Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay Relaunch Party

by Ed Lau on January 15, 2010

Eight years after opening in the heart of Vancouver’s Yaletown district, the Glowbal Restaurant Group decided to do a little renovation and last night, celebrated the relaunch of their flagship restaurant, Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay. With the promise of great food and a great time, Vancouver’s foodie crowd crammed into some close quarters and some even waited outside in the pouring rain. Boy, I’m glad I didn’t have to wait in line…although I did get some annoyed looks as I got waved past it.

We were just at Glowbal a little while ago for the kickoff event of A Taste of Yaletown and I remember being throughly impressed by the beef carpacio and pumpkin bisque. The actual layout of the restaurant remained largely the same but there were plenty of tweaks to the decor as well as some new items added to the menu. It’s not so drastic as those of us that liked the place to begin with are hoping for familiarity but there are some fresh new touches here and there. I especially enjoyed checking out the new “Meat Cellar” which is a glass meat cooler right in the middle of the open kitchen, displaying some of the fine cuts that us carnivores can sink our teeth into, including some Australian Wagyu and Canadian AAA strip. Steaks are butchered to order.

Guests were greeted by cocktails at the door, which included some fruity pink things that John went straight for. I tried one as well but that was before I saw the selection of Whistler Brewing Company beers kept nearby.

Also outside was a grill serving up some of those fine cuts of beef we saw on display, sandwiched between some mini-rolls. I loved that they served some of the steaks quite rare as I believe that is the only way to eat meat. The flavor of the beef was fantastic but as a sandwich, you need something to give that bread some flair. I would’ve loved some spicy mustard or horseradish here.

Inside we were treated to even more great food.

This is a green pea ravoli that was lightly fried to a beautiful crispiness. Green peas usually aren’t anyone’s favorite food but the puree is light and vibrant.

These are the Kobe meatballs. Well-cooked, moist and delicious.

I’m rather sure there were two varieties, one with a rich sauce and a simpler, drier variety. The beef has a great flavor and although I never think it’s a great idea to use high quality beef like this, I can’t argue with the results.

Speaking of beef, this is a braised beef short rib, which a server claimed was so tender we could “take our teeth out and gum it” rather than chew. To be honest, the piece I had wasn’t THAT tender but it was still quite good.

I can’t quite remember what fish this sashimi is. John and I saw it go by and didn’t grab one in time so we asked Chef Eric Heck as he passed by to make us another round. I enjoyed mine quite a bit. The fish is fresh and tender.

We must’ve eaten a dozen or so grilled jumbo prawns as they were so good. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, tender and a bit smokey.

This was a grilled salmon skewer. Like with the tuna tataki dish (which I didn’t get a picture of) was far too salty on my first try. Luckily, the second time it came around, it was much more balanced. However, these were probably the least impressive dishes of the night. Maybe it’s just because I like my fish raw?

These were a play on the grilled cheese sandwich with a bit of crab meat in there too. The bread was nice and crispy but I didn’t taste very much of the seafood in here.

John and I, plus I’m sure quite a few other people in the room, agreed that the lamb chops were the best dish of the night. Nicely charred, well seasoned and cooked perfectly with the meat slightly pink inside.

Like the prawns, we polished off quite a few of these. When we thought about it, even if you order a rack of lamb at most restaurants, you’re not going to get five or six pieces on your plate…which is probably what we ate.

Of course, you can’t have a meal of this magnitude without some desserts. I’m not a big fan of anything overly sweet so dessert really isn’t my thing. I’m not entirely sure what these are, to be honest. This was a sort of pastry dusted with icing sugar with a bit of what tasted like condensed milk.

This was a second dessert which tasted like a bit of a sort of nut crunch or fudge. There was also a chocolate dessert somewhere around but I pretty much ignored desserts at that point in favor of a couple more beers instead.

Overall, a fun night with some fantastic new dishes that I look forward to trying the next time I head to Glowbal, which may be soon since they’re offering 50% off their lunch entrees til the end of the month.

Can’t wait to try some of this!

in Food and Fine Dining,Photography

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Indiansafaries January 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

wow looking very tasty and making feel to eat. It has motivated to me to learn to make it from home.


Voyage Montreal January 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Wow, the food looks really good


Wood burning stoves January 18, 2010 at 7:57 am

Everytime I visit this site I seem to get hungry! This food looks delicious, I’d be in heaven with those lamb chops!



Michael Kwan January 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Get ready for Wagyu!


Brett @ January 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Dang that food looks good… I’m glad it’s almost lunch! I live only a few km’s away from there and I’ve never been. I should change that.


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