Friday, May 15, 2015

Greenhouse By Muir @ Ampang

Swarming with trees & swathed in sunshine, swimming with seafood & suffused in tea, Greenhouse by Muir - situated beside Gleneagles Hospital - is one of this month's most attractive new F&B destinations, saturated with ideas & steeped in intrigue.

Nearly 10 months in the making, Greenhouse By Muir was built on vacant land in Ampang with a nod to the preservation philosophies of the 1800s Scottish-American naturalist John Muir. This three-level space will be home to multiple concepts - Kuroshio Market (a Japanese food hall) & Evendough Bakery Cafe opened this week, while Minu (a contemporary Japanese restaurant) & Brycg (a New Orleans-inspired eatery) should launch upstairs by August. Greenhouse could turn into a hive of activity; farmers' markets may eventually be hosted in its outdoor compound, where fruit trees have been planted for produce.

Greenhouse's current centrepiece is Kuroshio Market's seafood-on-ice section; customers can choose everything from fresh king crab to clams, salmon to sea bass, plus Canadian oysters shucked to order, & select their preferred preparation - sashimi or grilled may be the most obvious options. Prices seem reasonable - purchase prudently & a meal here will cost below RM50.

Moving deeper into the restaurant, you'll find a selection of warm cooked offerings - familiar fare, from gyoza to takoyaki, ebi furai to soft-shell crab karaage, chicken teriyaki to unagi kabayaki to saba shioyaki, replenished regularly throughout the day. Customers can eat in or take away at wallet-friendly rates; two of us shared a box of tender chicken katsu, five prawn tempura pieces & two potato korokke - a light lunch clocking in at RM24. The food proved competently prepared, with pleasing flavours.

The final component of Kuroshio Market is the ready-to-eat sashimi, salad & sushi roll corner, with everything packaged for convenience, mostly costing between RM10 & RM20-plus per set. However, you might also be able to ask the chefs to make personalised maki for you, stuffed with the likes of eel or soft-shell crab. Note however that seating is relatively limited; a communal table indoors will accommodate fewer than 30 patrons, though alfresco seating should be introduced soon. Parking might also be problematic during the daytime, but Greenhouse's team says it's working on ways to ease these issues.

At the back of the building, a small space awash with natural light is dedicated to baskets of baked goodies - Evendough offers seaweed cheese buns (RM6.36; our favourite, with nicely balanced flavours), chocolate-cake-in-bread (RM5.83; it matches its description completely), Japanese curry buns stuffed with beef & carrots (RM6.36), cranberry-&-red-wine fermented dough loaves (RM7.42) & much more. Most are soft & fluffy - samplings are available to help folks decide which ones to purchase.

Evendough's cakes also display a distinctive panache, with intriguing temptations like green tea opera slices, red velvet gateaus, Valrhona chocolate hazelnut cakes & lemon mascarpone tarts. There's also a retail stretch with a meticulously curated collection of jams, chutneys, seed oils & various preserves to check out (apple sauce & orange marmalade for us!).

 After all that exploration, quench your thirst with Greenhouse's speciality tea concoctions - highlights include cold-brew tea with a concentrated flavour (RM8.48), Steampunk-brewed loose leaf tea (RM13.78) & delicious iced tea (RM13.25; we like the sweet-sour, slightly carbonated Mangofull & the wake-up-call of the Energinger with ginger & passion fruit, but there are many other varieties to sip). Bottled cold-press juices & craft beer are sold too. All in all, Greenhouse By Muir's a very interesting visit - many thanks to the friendly operations team of Moses, Ron & Han for taking the time & effort to help us tour their terrific site.

Greenhouse by Muir
1 Jalan Nipah, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily. Closed Monday, May 18.
Evendough CafĂ© (10am – 10pm), Evendough Bakery (11am-10pm), Kuroshio Market (11am-10pm)


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38 comments:

  1. Oh yes! A place in Ampang!

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    1. The Yum List: a bit on the far side of Ampang for those us coming in from the city though, heh! :)

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    2. Thanks for this post. I'm going tomorrow with friends for reunion brunch. BR, Jude

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  2. Lovely place! Love the decor and interior design. Love all that wood and ropes...Oops!!! :D

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    1. Suituapui: haha, part of the decor is supposed to evoke something of the sea, of ships and fishing boats :)

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  3. Yes, I second that....a great place nearer my neighbourhood...I'm so there! ;D I love this concept...it's like a buffet but you only pay for what you want and can consume (good for smaller eaters) although I think I would have loved it even more if there are more seats for dining there (and they are not serious about cleaning up your table after eating...haha)! I saw ample space in front and thought that parking would be a breeze until you mentioned otherwise :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: yay for conveniently located restaurants! :) and yeah, you can totally customise your lunch with only what you want ... i'd grab some sushi next time! :D ya, there's parking in the compound, but i think it fits just a dozen or so cars comfortably :)

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  4. The chutney and juices are making me crazy. LOL! I would love to have some, Sean! :)

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    1. Linda: i do wish i could send some chutneys your way! :)

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  5. Nice concept...will be visiting soon...and can't wait for the other 2 eateries to open =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i'm in anxious anticipation too! :D

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  6. Is the concept something like Marche?

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    1. Janice: yeah, it has similarities to Marche ... just that the type of cuisine here is limited to Japanese :)

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  7. To be honest, the pastries selection attract me more :P

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    1. Choi Yen: no worries, they're quite proud of their pastries here too! :)

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  8. wow so many stuff to look for! does the name relate to greenhouse effect btw?

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    1. Ken: heh, no, but it does try to evoke the feel of a big greenhouse :)

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  9. this place have very interesting concepts. really want to pay here a visit. cool place.

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    1. Irvine: ya, it's a fun destination ... hope you enjoy it! :)

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  10. oh this looks really good am so gonna head on and try all those deliciously looking food and the pastries. hope i won't have issue on parking when i visit.

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    1. June: hope you enjoy your visit to Greenhouse! we went there at noon on a weekday, and there was very little parking, so we had to take a parking space by the street outside :)

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  11. There's a real Aussie style to that emporium get-up - it looks heavenly!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: this place could do well in many a city ... it has a nice breezy feel! :)

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  12. Interesting concepts, yummy food and the place is full of sunlight. I like this place!

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    1. CK: ya, and it's only a five to 10 minute drive from your office! :D

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  13. Looks like a really great space... I wont be able to budge away from the seafood on ice counter!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, i'm definitely eyeing the fish for a future visit! :)

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  14. wow...this place seriously doesn't look like in Malaysia. Very nicely done. Restaurant cum market place.

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    1. Melissa: ya, i like the look and concept of this place very much :D

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  15. hi, may i know..is dis halal restaurant?
    its looks so nice...i saw dis place when i go visit my auntie at Gleneagles last week....
    :P

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    1. Cik: this restaurant is pork-free and welcomes Muslim customers :)

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    2. free alcohol also in ur meal?
      just to be confirm, bcoz my instincts feel that place look like nice...ahaksss

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  21. Hi. may i know is this halal restaurant? do they
    have surau?

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