with strollers and hipsters piling in and out at a serious rate. Expect to wait for a table if you arrive after 6pm from Wed onwards. The garlic pizza at $5 is a great starter and the house red is great value @3.50!

21 Fountain St is now a one stop shop of dining opportunities with the opening this year of Cipro and Rosetta Artisan Bakery to compliment Don Campos and Bread & Circus. If you decided to go on cooking strike or are renovating and have no kitchen you could successfully eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at 21 Fountain St. And if you are renovating, you only have to walk a few 100 metres to the new 2 storey Bunnings store around the corner on McEvoy St. Who would have thought that Alexandria would be home to some ex Rockpool chefs? Cipro has been a hit from the minute it opened. The pizzas, baked ricotta, veal meatballs with spinach,  Italian wine and gelato all are worth trying, over and over. On the way home, cross the road and buy a roadie from Dan Murphy’s.

The latest café opening just a few weeks ago is The Copper Mill @338 Mitchell Rd (south end near Huntley St). Contained in a small rustic space that reminds me of a Brooklyn warehouse, it seems the Mill is already at capacity with a half hour wait for a table last Saturday morning. It’s perfectly placed for a takeaway coffee on the way back from your morning run @Sydney Park. It is mainly a combination of coffee and gourmet sandwiches (Brickfields bread) but disappointingly no gluten free sandwiches for those Coeliacs in our group. I’ve been twice and the coffee was great both times.

But don’t forget the consistently good old favourites like Love Grub with its gorgeous courtyard and Japanese influenced menu (@the northern end of Mitchell Rd). Well priced and it’s easy to park especially on the weekends.

Plan ahead if you want to go to any of these new places on the weekend as they are crazy busy and a no booking policy is the norm.

Bon Appetit.



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