If for no other reason, Glasshouse should be visited for its great food. It is an excellent venue for business lunches as the food is light and the service is quick. Equally good in the evenings 15 Reviews
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Located just a few steps away from the much publicised ‘Verre’, (Gordon Ramsay’s first fine dining venue outside the UK), Glasshouse has not yet had great exposure. But Mr. Ramsay’s winning formula shines through once more, this time in a brasserie.
The décor, staff, ambience and food together form the perfect partnership. Understated chic in all aspects of this bright restaurant, which is flooded with natural light, gives it a fresh and comfortable ambience.
Three blue glass ‘ice cubes’ randomly sitting on each table are an intriguing choice of decoration - most diners were holding, stacking or shuffling them, when they weren’t eating or drinking.
Waiting staff, fluent in the art of hospitality, were enthusiastic about the food they were serving. Happy to accommodate any special requests, they were confidently spontaneous.
The cosmopolitan clientele bring a continental buzz to this space, which some consider to be a juxtaposition of clinical with chic minimalism.
The service was ‘brasserie service’ and was cheerful, not overbearing or formal. The wine list was concise and well matched to the food. It was also reassuringly priced.
The menu was uncomplicated, with starters priced at Dhs35, main courses at Dhs55, desserts at Dhs25 and all side orders at Dhs10.
Menus were refreshing in their simplicity; no more than ten words used in any description. The food was similarly uncomplicated; what you ordered is what you got.
Presentation (on fine white plates) was stunning, with no unnecessary garnish. Flavours were full bodied and fresh, textures were exquisite and colours were superb.
The arrival of fresh white and granary baguette sections set the tone, they were simple and great. The onion and leek tart, with meltingly crisp pastry and a lovely savoury filling, was presented with small dressed salad leaves. The portion size was perfect, although the temptation to keep on eating would have been there, had it been larger!
Roasted baby peppers and goats cheese salad was both pretty and tasty, with lovely molten cheese. The grilled red snapper was another very simple and light dish; red salsa, white fish - unforgettable flavour.
Fishcake with watercress sauce, a more substantial option, was again, uncomplicated and very fresh tasting. Healthy eaters are in very safe hands in Glasshouse — there are no hidden agendas in this food.
Desserts, whether ‘healthy’ options or not, were all light. The cheesecake served with strawberries was ambrosial. I was very happy to forgo the many other delectable options in favour of the fruit salad, and that too was an excellent choice.
If for no other reason, Glasshouse should be visited for its great food. It is an excellent venue for business lunches as the food is light and the service is quick.
Equally good in the evenings, it attracts a diversity of lively diners.
An excellent restaurant.
Time Out Dubai,
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