The large art pieces at Glas adds a lot character to the otherwise simple space.
Olives and nuts (complementary)
Smoked Coho salmon bits with smoked cream cheese crostini ($6)
Celery Root Pappardelle creamy cheese sauce, Italian black truffle ($15)
Risotto with braised leeks, sauteed mussels, dried clay red pepper ($15)
Daily Tartare with crostini ($14)
Polenta crusted Lake Erie Silver bass, fingerling potatoes, spinach puree ($16)
Roasted ON Muscovy duck breast, Marsala glaze, rapini ($16)
Tuscan red wine cake with Niagara Merlot sauce ($7)
Creme Brulee scented with dried lavender ($7)
Chef Pantano's delicate touch and attention to detail, both in terms of presentation and flavours, are undeniably evident in his plates; the clean and elegant presentation perfectly sets the backdrop for the light and fresh flavour combinations that is to come. Nothing on Glas' menu is overbearingly heavy nor complicated - Pantano focuses on keeping his dishes simple and intricate, letting the fresh ingredients shine on their own. I left Glas feeling content, satisfied and not over-the-top stuffed (this is honestly a blessing...trust me!) Standouts that night for me were the smoked salmon with smoked cream cheese crostini, the risotto with braised leeks and sauteed mussels, and the tartare. I also enjoyed the fragant lavender in the creme brulee and although the red wine cake tasted great, I thought the presentation fell short relative to all the beautifully plated dishes that evening.
With Pantano manning his tiny kitchen (and if I may add, a kitchen without a hood!) service was a bit on the slow side during my visit. I didn't mind though, after all it was a Saturday night out and I wasn't in a hurry. It also helps that Glas has a very affordable and reasonably priced VQA wine list. With no bottle exceeding $46, I am more than happy to slowly sip and savour on wine between courses :)
P.S: Glas participated in East End Dinner Club's inaugural dinner several weeks ago! Click here if you missed my post on it.