Dot Com Wagyu At Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

After trying out the food and seeing the Wagyu steak at the relaunch party at Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay, I knew I would have to go back for a more formal sit down dining experience. And since Glowbal was offering 50% off lunch entrees for the month of January to celebrate their reopening, it made perfect sense to set up a Dot Com Wagyu lunch.

Thanks to the power of Twitter, setting up a Dot Com meet up is as simple as sending out a tweet asking if anyone would like to join me. I was able to fill the 10 seat “movie star” table at the entrance of Glowbal within an hour. Joining me for this Wagyu beef adventure were Ed Lau (who took all the photos), the famous Brian Wong, Adarsh and his business partner, Cathy Browne, Jeff Kee, Tomasz Wagner and Shane Gibson.

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay
Glowbal Grill Executive Chef Erik Heck with Wagyu Ribeye – $15 Per Ounce

Because Global was offering 50% off lunch entrees for the month of January, I wasn’t able to get a table for 12:30. Moving lunch to 1:45 wasn’t much of a problem since the Dot Com Lifestyle allowed us to take lunch whenever we want. I got there shortly after 1:45 but still had to wait a bit for our table because the previous party hadn’t left yet. Anthony Pratt, Glowbal’s general manager, gave us complimentary cocktails while we waited. Now this is a restaurant I don’t mind waiting at!

What Is Wagyu Beef?

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

Wagyu stands for Japanese cow and refers to several breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a very high market value. Wagyu beef is the most expensive beef in the world. The wagyu ribeye at Glowbal cost $15 per oz with a 6oz minimum order.

In several areas of Japan, wagyu beef is shipped with area names, like Kobe, Mishima and ลŒmi beef. The wagyu served at Glowbal comes from Australia. The Australian Wagyu Association is the largest and most proactive Breed Association outside Japan. Chances are, if you’re eating wagyu beef outside Japan, it came from Australia.

Ed Lau and I went with a 12oz wagyu ribeye. Normally, this would cost $180 but since Glowbal is offering 50% off lunch entrees, the steak cost “only” $90. Cathy went with a smaller 6oz wagyu. Everyone else went with prime rib except for Jeff Kee, who went with a tenderloin.

What a $180 Steak Looks Like

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

All the steaks at Glowbal Grill are hand selected and naturally aged in the “meat cellar” for maximum tenderness and flavor. The steaks are broiled at 1700 degrees and finished with a Cafe de Paris butter. Three types of salt and a special Italian olive oil are available to help season the steak.

The steaks are served on a wooden plank on top of seasonal greens and a side of whipped potatoes. As steaks go, the wagyu ribeye at Glowbal Grill has a set a new standard for steak dining in Vancouver. The wagyu was so tender, UDSA Prime steaks might as well be shoe leather by comparison. I highly recommend you head on down to Glowbal and try it before the 50% offer expires at the end of this month.

Prime Rib, Prime Rib Burger and Dessert Platter

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay

After the steak, I was too stuff to eat anything else but Anthony sent over a dessert platter for us to try out. As full as I was, I couldn’t help but dig into one of the nicest dessert presentation I’ve ever seen.

The entire staff at Glowbal was amazing. From beginning to end, they treated us like we were real movie stars sitting at the movie star table. I plan to dine at Glowbal again before the 50% offer expires and continue dining there afterwards. With tax, tip and drinks, my lunch bill came to $140. It’s a good thing Glowbal is running a 50% special right now. Otherwise, this would have been one hell of an expensive lunch!

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50 thoughts on “Dot Com Wagyu At Glowbal Grill Steaks & Statay”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    I actually had my wallet. Just left it in the car.

    I want some more of that steak…and a few more of those apple fritters.

    1. Wow, you seems really hungry ed. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. So you pledge your camera … lollzz

  2. I swear you should just start a food blog ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. David says:

      If I’m not mistaken, he’s already known as a food blog in Vancouver…lol

      1. John Chow says:

        Well, there is Chow in the name. ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. I was just thinking that not too long ago.Great minds…

  3. Jacob Godwin says:

    Call me a party pooper but $180 for a steak is a waste of money. Why spend so much money on something that’s going to be floating in the toilet bowl in a couple of hours.

    Hey, that’s just me. I don’t think any piece of meat is worth that kind of money.

    1. John Chow says:

      You think that’s expensive, just wait until Glowbal brings in the wagyu tenderloin!

