The Glowbal Restaurant Group celebrated the grand relaunch of their flagship Glowbal Grill last night with a blowout party for all the beautiful people in Vancouver. Glowbal is one of the most successful restaurant operators in the city. They’re also one of the most generous, helping to provide 2,000 Christmas dinners for the UGM.
When it opened in 2002, Glowbal Grill & Satay bar quickly became a Yaletown dining institution. The new refined Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay, is a sleeker version of the first restaurant along with a revamped menu. We sampled the old Glowbal back during the Taste of Yaletown restaurant hopping event and the new Glowbal is definitely a step up. The new style is evident upon entering. There’s a signature ten-seat round table to set the stage for celebratory nights. Gold snakeskin suede banquettes ramp things up. Hammered brass-banded gold chandeliers are reflected in the round mirrors hung around the room.
Executive Chef Erik Heck has created new menu favourites. With addition of ‘steak’ to name, the focus is on prime cuts of beef. The room features a ‘Meat Cellar’ – essentially a glass-walled meat cooler, displaying aged cuts of beef: ribeyes, striploins and tenderloins. When steaks are selected they will be pulled down and butchered to order.
Guests at the party were treated to a selection of Glowbal menu items, including striploins burgers, Kobe meatballs, braised beef short ribs, grilled jumbo pawns, grilled salmon, breaded tuna, sashimi, green pea ravioli, dessert and one of the best rack of lamb I’ve ever tasted. Did I mention that there was also an open bar? It was truly a gala evening.
The party started at 5PM and didn’t end until midnight. Needless to say, Ed and I ate way too much food and drank way too much drinks. Attending parties is a tough job but somebody has to do it.
All photos, except for the last one, by Ed Lau.