June’s BRUNCHCLUB was held at The Grounds in Henderson. It is inside the Whoa Studios complex which includes a film studio featuring a live puppet show, a playground and the restaurant. Executive chef Ben Bayly and head chef  Mike Shatura are both formerly of fine-dining restaurant the Grove, so the food was of a much higher calibre than you would normally expect at a family-oriented venue. The decor was gorgeous, and it was used in the layout of the large dining area to make it seem much more intimate

Kitchen at The Grounds Eatery #brunchclub
The bar area at The Grounds Eatery
Bloggers taking photos of meal at The Grounds eatery
Photographing food is a must

With so many great cafes open in Auckland now, they’re taking every opportunity to make a meal more enjoyable. We all liked the stylish crockery and glassware that added something a bit different. Food is so visual, and how it’s presented makes an impact. Plus with the rise of social media, instagrammable food gets diners in the door as they find recommendations online.

The crockery was fantastic - we loved the wooden saucersThe crockery was fantastic – we loved the wooden saucers
Everyone loved their food, both the more traditional dishes such as Eggs Florentine, and the more unusual for a brunch menu like the roast pork pancakes. Here’s a few snaps from Instagram to show how amazing everything looked.

After our meals, a lot of us headed to the ice cream counter for a bite of dessert. I didn’t try it, but I’ve heard rave reviews from those who did get one to finish off the meal.

The attendees this month were:

Instagram stories was a big topic of conversation, and we chatted about some cool apps to enhance your posts. Hype Type,  Unfold,  and Cutstory were all recommended by members of the group.

Barista at The Grounds Eatery #brunchclub

Thanks to everyone that attended! If you’d like to come along to July’s #BRUNCHCLUB, keep an eye on the Facebook group and our Instagram for tickets. Want to know more about our group? Have a read here.