      1. Marquelle says:

        Since you posted a review on the blog, couldn’t you just write the whole meal off 100%

        1. John Chow says:

          Yes I can. That’s one of the review I posted the review. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. What’s that cost, like $300 for the tenderloin?

        1. John Chow says:

          I don’t know yet but I suspect it will cost $25 per oz.

  4. chester says:

    $180 steak? That’s like 3x more expensive than Gotham’s. Sounds like a rip off.

    1. John Chow says:

      Gotham has only USDA Prime steak, not wagyu. There is a big difference. While wagyu isn’t something you would have everyday (neither is Gotham), it’s great for those once a while kinda thing.

      1. chester says:

        Never heard of wagyu before. Is it better tasting than kobe? Is it worth $180? I’d give it a go it its a once in a lifetime experience.

        1. John Chow says:

          Wagyu and Kobe are pretty much the same thing. In some parts of Japan, the Wagyu is name after the place it came from, like Kobe beef. Is it worth $180? well, I say it’s worth it just to try it once. The steaks are three to fives more expensive than USDA Prime but it’s doesn’t really taste 3 to 5 times better.

      2. Does it really taste that much better?

        1. I am sure there must be something or tasty that’s why people ready to pay that much and eat again and again.

  5. The food seems really not healthy for me.

    1. S Ahsan says:

      Are you kidding,, just look at that juicy stake!!!! argg

      1. And what is the definition of healthy food according to you.

  6. Interesting post as always. The steak looked really nice, and being a rare steak man, it looked amazing in the first picture to me too! $140 for a steak is a little too rich for my blood, but hey, I suppose those with a dot com lifestyle can afford a treat now and again!

  7. Steaks looked great but that desert didn’t even look large enough for Tinker Bell.

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s hard to tell in the photo but that dessert plate was nearly two feet long.

      1. That is the nice way to end any course of meal. Lollzz

  8. Send some of those over to Haiti…….

    1. Instead of sending such expensive food I would suggest to send healthy and affordable food.

      Because this will be good for only one or two people and there are thousands of people who is waiting for food.

      But I am sure John is doing something for Haiti.

  9. I am a steak lover, but I don’t know if I would spend $180 on a steak. You can find a good steak for $20-40. I don’t think they even have $180 steaks around here ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. John Chow says:

      They don’t have wagyu where you are? Then you don’t know what you’re missing. Maybe that’s a good thing because once you have it, you’ll want it again and at these prices, your accountant will pull his hair out!

  10. Nick says:

    Wow, John! If you just start a food blog, will surely be successful

    1. About 5% of this blog is about food anyway, I’d say it’s pretty successful.

      1. Well we come here to see what John is eating … so no need to make a new blog for this segment.

        Its nice here and keep serving us photos and videos of good food.

        I think I must see these kind of videos before going to lunch or dinner so that I can eat more … ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. Omg!! i just love these steaks.. they are just looking juicy

  12. i must to go outside for eat ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Joy Smith says:

    That’s still one hell of an expensive lunch!!!! LOL

  14. Did I miss it, how much for the burger? $60?

    1. John Chow says:

      The burger was $16. They got it for $8 with the 50% discount.

  15. VItaly says:

    Stake looks very good. I love stake.

  16. Fancy Restaurant John
    but dam $90 Steaks

    nice to see pallian there hes the guy who runs Timothy Skyes blogs and projects

  17. That Wagyu Steak is a new one to me. I’ve heard about Kobe Beef, and am pleased to hear that a similar product is available internationally in the form of Wagyu Beef. The US is a great cattle ranching country, so I am actually quite surprised that there isn’t a local offering. Some of them Amish farmers must surely have something similar in a paddock somewhere?

  18. Now those are pieces hunks of meat shown in the pictures. Would love to be able to afford the $100 dot com lunch sometime!

  19. purposeinc says:

    I really missed out by not going to this. I will pay anything for food that is unique and the best of the best. My wife figured out how much we spent on eating out this year. The number is too embarrassing to say! LOL

  20. I must say that their service was top class.

    The way server was defining every thing was simply perfect …

    1. Yea, and I hope you guys left a big tip!

  21. At $15 per ounce, that steak costs about as much as sliver does.

  22. hi john, just for your info, wagyu in my country is one of the most expensive food. it served not just for the food only, but they buy the lifestyle too

  23. Stake looks very good. I love stake.

  24. Ouch- and I thought Grade A beef from Wal-Mart was too expensive for my blood. ($80 difference here)

    This is the kind of steak I would propose to my fiance over ๐Ÿ™‚

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