There is a new addition in the western suburbs to an already favourite spot with the area's gardeners. The Brookfield Garden Centre now proudly sports the Wild Canary Restaurant.
The garden centre is a family owned business belonging to Robin and Scott McLay. They decided to take things a step further with the addition of the restaurant. What better way to showcase all their herbs, fruits and veggies that can be grown in your garden, purchased here, giving you a first hand taste of what really fresh produce can do to enhance a meal?
You walk past giftware, chairs and tables for two that would look awesome on your veranda, past floral displays, annuals, perennials and 2 columnar camellias as you enter the grounds by way of the brick path to the Wild Canary.
Take note, as you pass by, of the raised garden beds full of thyme, basil, kale, as you could be seeing some of the fresh fare that will end up on your plate. These are grown and used for the restaurant. Enticed, you can then purchase some of these flavour enhancers for your garden.
raised garden beds full of herbs coming to a table near you!
Your heels click on the floor as you are shown out to the new wooden deck. You are surrounded by palms, bamboo, birds singing off in the forest. People are everywhere, at their tables busily chatting about life and what looks good on the menu.
The chef for the Wild Canary is chef Glen Barratt who, from a young age, turned a passion into a career. Along with a commitment to good food and an exacting knowledge of organic and permaculture gardening, he brings his experience of over 20 years to the Wild Canary from such places as the Zen Bar, Tables of Toowong and Two Small Rooms. Glen is a husband and father of five living in the Samford Valley where he puts all his practices to full use.
You can find his touches all over the menu that serves breakfast and lunch. Morning and afternoon tea is also served ad they are licensed as well. You can spend time in the garden centre then come and enjoy a chat about your purchases.
Only a certain amount of reservations are taken as they want to make sure seats are available for people to just stroll in.
They are open seven days a week from 8:30am - 4:00pm and you can contact them at 07 3378 2805 to make a reservation. Brookfield Gardens continues to sell gift ware, teach classes, help people with garden problems and now they offer you some of their finest in the Wild Canary.