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The Green Room Cafe


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Located at Bishan Park 2, The Green Room Cafe is a vegetarian cafe that has a healthy obsession for quality ingredients and a passion to bring flair, creativity and a playful exuberance to their customers.

Mon to Sun: 11.00am - 10.00pm

+65 65561533
$21 based on 38 submissions
Quiet (19 votes), Chillout (16 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (15 votes)
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Ashley Chow We

An interesting introduction into raw food in a beautiful setting

For pictures and the full review, click here! Otherwise, read on...

I've been to Green Room Cafe a couple of years back when it was a vegetarian cafe but I've been meaning to come back again since I've heard it has now been completely reinvented under the direction of a new chef, Diana von Cranach. It is now a vegan cafe with an emphasis on raw, "living" food "prepared from the locally grown herbs, vegetables, fruits, flowers, leaves, nuts and seeds that have been used in traditional Southeast Asian cuisines for generations". The menu had a couple of warm dishes as well but I skipped them since it's much more interesting to try raw food for a change. I've also become so much more aware of my food after becoming vegan so I've been meaning to explore the raw veganism movement. (Raw veganism excludes all food of animal origin, and all food cooked above 48 degrees Celsius, mainly for its purported health benefits (click here for more information).)

The best thing I love about the Cafe is its beautiful setting within Bishan Park. The Cafe and its partner institutions from the Asmara Lifestyle Group are perfectly landscaped within the Park’s abundant greenery. This is the perfect place to come to particularly if you want to chill out on your own or if you want to have a casual lunch. When I came here last Saturday afternoon, I easily whiled away a couple hours having a long lunch and reading my book after – it was ideal relaxation.

Service was very attentive and efficient. Granted, there weren’t many other people at the Cafe when I was there though. The waitress was very helpful in answering all my questions because I was so curious about how they prepared the food.

If you are the sort of person who likes to know more about your food, or if your companion is really boring and you would like some reading material to make time go faster or to serve as conversation fodder, you should ask for the Little Book of Green Room Ingredients  – it is a list of ingredients used in the Cafe (duh) accompanied by a concise summary of how to use them in cooking and their health benefits.

Also note that Green Room Cafe will also provide you with the menu from next-door Canopy Garden Dining & Bar, which is an Australian style non-vegetarian cafe. I wouldn’t recommend you order items from the Canopy menu since that defeats the purpose of trying out an interesting cuisine at Green Room, but it might make it easier to arrange to go to Green Room with friends who are not open to trying vegan food.

Fresh Corn & Miso Chowder

I loved this cold soup, which was slightly salty and made with creamy fresh corn and cashew, garnished with sweet papaya and herbs. I was very impressed by the slightly chewy “living” cracker  on the side, which comes with all the soups. I fancied that the cracker had a tom yum flavour because of the infusion of many herbs and spices, but apparently the cracker was simply made of coconut that had been dried for an extended period of time... Amazing! ($10)

Living Vegetables & Herb Sausage

The spicy vegetables and herbs “sausages” employed a pretty expert use of herbs and spices but there seemed to be a slightly bitter aftertaste to the sausages. The “sausages” came with a mixed salad comprised of fresh red cabbage, sweet papaya shreds and other vegetables, topped off with a sweet and spicy red curry dressing. I was struggling to finish it because the dish was quite filling, since the bulk of it was made of chunky cashew bits (the waitress kindly offered to pack it for me so I could bring it home and have enough room left for dessert). ($19)

Vegan chocolate & cocoa bean ice cream

I LOVED THE ICE CREAM. The flavour of the chocolate ice cream was semi-dark chocolate and was quite rich, though not as dark as I would have preferred it (80% is perfect for me). I loved the slightly bitter taste and the crunch that the cocoa bean bits provided. J The ice cream was also adequately creamy (not that easy to achieve without the use of dairy products) and was definitely a realistic substitute for the real thing. ($5 single scoop, $9 double scoop)

I definitely want to go back to Green Room if only to try all the other creative flavours  – these include red curry, avocado and palm sugar, ginger tea, peanut butter, mulberry, lemongrass, vanilla and rose sprinkle...!! The other desserts looked amazing as well, such as the local banana and nut split (which contains raw chocolate and nut-coated bananas, a fruit salad with lemon cashew cream, and vegan peanut butter ice cream).

If you're curious to know, there are a few other options if you are looking for a vegan icy dessert or simply a healthier alternative to conventional ice cream. Brownice, which is the first to make vegan ice cream in Singapore, is pretty popular and all their ice creams are made from organic brown rice milk, fruits and nuts – all-natural, low-fat, and healthier than conventional ice-cream. I think Soyato, which sells frozen desserts made of soymilk in many flavours, is kinda rubbish because the texture doesn’t lend itself very well to freezing below a certain temperature – it becomes too icy – and none of the flavours I have tried (vanilla, cookies, and green tea) tasted satisfactorily rich. Onaka’s organic chocolate soy milkshake made with Soyato is so good though... more on that in a future post.

