This evening I had some friends in from out of town, one of which had never been to Vancouver before. When it came to selecting a spot for dinner I thought of Glowbal after meeting their social media guy (who runs @Glowbal_Group) at the Twestival event in March. We’re also right in the middle of Dine Out Vancouver, which made my menu selection a piece of cake.
I went with their $38 prix fixe Dine Out Vancouver menu that started with a roasted Beet and arugula salad topped with whipped garlic boursin cheese and sherry vinaigrette.
The other option for the starter was a sweet pea soup with dungeness crab and crÃ¨me fraÃ®che. For my main course I had three choices that included a grilled 8oz Canadian prime tenderloin with confit of fingerling potato, double smoked bacon, sour cream and chives or a wild mushroom risotto with shaved parmesan, watercress salad.
I went with the third option of a pan seared Queen Charlotte halibut with ragout of cannellini beans, green onion, tomato, and spinach.
My dinner companions ordered off the regular menu and eventually the biggest stuffed baked potato I’ve ever seen appeared before me. It was apparently just off the “sides” menu to accompany the streak but was packed to the gills with “lobster fondue”, bacon, gruyÃ¨re, and downright heart-stopping goodness.
My friend dubbed it “magnanimous” (although probably not used in the right context) while also calling his own whipped potato “scrumptious”. The tasty adjectives were flying around the table as it became apparent that the baked potato was simply stuffed with too much to enabled devouring it in its entirety (or at least without help).
For dessert on the Dine Out menu I had the strawberry-rhubarb crumble with fresh berries and biscotti. It was really tasty but very filling.
The Dine Out menu offered a great menu sampling and if you’d like to experience Glowbal yourself, this is the prime time to do so. Sit out on the patio and do some people-watching or hone in on the big screen outside if there’s a particular hockey game you’d like to catch. The portions for Dine Out did not seem as though they were cut short or lacked substance, which made it even better.
Dine Out Vancouver is on now until May 6th with dozens of participating restaurants (with 3 different menu price points) taking part across the city.