Between March 16 and April 12, Glowbal Restaurant Group is holding what they call the “First Taste Menu”. At Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar, they offer the menu at $30 for 2 courses (Appy+Entree/Entree+Dessert) or $35 for 3 courses. Since I have never been to the restaurant before, I decided to take this opportunity to give it a try.
In order to try as many dishes as we can, my friend and I each ordered 2 courses (one ordered Appy+Entree, and the other Entree+Dessert), plus a few items from the satay bar, and we shared everything. The Spanish Sangria looked pretty and tasted good – loved how it incorporated so many kinds of fruits. The virgin Lychee Mojito wasn’t as sweet as I imagined, and there’s a bit of bitterness in it that reminded of real mojito. That was a surprise.
From the satay bar, Fried Oysters were creamy and Kobe Beef Meatball was of a good portion and was tasty with the tomato sauce. The Diver Scallops were probably a bit of a let-down because there wasn’t anything outstanding about them – the bacon was too fatty and I couldn’t taste the smoked flavour.
Onto the actual First Taste menu, the Salmon Sampler allowed you to taste salmon in two ways. Salmon in the Salmon Cakes were still moist but I found them over-crisped. Smoked Salmon salad was good and still one of my favourite ways to enjoy salmon 🙂 Sablefish was nicely done. The fatty texture was well balanced by the mushroom and root vegetables in the dish. The Lamb Duo was good, too – the braised cheeks were tender and savoury, but the chops were a bit too over-cooked for my liking. The Warm Chocolate Cake was a perfect finale. And the size of the cake was good, despite the fact that it was shared by two people – we were very full by the time we got to the dessert!
I was overall impressed with the service quality. The server understood our share-plate idea and was very accommodating. Because I’m a rather fast eater, I finished my dishes way before my friend did – I must point out that the server did notice it and kept checking on me to see if I was doing OK (i.e. to see if I was too bored watching my friend eat. LOL.) Also, they must have very good ears! While the two of us were quietly discussing, trying to figure out what kind of puree it was with the lamb dish, the server overheard us (seriously, we weren’t that loud) and came over to explain to us. Another server, who wasn’t serving our table, came to us and suggested to take a photo for us. That was a very nice gesture. Towards the end, the server became less attentive as he’s also serving a birthday dinner, but he still accommodated our requests within reasonable time and I’m satisfied with his service.
On the other hand, I thought we were supposed to receive a passport and a stamp from choosing the Passport Menu, and we’re supposed to be treated with Mission Hill wine upon arrival – but we got neither. Hmmm…what made us non-eligible?!
Because of issue of limited space like other Yaletown properties, the restaurant is of a long rectangular shape. There are two parts to the place, Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar on one end, and After Glow (the bar) on the other. Interesting set up. Although the atmosphere is quite upbeat and modern, I’m a little bit disappointed with the decor. It’s very minimal and doesn’t distinguish itself from other restaurants in the area.
The restaurant is like one of those typical west coast restaurants, but overall I’m quite happy with its food and service.
Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar
Price Range: $20-$30
1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver