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!