Review: Glowbal

by gigi on December 23, 2009

For Jenkins’ mom’s birthday, we decided to go to Glowbal. I had never been there before and it was one of the few places that could accommodate our group on short notice. Even though it was a weeknight, it was quite busy so it was good we had made reservations in advance.

Shortly after we made our selections, we were presented with some sliced baguette pieces along with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and hummus. The bread itself was a bit lacklustre but I thought the hummus was quite tasty.

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I decided to start my evening with a black cherry mojito. Despite the colour, I could not taste too much black cherry mojito although as a plain mojito, it was pretty good.

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We decided to start our meal by sharing the Satay Sampler ($24). The sampler had a selection of all the stays available, including fried oysters, lamb chops, Kobe beef meatballs, seared tuna, and grilled prawns. The satays were all prepared very nicely and were quite juicy. The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about were the Kobe beef meatballs, which I’ve never been a fan of at any of the Glowbal group restaurants. I always find the meatballs are too mushy and don’t have very much flavour to them.

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We also shared the spicy Ahi tuna tartare, which came with a selection of dips and chips to spread the tartare on. The tartare was fresh and creamy but not spicy at all. The dips added some additional flavour to the tartare although I can’t remember exactly what the flavours were. :)

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I actually wasn’t very hungry that day so I decided to have a beet salad with arugula and burrata cheese. I enjoyed the sweet beets, which were cut slightly with a light acidity from the vinaigrette. The cheese added some mellow notes to the salad and I really enjoyed its mild creamy flavour and texture. Beets are usually quite filling for me so this served me well as a light dinner.

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Jenkins was a bit hungrier than I was so he had the blackened BC salmon with gnocchi. He noted that the salmon was well cooked but did not have any of the blackened flavour that the menu promised.

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Jenkins’ brother had the Kobe beef meatballs with truffled spaghetti. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of the meatballs and the truffle flavour in the spaghetti was a bit lacking. However, Jenkins’ brother seemed to like it well enough.

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Jenkins’ parents were not very hungry either so they shared the halibut with crab and shrimp stuffed conchiglioni pasta. They liked the way the halibut was prepared and said it was quite tender.

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Despite the fact that I wasn’t very hungry, I still managed to find room for dessert. :) Jenkins and I shared the mini apple fritters which came with some cinnamon gelato. The apple fritters themselves were crispy on the outside and airy inside, just how I like my doughnuts. There’s something about freshly made doughnuts that seems to make them extra tasty. :)

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Jenkins’ brother decided on the chocolate coffee cake with pistachio gelato and white chocolate mousse. I couldn’t really taste the coffee flavour in the cake and I would have also liked for it to have a richer chocolate flavour. The gelato could have also had more pistachio flavour but that may be because I like my pistachio gelato with a really strong nutty flavour.

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Our meal at Glowbal was pretty enjoyable and it was nice because it was a place that Jenkins’ parents wouldn’t normally go to. The food we had was acceptable for the most part although I found it had a slightly chain-like quality to it. I was actually talking to someone at work about it today and we both mentioned that the food at Glowbal was good and predictable but seemed to have something missing from it. We obviously seem to be in the minority though as Glowbal is almost always packed so I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference. :)

Details:
1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-602-0835

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:3.5]
Price: $$$

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