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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Melbourne's Pop Up Restaurant

At the beginning of March a pop up restaurant - 'Greenhouse' appeared on the banks of the River Yarra (in the space of 3 weeks!) in the city of Melbourne as part of this year's Food and Wine festival here. Yesterday I went along as I had heard all about the Greenhouse restaurant in Sydney as it was featured in our Masterchef television programme here in Australia last year. It's a pop up restaurant with a difference though - it has been built using only recycled or sustainable materials. The structure has been formed from mostly old shipping containers stacked four-high, the floor from old conveyor belts, the chairs from disused irrigation pipes and recycled bottles and jars are used as drinking glasses! Amazing...

All the herbs are grown on site in large recycled oil drums.

The roof top bar. More herbs in containers.

Terracotta pots line the facade of the restaurant - all potted up with wild strawberry plants.

Close up of the pots above and below...

And look who my breakfasting companion was!!!

Yup, my daughter is in town - she arrived on Sunday which of course makes me so very, very happy. She's here for 3 weeks on Easter vacation from University in UK.

Our own personal pot of basil on our table, above.

The chairs !

Our food - totally and absolutely delicious - my daughter chose the herb mushrooms on flatbread with curd cheese ....

And I went for the scrambled eggs with mustard cress.

A great start to the day.

So pleased we were able to go along - the pop-up restaurant disappears tomorrow! Really hope that there might be a more permanent one in the city one day.


  1. The food looks fab - I'm a big fan of scrambled eggs on toast! - have fun with your dear daughter.

  2. What a cool place! I love the facade with the potted strawberries and how you're surrounded by fresh growing things. Looks absolutely yummy!

  3. You've got a knack for finding these cool places. As wrote, I enjoyed your Tasmania post and went browsing on the intrnet site of the hotel you stayed in, absolutely stunning!

  4. Yay for mother and daughter meals out.

    The decor looks fabulous as does the food.

    SSG xxx

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  5. I was in Melbourne recently and saw this restaurant, unfortunately we had booked dinner elsewhere, it looks great! It looks like you had fun... Til next time, Tammy

  6. Such a lovely idea - and yes, wouldn't it be delightful if it stayed up all year round. But then perhaps, it wouldn't be so special. The eggs look very delish!

  7. How wonderful...three whole weeks! Oh enjoy yourselves with lots of meals and Mother Daughter times!!! J. xx

  8. It's such a great idea. I wish more cities would do it! We might try and head in there now, on your wonderful recommendation! I once chatted to the mastermind behind the idea about interviewing him, but he was too busy. He and his wife have an amazing house up in Monbulk that has the same strawberry facade. So fabulous, isn't it?

  9. sarah you always find the most amazing places to eat! daughter looks stunning too.

    the simple decor of this restaurant is so fresh and inviting. i think that is why i'm so drawn to simple design. it cannot be beat.

    also, thank you for your comment yesterday. i went looking for the blog you recommended and found it. thank you! but i'm having trouble manuevering around on it. i'll keep trying though. thanks again.

  10. They have had a pop up Opera in our local town,pop up tea rooms such fun.

    Have fun with Poppy...Mum and daughter time so special. Ida

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