Lunch at Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay

by Ed Lau on January 22, 2010

After we attended the Glowbal relaunch party last week, we saw that they were having a 50% off lunch promotion til the end of the month and well, I’m not one to pass up a good steak, especially after seeing the fantastic Australian Wagyu beef in the meat locker. This week, John and I organized a lunch and invited people to join us on Twitter. Some old friends like Adarsh and his business partner Rasheed, Jeff Kee and the famous Brian Wong showed up as well as new faces like Shane Gibson, Cathy Browne as well as an old friend of mine and fellow photographer, Tomasz Wagner.

Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay is located at 1079 Mainland Street in Vancouver’s Yaletown district. As I mentioned before, they’ve recently renovated and are promoting their quality cuts of meat, especially the Australian wagyu. In case you don’t know what wagyu is, they are a breed of cattle that has very well marbled fat and therefore, more tender and juicy meat. Most people will know this as “Kobe beef” but that only applies to beef produced in the Kobe region. There are many different areas of the world that produce beef of this quality. Outside of the many in Japan, Australia probably has the largest wagyu beef production.

Since we were getting meat from Australia, John felt he had to do the whole “You call that a knife?? THIS is a KNIFE!” bit.

I ordered a 12-ounce cut of the Australian wagyu ribeye. Originally I was going to go with an 8-ounce steak (the minimum order is 6-ounces, by the way) but remembered that a few nights ago, I polished off a 14-ounce and that didn’t seem too big so I went with the 12-ounce steak that John got as well. The meat is cooked to a perfect medium rare and well seasoned throughout. On top, you get a dollop of Cafe du Paris butter, which I’m told contains 16 ingredients including taragon, thyme, basil, cognac, port and paprika. The butter melts over the steak and adds a great richness. You also get a selection of three salts to enhance your steak: a smoked salt, a volcanic salt from Hawaii and a glacier salt from Bolivia. I quite enjoyed the Hawaiian volcanic salt but preferred to keep the meat on it’s own for the most part. The steak is served with some crunchy green beans and some mashed potatoes.

Only John, Cathy and I got the wagyu while Shane dug into this beautifully rare prime rib.

Brian, Adarsh and Rasheed got the prime rib burger which was massive. None of the three really finished what was on the plate.

After our meal, Chef Eric Heck came out to greet us and show us the cut that we were served earlier. You can really see that well marbled fat in that ribeye. Despite the higher fat content, Wagyu is actually made up of a higher percentage of unsaturated fat compared to most mass produced farm cattle and is high in omega-3 fatty acids. I don’t completely understand why that’s good for you but that scary fat isn’t as bad as one might think.

Chef Heck and our server Brian treated us to some desserts, including some of their personal favorites like a sampler of sorbets, fresh strawberries, a bread pudding (soaking with Bailey’s!), and what I think was my favorite, some apple fritters. Pour some of that caramel cream sauce on them and they are amazing.

Even with the 50% off deal, our lunch wasn’t exactly on the thrifty side and the steaks came to $90 ($7.50 an ounce…compared to the regular $15 an ounce). The burgers were a steal at $8 since they’re only $16 regularly while the prime rib is $12.50 ($25 regularly). Service was top notch and all the staff were friendly. The 50% off lunch promotion is on til the end of the month so get in on the deal while you can!

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bluemontoya January 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Man, I wish I could afford to eat there..hahaha.

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Kevin January 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

You spent $90 for lunch?!?! ….seriously. Where do you work and can I have a job?

Only a week left…lets see if I can swing by, I want that burger. :D

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Myles Harris April 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Glad to see you enjoyed Australian Beef!

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