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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' at The Grounds

Wander through eerie laneways of black roses, dark forest and green mist at The Grounds' latest pop-up.
By Sarah Ward
September 27, 2019
By Sarah Ward
September 27, 2019

With 2014's Maleficent, Disney turned Sleeping Beauty into a dark fantasy, filled with magical forests, twisted fairies, and complicated battles between good and evil. When sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits cinemas this October, the Mouse House will do the same all over again — but the film's wicked delights won't just be confined to the big screen.

In the huge entertainment company's latest collaboration with The Grounds of Alexandria (following The Nutcracker, Mary Poppins Returns and Aladdin-themed pop-ups), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is taking over the Huntley Street spot until Sunday, November 3. This time around, the cafe's already-gorgeous garden is getting a misty, brooding and enchanting makeover, complete with black roses, gnarled branches, plenty of greenery, a smattering of feathers and an entry archway as striking as Angelina Jolie's eyebrows.

The menu is also scoring a new short-term addition for the occasion — a dish The Grounds is calling 'The Dark Fairy'. Glazed milk chocolate mousse and passionfruit jelly on a bed of chocolate charcoal sable is topped with vanilla buttercream to create quite the decadent treat. It comes with edible glitter, rocks and horns, too, and costs $9.

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' at The Grounds is open from 7am–9pm daily until Sunday, November 3.

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