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Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Ultimate OmNoms1
Attention to all Nike-clad health food addicts and/or lovers of cute cafes, here is some good news and #fitspo for you. Perfect for Junk Free June, I went to The Garden Shed on Mt Eden Road to see what’s the dealio with the new café block. Mind you, I’m too weak for Junk Free June but I do my best to ingest goodness into my body most times.
There I was in my Adidas gear and we went on a fine day where the outdoor area really had a chance to shine. So shiny that I felt like a bit of a pom sitting in an outdoor/indoor area with my sunnies on but girl, there are just days when the flu makes me feel like my contact lenses had been soaked in onion solution. It felt a bit like I had gatecrashed into someone’s garden party with a waterfall trickling in one corner and beautiful plants overhanging. The attention to detail was amazing – from the waiting area which had a sign saying “Please wait to be plotted” to the garden spades with tap beer names, The Garden Shed truly lives up to its name without being too tacky.
There were so many things I wanted to order from the “Share with Friends” menu like the Spiced Chicken and Goats Cheese Pate but strictly there for brunch, I could not muster the energy to convince everyone else to share. The Weekend Brunch menu was enticing itself with lots of healthy options like Buckwheat Pancakes and Grandma’s Granola. I opted for the Garden Breakfast with quinoa cakes, portobello mushrooms, poached eggs and salsa verde. I recently had a round of obsession with quinoa, because it’s so fast to cook and makes my salads more filling so I was keen to see this quinoa cake goodness.
When it came, alas, the poached eggs were overdone! I could literally bounce it on my plate and I actually pushed my knife on top to squeeze the egg yolk out. You can probably tell I like my poached egg yolks runny like that waterfall next to me, but the nice girl in me said “it’s ok, it’s just an egg”.
The boys at the table ordered the Shed Burger which came like a drama queen with a knife stabbed in the middle of the burger. Filled with giant onion rings and a big patty, it looked like quite the deal. Bonus, it even came with chips.
My friend ordered the Maple Pork Belly Bites and I have to say, the small size does not make it ideal for sharing! There were probably six pieces in total, and while they looked scrumptious it was a bit pricy for $15.90.
The staff were gracious and friendly, apologising several times for moving our group to a smaller table which was totally ok – we were hogging a bigger table for some of our friends who didn’t end up making it.
The last cute gesture was the sachet of seeds of a mystery plant which came with the bill (which I have still yet to plant). I appreciated the small gestures which elevated the experience and made you feel that bit more special than in an average café.
I want to go back for dinner – I had spotted Salted Caramel Chocolate Pot on the dessert menu. Going there with the flu wasn’t ideal, I felt like I had the top layer of my tongue stripped because I was adding an unnecessary amount of salt and pepper to my food when I knew it was my senses being muted. Which makes it another excuse to go back and try their food. If you’ve been to The Garden Shed, let me know what to order next, and tell me if their food is naturally low in salt or if my senses were really off that day!
The Garden Shed
Ph: (09) 630-3393
470 Mt Eden Road
Mt Eden, Auckland