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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar

1079 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5P9
Tel: (604) 602-0835 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 602-7523
Neighbourhood: Central

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Bastardized Glowbal Cuisine
By viva-la-sous-vide of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 5:12am [Dine in]

The evening kicks off with putting my arms on the table and feeling the cheap PAPER table clothes rubbing against my arms. Given if it was a neighborhood dinner serving meat loaf for eight bucks, I would not have protest. Having to pay for $30-40/per main course, I would be expecting a decent amount of class.

Service consist of ill manners. Ladies first does not exist, water is not poured until summoned. Can we all agree a Mohawk hair cut is inappropriate for a front of the house staff?

The breadbasket arrives, with three condiments, nice attempt, however the Hummus is "off", sour, unservable, gone bye bye. Maybe a better idea to stick with just butter and balasmic/oil afterall.

Next, the antipasto platter, what was meant to be a fine selection of appetizers from the a la carte menu came to the table as a large quantity of unrefined culinary achievement packed messy onto a platter. Of the bountifully , The two things that I truly enjoyed were the fresh buffalo milk mozzarella and the grilled Jar artichoke, both of which underwent the LEASE AMOUNT OF INTERVENTION from the kitchen. Open a package and put it on the plate so to speak.

Everything else that involved any form of skillful cookery was a complete disaster.
Starting from the Duck Spring Rolls wrapped with thick heavy chewy bread like dough served with a watered down JAR plum sauce, to fishy crab cakes whom were too salty to swallow. Also on the platter was an Asian Braised short rib as dry as beef jerky and Prawn Tempura Levine by the power of baking soda. Salmon Gravlox was far from standard, being completely cured with nothing but salt. No spices, no herbs, no love, and barley edible. To compensate they put some form of dill yogurt. Finally, Diced tofu with caramelized onion, I just cannot see the connection there.

The dinner stop from here on, I had no more courage to try anymore items off this menu.

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Very nice place
By marialee of Downtown (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 10:21am [Dine in]

We visited this place yesterday with a group of friends. The food is very delicious and the prices are a little expensive. We ordered the satay and Ahi tuna which was very fresh. Service is very good and the restaurant setup is very nice.

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so overrated
By insider of westcoast (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Seriously - whoever is giving this place 5 stars for food is outta their mind. Really overpriced, bland food. I seriously had the WORST risotto in my life here and paid $30 for it. I took the bait by adding the truffle supplement- expecting a simple rustic (Flavourful) dish. What I got was unservably over-cooked rice and water with a few dried-out flavorless truffle shavings not unlike toe nail clippings on top. Restaurants should never tease people with luxury ingredients- If you cant do it right just dont offer it in the first place. Really poor overall. 3 meals in 3 years @ Global, the last one was the last though.

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Not bad...
By g_and_a of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Glowbal is really trendy and happening. It's an awesome place to go for pre-drinks. They have killer Mojitos! I highly recommend those!

The mushroom skewers are delicious....but I can't say that I was really a huge fan of any of their other food.

The service seemed to be pretty lacking tho...you almost have to chase a server to get any service.

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not a glowing review
By prp of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 18, 2005 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

This was my first dining experience at Glowbal, and will likely be my last. The meal was not disappointing (the sweet pea risotto was quite tasty), however the service without a smile put a damper on the meal. Perhaps smiling isn't cool at Glowbal. Sitting on the beautiful patio, the smell of a nearby dumpster in the air, we marvelled at the table of girls nearby sporting chihuahuas in pink dresses. This is a great spot for people watching, and while I may not rush back for dining, I would return just for the fun of taking it all in - vodka tonic in hand.

