The building is spread over two levels. Concrete painted white and many square metres of glass, green trees everywhere. At night the whole area turns green! Green both from the wall panel behind the long bar, and from the name itself: Greenhouse, in green neon on the outside wall. There is no way you could drive up Jln. Monkey Forest, in Ubud, and miss it! The addition of white tablecloths also makes a statement: ?Hey look at me, I am different!?
Greenhouse is a new adjunct to the long standing family-run Pertiwi Hotel and Spa. Trying something different in Ubud is a rarity, most just copy what is already there, and not always well. So nine points out of 10 for trying! And another nine points for just about getting it right. Tourists and locals alike crave having the option of choice. Ubud keeps on going further in that direction and the choices just keep on mounting. Year by year Ubud becomes an even more attractive place to visit and stay, just for the restaurants alone.
The same menu is available all day at Greenhouse. Whether you just want a snack, a light meal or the full 3 course special, there is something for everyone.
Starters include Black Pepper encrusted Beef on greens and an interesting Marsala Chicken Salad. Cubed melon and chicken is tossed in the cream with crushed walnuts, almost Waldorf style. A long strip of cucumber skin forms a circular base to hold the pile of ingredients, whilst sitting on a bed of greens.
The Chicken Liver Pate is served the old traditional way with Melba toast. Fruit-based salads predominate, the Seared Bluefin Tuna and Apple is excellent as is the Green Papaya tossed with a mix of seafood. For vegetarians and health aficionados there is a Warm Bean Salad [great for fighting that cholesterol], a spicy Tomato Salad and the Chef?s own version of fresh goodness.
In the same vein you can enjoy a real Gazpacho, that wonderful Spanish creation for a hot day, or a Pumpkin Soup, thick and creamy. A chicken Consomme with studded with vegetable pieces and an Asian Seafood Soup are also available as is the unusual very rich Beef and Onion Tea.
Spinach Fettuccine is tossed with pesto and smoked marlin, the Egg Spaghetti has a sesame dressing and comes with soya chicken. Squid-ink pasta with a Kaffir lime and chilli dressing is topped with calamari rings.
Vegetarian requirements are common in Ubud and at Greenhouse they are looked after extensively. A Grilled Soya Bean Cake is stuffed with shitake mushrooms. There is a marinated Mushroom and Spinach Lasagne. A pan-fried Soya Burger is served with flavoured rice. Grilled Squash and Other Vegetables are stacked on a crisp polenta cake.
Poached Hainan Chicken reminds me of Singapore. The five-spiced Duck Breast is wonderful. Tender meat full of taste! Pork Spare Ribs are done with Asian flavours rather than the normal BBQ, very good. Real tender back ribs, meat just falling off the bone, not the lumps of fat and gristle too often served elsewhere. An Australian Beef Shank is braised in wine [Australian of course], and is served with butter rice. Beef Tenderloin comes with a cream mash as do the ever-so-tender Lamb Chops.
There are three seafood choices, a Mixed Brochette, pan-seared Swordfish or an imported Tasmanian Salmon, grilled then served on a crisp polenta cake. A very special Nasi Goreng can be ordered as a meal in itself or as a side dish to accompany any of the mains.
One of the attractions at Greenhouse is their impressive list of small interesting Bar Snacks, available all day either as a snack, or an extra entrée or two. My favourite is the Sweet Corn Cakes. Thick triangles of corn cake are accompanied by a warm spicy sauce. The sauce is so tasty [suspiciously like pumpkin soup] you should keep some of the sweet bread rolls for mopping up. Chicken Wontons, Crispy little Rice Paper Rolls and Chicken Drumlets combine to make an interesting array of tasty snacks, all of which arrive with three portions.
For first time Bali visitors the Black Rice Pudding with coconut cream is a must! A Coconut and Green Bean Custard is very Chinese. More unusual is the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin with ginger essence. Egg Crepes are filled with a spicy fruit mix, vanilla ice cream on the side. The very rich Chocolate Mousse is covered with a warm Marmalade sauce.
A pleasant escape from shopping trips, or just a nice relaxing dinner whilst watching the world go by is offered by the young friendly staff at Greenhouse. You will feel that you belong and will definitely return.