If you haven’t noticed (take a look around, guys), Brisbane is having a total French food revival. We’re talking more than just your morning almond croissant and canelés, French cuisine is back in a big way, and this particular new Brisbane restaurant is spearheading the trend.
Hidden down the ‘quiet’ end of George Street—between a strip club and a chemist no less, how ‘French’—, elegant wine bar-come-restaurant, Greenglass has discreetly opened its doors serving up breakfast and coffee to the hungry commuter set.
With little to no signage save for a menu hung next to a set of dim-lit stairs, those who dare scale them will be rewarded with a stunning open space; white-washed walls, exposed brick, sanded floors and beautiful sash windows. Greenglass is more airy, light-filled New York apartment than a CBD back alley restaurant and is refreshingly spacious compared to the hustle of the city below.
Showcasing a small but creative ‘long breakfast’ menu, Greenglass’ focus is clearly on delivering delicious fare for a fair price. Given that the owners are the brains behind Brisbane’s fave Chinese restaurant, Happy Boy you’d expect nothing less.
Hero dishes on the menu at Greenglass include a cheesy rolled omelette of gruyere cheese and roasted king oyster mushrooms, yoghurt with fruit and grains (not any old yog though; a vanilla parfait, thank you very much!), and my personal fave, the bread and dipping eggs topped with roe and accompanied by salmon-stuffed bread soldiers and dill butter. Nothing is over $15. The catch, you ask? There isn’t one. Just excellent, classical-style French cuisine at a price that doesn’t make your eyes water. Refreshing, no?
For the time being, the focus at Greenglass is on bringing something a little bit special to your morning meal, but they will soon be staying open for lunch and dinner, championing local produce and matching some of the best small batch Australian wines, courtesy of Spokenwine (they are responsible for the jaw-dropping wine list at Happy Boy, FYI). I mean, it wouldn’t be French if there wasn’t a little wine with lunch and dinner, oui?
For something a little more exciting than avo on toast, Greenglass is well worth seeking out. Brisbane, I do believe you just got that bit classier.
Image credit: Yaseera Moosa