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The great place to dine in Yaletown...
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

I went to Glowbal in Yaletown recently for a lateish dinner (9pm) and I was very impressed. We sat on their patio, which has to be one of the best people watching spots around, at a cozy little table in the corner.
I found the service to be outstanding, our server was very knowledgable and friendly. Upon finding out that it was our first time at the restaurant, she promptly sent over one of their sampler satay platters on the house. I thought that was a nice touch.
The meal itself was really great. I ordered the Sea Bass which came with tomato confit, sweetpea saffron risotto and lobster essence, needless to say it was amazing.
Glowbal is also quite the hot nighttime spot, so there were ample pretty people coming and going. The restauarant basically turns into a lounge/bar after 10:00pm with the crowd from Afterglow spilling into the main dining room.
I would highly recommend trying Glowbal sometime for dinner, lunch, their famous weekend brunch or their early bird movie goers special, which is a 3 course meal for $25 a person, which is a great idea.

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LOUD (I said loud)
By mia of Maple Ridge (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Brought a date here, and in retrospect, not a great date decision. HOLY LOUD. I get the whole loud music vibe, but if you're with a date, don't go there, we literally had to repeat every second thing we said.

Entered through some weird back entrance, had to cross the whole restaurant and go right out the other side to the hostess stand.

Anyway ...

Food ... first round of satay's were spectacular ... Scallop, Short Rib, Tuna, Sablefish, second round less than average ... Chicken, Mushroom, Prawn, Salmon. Also, great amuse and bread.

Service, EVERYONE seemed to be in a great mood, smiling, but empty glasses and slow clearing brings it down a notch. We probably had 5 different people looking after us at different times, a little disorganized.

Value ... pretty decent I thought, small portions but at $3 or $4 each, just get lots. Forgot to charge us for a couple glasses of wine, that helps

Ambiance ... typical Yaletown, packed like Sardines, and LOUD. but everyones hot which is nice.

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A Yaletown gem, I guess....it's just lost on me....
By AKInc of Richmond B.C (28 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

We got a gift certificate to head to one of the Glowbal group's of restaurants. We looked over all the menus and the Glowbal Lounge was the only thing that was vaguely interesting.

Considering we had to wait 5 (literal) minutes just to see anyone, they started on the wrong foot. We selected to sit on the patio as it's nearing the end of summer so you might as well take advantage of it, right?

We orders the Kobe Meatball skewer, the blackened wild salmon and a prawn skewer. These were quite uninspired.

I ordered a 10 oz strip loin steak and my wife did the same. We both ordered medium rare and I had the polenta side and she had the mushroom risotto. My wife's steak was medium rare to rare (which we're ok with) while mine was almost spot on.

My polenta was great and matched well with the bottle of shiraz we got, while the risotto was done well, yet kind of bland...

Dessert was lemon cheese cake and the Baily's bread pudding. The lemon cheesecake was more like a vanilla custard with lemon rind on top while the bread pudding was superb.

I think I might be projecting a bit, but my expectations with respect to the bill was not to par. I felt for the same dollar I could have received a better meal. I guess if I cared about "being seen" that would have been a terrific experience, but if I bother to venture to Yaletown again, I think I can use $200 better at the Blue Water Cafe.

I think the product they are pushing is simply "lost on me." I don't wish to be a character in the Twilight saga or Perez Hilton...

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Brumch? ooh ya. we need brunch
By mcnite of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

We stumbled on Glowbal's brunch and were amazed. Food streaming out of the kitchen, large portions, everything hot and delicious. I went safe with the Yaletown breakfast (could have been Whaletown) and my partner had the lobster (yes, lobster) benedict. Both were exquisite and there was little left on our plates at the end.

Also, although I don't remember our server's name, he mixed a mean caesar. A very nice stopover on our tour of the old warehouse district. Just the fact that people are willing to put up with Yaletown shows how good the "custom" (as in patronage) must be.

