Boxwood – advertised as a rotisserie cafe (don’t know why, it’s quite different from what I understand by rotisserie: you know, those places where they have dozens of chickens roasting behind a big window case) – is located in Central Memorial Park (340 13 Avenue SW). Perfect location. Walking distance to 17th avenue, overlooking the park (and the hospital, true, but hey, it’s a nice, modern building!) and close to the public library. Stuff yourself, then go for a walk or hang around in the park!
Did I mention it has a great patio?
To make a long story short, I love Boxwood. I like the patio, I like the food. My only complaint is that it’s already busy as is, so perhaps I shouldn’t blog about it…
We had lunch on a lovely weekend day. The wait list is on the wall – grab some colored chalk, write down your name. After 10 minutes, we were seated – unfortunately, they had run out of lemonade, so we went for an iced wild berry tea, unsweetened ($3). Not impressed. I prefer lemonade – real, freshly squeezed lemonade made out of lemons (yeah, redundant, but I live in a city where lemonade comes from either syrup or a bottle). The food however was great – I chose a chickpea fritter & eggplant sandwich on ciabatta bread ($10). I didn’t expect much, but I can say it was delicious: one layer of eggplant salad (a rarity, you can usually find it in Eastern restaurants under the name of baba ganoush), one layer of pickled onions, one layer of chickpea fritters (deep fried) and one layer of salad topped with aioli mayo. My party went for the chicken sandwich ($10). Not as good as mine, but still good. Ciabatta, chicken, salad and aioli mayo. The sandwiches were more than enough for lunch (at least for us).
The bill came to $27.30 before tip.