Glasshouse Brasserie

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Glasshouse. A mere lobby’s-width away from Gordon Ramsay’s Verre, this artfully-lit, stylishly modern restaurant has the unenviable task of playing second fiddle to an eatery often considered one of Dubai’s finest 15 Reviews

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Friday brunch

Offering an à la carte menu from the Hilton’s top chefs, including roasts, Yorkshire puddings, eggs, pancakes and unlimited selected mixed bubbly beverages. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (unlimited house beverages) Timings: Fri 12.30pm-3pm, Thu 7pm-10.30pm (Thursday, Friday)

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It’s hard not to feel sorry for Glasshouse. A mere lobby’s-width away from Gordon Ramsay’s Verre, this artfully-lit, stylishly modern restaurant has the unenviable task of playing second fiddle to an eatery often considered one of Dubai’s finest. Nevertheless, that’s really no excuse for the fussy service and at-times lacklustre cuisine of the place, which bills itself somewhat dubiously as a ‘Mediterranean brasserie’.

This tag sits uneasily considering that some of the best dishes on offer really aren’t particularly Mediterranean – for example the hot salad of shallots, fried potatoes and black pudding, which is greasily, spicily indulgent, and comes topped with a glutinous poached egg and feels more like a glammed up version of a traditional English breakfast. Equally worthwhile is a meaty, well-cooked starter of calamari, with its firm rings of squid elegantly flavoured with lemon oil and presented atop a bed of rocket.

However, don’t expect similar quality from the limited selection of main course dishes. The breast of chicken with salsa verde is meanly portioned, unremarkably cooked, and destroyed by an unhappy cocktail of pungent, parmesan-creamed polenta and near-raw pieces of shallot. Don’t bother with the special honey-glazed veal, either; the veal itself is a soft, fatty cut of meat, whilst most of the glaze seems have been applied to the potatoes and chunks of aubergine, rendering the entire dish too cloying for all but the terminally sweet-toothed.

Things stay on a relatively anticlimactic tip with desserts. Neither the lighter-than-light raspberry cheesecake, nor the bland vanilla-bean pannacotta with its sweet sauce of macerated raspberries, are anything approaching memorable. Perhaps it’s the ghostly spectre of its neighbour which makes Glasshouse seem like such a mediocre eating experience, but the restaurant – which remains mysteriously popular with the punters – would benefit immeasurably from a little more care and inventiveness in its cuisine.


By Time Out Dubai

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  • Location: Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 227 1111
  • Travel: Baniyas Street
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Posted by: Rufus D'silva on 27 Mar ' 13 at 10:35
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Truly a great experience ,very friendly staff , the speard was just amazing .Will continue to recommend the Glass house to all my friends.

Posted by: Aarian on 27 Mar ' 13 at 10:13
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Loved the food, the ambience the staff are very friendly customer centric..overall super star

Posted by: Snehal P on 27 Mar ' 13 at 10:10
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Awesome food,beautiful presentation great menu super service

Posted by: Azilia on 27 Mar ' 13 at 09:51

Awsome food!! I did visit the place with my family during my bday!! I had a super time- food awsome-staff-friendly-.had a super time

Posted by: steve fdes on 18 Mar ' 13 at 15:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent service and food. Really enjoyed the new menu.

Posted by: angela staffieri on 16 Jun ' 12 at 18:00
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

loved the ambience at the glasshouse. Food was excellant as was the service. The assistant managerGaynor and his staff were more than welcoming. Would o back here again as had an excellant day at the brunch. Excellant value

Posted by: Daigo on 11 Jul ' 10 at 10:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We have used this restaurant on our last four visits to Dubai. Excellent menu, staff and service. The one Dirham drink deal on Mondays and Wednesdays is very good value, and the red wine I had was very passable. See you next year. Special thanks to Javeed brilliant service from this gentleman as normal,

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 10 Apr ' 10 at 09:15
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Came here last night. After taking orders, warm bread rolls were brought sans butter or anything else to go with it. Pinacolada took time in coming and when it did, it wasn't with pineapple as ordered but a red coloured one. To thier credit the took it back and brought the correct one.
For starters, we had mushroom and garlic soup which was good and another dish as starters made from ham, tomato ans cheese which was OK. Mains were. Chicken (?) confit with ratatouile and lamb roast. Both were bland and needed to be augmented with the salt and pepper. The portion were relatively smaller than the price suggested.

I had expected more bang for the money but got only a whimper.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 31 Mar ' 10 at 17:03
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had been there last year and had mussels for starters which turned out to be a mountain of mussels rising above a bed of soup made with Guiness. Very nice. The accompanying 2 slices of bread were dry, as though they have been left exposed for too long but were put to good use by diping them in the soup, which was high on salt. Main course was 2 slices of Haddock on a bed of mashed potatoes. Was an average affair, though after the salty starters, this one appeard slightly low on salt.

White wine(or red wine, gin, whiskey,etc.) for only Dhs.1/glass on Mondays & Wednesdays. The white wine(Stanley) tasted better than the wine I had at Verre, the other Gordon Ramsey fine dining joint across the corridor.

The price was reasonable considering it's a Gordon Ramsey experience. The starter and main course with 3 glasses of wine on a Wednesday night cost Dhs.163 all inclusive whereas a similar 2 course fine dining experience at Verre across the corridor with a glass of wine put me back by Dhs.462.

The ambience was downmarket and it looked like an attempt to make Gordon Ramsey dining affordable to more people. The service was very good and attentive with no unwanted interruptions.

All in all a satisfying experience where I would like to visit again.

Posted by: Daigo on 08 Jul ' 09 at 15:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent service and food. Really enjoyed the new menu.

Posted by: Graham Emmerson on 22 Apr ' 09 at 07:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I found this restrauant to have the ambience of a coffee shop and the food was poor. I felt cheated by the promotion for the Dhs10 drinks promotion.
I would definately not be going back.

Posted by: Rhys on 19 Apr ' 09 at 11:57
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I recently went to the Glasshouse for a big group dinner with friends and we had the best time. It was also quite refreshing to visit another part of Dubai!

We went all out and had starters, mains and desserts all of which were absolutely fantastic and quite a delight to see a significant change in the menu as I have been going to the Glasshouse for quite some time!

Thoroughly recommend this restaurant to all

Posted by: Louise on 16 Apr ' 09 at 14:32
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Wow I can't believe that last comment!! Sounds like somebody is trying to get rid of the competetition, if you ask me! I have been to the Glasshouse a number of times over the last year and I have to say it does nothing but get better!! Keep up the good work guys!!
I'm looking forward to my next visit.

Posted by: Devassy MoonJelly on 16 Mar ' 09 at 11:54
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very good food, fantastic service and great drink deals on a Monday and Wednesday. We have been several times including brunch and found it to be one of the best restaurnts for value and deals in the city. Why is it not listed inthe time out recognition awards?

Posted by: Devassy MoonJelly on 16 Mar ' 09 at 11:54
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very good food, fantastic service and great drink deals on a Monday and Wednesday. We have been several times including brunch and found it to be one of the best restaurnts for value and deals in the city. Why is it not listed inthe time out recognition awards?

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