There are private dining rooms, and then there are the private glasshouse dining rooms popping up at Brookfield Place during October and November.
Six custom-built glasshouse dining rooms have been set up on the podium level to offer guests their own dining space, while also ticking boxes for social distancing. (The pods are similar to the quarantine-friendly glasshouses built by Amsterdam vegan restaurant Etan, as well as the greenhouses erected each year as part of the annual Tasting Australia festival in Adelaide.) With the current restrictions, each glasshouse can hold a single party of up to four guests. Louvred walls provide privacy, while the ceilings afford views of the night sky and surrounding skyscrapers. Blankets will be provided to ward off the chill on cool spring nights.
Responsible dining aside, the glasshouses’ other major selling point is the fact that gun Perth chef Matthew Carulei of Heritage Wine Bar (located at Brookfield Place) is charge of catering. Glasshouse guests will be offered Heritage’s $95 four-course chef’s menu, which includes snacks, an entrée, a main and dessert. (There’s a vegetarian option, and dietary requirements can be accommodated too.)
Edward Wolkowinski, owner of Heritage Wine Bar, says the glasshouses are a first for the city. “We feel privileged to be able to bring such a special offering to our customers,” he says. “Each pod has been styled and has an intimate feel. They’ll shine at night when all the surrounding buildings have their lights on.”
Heritage will initially manage three of the glasshouses, with two dinner services Tuesday to Saturday (at 6pm and 8.30pm). Other Brookfield Place venues will announce glasshouse dining and drinking options throughout the season.
Glasshouse Dining starts Tuesday October 13. Book tickets online.