How These Restaurants in Singapore Promote Sustainability With Their Own Gardens

How These Restaurants in Singapore Promote Sustainability With Their Own Gardens

Source Credit: This article originally appeared on Tatler Asia by Tatler Asia. Read the original article - https://www.tatlerasia.com/dining/digest/singapore-farm-to-table-restaurants-sustainable-dining

While a charming concept, growing greens amid a concrete landscape does not come easy.

As Osteria Mozza’s garden is close to its dining space, the restaurant has to be particularly stringent about pest control and upkeep.  “The garden has to look aesthetically pleasing,” says Gandotra, adding that this also needs to be balanced with optimal growth conditions. “Every plant has its own lighting and temperature needs.”

Meanwhile, one of the major challenges faced by The Summerhouse is Singapore’s warm and humid climate. “It limits the kind of plants one can grow. Many of the herbs and microgreens we use in our menu tend to require a more controlled environment, and most do not survive the harsh weather,” says its spokesman. “Those that survive grow at a slower rate—which in turn, affects the availability of the items we may need.”

Opus’ complaint centres around the lack of room. “We wish we had more space to do more than what we currently are,” says Batten. But on the bright side, the presence of the garden has “brought out a hidden passion” among its staff. 

“While one would think that maintaining a garden in the city is challenging, we’ve found that our team has been excited to rise to the occasion and learn as much as they can about how to care for the herbs and plants that we’re growing,” the spokesperson says.

Despite these limitations, all three restaurants said the presence of a garden has been a big plus, each citing a strong sustainability ethos. For example, The Summerhouse’s ‘nature-inspired cuisine’ is set apart from competitors by its farm-to-table approach, says its spokesman.

Osteria Mozza, meanwhile, takes direction from the green initiatives of both Hilton Singapore Orchard—where it is housed—and of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, of which it is an offshoot. The latter was among the first class of restaurants in America to receive the Green Star distinction by the Michelin Guide for its commitment to sustainable gastronomy. 

Then there is the surprise and delight of diners. “We have received feedback that the garden gives the restaurant a wow factor and a more vibrant aesthetic,” says Osteria Mozza’s Gandotra. 

Adds Batten for Opus: “It adds a nice touch for our guests, to be able to see exactly where the herbs on their plates come from.”

In collaboration with HSBC, Opus Bar & Grill is offering HSBC card members a complimentary dish when they dine at the restaurant from now until August 31. HSBC card members who book The Summerhouse from September 1 to 30 will also receive a complimentary appetiser. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

Source Credit: This article originally appeared on Tatler Asia by Tatler Asia. Read the original article - https://www.tatlerasia.com/dining/digest/singapore-farm-to-table-restaurants-sustainable-dining