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A candid review … The Greenhouse Bar

Mar 9, 2020, Author: Hello Joburg

Boozy brunch is about more than drunk people in Melville. And you can forget plain old avo on toast too. If you’ve driven down Oxford Road in Rosebank lately, you’ve probably noticed the new spot in the BP building that spills out onto the road – The Greenhouse Bar. Brought to us by the same guys behind Babylon – The Joburg Bar in Illovo, The Greenhouse Bar hosts a Bubbles & Brunch event every Saturday from 11h00 to 15h00. “There’s no better excuse to have a cocktail before noon,” we thought, so we popped into this gorgeous indoor grotto to get the buzz of al fresco dining while avoiding the drizzle. 


We’ll admit it … we’re kinky for restaurants that are basically indoor gardens. It’s all about denial: Joburgers so rarely get to enjoy them, you see. This new bar has clocked on and provided a garden of paradise with all the dangling vines, fronds and flowers you could wish for – but it has a ceiling, too, so you can enjoy the space come rain or shine. There aren’t many tables inside, so we recommend booking in advance unless you don’t mind brunching on the couch. For sunny days, there are also smaller tables outside that look out onto the street. 

When we were seated, we were delighted to be served a complimentary glass of Pierre Jourdan MCC (your choice of brut or rosé) that you get if you order anything off the brunch menu. There’s no cover charge for the brunch event and the food and drinks are served à la carte, which makes it an affordable option for when you just fancy a mimosa with your mum. You can look forward to a good selection of dishes, from traditional Middle Eastern shakshuka to portobello mushrooms and falafels. After 15h00, you can order off the normal lunch and dinner menu. 


Unfortunately, when we visited a number of dishes were unavailable, so we settled on the sea salt, herb and virgin olive oil flatbread with two dips – whipped garlic feta and roasted red pepper and walnut – and both the Asian chicken and spiced lamb fold-overs. Everything was simple yet delicious, although we were disappointed that none of the more inventive dishes were in stock. Fortunately, the cocktails made up for the food. From the classic Aperol Spritz to the fresh Watermelon Mint Julep, each one packed a hefty punch. We’ll be back to try some more the next time we need to unwind after a full day of deadline and meetings! 

The biggest letdown was the service. While our waiter was very friendly, he was unable to make any food or drink recommendations as he wasn’t familiar with the menu. Also, the service in general seemed to be extremely slow, with most tables waiting 30 to 40 minutes for their food. Hopefully these are just teething issues that will be sorted out soon. Nevertheless, we recommend checking out this new ‘garden of paradise’ for after-work drinks, a casual dinner or the Bubbles & Brunch event. The bar is open until till late Thursday to Sunday, so it’s also a great place for a few drinks before a big night out! 


FOOD – 2 stars 

DRINKS – 3 stars 

AMBIANCE – 4 stars 

SERVICE – 2 stars 

199 Oxford Road, Rosebank 

010 006 2323 

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