The Garden opened at 868 East Hastings in Strathcona this morning (opposite Les Amis du Fromage). It comes to the neighbourhood via first timers Anna McMillan, Rheanna Miller and Kirsten Kennedy, who took possession of the brand new space on February 1st.
I toured the space yesterday while they were busy getting it ready for today’s soft opening. For some background, here’s an excerpt from the piece I wrote about The Garden at the start of summer…
The cafe will seat between 16 and 25 people; the number depends on what the city allows them. The beans, I’m told, will be from Agro Coffee Roasters (located just a couple of blocks away on Clark Drive) and the baking (cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, cupcakes) will be done in house, supplemented by loaves from Fife. The food program will also include charcuterie and cheese plates, various toasts and special salads.
The Garden won’t, however, won’t resemble a typical cafe. It will also have a retail component offering plants, flowers, housewares, ceramics, linens, hard-to-find specialty treats (Danish licorice, quality candies, etc.) and, yes, even alcohol for sale. They’re aiming to pour beer, wine, cider and possibly even a cocktail or two.
They still don’t have their liquor license, but everything else is good to go and it looks great. Among the things I’d like to sink my teeth into are the Mushroom Bowl (shrooms, peas, wild rice, farro, black kale, pickled beets, pickled carrots, pumpkin seeds with an optional ramen egg); the Summer Salad (sweet summer squash, herb marinated tomatoes, pickled carrots, fresh chevre, spiced nuts, summer greens); and the Cubano sandwich on Fife sourdough.
I’d also like a sip of their The Turmeric smoothie (strawberry, banana, Blume turmeric blend, orange juice, coconut milk) and a scoop or two of Say Hello Sweets ice cream in a waffle cone.
Take a closer look: