The Potting Shed, Alexandria

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Sprouting from its roots of its renown neighbour, The Potting Shed is making its way out of the shadow of The Grounds of Alexandria. The Potting Shed has successfully put together an entirely different menu to The Grounds, offering lunch and dinner while maintaining its appeal of the use of fine produce.

The restuarant and bar gives off a relaxing, laid back vibe as you are surrounded by wooden fittings, earthy greens and pot plants hanging from the ceiling. Dining tables are spaced far apart from each other, adding to the calm and uncrowded atmosphere to easily enjoy with friends.

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There was a consistent theme throughout the eatery, and I have to say that I particularly liked the way we were advised by the sign at the garden entrance to “please wait to be planted”. Isn’t that cute?

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The menu was secured under a spade-like clipboard, and offered quite a variety including a focus on share plates. It was a hard decision from all the appetising choices but J and I, starving as we were, ending up deciding on 3 dishes under the ‘Share with Friends’ section.

The Potting Shed20The first share plate was the pork belly sliders which took us by surprise with its very interesting colour. It consisted of small slices of tender pork belly sitting in kimchi, dressed in red-eye mayo, and squashed between purple-grey coloured charcoal brioche, which was still so soft and fresh with its crispy edges. The sliders were also each separated with a piece of crunchy pork crackling, topping the share plate to the next level as J and I found ourselves fighting between the uneven number of sliders and pork crackling.

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Next, was the Pumpkin Patch – a quarter of a cut up pumpkin roasted and spiced generously with Middle Eastern herbs za’atar, placed on a layer of pine nuts, labne (yum), sesame seeds, and served with flat bread.  I really enjoyed the flavoursome spices integrated into the dish and the labne especially, was just so finger-licking good that I was scraping it off the board. But I think I had overloaded myself with pumpkin in the end. It is definitely a dish worth trying with a group of friends!

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To continue with the delicious food we were having, The Shed Platter finished us with a large platter of cured meats, cheeses (vintage and french cheddars and  brie), fresh grapes, dried fruits, pickled vegetables, and rich skordalia dip. The platter was served with bread, lavosh and grissini. I have to say that I was surprised at how crisp the grissini was. It is always the small details that amazes me.

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We had also ordered a fresh apple juice to go with our food. It was deliciously refreshing and the perfect choice to go with our share plates.

Apart from fresh juices, they offer a range of cocktails, wine and beer (in XL shared jugs!) for a good night out. A downside to the drinks menu is that they do not offer coffee or tea, but they do allow you to buy takeaway at The Grounds to bring over to have at the table.

What I thought would be too much food ordered for the two of us turned out to be just right, leaving us satisfied and bloated! I definitely enjoyed all of them, with my favourite of the three being the pork belly sliders. Mmmm.

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Although they haven’t yet reached Sydney-wide popularity, I think that The Potting Shed’s unique setting and food will bring about a new hype to our dining scene.

Soon to go again to try the rest of their menu!

– K

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