Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar, is one of 7 restaurants in the Glowbal Restaurant Group Inc. As part of Dine out Vancouver 2009, we chose Glowbal, as our first restaurant to try out. We tried Coast Restaurant, which is in the same group of restaurants, two years ago, and we really enjoyed it! Let’s see how Glowbal came out in our review…..
Here is how we paired up our dinner choice (Three Course Meal for $38):
Appetizer: Wild BC Salmon Sampler
crispy cake and house-cured mango tropical salsa, dill crème fraiche;
asparagus tomato salad
The smoked salmon has a light “hint” of smoke – almost between
sashimi and Smoked Salmon. The dill crème fraiche that came with
the dish enhances the flavour that much more!
tomato basil gnocchi Arrabbiata; pancetta corn salsa
The pan-seared blackened salmon was prepared and cooked well.
Most restaurants will over-cook the salmon 9 out of 10 times –
especially with the “blackened” method of preparation. But this
salmon had good taste and flavour, and inside the salmon was
moist – not over-cooked and dried up to flakes like most places!
I didn’t like the gnocchi that went with it, but that’s more of a
yellowfin Ahi tuna spring roll, smoked albacore loin duo of sauces
The Ahi tuna spring roll was absolutely delicious! Who would have
thought of deep-frying ahi tuna in a spring roll? The tuna was raw
but the shell of the spring roll was cooked perfectly. The smoked
albacore loin was juicy, however, not very flavourful. Overall,
this dish was very well-presented, and in my opinion, would be
Grilled Lamb Chops, Braised Lamb Cheek Conch Pasta;
asparagus tomato salad
Softest lamp chops ever – perhaps I have exaggerated, but
the lamb literally “dissolved” in your mouth after a few bites.
The lamb cheek conch pasta was an interesting combination. It
almost tasted like lamb stroganoff.
Dessert: Bittersweet Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte
espresso caramel chantilly
The presentation of this dessert reminded me of “fish and chips”.
They put a lot of thought into the presentation of this dish.
Although the torte was a little too rich, it goes well with the
espresso caramel chantilly. The donuts were a cute accent to
the dish, but can also be a dessert on it’s own.
We went as a group of 10 people, however, not everyone ordered the “Dine Out” menu. As a result, some of us had dessert, and some of us did not have dessert. Our Server was kind enough to bring us a dessert plate for those who did not have dessert to share. Very attentative on his part! Here is how it looked like:
The atmosphere inside Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar is very trendy and contemporary. Located in Yaletown, Vancouver, this restaurant continues to maintain a “posh” and “trendy” environment. Given the overall service, atmosphere and food, I would give the following ratings out of 10 stars:
Atmosphere: * * * * * * * (7 out of 10)
Service: * * * * * * * * * (9 out of 10)
Food: * * * * * * * * (8 out of 10)
Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar is located in Yaletown Vancouver – more specifically: 1079 Mainland Street, in Vancouver, BC. Metered parking or valet parking is available at the front of the restaurant. Reservations are recommended and all major credit cards are accepted. Telephone: 604.602.0835. I would also recommend visiting their website by clicking on the hyperlinks attached to the restaurant name in my above review.