The owners of Greenland Garden Centre have branched out. (Sorry, it had to be said.) What I’m getting at is they’ve added a new space to the garden centre with a gorgeous little bistro called Branches.
There are several interesting elements to this operation—so many, in fact, that I have to continually remind myself that I’m talking about a restaurant in Sherwood Park, a place where fast-food chains thrive like rot in rain forests.
First off, the space is brilliant. Touches of wood, scads of light and organic accents like cedar trees result in a warm and inviting, almost zen-like setting.
Secondly, the staff. The people here exhibit two traits often lacking in restaurant staff: passion and knowledge. It’s obvious that they’re excited about what they’re doing. Nice.
Thirdly, and thankfully, the food.
From front of house to back, the bistro has people who truly care about how the food is described, prepared, displayed and served. The only fault with a couple of the dishes is that the combined ingredients are a little much.
Aesthetically, the room gets two thumbs up but the ordering system leaves a bit to be desired: you find a table, go to the counter, order your food, go back to your table and wait for delivery which makes everything feel a bit cafeteria-ish. Tip: Have a glass of wine or beer while you wait. It might make the ordering experience a little easier to swallow.
My CBC review with Mark Connolly can be heard here.