Discover rare wine and delicious eats at Brisbane City hideaway Greenglass
When opening a restaurant, one naturally looks to the food as a starting point, building a supporting wine list around it. It’s very refreshing, and rare, when that entire idea is turned on it’s head – a restaurant built around wine, where food merely acts as a backdrop. For their latest project, brothers Cameron and Jordan Votan (the brains behind Spring Hill’s Happy Boy) have done just that.
If you’ve already tried to find Greenglass and got lost, allow us to help you out. The eatery is tucked away above busy George Street, with its unassuming doorway positioned between The Grosvenor and a chemist. There’s no need to proceed with possible-topless-bar caution as you curiously make your way through the door – a small blackboard sign should point you in the right direction. When you reach the top of the creaky timber stairs don’t be put off by the empty room you reach, follow your nose and you’ll soon be lead past the kitchen to Greenglass’ breezy sun-filled space. As far as fit-out goes, there’s not much to it. Four characterful towering arched windows spill light across no-fuss timber floors and finishes, but the pared-back aesthetic only draws more attention to the hero at Greenglass – a long timber shelf lined with bottles of rare small-batch wines, acting as a visual wine list.
Wines are courtesy of Spokenwine, Cameron’s online wine retailer that he launched with Michael Larsen, Victor Garcia and Happy Boy’s Nick Turner. More than 150 small-producer Australian wineries are represented at Greenglass – including Izway, La Violetta, Koerner and piano piano – the majority of which are not available anywhere else in Brisbane. When you go to Greenglass, the team wants you to try something you’ve never tried before. You can stroll along the wall and grab a bottle to sample with pals, or opt for the glasses of the day, which are always matched with a dish. Both food and wine menus are constantly changing, sometimes daily, ensuring that you can visit often and never get bored. Food takes inspiration from Southern French cuisine, with simple and light breakfast options and lunch eats such as chicken with caramelised onion, carrot and potato in a chicken and tomato broth, and a closed tart with tomato, goats cheese, olive and salad. Meals are generally all under $15, and you can treat yo’self to include a cheeky matched half glass of wine (perfect for when you can’t be drunk in the office) for under $20. Dinners will be launched in the new year, and you can expect simple and pleasing bistro-style eats of steak frites and roast chicken to please your palate.
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