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The Garden Club: Plant-Forward Cuisine With Beyond Meat™ Ragu At Rooftop Café At OUE Downtown Gallery

Last Updated: October 2, 2019

Written by Wani

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Sitting in place of now-defunct HRVST— the previous tenant that served mouth-watering vegan recipes to the CBD crowd—on the rooftop of OUE Downtown Gallery, is The Garden Club.

The place is lively come weekday evenings, with an acoustic duo serenading diners with current hits and good ol’ classics.

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Much of the indoor space hasn’t been re-done, save for lower tables and chairs, for more comfortable and relaxed seating. The menu is branded as ‘plant-forward’, meaning it has meat options within, but has a very strong plant-oriented vision to showcase the best of greens. It helps us get in more fibre into our diets without much thought, too.

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Brussel sprouts are notoriously bitter when raw or undercooked. The Fried Brussel Sprouts (S$9) here are peppered with apple, thyme, and hazelnuts to give it a complex profile. Not to mention, the char on the leaves’ edges lent the dish a satisfying smoky char that is always a welcoming touch to brussel sprouts.

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I’m not very keen on eggplants, but my dining partner insisted I give their Eggplant Pesto Grill (S$12) a shot. I really loved the herbal notes of the pesto, but I simply couldn’t get past the distinct taste of eggplant that I’m not a fan of.

I have to apologise for being unable to provide a more glowing review of this, as my distaste for eggplants definitely dominated my opinions.

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The most unlikely protein—the Grilled Barramundi (S$20)—received raving compliments around the table, with its crisp skin and flaky flesh. The use of tabbouleh (in place of starch) was a great addition as well, making this an ideal dish for those watching their waistlines.

The flavours were rather muted, but I suppose that was intentional.

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If you love pasta, you’re in luck as the Garden Ragu Fettucine (S$15) comes at a really appealing price point and satisfies the palate.

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Cooked in vegetable au jus and finished with their house-made speciality Beyond Meat™ ragu sauce, you would never think this wasn’t real beef! The minced Beyond Meat™ was tender and rich with earthy flavours, which coated the fettucine strands liberally.

It was so utterly delicious that we unabashedly ordered another plate.

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Their Apple Rosette Tart (S$8) is a beauty to behold. Thinly-sliced apples are curled to create rose-shaped buds, held together in a home-made cookie tart shell. Cutting the tart in half revealed an apple gel beneath, which was tart and sweet simultaneously.

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What I loved most was the way the crumbly texture juxtaposed with the soft, viscous mixture—all of this was complemented by the mellow crunch of the apple slices.

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The chocoholic in me really enjoyed the Coconut Chocolate Tart (S$6) as well. The desiccated coconut was slightly burnt, which lent a really inviting scent to the tiny treat. The chocolate wasn’t cloying either, which makes this perfect for not sharing.


Having really loved what HRVST did with vegan cuisine, I was hopeful that The Garden Club would do great justice to a comparable plant-forward vision. However, I wasn’t nearly as impressed, and I could only see myself returning for the Garden Ragu Fettucine and the desserts.

If you’re frequent the CBD or work in the area, it’ll serve as an affordable, relaxed space to nosh and chit chat. Personally, given its location, I wonder when I would ever be passing the vicinity in the near future.

Expected Damage: S$10 – S$30 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 3 / 5

The Garden Club

6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #05-01, Singapore 068815

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Our Rating 3/5

The Garden Club

6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #05-01, Singapore 068815

Telephone: +65 6971 8265
Operating Hours: 12pm - 11pm (Mon - Thu), 12pm - 12am (Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun
Telephone: +65 6971 8265

Operating Hours: 12pm - 11pm (Mon - Thu), 12pm - 12am (Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun
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