Garden Café proves a hit with customers
A new-look café has opened at the Botanical Gardens.
And now The Garden Café at the visitor centre in the gardens is to hold a special opening ceremony next Friday to celebrate.
Owner Feronika Suhartono said she decided into to move into the café after founding Edible Creations, which specialises in fruit arrangements.
And — in line with her existing business — the newly refurbished café puts a premium on fruit and fresh food.
Ms Suhartono said: “It's a twofold business — there was a café here previously but the space came up for tender so went ahead and put a bid in.
“We offer something that's botanical for the Botanical Gardens — our food arrangements are very complementary.”
Ms Suhartono added that the café had been open since the end of August — and the open salad bar offering customised salads, sandwiches and wraps had proven a hit with customers.
She added: “Edible Creations makes fruit arrangements for any occasion — it's similar to bouquets of flowers, except you can eat them.
“Any occasion where you might give flowers you can also give fruit.”
Ms Suhartono, who worked in web design and graphics, and partner Jahmar Woods, who comes from a musical background, said their creative backgrounds propelled them towards the business.
She added: “We have always had creative spirit and we wanted to the challenge on of having a business.”
Ms Suhartono said: “Business has been good — we haven't done any promotions, which is why we wanted to have a grand opening.
“We wanted to ensure we provided great service, as well as great food, so we waited a little.”
She added: “We offer sub rolls — we have four different kinds of rolls — and people can choose their own toppings.
“We also offer an all day breakfast as well, featuring waffles and pancakes with fruit on them.
“Fruit is our main thing — a lot of the food revolves around it.”
The café is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.