Beautiful setting tucked away off the main road to Snells Beach. It's a popular destination for every occasion so make sure you book first. They have a varied menu of entrees, mains & desserts as well as platters so very much a place to relax & graze. You can then take a walk through the sculpture garden afterwards for approx $10 ea. We started off with some nibbles - the nuts, olives & fresh fig bruschetta. The figs were delicious & matched well with the goats cheese. For mains a couple of our group had the squid which was a decent portion. Spicy salad accompanies it. 2 chose the chorizo sandwich which is very popular. And also the fish of the day which was beautifully presented & very tasty. A side of fries was essential as they are to die for - pecorino & truffle oil! For desserts we chose a range of things from the slices to the raw cheesecake & gelato sundae. They have a selection of wines naturally including a tasting board. Service was excellent on our visit. Well worth visiting but again pays to book.
The glasshouse surroundings was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. The view from the cafe overlooking the small pond was very claiming and the whole glasshouse was very modern and open which gave out a very nice atmosphere. Dogs were allowed in the outdoor seating areas. However, you had to go around a 3min trail to get to the outdoor area of the cafe (a small loop trail around the pond). The coffee was nice but the mains were disappointing. We ordered 4 mains and they all came out under seasoned and bland. We couldn't finish all our meals which was a disappointment. However, the ingredients looked fresh and the presentation was beautiful.
■ Beautiful setting ■ Great selection ■ Must make bookings The BrickBay Wineyard is so worth the hour drive from Auckland. It's such a stunning setting and is filled with incredible scenery, sunshine, art and sculptures, warm service and ofcourse delicious and wholesome food! We paid a visit to the Glass House and got to experience their menu which was a treat! The Glass house platter was perfect for the four of us as it had a selection of cheeses, roast veges, dips, seafood, deli meats and artisan breads. All quite mild in flavour but still tasty. The fries were topped with herbs and cheeses and was served with a beautiful aioli. My absolute favorite was the Crispy Chilli Lime squid with pickled veges. I frikkin love squid so much and so the dish was cooked well, although could've done with more seasoning! The phrase "less is more" definitely applies for BrickBay and the Glass House as everything is simple and minimalistic, yet still makes you feel so warm and content! The platters were freshly prepared, the service was prompt and we couldn't have asked for a more relaxing afternoon than enjoying a meal with the view around us. Beautiful pond and lily pads to the left and sunny Snell's beach to our right. I would recommend for anyone visiting to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere here coz there's so much to take in! Thank you for a lovely time!
The sculpture trail is wonderful and also the ambience and view over the lilly covered pond outside is beautiful but everything else is a bit lack lustre. The oysters are their redeeming entree. Everything else is rather steady given the price point. Many dishes are underseasoned, can see that short cuts have been taken to minimise costs. Food is about the level of what you get at a fancier pub.
Wonderful day! Such a beautiful location, friendly staff who bent over backwards to accommodate our 6-week old baby and make us feel comfortable, superb sharing platter which was carefully thought out and plated and a lovely walk around the sculptures. Highly recommended, thank you for a wonderful afternoon!
Beautiful setting with good food but charging for sculpture walk is a cheek after we just paid 100 dollars for lunch Also last time the food blew us away. This time it was good without being amazing. The platter is also very small considering the cost per head.
Nested by a small lake, a few metres from Brick Bay vineyard, the site where The Glass House was built is worth travelling for. We had lunch there with friends before doing the Sculpture Trail and the dining experience was ok. The fish of the day was quite dry, but the kaffir & coconut sauce, alongside the butternut puree, saved the dish. The raspberry & coconut cheesecake was quite good, especially considering it was gluten free (cashew nuts crust) and sugar refined free. The hazelnut & chocolate cake was probably the highlight of the lunch for all diners. All in one, an ok lunch in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
Just had lunch - as previously stated in other reviews- the surroundings are beautiful and the restaurant an inspiration! The food looked fab and was ok, well done but nothing special - we shared a platter (tho the pate was the best I have had in a while!) and a glass each of Pinot Gris (a little thin with a dry finish) and Martello (perhaps a little young to be drinking? - quite tanniny (?)) - as, as it's a winery there are no other brand choices ? Having overhead (will teach me not to eavesdrop!) another patron comment on how beautiful the desserts are, we ordered a couple. They however were very disappointing- We don't think they are made on premise- (hoped not!) as they were lacking in flavour (citron tart - not very!), salted caramel pecan slice - dry and we think a little stale Based on the surroundings and restaurant concept I would give it another go, if a suggestion was made ?