We went out with friends the other night in Carrboro and decided to try Glasshalfull, a small plate restaurant and wine bar. The weather was so nice we opted to sit outside, which was quite pleasant.
We started with a beet hummus, which was something I could eat daily. The hummus was nice and light and had a pretty pink hue from the beets. The beets did not overwhelm the taste of the hummus. It was served with yucca chips which were out of this world. This was probably the best dish of the night.
Next, we tried the seafood charcuterie plate, which featured salmon gravlax, which is basically like lox, and smoked mackerel rillettes, which was served in a little bowl and we all scarfed it up like it was going out of style. I never in a million years would have thought I’d like something that had mackerel in it, as I usually don’t like real fishy tasting food, but this was really good. The plate also had some pickled beets with lemon, some grainy mustard, red onion jam and crostinis to eat the fish dishes.
We also got the charcuterie plate featuring meats. This included salami, capicola, speck, prociutto, cornichon and again the grainy mustard and an apple sauce. I rarely eat these kinds of meats these days, but they were good, though I could certainly taste the fat and the salt in most of these cured meats. Good thing it’s a small plate, so there was no need to over-indulge.
I wanted to try both the fried brussel sprouts and the okra in a curry sauce. OK, this proves I’m more of a vegetable lover these days, right? Both were fantastic. The fried brussel spouts were just barely fried and featured a lemon-honey glaze with some red pepper flakes and toasted peanuts served on top. My friends were lucky to get any at all, because I would have loved to have eaten them all myself. Same goes for the okra. These were cut on the diagonal and were nice and tender. The curry sauce gave them a great flavor and no, they were not that slimy.
We had a cheese plate featuring a Morbiere, which is cheese made from cow’s milk that is from France and had a layer of vegetable ash, which was real good and a Roncal topped with candied pecans and a blue cheese (sorry I didn’t try it, I’m not a fan of blue cheese!).
Then we tried the Coca, which was flat bread with figs, caramelized onions, goat cheese, shallots, Shitake mushrooms and arugula. Again, it was a great dish, balancing the sweet items with salty items.
The only dish I really didn’t like much was the shrimp terrine. This is basically like a shrimp Spam. It’s chopped up finely and made in a mold, which has been steamed. The taste was good, but the consistency was like Spam. I did like the avacado side and the corn relish though.
Glasshalfull is a nice place to sit back, relax and nosh on some great food. Beware that small plates add up fast, so if you are not careful, you can spend a lot of money at one of these places!
Glasshalfull is located at 106 South Greensboro Street in Carrboro (across the street from Open Eye Cafe). It is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 2:30pm. For dinner, it is open from Monday – Thursday from 5pm – 9:30pm and on Friday – Saturday from 5pm – 10pm and late night after 10pm on Friday – Saturday. You can follow their Facebook page to get the latest updates.