ent out for dinner at Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay for dinner with my wife. It is one of the many restaurants on the mainland strip in Yaletown in downtown Vancouver. For seating they have the typical patio that every restaurant there has and of course a darker and more ‘atmospheric’ inside. We decided to sit inside and see what it was like in there as outside is essentially the same for every single restaurant on the yaletown strip.
Inside the tables are nicely linened and there are many options of tables or semi booths and even a partially raised section where you can look out over the kitchen and part of the restaurant. We sat up there. The tables were very nice and they give a feel of sophistication and fine dining to a restaurant that isn’t necessarily in that price range. The one negative I would give to them on that point is that all the tables are covered in paper on top of the nice white table cloths. That brings the class down considerably and almost makes the linens seem like a funny attempt at class if they’re not willing to wash them and instead give you the child’s table approach by putting paper over top. This could be fixed.
The waitress was lovely and timely. No complaints there. Since it was early, 6 pm, or dinner on a Saturday night we were able to pick where we wanted to sit since there were not too many people in the restaurant yet and most were seated on the patio.
For food we decided to go with a tomato flat bread (fancy but healthier pizza), and braised lamb with mushroom risotto. No drinks as we didn’t feel like wine and for myself their beer menu is sorely lacking. It consists mostly of lagers that are rather lackluster in flavour or you could order a Guinness for $9.50, but that is kind of ridiculous.
The lamb was rather pricey at $24.95, which is normal but I find rather silly. Mutton and lamb used to be considered peasant food that you cooked in stew for an entire day to make edible, but now somehow in North America it costs considerably more than beef, pork, or chicken. Who let this happen! Bring down the cost of sheep, it’s way to baaaad 🙂 The flat bread was quite pricey for what it was as well being around $15.
Food arrived very quickly as the restaurant wasn’t too full. The lamb and mushroom risotto was deliciously awesome. I have nothing bad to say about it and wish I could eat it more regularly. Meat literally fell off the bone it was so tender and the risotto was rich and flavourful. Almost fitting to the price. Would order this again if I ever return to this restaurant.
The flat bread was tasty but nothing special. Most any place can make this flatbread and probably for $8-10 instead of $15. I would try a pasta on the menu instead which probably has more potential for being memorable if the sauce in their risotto is any indication. Part way through dinner a waiter brought us some bread with a fresh chick pea dip they had created. That was a nice touch and very tasty.
Dinner finished, we skipped dessert and got the bill to head to our show for the evening. Had a nice chat with the waitress, about how old the restaurant is and how it has supplied cooks and chefs to many other restaurants that popped up nearby, while paying and was quite satisfied overall with the dining experience.
If you’re trying to pick from all the yaletown restaurants this one, although a bit priceier than some, had good food, great lamb, and a nice atmosphere inside. If we run out of new places to try, we would go back here soley to have Mushroom Rissotto and myself for more lamb, yumm.
— Faas-Track Travel