Opened last year, the Ground is along Kembla Street towards the Crown Street Mall, up a slope on the hill that is Wollongong CBD.
Coffee is by Di Bella - something good for the morning at being strong, flavourful and wholesome. Di Bella in Australia started in Queensland and now have around 1100 retail outlets specialising in this blend.
The cafe has a modern setting, with its inner walls packed with things to read or catch the eye. It has both indoor and outdoor seating.
I was tempted for another Eggs Benni, but held myself back.
A special on the black board, the smoked salmon with omelette and greens, caught my eye. A beaut combination, with a succulent salmon and a well done thin omelette. To me it was just right, though a bit light for lunch for some others. The menu list is neither over the top nor too little.
Nothing like a chat with the barista to break the ice. The food came out rather efficient for sit in customers, although I noticed someone waiting patiently for his three boxes of take aways.
So it was a good introduction for me to another of Wollongong area's breakfast and brunch scene.
There were many take aways happening during this visit. Kembla Street also has a residential flavour towards its north. The Ground can be said to be sited between the business side and this residential reference. Vehicle parking can be on the road sides but do be aware of parking meter requirements in the day time.
My impressions of the Ground Cafe Wollongong:
Ambiance: 3 out of 5
Customer Engagement: 3 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5
X Factor: 2.5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
The Ground Cafe is located at 45-53 Kembla Street, Wollongong NSW, near the ATO and Red Cross Blood Donation Centre.
Opening hours are from 630am to 4pm every week day and from 730am to 2pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Contact +61 2 4227 5375