Mt Eden Road has another good lookin' bloke ‘round the corner. Next to De Post and Scarlett and Slimms, the Garden Shed is a haven of rustic charm, wholesome food and… lots of synthetic ivy. Upon entering the bistro-café you'll see metal buckets adorning the ceiling, mini trowels as bar taps and business cards disguised as seed packets — everything from the fully-turfed restrooms down to the waiter's muslin/leather get-up was so on theme, you almost get overwhelmed. Almost. Our waiting manager was jovial but laid back, even serving us an extra bowl of fries in apology to the long waiting time (it was peak hour on a Friday) — there was nothing to forgive but all was forgiven. You'd fall in love with Joe's prawn & quinoa salad, and Annie's mushroom dish (the portobellos were almost the size of our faces). We'd definitely return for the dinner menu, perhaps on the outside porch (adorned with a mini-jungle, outdoor fire, corrugated water feature and garden gnomes)
Louise had the parmesan & caper fish cakes and a mocha. She said 'Loved the waiter who was fun and super-attentive and even served up a bowl of fries on the house! Vibe good, service and presentation awesome but thought the flavours lacked the x-factor. Still, there was enough menu intrigue to get me back for another go.'
Katie had the grumpy chook with salad and a turkish pide. She said 'Lou and I thought the â€˜chook' was a half chicken, but twas a slice o' chicken fillet! That'll teach us for having high expectations.'
Joe had the prawn quinoa and a pineapple juice. He said 'Interesting new place.'
Annie had the garden breakfast and a cranberry juice. She said 'Delicious! Would go again.'