488 George St
It's very easy to see how Glass Brasserie earned its one hat. The decor is elegant, the service is attentive without being overbearing and the food is both delicious and ample.
We were dining quite early as we had other commitments later but as Glass opens for dinner from 6pm we found we could beat the busier periods. Nevertheless there was still a steady flow of people arriving and quite a few having pre-dinner drinks in the bar area at that time as well.
While we examined the menu a basket of bread arrived with some full-flavoured Luke Mangan cold pressed olive oil for dipping.
There were two types of bread - a white crusty loaf and one with sultanas in it. They had both been warmed and it was a pleasant start to the meal.
We decided to share a plate from the tapas menu to start with - manchego, bacon & potato croquettas, smoked chipotle aioli. They were quite large compared to the croquettas we have had elsewhere and came in a serving of three for $14.00. The crisp outside and rich smooth creamy filling combined nicely with the bed of chipotle aioli.
Mlady ordered fish for her main course. The fish of the day was jewfish and it was available grilled or steamed. She had it grilled and it came with grilled asparagus and tomato chutney. The skin was nicely crisped with the meat staying moist and tender. The asparagus was cooked well but still firm. The tomato chutney had a real tang to it and was very full flavoured. The lemon in muslin as always was effective in letting the juice through without the pips escaping. This meal cost $39.00 and was substantial.
I chose the T & R pastoral sirloin which was also on the "Off The Grill" section of the menu.
It was a hefty 300g piece of meat cooked medium rare as ordered with a light salt crust and presented in large slices on a bed of tasty but mild chimichurri.
Whilst I'm not normally a fan of pumpkin the dish of curried roasted pumpkin and feta was amazing. The subtle curry coating on the pumpkin went brilliantly with the soft fetta. The meal cost $46.00 but it was huge.
Whilst some people have been known to feel the need to grab a burger on their way home after visiting a quality restaurant, we were so full after our main course that we couldn't even fit in dessert! Glass Brasserie is quality all the way.