Glowbal, a Vancouver institution, is reborn – and this time, it’s bigger, bolder and better than ever. Glowbal Restaurant Group’s largest location to date, the new flagship restaurant is located in downtown Vancouver’s TELUS Garden. After closing the original Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay on December 31, 2014 in preparation for the brand’s relocation this summer, the new 17,000 square-foot Glowbal is fresh, confident and unapologetically chaotic.
“I have always had a soft spot for Glowbal after launching it with my wife in 2002 as our first restaurant and the place that started it all,” said Emad Yacoub, president and CEO of Glowbal Restaurant Group. “As Glowbal Restaurant Group has grown more sophisticated and mature, I needed my first ‘child’ to grow up with the rest of the company. Here it is, bigger, bolder and better than ever.”
The new Glowbal is a full-on feast for the senses, starting with stripped down North American cuisine from executive chef Pedro Gonzalez. The dynamic, lively open kitchen features Canada’s first custom built Robata grill, taking the highly acclaimed satays from Yaletown’s original Glowbal Grill to a whole new level. Other menu standouts include the famous Truffled Spaghetti & Signature Meatballs; Queso Fundido (chorizo, oaxaca cheese, navajo fry bread, charred jalapeño); Chili & Garlic Fried Sea Bass (sweet chili glaze, papaya coleslaw); and Miso Marinated Sablefish (shiitake consommé, soba noodle salad, sesame). Thirsty guests will find a carefully curated wine list complete with old and new world vintages, plus rare cellar gems, and an inventive cocktail list filled with playful yet sophisticated creations crafted with a daring approach and classic execution.
“North America’s incredibly diverse cuisine has always intrigued us with its abundance of flavours, availability of products and of course the famous fresh west coast seafood,” added Yacoub. “We’ve brought these elements together to create a menu that is at once adventurous, approachable and delicious.”
Thanks to the vibrant, open space created by BOX Interior Design, guests can enjoy an incredible experience from any table, whether they prefer to people watch, thrive in the thick of the action, or feel like they have the place to themselves. Large parties have their pick of the widest selection of private dining rooms in the city, each space offering a distinct personality (think gold wallpaper VS. quilted leather cladding) and ranging from 12 to 60 seats. Those looking to dine under the stars can snag their very own human-sized bird cage booth on the 150-seat patio, an expansive space framed by the dramatic wood-and-glass awning, a contemporary piece considered to be Vancouver’s new architectural landmark, and bordered by a row of fireplaces for that added touch of warmth.
“We have taken menu elements from each location’s preferred dishes and seamlessly melded them into a unified concept at the new Glowbal,” stated Yacoub. “From menu favourites, to atmosphere, to dining and seating options, the best of the best is here.”
Glowbal is now open for dinner, daily from 4 p.m. Lunch service will commence at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 17 and guests can look forward to weekend brunch starting in September. Experience Glowbal at 590 West Georgia Street at TELUS Garden seven days a week, or contact the restaurant at 604-602-0835 and [email protected] Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with @glowbal_group #SuperGlowbal.