Glass Brasserie, that occupies level one of Hilton Hotel on George Street in Sydney CBD, was the first hatted restaurant that I tried in Australia. Thus, it has always been one of my favourite go-to places for special occasions and long lunches with beautiful friends. I am also a huge fan of Luke Mangan and his take on modern Australian cuisine while using superb fresh produce. So when I heard of the new Lunch with Luke & Friends, I was very excited to give it a try and put my restaurant critic hat on.
Lunch menu at Glass Brasserie Wine Bar is a great deal on its own – for $29 you get a great sized main, and a beverage – you can choose a wine or a soft drink, enjoy great service, and either the view of the stunning wine wall that goes into the sky, or the view over Queen Victoria Building, that is slightly overshadowed by the ongoing roadworks, but you don’t really see them from where you sit.
Pro tip: do choose a window table, you will not regret it!
Until the end of the year Lunch with Luke & Friends menu that still includes Luke Mangan’s seasonal lunch regulars, now also presents two special dishes from Guy Grossi’s Melbourne restaurants. Collectively, Luke and Guy picked two signature dishes that reflect both celebrity chefs’ passion for seasonal fresh and high quality produce, and brought Glass lunch guests an element of surprise and an opportunity to try some of the Melbourne’s best food without leaving Sydney CBD.
What we ate: we were lucky to get a taste of both special dishes – Flinders Island lamb, crumbed and drizzled with tomatoes, onion, parsley, sage, rosemary, salt and pepper, served on a bed of mash with grilled asparagus, and spaghetti vongole with white wine, chili, garlic and parsley.
Spaghetti is always my pasta of choice, and cooked perfectly al dente with garlicky vongole and parsley folded through it, the dish was fab! I was also quite happy and impressed to see that the table was set the Italian way – with spoon and fork, to make the process of eating spaghetti a much more pleasurable experience, which is not very common in Australia.
Lamb came a little while later which gave us a chance to catch up on life stories and also for the first dish to settle, thus I had plenty of room to enjoy my beloved lamb. Lamb cutlets are quite impressive in size, crumbed and served on potato mash and grilled asparagus. Lamb was perfectly cooked and was melting in my mouth, and my friend, who is generally not a huge fan of lamb, ate both of her cutlets faster than I did, which, I think, is a great indication of how well it was prepared!
Overall, our lunch at Glass was a treat – beautiful setting, great fresh and seasonal food, attentive service, amazing wine storage and bar, and even an opportunity for some celebrity spotting!
If you are considering doing dinner at Glass – I highly recommend booking a round table by the window in the corner to enjoy the evening QVB view and lighting.