The Grounds of the City, Sydney

The Grounds of the City opened in mid-2017 and its a truly impress­ive space fea­tur­ing intric­ate join­ery, French theatre lights and even a res­id­ent shoe­shiner.

The prices are steep for din­ing in but there’s a ded­ic­ated takeaway counter serving lunch and pastries.

This is the Lime Meringue Tart ($7.50), a twist on the more com­mon lem­on meringue tart.

I had high hopes for a tangy lime curd, but unfor­tu­nately, this tart was dis­ap­point­ing over­all. The curd is more like a cit­rus — not lime or even lem­on — fla­voured cream cheese that’s just as thick with a prom­in­ent cheese fla­vour. And the meringues are crispy hol­low shells with none of the sat­is­fac­tion of a marsh­mal­lowy or pil­lowy soft sweet con­trast from usu­al meringues. The curd is shal­low with a thick pastry base and a lay­er of coconut that seemed out of place both tex­tur­ally and in terms of fla­vour.

Perhaps oth­er cakes and the food fares bet­ter but this tart is a def­in­ite miss.

The Grounds of the City is loc­ated at 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.