Terra serves traditional artisan breads baked in stone hearth ovens. This location is situated in the Granville Island Public Market.
I usually stay clear of Granville Island. Drivers want to drive where I am walking and park where I am standing. It is NOT pedestrian friendly. I wish that they would ban all cars except for taxis and other vehicles for hire and have shuttles and smaller van/buses to transport shoppers here. But this is not the purpose of my review...
Kids like the Adventure Zone in Kids Market - so I make a trip to Granville Island. The kids like Pizza - so I get it from a little shop across the aisle from Terra Breads. As for me - I actually am quite fond of Terra Breads little tomato, goat cheese, olive pizza round. It is like a chewy bun with savory goodies on top. The combination of goat cheese and salty greek style olives is mouthwatering and the tomatoes add some nice sweetness and a touch of acidity. Mmmmmmm. They ain't cheap - they're $3.95 each. But they portable, easy to eat and tasty. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient.
Their portability brings me to the ambiance. What can I say - it is Granville Island Public Market. There is a dearth of seating. If you want a seat inside the market, be prepared to eye ball one or two tables and wait for the current occupants to finish and leave. Dive in and grab the table before someone else does. As I was out and about with two small children - I didn't want to hold our food and stand and wait like this. My kids are too young to leave at a table unattended and out-of-sight. Hence, I have to be prepared to walk and eat. Be careful about eating outside - a seagull might end of enjoying your food as they will literally dive bomb unsuspecting people and steal food right from their hands.
I would like Granville Island a lot better if there were much less cars and more suitable seating both inside the market and around and about Granvillle Island itself.
We decided to forego a formal meal and stopped by Terra to pick up something tasty. We quickly went with the focaccia of the day which was still warm. Simply amazing with a crispy bottom with a soft top that resembled more like a mini pizza than focaccia. The pesto was muted between the slight tartness of the tomato and the saltiness of the mozzarella. Price bordered steep but are not unusual for Vancouver.
Service was orderly and friendly but they do bog down considerably especially with customers cutting in and barking orders.
Their artisan breads and the focaccia are easily the best items for purchase here and everything else is an afterthought.
Stop by here whenever I'm at the market. They usually have at least 2, sometimes 3 varieties. Always delicious, usually still warm, I'll take one of these for $3.75 (including tax) above a pizza slice any day. Staff always friendly, always a line up but it goes very quickly.
When you are at a busy market, don't stop in the MIDDLE of the already busy pathway to talk, look around, take a photo or stand there doing absolutely nothing. Jeez.
If you buy sandwiches there, they have all these wonderful sounding ingredients in miniscule portions at huge prices. My boyfriend and I bought 2 sandwiches there one day that wouldn't have filled me up if I had eaten BOTH of them, and we ended up spending over $20. Their pretentious espresso is over $3 when the one I make at home is much better, and cheaper.
Sure, their stuff all SOUNDS great, but it absolutely not worth it.
Oh, and they make great fresh bread, which is...guess what!!! Overpriced.