The Hilton Glass restaurant in Sydney has always been one of my favourite restaurants due to its elegant modern interiors, encased by a sensational 13m floor to ceiling glass facade. The dining experience is offered to you by celebrity restauranteur Luke Mangan and according to the website, the interiors are attributed to esteemed New York designer Tony Chi.
The restaurant is quite dim on the whole, setting off a romantic ambience to your dining experience.
The complimentary bread was served nice and fresh, with a warm crunch to each bite. However, M & I would have preferred butter over virgin oil...
As it was a special occasion, we ordered a glass of Champagne each: the Billecart-Salmon from France ($28 per glass) was lovely as it was filled with sweet sparkling scents.
For the entrees, we decided on one of the top recommendations by the friendly waiter who served us; Organic egg omelette of blue swimmer crab meat, enoki mushroom & herb salad, miso mustard broth ($30). Upon tasting the first bite, it sure did not disappoint. The omelette was tenderly soft in texture and the crab meat was absolutely amazing in combination with the miso flavoured broth. One of the most unique entrees I have had!
We also ordered the Chilli whole crispy school prawns, Szechuan salt, aioli ($17), which turned out to be a dish that resembled my grandma's Chinese home cooking. The prawns were miniature in size and was flavoured with asian spices. Nevertheless, the heart of the dish laid in the aioli sauce as we found ourselves dipping each prawn generously in the yellow batter.
For my main, as per usual, with no exciting surprises, I went for the Rangers Valley NSW Sirloin, 250g, saute spinach, tempura zucchini flower with corn and feta ($49). I swear I will try something different on my next fine dining experience :P The sirloin was fantastic, cooked perfectly medium rare with chewy juicy red centres and a tasty sauce to match.
Upon much hesitation and contemplation with his choice of main, M decided on the special of the night, the Pan fried barrumundi with linguine mussels ($48). The fish was well cooked however, both M and I did not love the sauce as it was infused with strong curry-like flavours, and we are not the biggest fans of curry.
After our hearty mains, we ordered dessert and was subsequently amazed by the speed of entrance they made. It was served within two speedy minutes, believe it or not.
The Vanilla creme brulee with macadamia biscotti ($17), has always been a favourite at the Glass and so M decided to give it a go. Luckily, he loved it! The custard base was ridiculously creamy with vanilla flavours and the hard caramel broke off in perfection.
I chose the Milk chocolate bavarois, tonka bean creme brulee, caramel sorbet, and salted peanuts ($21), which the waiter had heavily praised as the excellent option to go! Yay to me :D If you have an extremely sweet tooth and a desire for beutifully rich chocolate, then you must order this irrestitable choice. The bavarois ticked all the boxes for an amazing chocolate dessert.
Overall, we had a nice dinner experience at Glass as service was impeccably attentive and the atmosphere was great for a romantic night out. However, M had felt that the mains were a little behind his high expectations of the restaurant, yet fortunately, the impressive desserts made up for it.
It is quite expensive here and so in the future, for the same price, I would probably take preference in a restaurant with better views than a half-renovated QVB building, accompanied by fluorescent street lights.
Level 2 of Hilton Hotel
488 George St Sydney
Labels: Fine Dining, Modern Australian, Steak