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Great Food at Yaletown Prices- Best Dessert!
By comiccrow of Yaletown,Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

The little lady and I decided to go for a bite to eat the other night to support the charity drive for AIDS at participating restaurants. We decided on Glowbal as we've heard great things and all the celebs seem to like it, so it must be good, right??? Anyway the place has a very cozy warm feel. The waiters were friendly and served us promptly. We ordered some red wine which was good, but overpriced like in any restaurant. I decided to try the satays so I could have a bit of everything. I tried the Satay Coconut Chicken, Scallop, Ahi Tuna, Kobe Meatball and an order of Poutine to share. The Ahi Tuna had a crispy outer layer and was absolutely awesome. The coconut chicken just tasted like chicken on a stick. The meatball was good as well as the scallop. My girlfriend loved the poutine gravy, I thought it was just ok. The best part of the evening was the dessert the waiter recommended. It was a chocolate bread pudding thing served hot/baked with vanilla/Baileys sauce and whip cream. SHARE one, it's super rich, but the best thing there I bet. Overall we had a great evening and it was for charity too. Didn't see any celebs though.

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Below expectations...
By rvr of Yaletown (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

A group of 4 of us went there recently for Taste of Yaletown (TOY). One of us is a regular, two have never been there, and I've been there a couple times.

First of all, we were told when we arrived that we had to be out in 1.5 hours because our table was rebooked - this was unexpected because we were anticipating the usual 2 hour dinner, and we were never told of this at the time of booking.

Our server seemed like he sized us up and decided we would not be worth his while, because he was rushed in talking to us and taking our order (he grabbed one drink order and started to walk away and we had to call him back to finish the others). He told us initially that someone else was going to take our table, but then he ended up being our server - so that was strange and we're not sure what happened there. He also disappeared for the most part of our meal (food runners were more attentive to us) and never once poured us refills from the bottle of wine on our table.

Three of us ordered the TOY 3-course meal. The beef carpaccio was fantastic, and quite a nice portion. The halibut was unfortunately overcooked and a bit dry, and VERY salty. I like salt, but this was even too much for me.

All in all I felt like we were given a sub-par experience since we were in there for TOY, even though we had a few drinks plus a bottle of nice wine (and extra dessert shooters). It's a shame when a restaurant fails to see the opportunity to impress newcomers who are taking advantage of a promotional offer. Instead of treating us like we're cheap, they should have wow-ed us to make sure we return. At least 2 from our group said they would not. There are way too many other fantastic restaurants in the area, and Glowbal is just average among them..

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Nothing special.
By 778guy of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 1:27am [Dine in]

We read about this place online and it looked really interesting. When we arrived we were seated on the patio which was very comfortable and our server was quite friendly and prompt. After looking over the menu we had the satay sampler platter and the soup of the day (sweet pea with bacon). The soup was really good however I was quite disappointed in the satays, they were cold and fairly bland with the accept ion of the short rib, however the chicken was downright unappetising. All in all the bread soup and service were all good but those are hardly worth coming back to considering the main and the prices (I know the rent is expensive in Yaletown but they were way above the quality and value).

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Will never return
By kar of burnaby (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Beware the terrible service at Glowbal/Afterglow lounge. I am really fed up with trendy Yaletown joints with staff who have their noses up in the air, in particular the management. What ever happened to putting the customer first? Their food is not great, the prices are inflated, and the only kind thing I can say is that the drinks are fairly good. As one can obviously tell, my experience was a disaster and I will not be coming back.

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Long time lover
By cododd of east van (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

I happened to live in the area when glowbal opened so got to check them out first thing. It has been a favourite of mine since then.

The staff are always friendly, even if they aren't able to be super quick, making a bit of a wait (if you have one) more bearable.

The food is always spot on. I've been there many many times and can't think of a single time when I've not liked what I had.

The tapas are a must. I always have to have a few, and I also almost always get dessert. Yum.

I have been here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have yet to have any big complaints.

This one remains at the top of my list despite the passing years.

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It's not really a satay bar
By banany of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:14am [Dine in]

We were so enticed by the satay and appetizers offerings that we ignored the entrees and ordered lots of satays, multiple appetizers, and the lobster mashed potato side dish. The satays aren't really satays in the true meaning. Most items come on skewers, but one came in the spoon you get at Chinese restaurants. The prawn, scallop, and crab satays were the best with the prawns taking best in show. the kobe meatballs didn't taste kobe and the candied salmon was not candied! We had some other satays, but they were boring.

