Tasting Review: Greenhouse

Greenhouse has been opened for quite a while in Times Square and the specious restaurant embraces a lot of garden elements reflecting the Thai inspired vibe.

The restaurant offers a big menu with a cute tea set available. We were honoured to give their a la carte menu a try 

Stir-fry Rice Noodles with Black Truffle and Beef Skewers ($178)

The traditional Chinese main dish was prepared with a twist by adding the delicate black truffle to the noodle, with two very juicy and tender beef skewers. The rice noodle was not oily at all compared to most of the traditional beef rice noodle from “cha chan tang”. 

With the high fire cooking method, the dry noodle delivered a subtle mushroom taste from the truffle, complimenting nicely with the succulent beef with its savoury smokey sauce. 

Porcini Spaghetti, Cheddar Cheese, Madeira Wine ($138)

The restaurant has embraced a lot of Western elements in its menu by including some pasta and pizza dishes. This particular pasta was prepared with a mix of mushroom, and topped with a layer of savoury flavour cheddar cheese sauce. 

The slightly al-dente pasta was scrumptious with the not-too-heavy cream base sauce. The earthy porcini mushrooms were indeed a great match with the salted cheddar and a hint of wine aroma from the Madeira wine. 

Fried Dirty Duck, Potato Salad, Shrimp Sambal Sauce ($298)

The halved duck was fried until crispy on the outside yet soft and moist inside, topped with some “dirty” fried garlic flakes to deliver an even crunchier texture to the aromatic duck. 

Compared to the Chinese cooking method, this twisted version from Greenhouse was less salty and less fatty since the restaurant only uses selected good quality produce. The dish was almost tea smoked infused but it was not overwhelmingly smokey. 

By adding some fresh lime juice to the crispy duck could lightened the meatiness and balanced out the savouriness at the same time. 

The duck was served with shrimp sambal sauce,  which is made from a mixture of chili sauce, and shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, palm sugar, lime juice, rice vinegar, and other vinegar. This sauce is widely used in Malaysia, Singapore, and other South East Asia countries. 

Interestingly, some housemade potato salad and balsamic cherry tomoato were also served on the side. 

Blue Sun Set ($48)

A very good looking drink made with lemongrass, pinepaple, and lime juice, to enjoy from our eyes. The blue liquid was poured in the drink to create that two layer colours. The blue colour was actually from butterfly tea and it doesn’t taste anything, therefore the drink was light in taste with a refreshing aftertaste. 

Left: In House Fruit Punch ($42)

Made with homemade juice mix, fresh ginger juice together with green spot orange. The sweet punch was filled with fresh fruits in the jar full of crushed ice. Who doesn’t want that in this warmer weather?

Right: Thai Milk Tea

An authentic and one of the most favourited chilled drinks to enjoy. Thai milk tea has a unique tea taste sweetened to just the right perfection. The strength from this tea could just wake you up in no time.

Address: Shop 1004, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2383 4022

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