The Place Located within Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, I visited Greenhouse restaurant recently, an all-day dining multi-ethnic restaurant serving cuisines from five different kitchens. This is one property I have been keen to check out as it is also the first luxury resort in Singapore by the Thai brand with direct access to two championship golf courses nestled within the grounds of the acclaimed Laguna National Golf & Resort Club.
Greenhouse is a spacious restaurant with lush interior and you literally feel like you are in a greenhouse. The most striking bit of the restaurant’s interior is the glass dome which offers a view of the Masters Course.
The Food The planned concept of Greenhouse is a buffet restaurant but for now, or at least during my visit last month, it only offers an ala carte menu.
The five different kitchens here serve Yue cuisine, which is inspired by Guangdong province featuring dishes like steamed fresh fish, dim sum, wok-fried noodles and roast meats; Punjabi Tandoor cuisine spotlighting kebabs, freshly baked naan and paneer cooked in authentic clay Tandoor ovens; Mediterranean cuisine such as sourdough pizzas, salads, risotto and pasta; Nikkei cuisine, offering a selection of sashimi and sushi as well as tantalising items from the Robatayaki grill; and Thai cuisine, featuring dishes from Northern and Southern Thailand.
I managed to try some of the Thai dishes during my visit. The Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao (S$24) by Chef Donnapa is a Spicy Thai Pork Noodles, a northern Thai style noodle dish. Expect a rich red broth flavour, slightly spicy broth where it has a tender slow cooked pork rib with dried red cotton tree flower, fermented salted bean and tomato, pickled mustard vegetable, lime wedge, fried Thai garlic in oil, coriander, bean sprouts and served with crispy pork skin.
You can’t go wrong with the Tom Yum Goong (S$24) with Fresh River Prawn, Thai herbs and mushrooms. It is mildly spicy and you get that sweet and sour notes.
One of the popular dishes on the menu, the Pad Thai Gai (S$25) is a nice reminder of Thailand for me. The Stir Fried Rice Noodles here is prepared with chicken, bean sprout, chives, fried beancurd, egg, homemade phad thai sauce made from Dried chilli, Thai tamarind paste, Thai fish sauce and palm sugar.
One dish to watch out for which is not available on the menu yet is the Goong Mea Nam – Thai Blue River Prawn. The blue noodles here stems from Butterfly pea flower, where the fresh river prawns has spicy nam jim sauce cooked over charcoal.
For desserts, I had the Khao Niao Mamuang (S$12), also known as Mango Sticky Rice. This Mango Sticky Rice uses Thai jasmine rice with three colours of glutinous rice from Pandan (Green), Butterfly pea flower (Blue) and Black sticky rice (Black). It is served with Thai honey mango (Mamuang Nam Dok Mai) and Thai scented candle coconut sauce. Overall, a delicious dessert where the rice is very flavourful.
Alternatively, go for the Ma Prao Orn (S$12), Chendol Ice Cream with Young Coconut and Lime.
Rants The obscure location of Greenhouse makes it a destination dining but at the same time, it is inconvenient to access without a car.
Will I Return Again? I’m excited to revisit the restaurant when it opens as a buffet dining concept eventually. It is a beautiful space, and the dining ambience is one big draw for me.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
11 Laguna Golf Green
Tel: +65 6321 6726
Breakfast: Weekdays: 6.30am to 10.00am; Weekends: 6.30am to 10.30am
Lunch: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5.00pm to 11.00pm; Sunday to Thursday: 5.00pm to 10.30pm
Last order at 10.00pm
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