Whether you’re looking for a fresh salad, hearty mains, soups, grilled meats or just about any comfort food, you’ll find it all at this great family-friendly restaurant
District: Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Continental Cuisine
How Much: Dishes range from $58 to $288
Must Order: “Up To You”, Signature Caesar Salad, Chicken Wings
The Best For: Family lunch or dinner
Ever check out a menu and see so many options you worry the food won’t live up to its hype? Well, Glasshouse has arrived on the scene to set your mind at ease. Its massive menu features everything from starters to fresh salads to robata-grilled meats to soups, burgers, pizza, pasta, rice dishes, and more. And the mouth-watering photos on the menu are exactly what you get when you order them.
Tucked away in Cityplaza (near the skating rink), the newest addition of Glasshouse is very different from its sister establishment on IFC’s roof. This location is meant to be a tranquil, inviting spot for families to enjoy a good meal (it’s also perfect for anyone who happens to be shopping and just wants to have a nice snack, lunch or dinner). Its flowery garden and butterfly décor is immediately calming compared to the outside shopping mall. The vast selection means it has something for everyone on the menu, and the reasonable prices will make families feel like they got their money’s worth. Most plates are meant to be shared, and the portion sizes certainly reflect that.
Be sure to begin your meal with one of Glasshouse’s fresh, fruity mocktails, such as the Golden Rosemary Colada ($52) or the Golden Pina Colada ($52), both served in an adorable brass pineapple container over ice. If a cocktail is more your thing, there are plenty on hand here as well. (Cocktails, beer and spirits run from $68 a drink to $108.)
For starters, we opted to try some of the chef’s recommendations, including the Signature Caesar Salad ($155), which came with a slightly runny egg and soft-shell crab. The crispy, perfectly done crab was a really nice complement to the fresh lettuce, shaved Parmesan and croutons. This was definitely a fave.
We also opted to try the fresh Healthy Fruit Salad ($118), which they dubbed an “Acai bowl with a twist.” Complete with watermelon, mango, kiwi, strawberries and blueberries served over a bed of lettuce, the platter arrived with rice crisps and roasted peanuts on the side to garnish the platter. It was a perfectly refreshing palate cleanser and large enough for the three of us to share.
We picked a few options to share – Up To You ($138), a platter of salmon tartare, tuna tartare, soft shell crab, spices, seaweed and more where you can build your own sushi rolls; Iberico Pork Belly Rice ($98), served with a pour-over roast duck soup, which my dining partner said was tasty and the perfect comfort food; the Chicken Wings ($68), which were a tangy and crispy alternative, served with lime and made with delectable lemongrass and shrimp sambal sauce; Pink Rice Paper Roll ($98), a nicely sized portion of smoked salmon, prawn, herbs, beetroot and lettuce surrounded by rice paper and topped with roe; and Signature Crispy Fries ($58) served with black truffle mayonnaise.
Although totally sated, we had to try the desserts (okay, two of them). The chef suggested the Banana Crème Brulée ($78), and we added the Classic Apple Crumble ($88) – both were good, but the winner was the Apple Crumble (though we all agreed it would have been better with a bit more ice cream!).
There were so many other options on the menu we could have tried, and we will definitely be going back to check out the burgers, pasta, pizzas, soups and other salads on offer.
Glasshouse, Shop 101A, Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Rd, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2114 0063, gaiagroup.com.hk