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Greenhouse Cafe (Vivocity)

InternationalWestern
Located in Vivocity on Harbourfront Walk, Greenhouse Cafe (Vivocity) serves Western cuisine.

Daily: 10:00 - 22:00

+65 63769706
$12 based on 12 submissions
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24 May 2011 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

An average meal

I have always noticed the cafe tucked into a corner at the basement of Vivocity. However, it has never crossed my mind that the cafe would serve main courses as I thought it was more of a cafe. To my surprise, the place actually serves pasta and steak as well!

I tried Set A ($12.90) of their set menu, which included shrimp paste chicken pasta, soup of the day (mushroom soup) and dessert (which i opted not to have as it was watermelon).

The mushroom soup was delicious--thick and creamy. It didn't taste like soup out of a box nor was it powdery. Furthermore, I'm not really a fan of mushrooms, so the fact that they blended the mushrooms into the soup instead of putting in slices of mushrooms was a draw for me.

The pasta was nothing special, just plain tomato sauce. The chicken was done perfectly, however it's an item that you would rather have at a tsi-cha place rather than at a western restaurant.

I was quite disgusted by the sweetness of the soda. I can't really remember what was the exact name of the soda I ordered, but I felt like I was drinking syrup. I didn't even finish half of it.

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12 Mar 2010 • 1 review • 0 follower

Avoid - lest U regret!

Just tried their set lunch - as the Soup Spoon was fullhouse. Ordered Lasagna set $12.40.

Service: poor. Didn't introduce what's in the set, choices.  Still get charge for 10% service.

Food: poor - Mushroom was salty.  The chess in the lasagna was so chewy, it's as if I'm eating chewing gum. Juice was actually diluted orange squash. --> result of microwave food.  Dessert is a slice of water melon.

Saw another patron who also didn't finish her food.

Overall, regret eating there. Will not recommend to anyone. Strongly advise to avoid/skip this cafe!

11 Mar 2010 • 1 review • 0 follower

We so regretted not checking the reviews first...

Just like most others we got attracted by the interesting setting, and the set lunch meal offered looked pretty decent. The microwave oven should have been the first clue this place would not life up to expectation but unfortunatly we didn't pay enough attention to it. Nor did we bother checking out the review. Big mistake!!!!

The soup was still pretty decent eventhough it was warmep up by microwave (as you can hear the "ting", and see the microwave, there is no doubt whatsover it's nuked food).

The Lasange was simply bad. The first bite was still ok, but most of it was chewy, a bit soggy and not that tastfull. Luckely with water melon as dessert not much can go wrong.

The service is friendly but clueless. Mis-communication all over! And the female owner is the worst of all.... she gave us the impression that the drinks came with the menu which it didn't, so we paid up an extra 4 dollar for a crappy fresh juice. And crappy is an understatement!! They take a green apple and throw it in a blender. It's not juicy at all, and the drink is full with parts of the apple which should have been removed before blending it.

My advise: don't enter! Not for food/drinks at least.

30 Dec 2009 • 12 reviews • 1 follower

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, step into this place. Ever.

My 2 girlfriends and I were looking for a post-dinner venue for coffee and cake when we stumbled upon the Greenhouse Cafe. We were taken in by the cosy-looking decor with soft lights and I like the idea of the florist-cafe environment.

It was a disaster from the word go.

The server (looks like a part-timer who really didn't give a s*** about his job) did not know the name of the cake they were selling, did not know the type of iced coffee they offered on the menu. If I want to be picky, he did not bother to repeat our orders nor say anything else except to curtly take our orders.

Between us, our order was: Hot chocolate x 2, Iced hazelnut latte (or something like that) x 1 and a slice of cake (mocha bailey).

The same server arrived with ONE cup of hot chocolate. I nicely reminded him that we ordered 2 cups and he said: Yeah, coming.

Ok. So much for service.

To cut a long story short, the hot chocolate was worst than a cup of instant milo. Heck, I could make my own cup of hot chocolate with my own cocoa powder+milk and it'd taste much better. It was extremely diluted and if I could hazard a guess, they were probably using poor-quality cocoa. Ok, I am not asking for Godiva chocolate-standard but at $4.50 a pop, I was expecting something of drinkable quality. My gf and I each took 2 teaspoon sips and left the ENTIRE 2 cups standing.

Next up: The mocha bailey. After one bite, it was clear that the cake has been standing in the counter for yonks. It was dry as cardboard (not that I have tasted cardboard but you get my point). I highlighted this to the server by asking how long the cake has been sitting there (2 days) but amazingly, she said that "cakes can usually last for a week (!)". It was almost like telling us that we should be glad our cake's "only" TWO days old. However, kudos to her for offering to change the cake. The replacement piece tasted softer but in my opinion, was not worth $6.

Lastly, when my other gf's iced latte arrived, it looked "thin" and..sad. True to its look, the taste was terrible. It was bitter and looked like they skimmed on the coffee and used way too much water. She also too took 2 sips and decided not to waste her calories on the bad drink.

And to top off the entire experience, when making payment, the same server did not bat an eyelid at our untouched food and went on to collect our money. And yes, there was also service charge included.

Would I return to the place? Hell no. Not in a million year. Not even if I'm starving and I have to eat instant food from 7-Eleven. It goes down as, possibly, one of the worst F&B experiences I've had in a long long time.

PS. There was a "no photography" notice on the wall. Good move on the part of the owners because it prevents people from taking photos of their less-than-edible drinks/cake.
09 Jul 2009 • 1 review • 0 follower

I regret stepping in.

To add on to the previous reviews, now you have to top up $4 instead of $3.90 to change the cake included in the Set Meal. Service is bad and crew clueless about what to do, what spoon for what course, etc.

The female owner came and ask us again what drinks do we want. We were misled to think that we can choose our drink included in the set meal. Ended up paying extra $4 for very diluted orange juice.

I had a grilled chicken salad, which consisted of mainly iceberg lettuce for $9.90. Overly expensive.