Tuesday 2 January 2018

Glowbal Flagship Restaurant Dinner Tasting

dozen oysters chef's selection with a red wine shallot and chive mignonette
You have probably heard or been to one of Glowbal Group's exquisite restaurants. The majority of their restaurants are located in the downtown core and include Italian Kitchen, Coast, The Roof, The Fish Shack, Nosh, Black + Blue, Trattoria and their namesake Glowbal. One thing common across the restaurants is the impeccable service and flavourful food and that is why I have had three birthday celebrations with them. I had the opportunity to attend a private dinner tasting at Glowbal and it was phenomenal. Let me start by saying, I genuinely felt like a princess that night! 

Dinner began with a small plate of Buttermilk Parmesan Fried Chicken. Perfectly crisp pieces of chicken garnished served with peppercorn lime aioli and a slice of jalepeno. This small plate was shortly followed by a massive Satay Platter. There was one of each satay that Glowbal has to offer: Lamb Kofta, Jerk Chicken, Signature Meatball, King Mushroom Tempura, Al Pastor Pork, Curried Tiger Prawn, Ginger Beef, Braised Short Rib and Bacon Wrapped Scallop. The Satays came with a ginger white soy truffle aioli and a siracha mustard sauce. And there was still more, a dozen oysters chef's selection with a red wine shallot and chive mignonette. 

The fried chicken were little nuggets of crispy goodness that I could have ate a dozen more of. I have never been a big satay person, but I gave them a try. The chicken, prawn and scallop were divine. I would not get the king mushroom tempura again as it was quite oily. The oysters were presented stunningly; however, I actually do not eat raw oysters purely because I cannot get past the texture. My friend was thrilled though since he got all 12 oysters to himself which he happily devoured and gave two thumbs up to. 

Something I always look forward to at nice restaurants are cocktails. I asked for something fruity to which the server brought me their Pom and Elderflower, a divine combination of stolichnaya vodka, st. germain, lemon, syrup, crushed ice and a deep red pomegranate juice that is poured into the glass at your table. It was the perfect cocktail for me! 

The Truffled Spaghetti & Signature Meatballs is my favourite dish on their menu, so I was really excited when it was brought out to our table. The dish is rounded out by sweet tomato fondue, a tête de mine rosette (cheese) and earthy shaved truffles. I also got to try the Sable Fish on asian vegetables that was finished table side with a hot mushroom consommé and served with a side soba noodle salad. I was dining in the birdcages on the patio, so I really appreciated the steaming hot broth as it kept me and the dish warm. I loved the different textures and temperatures, the cool salad against the hot broth, the soft flakey fish balanced by the crisp asian vegetables. Really just excites your palate. 

The real surprise of the night was when the feature risotto arrived at our table. It was not part of the tasting, but since I had expressed my love of risotto they decided to surprise me. The risotto was perfectly executed and the creamy cheese ladened risotto was brightened with fresh green peas, shaved root vegetables and sweet prawns. 


The night finished on a sweet note, Zeppole al Cioccolato, their signature dessert at all of their restaurants. little Italian-style doughnuts filled with either a hazelnut cream or vanilla crème anglaise and a dusting of amaretti biscuit. By then there was no natural light left for me take pictures, so you will need to go and order it for yourself. 


All opinions are my own.

Buttermilk Parmesan Fried Chicken
A Dozen Oysters Chef's Selection
Satay Platter

Pom & Elderflower Cocktail
Sable Fish 
Truffled Spaghetti & Meatballs

Daily Special Risotto 

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