My fiancee chose Glass for her x0th birthday, after a previous delicious meal she'd eaten there. We had very high expectations from reviews and her experience.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a classy, yet relaxed ambiance. The staff were all attentive, friendly and polite. The food was served quickly and was clearly made from very fresh produce.
We shared three tapas dishes for entree, all of which were delicious (Seared scallop, lemon curd, leek, bacon & horseradish; Prawn toast, smoked corn, chipotle aioli; Duck croquettas, tomato chutney, truffle mayo).
For main, I ordered: "Confit then roasted duck, spinach, grilled mango & fennel, marsala sauce". This was the best duck I have eaten in a Western restaurant, but still did not live up to Eastern standards. Our Western chef's need to study their Eastern peers to learn how to make this bird's inherent richness of flavour and texture really sing.
Our real problem was with the 'design' of my fiancee's main course and the reaction we received to our dissatisfaction. She had: "Snapper fillet, tempura prawns, Thai salad, spicy broth". A fresh snapper fillet was cooked perfectly, leaving it moist and tender with perfect skin. A Thai(?) salad was placed on top, consisting of radish and coriander. Tempura prawns (unfortunately overcooked) surrounded it. This was brought to the table, then without consultation, it was drowned with a mildly spicy broth. Sitting in this broth makes the snapper unpleasantly soggy and ruins the tempura batter. The delicate texture and flavour of fresh snapper and the fine crispness of tempura is totally lost to an insipid 'fish soup'.
When we were asked how we were enjoying our mains, my fiancee very politely said that she did not like the fish and explained why. This was met with stunned silence, then incredulity. At least one of the waiters was politely apologetic. The maitre d' told us that the head chef spent many hours crafting this dish's design and that it is one of their most popular dishes...that they have sold hundreds...but he would pass on our feedback. I had a feeling I had just been subtly(?) put in my place.
My fiancee soldiered through as much more of the meal as she could. Instead of the planned leisurely coffee and desserts, we took our leave. It was quite disappointing that a special occasion should end precipitously in such a well known and respected establishment.
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