A Mountain of Food
10019 106 Avenue
I have been to Garden Bakery numerous times to enjoy the delicious assortment of baked goods, but never had an actual meal here. That changed recently when I headed upstairs to have lunch.
We were seated by a very friendly waitress. Looking at the overwhelming menu – pages and pages with dense lists of soups, snacks, entrees, beverages, rice dishes, congees, barbecue, rice dishes, and just about anything else you can think of, it took us quite a while to decide upon what we would have.When we finally did, we decided to stick with the tried and true – he had lemon chicken while I had Szechuan beef on rice.
The lemon chicken was a large potion, cut up and covered in a lemon sauce that was not too sweet. The chicken was a little on the chewy side and overcooked in some spots, but overall it was crispy and delicious.
A word to describe my meal is: mountain. For $9 I had a huge pile of steamed white rice covered in crispy beef shreds and vegetables. I would have labelled the meal ginger beef, as the sauce had a mild and pleasant ginger taste, while Szechuan beef tends to be spicier. That aside, it was wonderful. The sauce enhanced the rice and there was no way I was going to be able to finish the entire meal.
Afterwards, we strolled through the bakery area and picked out a few items. I enjoyed some sweet buns, caked slices, bean cakes, and other treats for several days after.
Individual dishes cost around $12 at the most, with a variety of snack dishes and smaller items that are very inexpensive. Garden Bakery would be a great place to go with a group to share a wide variety of food. It is also open until 3:30 a.m. most days, so it is also a late night dining option in the area.