Boxwood has been the talk of the town here in Calgary. It opened up in September 2010 and is the sister restaurant to the famous River Cafe in Prince's Island Park. From what I've read people love how it feels, they love the organic local food, and they like the price. It seems that lately in magazines, books and recommendations from family, Boxwood keeps beckoning me. So, the only thing left to do was to check it out.
Boxwood sits prettily in Central Memorial Park just outside of Downtown Calgary in the same park as the Memorial Library. It is nearly all windows on the entrance side which makes a really bright airy interior.
As soon as you walk in you're welcomed by the Boxwood staff on the other side of their kitchen which sits openly in the restaurant. You don't even quite realize its the kitchen, its so quiet and calm. It's without shouting or clashing kitchen noises you hear in some places. You seat yourself at Boxwood which is always nice especially in a place with so many different types of seating. They've got a long galley table along with window bar seats and comfy upholstered bar stools. The atmosphere is cozy and calm with the Rolling Stones playing quietly in the background.
I ordered the Bowden Farms Naturally Raised Roasted Chicken Sandwich with Preserved Lemon & Basil Aioli, Fresh Apple. (quite the title, hey?) and my husband ordered the Pulled Pork with Coleslaw Sandwich which was on special today. We also decided to share the Asian Pear & Shaved Fennel Salad with a Citrus & Herb Vinaigrette.
Well, the recommendations were correct, the food was amazing. Fresh, tasty and totally flavourful without trying too hard to impress. (although I was entirely impressed) The chicken sandwich was the best sandwich I've had in a very long time and a stolen bite of the pork proved super tasty. The salad was delicious as it looks in the photo and tasted that much better knowing it was made with local and organic produce.
If live close to Central Memorial Park, or not, check out Boxwood. You will not be disappointed.