Federation Square, next door to ACMI, Flinders Street, Melbourne (map)
Until 29 January 2009
On Sunday I finally got around to checking out The Greenhouse in Fed Square, having read about it on various food blogs. I arranged to meet up there with friends both before and after the Melbourne Design Market. Such a lovely day.
Lucy from The Design Files already mentioned many of the nifty design elements at the Greenhouse in her write-up, so I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. The entire structure is made from recycled and recyclable materials and, like the Spiegeltent, it will only be around for a couple of months (I imagine it'd look rather battered after a Melbourne winter)...
The drinks came in thick jam jars. After my wussy caffe latte, I'll confess that I didn't really feel like drinking a hot chocolate - but it looked so pretty I couldn't resist!
The muesli was served in nifty metal scoops, on curves of particle board, and the flowers were arranged in a shiny tin.
My friend A had a m'oave (the result when muffins and loaves make love, as seen at SMXL) with the unusual combination of beetroot and brie. It worked.
I had a quiche with tangy pork, caramelised onion, capsicum and marmalade. Great sweet flavours and the pastry was to die for.
C's quiche had olives and zucchini. She also had a side serve of tastily-dressed salad. Nom nom nom.
The wall behind our table was made out of punnets of strawberries. Alas people had already picked all of the vaguely ripe fruit within our grasp... :)
Will be back several times over summer, methinks!