The Marquis used to be one of my favourite French restaurants, but most recently, the venue had been renovated and rebranded to become The Glasshouse Hotel. It’s not a hotel by the way, so don’t think you can sleep there overnight. In line with the name change, the menu has also been revamped with a selection of tapas dishes, salad jars and pub style meals on offer.
If I recall correctly, there used to be wine shelving that would separate the bar area from the dining area. That has been removed and a more open space has been created. With floor to ceiling windows on it’s dual frontage, it is pretty much a glasshouse.
Today, I ordered The Glasshouse Classic Burger which consists of bacon, cheese, tomato, beetroot, pickles, lettuce, mustard, mayonnaise and tomato relish. On the side was a serving of rosemary salt fries. The meal arrived in less than 10 minutes of ordering and was nicely presented on a wooden board. Before I analyse the burger, let me just say that it was big. Not one of those 4 patty burgers you can get at those gourmet burger joints, but big enough to satisfy most appetites.
The beef patty was of a nice thickness and had the same diameter as the bun. While it was moist and juicy, it was slightly overcooked. I like my beef patties to be slightly pink in the centre, but this was cooked all the way through. The bacon was fried till it was crispy and the smokey crunchiness was an absolute delight. The tomato was ripe and the lettuce was fresh and crisp. The sweetness from the beetroot and tomato relish seemed to be overpowered by the tangy pickles. There seemed to be a lot going on in this burger and that’s not always a good thing.
The staff were friendly, and the service was good. The drinks and meal arrived promptly, and everything was cleared as soon as I finished. The atmosphere was relaxed, although it really depends on the time of day that you’re there. As far as pricing goes, it ranges from average to slightly above average. My burger set me back $18 which is a fairly standard pub price. The tapas and salad jars start from $12 and the prices go up from there.
I think I’ll have to come back another time to try more of their food, but I think it’s a great place to come have a drink, day or night.
WHERE: 13 Gouger St, Adelaide