The Greenhouse

27a Hay's Mews, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PY - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7499 3331

The Greenhouse Restaurant In London
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Overall 8.3
Food 8.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 10.0
Value 6.0
Based on 1 reviews

what the critics say

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Zoe Williams - 3.5/5

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - B had the wild-boar terrine, which was rich but unmemorable. I continued with the Cornish crab, which came in great, fleshy bites on a lobster-scale, not the shredded meat I'm accustomed to. It packed plenty of flavour, especially with an unexpected mint jelly...This definitely falls in the category 'status eating', and I have my reservations about the atmosphere this brings. But the food was lovely.

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City AM

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Foodwise, all the usual suspects are here: foie gras, lamb, scallops, but they're presented in stranger, more imaginative ways than normal. The liver pate was as dense and silky as you'd expect: with its confit, dates, lemon and dab of pearl millet, it took on angles of fruity richness tempered by citric notes. Highland scallops were great fleshy lobes served with - of all things - a tandoori flavour, cabbage, a dusting of garam masala and lemon confit...The groovy, crowded no-reservation places in Soho are great, but sometimes you want quality, elegance, and a stonking cheese trolley (or at least, I do). That's what places like the Greenhouse are for, and now Bignon is adding a clever bit of spice to a very neat formula.

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Visited this eating venue and believe me this is one experience you don't want to miss. Front of house welcome made me feel like we were important customers. Ambiance was serene with a background gentle hum of satisfaction.

Waiter service was bordering on theatre with all dishes explained and information on how best to experience the food. The maitre d' was friendly and helpful with a genuine desire for feedback. The food looked like small helpings and some unusual combinations of colour and texture but the taste experience was very satisfying. Although we were expecting three courses there were in fact an exquisite little starter dish and sweet dish with the coffees as extras. And always my yardstick of a top notch establishment, the toilets were first class. Individual cotton hand towels and handsoap and cream which smelled good enough to eat. Don't delay book your table today!
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Lynn Evans
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 6
Monday, March 05, 2012

We were eagerly anticipating our first visit to 'The Greenhouse' to celebrate a very special birthday. We had researched exhaustively, shortlisted to four and then edited down to 'The Greenhouse', mainly because of its 9/10 ratings for service and food.

Sadly, on many counts, we were to be disappointed. On arrival we opted for 'the bar' in advance of being shown to our table. No-one came near us, though plenty of staff walked past. After 10-15 minutes, we took the initiative and ordered champagne. It wasn't anywhere near cold enough when it arrived so we asked if we could wait while it 'chilled'.

When shown to our table, we were given three menus to look at: a tasting menu, main menu and a la carte. We asked if we could 'mix and match' the main and a la carte menus and were told, 'No problem'. My partner went for the tasting menu and I chose from the main menu.

When it came time to order, much to our surprise, we were informed that if one had a tasting menu, then we both must have it . I have certain food intolerances and had deliberately avoided the tasting menu, including the vegetarian option, however, it was my partner's birthday and he had been keen to try the tasting menu and I had no intention of spoiling it for him.

From then on, the woman taking our order - clearly someone 'in charge' - made us feel most unwelcome, a nuisance. Yes, in the end, my needs were accommodated, but only following some embarrassing exchanges. When one of her colleagues kindly offered to help, he was told to mind his own business as he was, 'in charge of wine.'

My meal was OK, though interestingly, the two courses I had wanted to order from the main menu, neither of which would have presented me with a dietary problem, were by far the tastiest for us both. No comparison to a bowl of bitter tasting lettuce that masqueraded as one of my substitutes.

My partner did enjoy the tasting menu, though any real pleasure was overshadowed by the feeling of being an inconvenience, which made the atmosphere seem distant and cold - though the sommelier and one other young waiter could not be faulted for their attempts at being cheerful.

We do think that under other circumstances, the food is probably at least good, as is the service - maybe we were just unlucky to cross the path of this particular woman on this particular night - but we will not be in a hurry to return.

The same cannot be said for Gordon Ramsay's Chelsea restaurant where we dined last night: service excellent, champagne suitably cold, food very good. My dietary requirements were dealt with efforlessly and seamlessly and we left feeling we had experienced an evening of dining as it should be in a top London restaurant.
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Maureen Rodger
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7
Thursday, February 02, 2012

what the bloggers say

An American In London

An American In London

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - My first course of beef tartare was a nice surprise - more a delicately-dressed beef carpaccio than the lump of mince I'd expected. The black truffle sauce added a rich, earthy dimension to the light and zingy slices of beef. A second course of mackerel was sliced and plated to look like sardines, which was visually entertaining. The apple puree and crunchy nuts under the mackerel added lightness and texture to the otherwise-meaty fish...Overall, I had a wonderful time at the Greenhouse - much better than my dinner last month at two-starred Hibiscus.

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