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Greenhouse by Joost

You have probably seen this ‘thing’ around Campbells Cove at The Rocks.

This ‘thing’ is the ‘Greenhouse waste-free Café’ which opened on 9th February until end of March. It is made from recycled materials and features a rooftop garden and serves organic food.

The creator behind the shipping container turned café is Joost Bakker, whose work also includes the Greenhouse in Federation Square in Melbourne and pieces for Stokehouse GPO Melbourne. He holds a Master Degree in Fine Arts and is known for his floral designs.

‘The Mother’ and I have talked about coming here, however, he has been so busy with work that he hasn’t really had time. So thought I would ‘drag’ my parents – god bless them – here, and they absolutely loved it!

By the time we got there, it was about 2 pm, we were told there was a 40 minutes wait for three people, I was getting a little hungry but was keen to try this place out. So left my number and thankfully, within 20 minutes we were in and seated to our table by the window.

It is a pretty cool place, very creative and Dad was in awe with the architecture. The view from the restaurant is absolutely stunning – views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. There is a roof top bar that serves beer but we didn’t get a chance to go up there.

The menu was quite limited at lunch – 8 to choose from, oysters, spiced almonds, deli meat, salad, fish, beef, pasta and pizza.  I have heard about their deep fried cauliflower, but unfortunately, only available during dinner. Dad wasn’t overly hungry, apparently he scoffed a hungry jacks burger before meeting me ‘just in case’ he said. Have I ever failed you?

We started with some drinks – homemade lemonade ($6), which was served in a glass jar. The lemonade was cold, tangy and absolutely refreshing, which was perfect for the hot day. I wondered where they got the glass jars – it was uber cool!

The cappuccino ($4) was strong, smooth and fantastic.

We shared the wagu beef gerello, green papaya, peanut, tamarind ($25) – which was served on wood and eco friendly knives and fork. The wagu beef was slightly seared and pre-sliced, pink in the middle just the way I like it. It was tender and the green papaya salad was delightful. Mum and I were trying to figure out how to make the salad – loved it!

We also shared the seared mullet, mixed tomato salad ($26), served on a triangular slab of wood. It was a generous serving of fish, we all loved the crispy, crunchy and salty skin. The fish was fresh and moist, and I loved the colourful tomato salad which was refreshingly light and delicious.

Unfortunately I wasn’t blown away by the choices of dessert – peaches and cream or 3 cheeses, so gave it a miss.

It was lovely to say the least, we sat there admiring the view, which we do tend to take for granted. The head chef is Matt Stone, who can be seen working both the kitchen and floor in Sydney. Make sure you get to check it out before it leaves at the end of March to Milan.

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Parent’s rating: 7 / 10

Greenhouse by Joost

Campbells Cove

The Rocks, 2000

Mon – Sat: 7.30am – midnight

Sun: 10 am – 10pm

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  1. February 27, 2011 at 4:43 am

    both the wagyu and seared mullet looks delicious! sad to know that they don’t have wide selections of desserts there.

    • February 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

      hey mel, think the night menu is different and more options! i wouldnt mind going again actually.

  2. February 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    lemonade!!! i could do with some right now! i am looking forward to visiting!

    • February 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

      i could definitely do with some lemonade now too!!! it’s quite a novelty, and fun! go visit before it leaves for Milan – but could be a reason to visit Milan?

  3. February 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Wow this looks very good ! So they are going to ship it around? Interesting!

  4. February 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The place is stunning, and what weather!!!!! @HK Epicurus & @GA – I could only wish the next stop was HK…

    • February 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

      maybe one day… alternatively, it could be an ‘excuse’ to go to Milan?

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