Forget the days of fancy shmancy food techniques, now it’s all about getting back to basics. And for almost three years, Grandma’s in Alexandria has been doing just that. Dana Kvatinsky and Avi Cohen are the brains behind this family business, where the philosophy is about creating as much as possible from scratch, be it the freshly baked pita bread, grape jam or their signature Borekas pastries. And while there’s plenty of good breakfast to chomp on in Sydney, this café, kitchen, bakery and pantry stays true to the saying that Grandma knows best.
The menu is a fusion of traditional Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and European flavours and recipes, inspired from grandmas and grandpas around the world. In Dana’s words, “it’s about keeping it simple , exactly how Grandma would make it at home.” The result is real food that feeds the soul, and it’s not only healthy but utterly delicious too.
Dana says, “it’s food you can eat everyday, knowing that you’re putting something good into your body. Most of our meals our low fat, natural and very good for you.”
Take your pick from Grandma’s famous shakshuka range, the most popular is the wood-fired eggplant shakshuka (an Israeli staple), while other best sellers include Grandma’s chicken quinoa salad with tahini sauce and the ricotta pancake with yogurt and honey blossom sauce. For those who prefer to trial a bit of everything, stop by for the buffet lunch on Fridays, or the brunch buffet all weekend. They also take booking for large groups.
Once you’re sufficiently fed, peruse the shelves of Grandma’s pantry, which is stockpiled with a wonderful selection of Grandma’s handmade products for you take home. From their scrumptious large range of cookies to their sweet and savoury frozen pastries (ready to bake), freshly made dips, jams, spices, gelato and more – there’s even some treats for the gluten-free. And for you busy bees, there’s a range of mouth-watering pre-made meals, like lamb shanks, chicken casserole and lentil soup, prepared with natural ingredients just like Grandma used to make it.
For those of you heading out on the road these holidays, be sure to stop by Grandma’s at the Farm. Nestled between Canberra and Goulburn in the heart of the spectacular Fedra Olive Grove near Collector NSW, the café, bakery, kitchen and pantry is well worth a visit. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for Grandma’s at Rosebery, which will be opening at 19 Rosebery Avenue just after Christmas. And in true Grandma’s style, you can expect cookies galore. See you at Grandma’s!
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