The Glass House is one of those places where you can enjoy a night out with a group of friends, or for a more intimate date night with stunning views over the water. Located at the end of Brooke Street Pier, this floating structure is one of the best places to get the best views, day and night of the waterfront.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
We were able to get a booking here on a Saturday night and arrived promptly at 8:30pm to a lively atmosphere. We walked into a relatively small restaurant, dimly lit space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. Oversized steel tables, large green cushion chairs and a vibrant rug create a funky yet sophisticated ambience.
By day, the space boasts stunning unobstructed views of the waterfront, and by night, the space transforms to a contemporary upbeat scene. Although I would have loved to see the amazing views, the vibe at night was just what we were after for a Saturday date night.
I absolutely loved the feature bar, where you can pop in for and cheeky cocktail or two, or have a pre dinner drink before being seated. Since the space is dimly lit, they have created a focal point to the bottles, which are backlit and on display.
The menu comes from Chef Kinsan, who developed the menu behind Taxi, and has now brought his expertise to Tasmania, creating a Japanese inspired menu. The menu is based around shared style dishes, focusing on the seasonal produce readily available.
Known for their delicious cocktails, we decided this was the perfect way to start our date night. MC kept it simple with a ‘Gin & Tonic’ with cucumber and cracked pepper. I went a bit fancier and ordered the ‘Chilli & Cucumber Cooler’, made with 20 forty spotted gin, ancho reyes chile liqueur, ginger massenez, lemon, cucumber, japanese lime & chilli bitters.
For food, we ordered a variety of different dishes that we were able to share between the two of us. To start we ordered the ‘Beetroot’ with smoked sheep’s curd, dashi reduction, toasted sesame. The beetroot was prepared three ways, pickled, grilled and raw and the paired with the smoked sheep’s curd brought a slight sweetness to the dish.
Next was the ‘Kale’ with brussel sprouts, nori, shallots, yuzu. Unfortunately, the kale was too salty and almost inedible to eat. The brussel sprouts on the other hand were delicious, full of flavour and definitely saved the dish!
Third, was the ‘Cured Wallaby Tartare’, with egg puree, onions, kunzea emulsion. The kunzea emulsion worked beautifully with the wallaby mixture and the hints of egg brought the whole dish together. This was probably my favourite dish of the night.
Our last dish of the night was the ‘Quail’, served with apple, coconut, coriander, mint, spring onion, pickled mushroom. The quail was cooked to perfection, however I wasn’t a fan of the pickled mushroom, but that’s just me being picky!
Overall, we had a wonderful night at the Glass House. Although there were a few small criticisms with the food, the atmosphere and service were on point. Would love to come back on our next Tasmanian visit and dine during the day to take in the breathtaking views.