Husband-and-wife Ernie and Ca-ryn, owners of The Green Bar, are so serious about their salads they've ventured into running a salad bar on top of their hectic day job in the design and advertising industries. They personally designed the menu – and interiors, which have mirrored walls painted a serene green hue, mod white chairs (some splashed with psychedelic prints), and a chandelier dripping with extremely thin metal chains from the middle. It’s a modern hippie vibe.
Their leafy mains, most of them tried-and-tasted at home and served to friends over dinners and picnics, are treated like works of art and served in a hand-carved wooden bowl for your grazing pleasure. The greens are imported fresh from Australia daily, dressing is homemade from scratch, and everything’s served at just the right temperature – leaves crisp and chilled, meat warmed up.
The Smoked Duck Surprise was our favourite hands down. Think tender smoked duck slices glazed with truffle oil-infused balsamic vinegar, rosemary potatoes – crisp outside, fluffy on the inside – and roasted pumpkin cubes nestled in a bed of mesclun greens. The Tandoor Tandoor was another standout, robust tandoori chicken balanced with a refreshing, lighter-than-usual honey yogurt dressing. While the Chili Crab salad, loaded with farfalle pasta, was a tad too rich for our liking, the tangy, chunky sauce with real crab flakes had us seriously considering asking Ernie for his recipe.
If anything, The Green Bar proves that salads can be so much more than a paltry side, and their reasonably priced servings ($8.90 – $12.90) can be shared by two diners. In fact, polishing of one bowl alone for an early dinner kept the late-night munchies at bay. If you’ve never imagined having salad as a main, we suggest you start doing so. Cherylene Chan and Darren Tan
|Venue name:||The Green Bar|
Hitachi Towers #01-16/17
16 Collyer Quay
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-7pm|
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