On to appetizers. I HIGHLY recommend the fries with lobster curry. The fries are exactly the way I like fries; tastes home made. There some decent pieces of lobster and curry with fries is quite tasty. The crab cakes were BAD! Really dry and really boring; something I'd except at a lame franchise restaurant. The lobster mash was just okay. The potato part was boring so we just picked out the lobster pieces and there were quite a few big chucks of lobster.

I'd go again because I really enjoyed the prawn satay and fries with lobster curry. Maybe I'll even try an entree. Oh, just because you don't get an entree doesn't your bill will be any less!

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Attrocious service
By flygal of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Went for a friends birthday, incredibly horrible. The food was the only saviour, excellent! Would comment on our drinks, but only had 1 as the server never offered me another one, and he would not stay at the table long enough for me to even have a chance to catch his attention. Seemed incredibly not interested, made no attempt to be slightly friendly, only came by to our table all of 5 times; 1st to take our drink order, 2nd to drop off drinks and take food order, 3rd to check on food ( after we had it for 15 mins) and inappropriately try and sell us shots, 4th time was to drop off the bill and tell us about the auto gratuity on the bill, and the 5th time to collect our money. Would have complained to the manager but he totally creeped me out when he escorted me to the table while staring at my chest the whole time. Doubt I'll be going back anytime soon.

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Let's brunch!
By dreiphys of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I love breakfast food, like so many out there. The problem is, where do you go to get good quality breakfast food that is not so fast--as in fast food--and won't cause you to break out from all the grease? The quest always continues, but until someone takes me to that breakfast heaven or I find it myself, Glowbal is a good place to rely on. I had the smoked salmon benny and my friend had the mushroom frittata. My eggs were poached just right, the hollandaise wasn't too overpowering, and the smoked salmon made it feel light. It came with a light salad and some roasted potatoes with herbs. It was filling, but not heavy. We also had a mimosa each. It was a sweet way to start off a Sunday when the thought of having to go back to work the next day loomed over us like the grey rain clouds that morning. The dining room is comfortable and the colours are warm. It was very busy--seemed like a gathering of "who's who", but that comes with the territory.

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Daughter's Birthday Done Right
By lovegoingout of Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 9:29am [Dine in]

We chose Glowbal to try for the first time on Saturday night for our daughter's 20th birthday. Staff were very good; funny, attentive and helped make it a special night. Food was excellent, lots to chose from. Very, very busy and loud but made the evening perfect. The owner made visits to the table giving meal suggestions and friendly banter, great sense of humour! I can see why the place was so busy.

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Pleasant Brunch!
By foodish of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My partner & I recently went to Glowbal for brunch. While we're nearby, I have a a regular neighbourhood spot I invariably brunch at (in-house bakery!). However, I had a promo for Glowbal brunch and decided to try it out. I made an opentable reservation outlining gluten/dairy/egg allergies and promptly attended at 11 a.m. We were whisked to one of the best patio tables and the server was over promptly, referencing the allergy notification, making suggestions and providing a suitable yet tasty amuse bouche. For anyone with allergies, that kind of prep work is both rare and very much appreciated. Giant brownie points for that.

The mini-donuts provided to our (and every table) were piping hot and much appreciated by myself (I don't have the gluten allergy). I had the yaletown breakfast and my partner had fish. She loved hers & I quite liked mine. My partner now bugs me to go to Glowbal for brunch and I have to say, I'll likely be easily swayed to go again!

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average at best
By jonnat of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Few nights ago I went to celebrate my 6th aniversary and I was expecting a lot from this place. Because my freinds keep telling me how great this place is. Unfortunately I left hungry and with my wallet almost empty. If you just want to have a nice drink, chat with your friends and listen to good music, this is the place. But if you want to have a nice dinner, this is not the place to be. The food average at best and pricey.

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