Greenhouse by Joost

March 13, 2012

During the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, we’ve been lucky enough to have the Greenhouse by Joost structure sitting pretty on Southbank. This all-encompassing green, sustainable space is really special – the creator, Dutch-born Joost Baker, is a true visionary. Read more about Joost’s inspiring set-up and philosophy here (link).

I snagged my first Greenhouse peek last Saturday with the divine Emma Stirling, where, under the kind Autumn sunshine, we enjoyed a creamy Latte and taste of their homemade Tonic Water on the rooftop.

I also grabbed a Corn and Red Capsicum Muffin to nibble as we walked to the Theatre of Ideas, a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event, where we were happily subjected to the brilliance that is Ben Shewry and RenΓ© Redzepi. To say I’m inspired is an understatement. Thanks for the foodie discussions and company, Emma. I find myself full of resolve and passion. And incredibly hopeful that I’ll be able to dine at Noma this July. Fingers crossed…


Two days later, I decided to take Ben to the Greenhouse for a lazy lunch. Unfortunately, the main dining area was booked for a private function. Don’t you hate that? Determined to become bffs with the tantalising menu, we resolved to eat standing up at the bar on the rooftop. Whatever it takes.

Custard Cider for her and a Gin and Tonic for him. Refreshing.

Corn with Cumin Butter and Coriander.

Aussie Olives.


Chargrilled Tiger Prawns


All incredibly scrumptious.

I would have loved a big hunk of crusty sourdough to mop up some juices. Alas, we were without bread.

It was all I could do to not run away with a bucket-load of fresh basil. We were utterly surrounded by luscious lashings of my favourite herb. Such a tease.

It was a rather gorgeous Monday. In fact, it was an all-round beautiful long weekend. What better way to top it off than with a stroll in the sunshine with a loved one? Well, maybe a scoop or two to make it even sweeter…

If you get the chance, I implore you to visit the Greenhouse while it’s still in the city (until 21st March). It truly is a unique, inspiring space. And if you do go… grab me some basil, will you? Thanks.

Heidi xo

p.s. my next post will be completely and utterly full of Wedding pictures. Full. Overflowing. I’m psyched.

  • denitapreston March 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Delightful! xx

  • Leah March 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Wow this place looks amazing. Love the jars, such a wonderful recycling/sustainable idea.

    I cannot wait to see wedding pics πŸ˜€

  • Taryn March 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Definitely going to visit this place after work one night!


  • Michelle Chin March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    lucky you. don't think i will have a chance to visit it. πŸ™

  • CC11 March 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    OMG if you go to Noma you have to post so I can live vicariously through you – I wish I could go! And I shall have to check out this greenhouse, I am quite out of the foodie loop these days ahhah.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    It's such a fun and worthy concept. And they put so much work into the Greenhouses to use recycled materials it's so impressive.

    Yay, can't wait until the next post! πŸ˜‰

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) March 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    how great is this place. I had brekkie there and went back for lunch. TIP: try the honey lemonade

  • Blithely Unaware March 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    OMG NOMA!!!

    I thought that was what you had on your instagram last night!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!

    This place looks amazing, I love the idea of eating surrounded by BASIL! Isn't it the most refreshing, delicious fragrance in the world?!

    I'm far too excited for your wedding photos… omg omg omg!!!!!!


  • Blithely Unaware March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hamish will DIE
    If you go to Noma
    DIE I tell you

  • Heidi March 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    De – you'd love it, de!

    Leah – they used jars for everything!! love it πŸ™‚

    Taryn – sounds like a fab plan πŸ˜‰

    Michelle – oh shame!!

    CC11 – you have much more important things at the moment to do, don't you!! πŸ™‚ & I so hope I get to go!! Bookings are possible at the start of April!

    Lorraine – SO impressive πŸ™‚

    Adrian – sounds amazing!!

    Blithely Unaware – OMG I so want to go!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

    Heidi xo

  • Emma March 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the link love my dear and spending the Argo with me. So inspiring. You. And the top chefs of the world!

  • Hannah March 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Wedding photos wedding photos!! Oh so close, so close! πŸ˜€

    P.S. I sound like the biggest idiot asking this, but… does custard cider actually taste like custard?!

  • Lesdad March 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I'm with Hannah. Both what and how is "custard cider"? Custard apples?

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan March 14, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Dear Heidi,

    Very commendable effort and I think more restaurants and cafes should try and adopt this concept. Great marketing strategy too.

  • Heidi March 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Emma – you're so welcome, thank YOU, lovely!!!

    Hannah – no, not an idiot at all!! It did not taste like custard, rather like a delicious, not so sweet cider. I really hate how sweet most ciders are.

    Lesdad – see this link, dad!!It's by the real river company in WA, you'd love it.

    Chopin – indeed!!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef March 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    7How exciting to be a part of this great festival. Gin and Tonics make everything better, don't they?

  • Terry Turtle March 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    those tiger prawns look amazing!

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I saw them boilduing the restaurant the other week – glad to hear the food was good. We went in Sydney last time and what we received was very average and service bad… Mmm those prawns!