The Glass House Hobart Restaurant Review


Publishedon 17/05/2015 - 04:52 am

The Glass House HobartThere has been much anticipation around the opening of The Glass House, the new high-end restaurant and cocktail bar located at Hobart's new Brooke St Pier. It is fantastic to see development surfacing around the Hobart waterfront, continuing the restaurant strip from Salamanca through to Sullivans Cove.

The official opening of the restaurant is still a few weeks away but they have had a soft opening over the last couple of weeks, with a limited menu which is changing weekly and is designed to give you a bit of a taste of what's in store when the full menu is released in a few weeks.

Media interest has generated a lot of attention with particular focus on a $50 cocktail (The Hobartian Sidecar) that is available from the bar - and the Iron Chef designed menu courtesy of executive chef Ikuei Arakane.

Hobartian Sidecar Cocktail The Glass HouseGlass House, as the name suggests is surrounded by glass, situated in a prime position on the Hobart waterfront with full views of the Derwent river (we are already thinking about the New Year's Eve fireworks). The windows at one end of the venue can provide access to open air dining, which would be a nice enhancement to the culinary experience during the warmer months with fresh sea air aromas.

From the moment you walk into the building you are greeted with an air of sophistication, being welcomed by the security guard and then again by staff at the restaurant's entrance. The restaurant's interior is what we would perhaps describe as modern chic meets 1950's glamour, with comfortable olive green chairs and a carefully picked selection of glassware, including beautiful crystal platters and gold rimmed tumblers. The design is eye-catching and stylish with sleek copper coated bench tops and an impressive, immaculately presented bar display area where you can pull up a stool and watch the bartenders create some magic for you.

There is also a lounge area to the side of the bar to enjoy some pre-dinner cocktails, and if it is whisky that takes your fancy, you can purchase a bottle to store in the whisky keep, with a key provided for you to unlock and enjoy as you please. On the other side of the bar is a separate area that (once opened) will be utilised for private functions and larger tables.

The Glass House Hobart Confit Ocean TroutThe most important part is of course (for us at least) the food, and although the full menu is not yet available we did book in for dinner last weekend and visited again last night to taste and sample the beautiful dishes. The Japanese inspired menu consists of lots of fresh flavors and ingredients using locally sourced Tasmanian produce, such as fresh sashimi with Huon Aqua salmon and caviar, and Tasmanian wasabi. We particularly enjoyed the Ocean Trout with Quinoa Salad.

A quality selection of sake is available to pair with the dishes, and staff will happily recommend a good match for your dish. Whether your preference is for sake, some elegant cocktails or a bottle of Tasmanian wine, they will have you covered.

The service was excellent - our waiter was very knowledgeable and did a brilliant job of managing the tables on his own, as they aren't putting on the full team of staff during the soft opening stage.

The Glass House Cocktail WallWe are certainly looking forward to the full menu becoming available and are sure we will be back many times. Glass House belongs to the owners of The Islington Hotel, and if the quality and attention to detail of the Islington is anything to go by, we are sure this venue will offer something very special for Hobart.

To view more images from our visit to The Glass House, view our recent Facebook post.