(Note: I was playing with my camera settings today and all of the pictures turned out too dark – so apologies for that this time around. I figured out what I did that messed things up – so should be better next time!
I’d heard that Glowbal was reopening at some point this week (but this time as a Steak and Satay Bar), so I did a bit of checking around and decided to go Tuesday night during their first dinner service with the public. I went with a good girlfriend of mine, and although I didn’t necessarily feel like steak to start off with, we managed to do pretty well by the end of the evening.
When we walked in, we noticed that a few renovations were done right away – the layout was still the same, and the patio was still as excellent as ever – but there were a lot of changes in the decor. Right away I noticed the lit up table-tops in the waiting area to the right inside the door. We walked in and had the option of either the high bar tables or the dining area, and we opted for the more quiet back side of the restaurant so that we would be able to chat somewhat privately.
To the left, I noticed a large round table for ten with booth seating occupied with a group underneath a shiny new gold and brass chandelier. Continuing to walk towards our table, we came upon some new round mirrors against the walls, some snake skin(?) looking tile on random parts of the floor (and throughout the bathroom), and various other items here and there.
One thing that really stood out was the large glass-walled meat case next to the kitchen area, where a variety of beef was hanging in-wait for someone to be cooked up fresh to order. I’m guessing that if you’re a vegetarian you won’t be all that likely to go to this revamped restaurant, so just a little heads up in case that’s not something you’d like to see during dinner – just sit facing the opposite direction. 😉 For carnivores like me, I don’t mind so much (although walking by it with a full stomach after dinner makes it quite a bit less enticing).
Our excellent server started off with our drink order, and I opted to try a couple of cocktails while my girlfriend ordered a glass of Shiraz. I went for the Persica Fizz first, and then the Yaletown lemonade second (what?! They both sounded good and you know you would do the same ;)). The fizz drink was a little less sweet overall, and I preferred that one a bit more – plus, they both had bubbles which is always more fun (or worse the next day, whichever way you decide to look at it)!
Usually I don’t comment about the bread, or put pictures up for that matter, but this French bread, served with butter topped with Hawaiian Coral Salt was so amazing that I have to rave about it. It was warm and soft, and the crust was perfect – not too thick, easy to bite into – just delicious! We had to fight off the staff from taking it away until we had finished every last bite, just before ordering dessert.
After we had settled in with our drinks and bread, we continued to look at the menu. There is quite a variety of satays available – from seafood to chicken to beef and many other options in between – so we decided we had to start with some of those. Because it was their first day (or maybe this will go on for awhile – I didn’t ask), they brought over some Kobe meatballs on the house. These are apparently the same recipe as those found at the Italian Kitchen and Trattoria, but I did find that they were more moist and flavourful here (first night?).
Each satay choice is also served with a Thai slaw salad and some Chinese hot mustard and ginger white soy (which I loved). We ordered the Sea Scallop and Waygu Chuck as well, and I was excited as I’ve had waygu beef before for the first time not too long ago in San Francisco, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s also the option to order a full steak, but it’s quite pricey at $15 per ounce (with a minimum of 6 ounces required). Although the Waygu was the chuck cut, we still both found it very tender and flavourful, and definitely worth the $9.50 (growing up on a farm and raising cattle, I’m a sucker for really fresh, quality beef). The sea scallop was wrapped with some type of prosciutto/bacon and it also tasted nice and fresh (we were told that their meat and seafood is flown in either same day or from the day before).
We next decided to split a steak in the end, and went with the Bone-In Ribeye (what I always get when ordering a steak at a restaurant) – the Canadian Prime option. They split up the serving for us, and the 16 ounce cut was still definitely more than enough for the two of us. It came with some perfectly cooked green beans underneath (still slightly crisp!), and a side of garlic butter. Our server also let us try some amazing Mitolo Olive Oil drizzled on top of our meat, along with a few options of salts – a smoked version, Peruvian salt, and a Hawaiian Coral one (the latter of which I liked the most). The steak was perfectly marbled and cooked medium rare – I managed to finish off my plate quite well (I did skip on the butter though – too rich)!
Although we managed to finish everything off, we still had room for dessert – okay, make that two. We followed a couple of the recommendations by our server again, and did very well – I’m glad we listened! We had the Seasonal Berries, in mascarpone, and the Frosted Beignets and Apple Fritters (to die for!!). The fresh berries (raspberries and blackberries last night), was what we were thinking might be the more healthy option, but it was served with quite a bit of chilled grand marnier sabayon which likely completely defeated the purpose. 😉 But I’m not complaining. Just don’t get it with the expectations that it might not be that rich.
Frosted Beignets and Apple Fritters
As for the Apple Fritters, these were served with warm vanilla custard and salted butterscotch – although this was fairly large, with 4 fritters and about 8 beignets, we couldn’t stop eating them until the very last one was gone! The original plan was to take some home for later, but there was no way that would be humanly possible after we took our first bite. And I don’t even like doughnuts, or cooked apple all that much either, for that matter. These fritters were also nice and warm and had a sugary coating (I’m going to have to do a little extra yoga or volleyball this week for this one)!
I was also recommended by our fantastic server (Danny – who unfortunately only works there on Sundays) that we should try the Baked Potato next time (with lobster fondue, gruyere, and bacon), along with the Sweet Potato with the butter poached lobster tail – definitely something to keep in mind.
Once we were done dinner, we noticed that a couple of the chefs for the restaurant were sitting at the table in the corner right by us having some food after the dinner rush, so we asked for a picture with Jeremy, Darren, and Eric and they were nice enough to agree.
Although I’ve been to Glowbal many times in the past for their brunch and lunch, I don’t think I had ever eaten dinner there before. I do have to say that I quite enjoyed my meal there, and like the options of all the satays and steak on their menu. The room is laid out as it was before, but with more modern touches throughout. Plus, the service that we received was the best and most memorable that I’ve had in a long time!
The official Relaunch party is tonight – January 14th – at 5 PM.
Service: (Danny, you’re my man!)