Conclusion: I will highly recommend Green Room to anyone who enjoys creatively prepared food and wants to sample a new cuisine. I don’t think I’ve come across another cafe/restaurant in Singapore that focuses on raw food. Even if you decide that raw food isn’t really for you after going to Green Room, at least you’ve tried a unique dining experience in a beautiful setting. I’ll definitely go back again soon for another relaxing lunch over the weekend.

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12 Apr 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Not going backot

I bought a few vouchers for 3 course set meal to celebrate a friend's birthday.  The voucher stated that the value of the set meal is $37, which seemed right when we tallied the offered items' prices in the menu.  However, when we were served, the portions were so much smaller than the original portions that the other tables had.  If the portions are reduced for the promotion set meal then state it so and not mislead the customer to think that the value is still $37. There are other things that turned us off and made us not to visit the place again.
1. The actual "Green Room Cafe" is further in than the Canopy, but for lunch, we were directed to sit at Canopy.  Our food was prepared at the "Green Room Cafe" kitchen which took ages to arrive.  Other customers who came later than us and ordered from the Canopy menu got their food before us.  Our 3 course lunch took 2 hours to complete.
2. Service is terribly slow.  The bill took 15 minutes to arrive after we asked for it.
3. Water was not served till we asked for it.
01 Nov 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Worst Experience Ever

We decided to grab an early dinner on Wednesday evening, and had in mind to try one of the Bishan park restaurants. We made our way to the Canopy to look at the menu. After about ten minutes of waiting outside, and seeing two staff members inside chatting away with no intention to inquire about our needs, we lost interest and started to walk away.The manager then poked his head out and halfheartedly asked me if I wanted anything. Being annoyed, I commented about the slipshod service standards, to which his face contorted into a grimace . "I thought you were just looking and going to another restaurant", was his lousy defence.   Obviously I wanted to go elsewhere, but health conscious wifey after staring at the Green Room's vegan menu also displayed at the Canopy decided this was just the thing the doctor ordered. So inspite of my better judgement, I followed her to be seated. To be fair, the food sounded interesting. I got the three course "Guest Chef" set, Wifey had the Nasi Campur. We were served the first course, a japanese ratatouille slice of seasonal vegetables immersed in jelly. Slightly more appetizing than its description, I have to admit. As I finished off the dish, I took a sip of water and realised that there was a dead ant floating listlessly in my glass. Now I know I was in for some raw cuisine but this was too much! I looked around for a waiter, but got no attention inspite of all my frantic waving.   When our mains arrived I notified the waitress of the "supplement" in my drink, to which she took one sour-faced look and without a single word of apology walked off with the drink. My main as a surprisingly comforting plate of rice, vegetables and lotus root patties drenched in a sweet-sour sauce. The flavours were right, but the textures seemed somewhat lacking. The Wifey's Nasi Campur was a sorry excuse of brown rice and limp veggies which was really bad. After another lengthy wait, we got my dessert of mochi in caramel which was actually ok, except the mochi was too hard. Finished, we sat around waiting for 20 minutes for the bill. No one came and my patience at an end I set down the amount owed on the table and walked out. Any self respecting customer will tell you I probably should not have paid for non-existent service, but the peace-loving Wifey convinced me otherwise.    As we walked to the carpark, someone came running after us and condesendingly asked us if we had forgotten to pay our bill. I told him that if the staff had been as dilligently waiting tables instead of chasing down customers for bills they might have discovered the money.  If you are in the market for a nice meal, avoid this restaurant! Which is a bit of a shame really, as the setting is rather nice and the food passably good. The management, should really get a proper service team. They have no business opening if they cannot cater to a single customer's needs, especially if that customer is the only one in the whole restaurant during an off-peak hour!  
11 Aug 2012 • 2 reviews • 2 followers

Ambience is great but service and food quality is seriously lacking

We ventured into Green Room at the end of the compound and was immediately impressed with the ambience. It was quiet and nice. however we sat for 20 min before someone attended to us. not that we mind cause it was enjoyable sitting there. we ordered laksa and sze chuan salad. menu said big/huge bowl of salad but what came looks more like an appertize size, very small, def not main course material. i also realise one of the key ingredient - shitake mushroom is missing. i have to walk to the chef to ask if this is the case and she serve me the due serving in a small plate! Manager had attitute problem when i query why he had swiped the credit card twice. lousy experience overall. quite disappointed. setting is nice but quite a waste that everything else spoilt the dinner.