Soaring high ceilings and sleek dark panelled wooden furnishings are the first features which strike you as you walk into this one-hatted restaurant/bar inside the Hilton Hotel. Everything is bathed in a soft glow, thanks to the contemporary lanterns which hang sumptuously from the ceiling which sets the upmarket atmosphere of the meal.
I’ve been to the Glass bar before, but not the restaurant itself and I had been impressed enough by their cocktails and addictive truffle fries to come back for a full meal. We arrive around 7.40pm on a weeknight and are surprised that despite the restaurant appearing to be half full, we are still shown to the bar to get a drink while we wait for our table which should be ready around 8pm.
I opted for a crisp Pipsqueak pear cider, while the boy went for a Hoegaarden beer and we nibbled on a generously sized bowl of truffle fries to curb our stomach rumblings.
Parmesan and truffle fries, $13
When we were finally shown to our table with some plush seats, we were presented with quite a large sized menu. The original dish I wanted wasn’t available so I went for the steamed hapuka with leek and truffle. It was rather salty, with the strong taste of the leek and truffle almost masking the freshness of the hapuka fish fillet. It also came with a neat little bit of steamed custard, though I was experiencing a bit of truffle overload by this stage of the meal. The boy was not a fan of the overall combination of flavours and textures, while on the other hand I enjoy stronger flavours so I didn’t mind the dish. But we both agreed it was a bit too pricey for what it was.
Slow cooked hapuka, leek custard, baby turnips,
black radish, truffle broth, $45
The boy’s chosen dish of tender lamb cutlets were a winner and was amongst the softest lamb he had ever eaten. It had been infused with herbs to create a juicy, succulent meat bursting with flavour. There wasn’t a lot on the plate, as expected from a fine dining restaurant but he polished it all off in no time.
Spring lamb au feu, $46
The service at Glass was polished, but it did take a bit of effort to get their attention at times. Glass Brasserie has done a great job creating a romantic yet luxurious ambience, though the prices definitely match the opulence of the place. If you’re thinking of splashing out on a classy meal, the Glass Brasserie will deliver this lavishly if you pick the right dish.
488 George St
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9265 6068