I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published October 23rd 2011
The Glasshouse is a café that sits amongst the trees on a hill between Eltham and Research. Unless you go to the Curves gym studio located just behind it, you would only know of its existence through word of mouth. And that's just how the locals like it - it's like their little secret that only close friends and family know of. It's this feeling of invincibility that makes The Glasshouse feel incredibly intimate.
My mum and I popped in for breakfast one Sunday morning and the vibe felt like a Sunday should - lazy and casual. While there were a few couples, families and groups of friends, we greedily took up a booth by the full-length window so there was plenty of space to sprawl our papers across to peruse as we waited for our meals.
I ordered the scrambled eggs with feta, sautéed spinach and mushrooms on sourdough ($15.90) which was delish. I held off ordering from the list of gourmet extras like avocado, baby spinach, onion or baked beans but Mum went for some avocado to have with her eggs Florentine. She devoured her two, soft poached eggs on toasted English muffin halves with spinach, salty smoked salmon and creamy hollandaise sauce. However, I think she would have liked to order a bowl of sauce on its own, it was that indulgent.
It's easy to feel as though you don't have a care in the world when you're relaxing in The Glasshouse. The cars on the road below look like coloured ants and the trees take your eyes up to the mountains and bush land that first made Eltham an iconic, picturesque, artist's colony.
Montsalvat in Eltham is Australia's oldest artists colony
The Glasshouse serves freshly made foccacias, sandwiches and wraps for lunch or pasta, risotto, salad, steak/chicken/veggie burgers and fish and chips for dinner. The best part is they sell homemade lasagnes and frittatas which you can purchase as take-away meals. Priced at just under $20, one feeds four people (they come in a square foil dish so all you need to do is re-heat in the oven) and the lasagne is the tastiest I have ever had. I'm only too happy to serve it at dinner parties and people always want to know my recipe. Oops, now that my secret is out, I'd better buy a few to freeze because there won't be any left.