Tuesday, January 4, 2011


100 St Georges Terrace
(08) 9481 8333

1. Comfort & surroundings

Alexander: For Greenhouse, I think it's necessary to break down "comfort" and "surroundings" and consider each one separately. Starting with the surroundings, you definitely know when you're approaching Greenhouse by the hundreds of potted plants adorning the exterior walls of the building. It definitely makes for a striking garden look given its setting amidst the skyscrapers of St Georges Terrace. The plants are part of Greenhouse's sustainability gimmick, which extends to the recycled materials all throughout the restaurant (including the bathrooms). Pretty cool and it definitely makes for one of the more original and interesting surroundings for Perth breakfast venues. Unfortunately, original and interesting do not a comfortable experience make. The seats here are made of recycled crates and, while I like the concept of being able to use them interchangeably as stools, chairs or low tables, they are heavy and unfinished. Don't get me wrong, it's a small complaint, but I just can't stand the thought of having to remove another splinter... 5 for the surroundings minus 1 for discomfort equals a score of 4.

Lola: I truly appreciate the commitment to sustainability made by Greenhouse, and I think it adds a lot to the surroundings. Unfortunately I am biased against the CBD and generally find it a stressful, unpleasant expedition. This is not Greenhouse's fault, and hopefully with more and more places like it I will begin feeling differently. We were lucky, in my opinion, to be seated on a chair incarnation and not a stool one as I think the former are not too uncomfortable at all. Not the greatest things to lounge around on, but given what they're made of, I'm not too fussed. The restaurant is well lit and open, the tables spacious enough. Despite the city setting, I think I've just talked myself up to a 4.

2. Service

Alexander: My first encounter with the service at Greenhouse occurred when I called to change the reservation that had been made by Lola only minutes earlier. While trying to explain that I wanted to make the reservation for Lola half an hour earlier on a mobile with bad reception, it turned out that Lola's reservation wasn't actually in the book! In fact, there was no reservations for breakfast that particular day. So very strange. Upon arrival, I took a seat under the reservation I had made for two people and was then asked if anyone was joining me. Duuuh. And I would have preferred about an extra 10% friendliness from the staff. But aside from those things, it's table service at Greenhouse, which is a plus. It wasn't busy, so our orders were taken pretty quickly and there was only a short wait for the food. Just a warning, though, look into the kitchen at your own peril: it's full of teenage chefs with tattoos and massive holes in their ears. 3.5 from me.

Lola: Interestingly, the guy who took my original reservation seemed quite jovial (if not a little scatty) and quite pleased to be taking down the information. The mix up didn't cause any trouble, as it turned out, so I certainly can't take marks off for that, though the wait staff did just seem to be going through the motions. A 3.5 with an extra mark for table service, bringing it up to a 4.5. (And let it be said, I very much enjoy a young, heavily tattooed chef; so thanks to Matt Stone and his team.)

3. Tastiness

Alexander: I'm just gonna say it, this was probably my favourite breakfast in Perth for quite a long time. I ordered slow cooked eggs on toast with wild mushrooms, all of which was as close to perfect as you could get in my books. The flour for their bread is handmilled and then baked on-site, so the toast had a delicious earthiness to it - pretty much the opposite of Wonder White. I don't know how exactly the eggs were slow cooked, but they turned out like fantastic gooey poached eggs. And the assorted mushrooms were lightly sauteed in butter to bring out their natural flavour. All of this, served with fresh herbs and nasturtium petals, made for an amazing combination. This is a transcendent breakfast. FIVE OUT OF FIVE.

Lola: Not only was my choice equally delicious, but it has to be the most beautiful breakfast I've ever set my eyes on. Unfortunately I don't think the photo above does it justice, but it really was ecsquisite. A crab and egg tart sat in a ring of fresh herbs, thinly sliced fennel, nasturtiums and pansies - marvelous. The tart itself was a delight, with fluffy eggs and fresh tasting crab sitting within some of the flakiest filo I've had the good fortune to enjoy. Despite these rich flavours, the dish was not an overly heavy one, the fennel and herbs proving a sharp contrast. The serving size was generous without being excessive. Not only was there nothing to fault, but the dish was even more than I could have imagined. It has to be a 5!

4. Drinks

Alexander: The coffee here is top-notch, so even my simple long black was a delight: full bodied with that little touch of crema. Greenhouse will caffeinate you properly, so it gets a 4.

Lola: Not the best flat white I've had, but definitely one that I'd order again and again. A 4 from me too.

5. Fiscal matters

Alexander: My breakfast and coffee came to $20 exactly, which is a pretty average price point in Perth. Beware: don't expect the same if you visit for lunch or dinner, as I have heard that the prices at those times seem pretty inflated. But we're about breakfast on this blog, so that's what I'm judging it on, and I am going to give it a 4 based on the price in combination with the quality of the ingredients.

Lola: I'm going with Alexander again on this one and giving a 4 too. My total was only a few dollars over the twenty mark, and for a faultless, filling breakfast with a good cup of joe, I'd pay that any day of the week.

The verdict...
Comfort & surroundings: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Tastiness: 10/10
Drinks: 8/10
Fiscal matters: 8/10
TOTAL: 42/50

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  1. Haha love your comments about the tattoos, it's like a competition in there! They cook the eggs in a water bath at 64 degrees for 25 minutes so that the egg white sets but the egg yolk stays runny.

  2. Ooh wonderful! That's quite a commitment to the perfect poached eggs but it sure pays off. Thanks so much for the info, Hannah!