Introducing the northside venue where they don’t just serve food, they grow it too!
Next time you head to Home HQ in Artarmon, take a look outside. You might be surprised to discover an urban oasis right next door that’s serving up delicious farm to table dishes and is packed with lush plants, fruit trees and productive indoor and outdoor gardens. Formerly Acre, the lower north shore offshoot of the popular Melbourne venue of the same name, the newly minted Glasshouse is now under the stewardship of the Norths Collective, the popular north shore club and venue group which includes the iconic Norths Cammeray, The Greens North Sydney, The Alcott Lane Cove and The Verandah Beecroft.
The bright and airy space celebrates the farm to table experience and is perfectly placed for a before-browsing bite to eat or an after-shopping pizza and aperitivo. While there’s a new menu, the venue’s commitment to sustainability and ethically sourced ingredients remains the same. Fruit and veg come from chemical-free farms and seafood and animal proteins are from a mix of carbon-neutral and ethically sourced producers and suppliers. The family-friendly venue’s menus are even on recycled paper.
From left: Sweet tooths rejoice at the sourdough waffles with fluffy mascarpone and tart blueberries; garden inspired cocktails are perfect for private events and parties; greenery surrounds the seating.
Each dish serves up the exceptional value northsiders expect from Norths Collective.
For breakfast, the avocado on sourdough comes as a thick wedge of toast piled high with green goodness, including guacamole, broad beans, grilled green tomatoes and pickled zucchini, topped off with a free range poached egg. A sprinkle of zingy chilli crunch super charges the tastebuds.
The epic veggie breakfast is loaded with roast sweet potato, grilled Dutch carrots, wild mushrooms, kale, hummus, guac and a roast chickpea dukkah. Delicious!
Meat eaters will love a big brekkie with substantial serves of bacon and sausages as well as a breakfast burger with a chorizo sausage patty, fried egg and hot sauce.
The lunch menu sees a selection of small plates, such as Italian meatballs with marinara sauce, ricotta, and garlic buttered sourdough, as well as more substantial meals including the grass fed strip loin served with heritage grilled tomatoes, shishito peppers and caper berries and grilled heritage breed chicken, which comes with celeriac, spring onions and Basquaise sauce.
The Glasshouse’s hours extend to dinner on a Thursday and Friday, with a range of pizzas from the in-house woodfire oven. Think grilled artichoke with confit garlic, cavolo nero and mozzarella or Italian pepperoni with caramelised onion, basil and mozzarella. And if you’ve worked up a thirst at the shops, you can even treat yourself to a cold schooner, a classic cocktail or a chilled glass of vino. Cheers to that!
The Glasshouse is open from 7.30am-4pm everyday, with dinner served until 9pm on Thursday and Friday.
This article was originally published in northsider Spring 2022.