I have lived in Brisbane for more than 20 years and enjoy exploring every part of this beautiful city and its surroundings.
Published May 25th 2012
In this modern day of fast food outlets and take away, it is nice to know that this isn't the only way to eat. That you can go to a restaurant and have a leisurely meal with all the trimmings and entertainment that one can wish for.
One such place is the Glass Dining and Lounge Bar strategically located at the newly refurbished Marina Mirage complex on the Gold Coast. As the name invokes, the restaurant's entryway is glass fronted so that it is possible to see what is going on inside. The kitchen is open planned and the chefs and cooks are clearly visible as they go about creating their culinary magic.
On entering the restaurant proper, one's eyes are drawn to the very impressive glass wall lined with every type of wine imaginable. The wine list is a wine lover's dream as it comprises wine from most of the better-known wineries in Australia. Included in the list are also wines from France and Spain. The word "Moet" is found all over the restaurant, most notably in the wine coolers placed at every table. Bottles of various sizes of Moet Chandon champagne are also placed strategically at various locations.
The whole of one side of the restaurant faces the marina and there is nothing to obscure one's view of the myriad types of luxury boats berthed almost within touching distance as well as the spectacular views of the broadwater. Seeing it thus, it is not hard to realise that this is after all part of the magical Gold Coast that is known throughout the world.
Last Sunday, the restaurant began filling up with patrons soon after 12.30pm. The atmosphere was calm and soothing. The staff were efficient, attentive and friendly. A three - piece band was set up in one corner at a higher elevation than the rest of the dining area.
The band – Soul Cutz – comprised three very talented young men ( Benson, Jodi and Filimon) who between them invoked the styles of singing greats such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, to name a few. They entertained the crowd from 12.30pm to 5.00pm. Their brand of singing was a soothing background to fine dining but as the afternoon wore on,also invoked much laughter with their funny acts.
The menu was another one that a food lover would enjoy. There were many dishes to choose from and I had to spend some time deciding what to choose as they were all so tempting. After much thought I chose the "WA Cone Bay Barrumundi fillet, baked on a pine needle nest with a trio of provencal summer vegetable crepes and kafir lime leaf froth". The cost was $33.90. The dish came beautifully presented. The skin of the fish was crispy and the flesh soft, moist and flaky. The accompanying vegetable was just right and went beautifully with the fish.
For dessert I had the "cappuccino mousse, sable biscuit, passion fruit jelly nougatine crumble, wattle seed foam" for $16.90. The mousse melted in the mouth, and the wattle seed foam was just that – smooth as foam. There was also a choice of cheese, liquer affogato, dessert wine, tea and coffee.
The Glass restaurant is definitely a place to visit for Sunday lunch and a leisurely afternoon. After the need for food and entertainment is sated, one can then go for a walk along the marina boardwalk to enjoy the sunset.