Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Greenhouse by Joost


This 'pop-up' restaurant occupies prime real-estate on the harbour until 27th March. I was absolutely smitten by the 'terrace' of wild strawberries. It is down in Campbell's Cove, which is between the Opera House and the Bridge, around from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.


'Green-house by Joost' is a bit of a foodie-fad, so I have given you a link to a review rather than to the hype from the creators of the concept.

Originally a Melbourne initiative by Dutch-born florist, artist, builder and environmentalist Joost Bakker in 2008, Bakker has chosen a pop-up as a vehicle for hard messages about how we should be constructing buildings, sourcing produce and materials, working with others and interacting with our planet.

Some of the comments on the review are not particularly flattering.

11 comments:

brattcat said...

I hope the cooks are inspired and the diners utterly sated in this charming place.

Andrew said...

As I pondered at Jim's blog, I wonder how economically sustainable the environmentally sustainable business is.

Julie said...

Hah! I could not believe that both Jim and I covered the exact same thing on the same day.

Re Andrew's question, which he also posed on Jim's post: I do not think this particular restaurant is other than self-aggrandisement. If you poke around (other than inside the eatery) you realise quickly that the plants are not looked after, the venue is a shambles and the sewage smells bad! I wonder who on earth allowed it to be sited where it is ...

However, I love the idea of the vertical garden like that ... just around the other side, you see all the dead and dying pots ... so they need a gardener, not just more waiters - although they need that, too.

J Bar said...

Snap! Right back at you. :)
It was about a year ago, when we all met up, that somebody mentioned that there's a good chance that some day Sydney bloggers would end up covering the same subject on the same day. I agree with what you've said. I agree with what you've said. It does seem like a bit of a stunt.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Vicki said...

Love the green concept. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Joost -- we were both part of an artists' conversation panel here in Yea -- interesting guy.

Jayne said...

Damn, it LOOKS so good, it's a shame it hasn't lived up to the visual promise.

Ann said...

Both your posts are totally different so it doesn't matter if you cover the same subject. I find it fascinating to see what we all come up with if we take the same subject. We see things very differently.

You now have me seriously considering not going overseas this year but going to Lord Howe for a week in October or November instead.

Mark said...

Yep it is going to happen eventually that you have the same post. If someone started another photo blog in Grafton I think we would have similar snaps once a week. Both posts were very different, I love your first picture Julie with the Harbour Bridge pylon out of focus.

diane b said...

An awful lot of pots to water and I see it hasn't been done very well. It is a good idea though pity about the rest of it.

Becky said...

I LOVE this idea! I want to do it in my office. I wonder how/if they harvest the berries?

Joan Elizabeth said...

Good if you can persuade people to let up put up a restaurant at such a blue ribbon venue ,,, should pay for itself very quickly.