The nicest greenhouse restaurants (where your food grows next to your plate)

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When mediametic announced that you could dine in a private greenhouse, the internet exploded. It was written about worldwide. That had partly to do with the social distancing problem that was solved with this, but especially with the design and the romance! Eating in a space dedicated to the growth of your food just feels very throbbing.

At these greenhouse restaurants you eat what the greenhouse has to offer – or at least get it up close – and you are surrounded by light, air and space. It seems like a modernist promise!

Estate Plantation in Vogelenzang

Take it slow is the motto at Buitenplaats Plantage in Vogelenzang (North Holland). This country estate was once a mini-Keukenhof. Now it’s a wild garden with beach club vibes. The large greenhouse has been transformed into an organic restaurant where you can eat deliciously.

The apple juice is freshly squeezed and the homemade roti comes with sprouts from our own garden. Take your book with you and spend hours lounging in the hammock or start a conversation with a stranger around the fire pit.

More info: Plantation estate

Greenhouse restaurant de Kas in Amsterdam

We have written about it before, because Restaurant De Kas is not only a very special restaurant for the city of Amsterdam: it has become famous worldwide as one of the first farm-to-table restaurants. This means that what is harvested in our own greenhouse often appears on the plate the same day. And that for more than twenty years.

De Kas was a pioneer in cooking with local products, with a sustainable vision. Before restaurant NOMA was even a vague idea in René Redzepi’s head. Jos Timmer and Wim de Beer took over the iconic restaurant in 2017 and serve the best from their greenhouses in Amsterdam and their garden in the Beemster every day.

The vegetables are leading on every plate. We still dream of the vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb compote, fresh fennel and toasted brioche. Really such a case of lick-your-plate-delicious!

More info: Restaurant de Kas

The Garden Room in Priona, Schuinesloot

The smell of mowed grass, a lot of nothingness in the Netherlands, but right on the border of Overijssel and Drenthe, there is a small unexpected Eden: the Priona Gardens. And if they have a place for you in the greenhouse restaurant, you can enjoy a five-course menu with flowers, vegetables, shoots and stems. In short: all edible game that wants to bloom and grow in the gardens.

The priona gardens were designed from the 1970s by artists Henk Gerritsen and Anton Schlepers, according to Hiske Versprille in the Volkskrant . They caused a furore like The Dutch Wave, a group of horticulturists who opposed the idea of ​​gardening as the subjection and control of nature – advocates such as Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf thought it should be a continuation of this. The result is a boon: bees, butterflies and other winged friends are buzzing everywhere.

For the past six years there has been a glass greenhouse in the middle of the garden, where Alwin Leemhuis stands behind the stove. Chef Alwin in de Volkskrant: “I am out here every day to pick or to work the field where we grow vegetables. I also always work indoors in daylight. If you live like that with your ingredients, you develop a different relationship with them than if you let them come in crates from the wholesaler.”

More info: The garden room Priona

City boys in Utrecht

‘This is where our menu grows’ is proudly displayed on a pole in the greenhouse. What’s on that menu? So the harvest of that day. For example, it is processed in the afternoon as a salad, into savory French toast with sweet onion marmalade and crème frache or as a mighty tasty kale sandwich with (or without) BBQ pork belly.

In the evening you sit down for a surprise dinner in which vegetables and herbs play the leading role. Fish or meat is only added if a dish cannot do without it.

The greenhouse is located near Amelisweerd on the Rijndijk in Utrecht. The kitchen of Stadsjochies was started by André van Doorn, who cooked a star for his restaurant Kasteel Heemstede* in Houten (now with a different owner). He was also interim court chef for the then Queen Beatrix. At the moment it is Pieter Jobse who runs the kitchen.

More info: City boys

The Dakkas in Haarlem

The Dakkas is a passive greenhouse: nothing is being renovated, except for the renovation in 2018 of the greenhouse itself. This greenhouse is located on the roof of a garage, which many consider to be one of the ugliest buildings in Haarlem – and according to the owners, something had to be done about it. So after a lot of bureaucratic fumbling and a lot of patience, the initiators were allowed to cycle their ideas in the zoning plan.

Now the roof greenhouse is a trendy catering location (a bit like Park , the cocktail bar in Lisbon) where you can gaze over the skyline of Haarlem while enjoying a kombucha.

More info: The Dakkas

Nursery cafe in Haarlem

Another greenhouse restaurant in Haarlem! Kweekcafé is located in the former city nursery garden – hence the name. They call themselves a breeding ground for dreams: where you can have a bite to eat and enjoy the cultural program.

The menu is not that exciting, but if the ingredients are good, it doesn’t always have to be. This is also a nice place for a cup of tea with a (vegan) pink cake!

More info: Kweekcafé Haarlem

Greenhouse restaurant Café Clementine in Barendrecht

We are very excited about this. Café Clementine is very young and has only just opened the doors of its glass greenhouse restaurant! This bright restaurant with white linen, a citrus tree (clementines, yes) and light Thonet chairs is located in a new raw area on the east side of Barendrecht station (below Rotterdam).

Café Clementine is pioneering and is giving future residents a taste of the new Station Gardens district, because in about ten years’ time there will be 3000 homes in this area. Anyway, now you can just sit here all day long for a cup of coffee, glass of wine and poussin or a portion of oysters. A piece of France in Barendrecht. Voila!

Nice: the name Café Clementine is inspired by the environment. This is exactly the place where the fruit and vegetable auction of Barendrecht started 100 years ago.

More info: Café Clementine

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