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Welcome to Marrakesh at The Grounds

The Grounds of Alexandria has given its garden a Moroccan-inspired makeover — and it's serving up Moroccan dessert boards, too.
By Sarah Ward
February 06, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
February 06, 2021
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Usually, when The Grounds of Alexandria decides to liven up its outdoor space, it gives itself a Disney-themed makeover. The Nutcracker, Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen II and Cinderella — they've all influenced the site's garden decor in the past. But, reflecting the unique times we all know find ourselves in, the Sydney venue is currently taking inspiration from a completely different source.

Until Sunday, April 18, a trip to The Grounds of Alexandria will involve feeling like you've been whisked away to Morocco. With Australia's international borders still closed, Sydneysiders can't head overseas — but you can pretend. Expect bright colours, lanterns and curtains galore, greenery lining the laneways and a heap of woven baskets, all as part of a Marrakesh-style temporary revamp.

To match the surroundings, you can tuck into a menu of specials, including almond couscous, fire-roasted spatchcock, and an orange- and mandarin-flavoured Moroccan pavlova. If you're heading along with your mates, the terracotta tower — a pistachio, pomegranate and rosewater sponge cake with rosewater syrup, rosewater cream cheese frosting, pomegranate curd, fresh pomegranate and raspberries — is made for two–three people. Or, opt for the Moroccan dessert board, which'll see you share a selection of sweet treats.

On Saturday, February 13–Sunday, February 14, couples can also book in for a Valentine's Day weekend feast for two. For $150 per person, it includes a multi-course set menu, drinks and live entertainment, all while you're sat beneath Welcome to Marrakesh's greenery and lanterns.

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