The Greenhouse is located right outside Enex 100, on the busy St Georges Terrace in the city of Perth. The cafe/bar recently opened in Dec 2009 and had attracted alot of attention even before it started trading. It is hard to miss, with the exterior of the cafe lined with wild strawyberry plants, rows and rows of them, all the way up to the top. I first noticed this cafe because of this vertical garden wall and got excited at the concept, I mean it is so innovative…can you imagine what it would look like when all the strawberry plants start to fruit? That would be quite a sight! Tinges of red berries hidden between luscious green leaves! I even wondered whether passerbys (such as moi) were allowed to pick the fruit just for fun and to eat =p
I mentioned this to a friend from Melbourne and was informed that there is a similar cafe over there as well, borne from the designer Joost Bakker. (You can read an article about the cafe and link for the designer here: http://www.indesignlive.com/articles/sustainability/greenhouse-by-joost-volume-2). Such a great concept!
The interior of the restaurant is made of entirely recycled and recyclable materials. The rooftop even contains a kitchen garden, supplying the ingredients for the restaurant. Awesome!
The place was fully booked when we arrived but luckily my friend had the sense to book a table so we got seats straight away. Looking around, I saw familiar faces everywhere and even found one of my banker friend (JO) entertaining his clients there, it is such a popular place! Further into lunch time, there was even a long queue for seats, so remember to book if you don’t want to wait!
Service was prompt and friendly, with the waitress recommending their home-made lemonade to us while we had a squeeze at the menu. I like staff who knows how to upsell so we ordered one each while we waited. The lemonade ended up costing us $5.50 each which is quite expensive in hindsight but I think the hype got to the better of us so we weren’t bothered by it.
The lunch menu was quite simple but packed with a few variety. We had the following:
- Lamb Kofta, pickled onion & baby cos with house turkish bread ($17)
- Spicy Prawn, tofu, duck egg noodles ($21)
- Shredded Snapper, avocado, coriander and lime flatbread ($19.50)
I had the Lamb Kofta and it tasted really nice especially dipped with the sauce, which tasted similar to the tzatziki. The dish was very fresh especially the cos lettuce..did it come from the rooftop garden, I wonder? This was voted the best dish out of the three – we each had a taste of each other’s food just to try out. The Spicy Prawn Noodle tasted similar to laksa except without it being soupy – not bad. The Shredded Snapper was slightly average in taste. They were all great dishes except maybe for the size of the serving – they were on the smaller side and I still felt slightly hungry after lunch. Got the same feedback from JO later when he called me to ask about lunch so maybe some desserts were needed to finish off the meal.
All in all, it was a great lunch. Loved the atmosphere and the food, but mostly the atmosphere and the innovative settings and design. It’s a place you have to visit at least once! Be there!
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9481 8333
Address: 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth