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Glowbal Group's 2013 Dine Out Menu preview

All photos by Ariella Fong

Right after the winter holidays and right before the bustle of Valentine’s Day, the restaurants of Vancouver offer a selection of three-course prix fixed meals, highlighting Vancouver’s freshest and hottest culinary offerings. Glowbal Group of Restaurants is no exception and on January 14, food writers and bloggers alike were treated to a food tour to preview the menus for Coast Restaurant and Black + Blue

Please note, suggested choices are based on: personal preference, size portion and quality of ingredients.

Coast’s feature menu ($38) offers a selection of west coast flavor with an assortment of seafood and comfort options as add ons.

First Course Options:

Bay Scallop & Clam Chowder – roasted parsnip, Yukon potatoes

Thai Style Salmon Tartar – galangal-lime vinaigrette, rice paper cracker and toasted jasmine rice

Main Entrée Options:

Grilled B.C Snapper with vegetables à la grecque served with a citrus beurre blanc

Grilled B.C Salmon with truffled cauliflower purée, wild mushrooms and root vegetable chips

Grilled Alberta Beef “Oscar Style” with blistered peppers and a prawn béarnaise.

Additional side dishes include:  Cauliflower Gratin ($8.95), Rosemary Scallops ($11.95) and Prawn Mashed Potatoes ($12.95)

The dessert option is a Dark Chocolate Turtle Cake (not pictured) and the wine pairing -- at an additional $25 is a selection of Mission Hill’s Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot

Suggested Choices: Bay Scallop & Clam Chowder, Grilled B.C Snapper (with Prawn Mashed Potatoes as an additional add on).

Inspired by Chicago Steakhouses, Black + Blue offers a selection of premium and rare cuts of beef. At $38, its dine out menu focuses on classic comfort food.

First Course Options:

Truffled Potato Leek Soup with Chive oil or “Green Goddess” Watercress (not pictured).

Main Entrée Options:

Blue Ribbon Cottage Pie – salt cellar ground blue ribbon beef, peas, carrots and baked parmesan mash potato

Strip Loin Roast – caramelized winter vegetable, crispy onion, au-jus

Pan Roasted Salmon – parsnip puree, root vegetable chips

Additional side dishes include: Lyonnaise potatoes with caramelized onions ($7), Creamed Corn with crispy jalapeno ($9), Steak Fries with B+B steak spice ($6).

The dessert option is a Cappuccino Pot Au Créme (not pictured) and the wine pairing -- at an additional $25 is a selection of Mission Hill’s Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Suggested Choices: Truffled Potato Leek Soup with Blue Ribbon Cottage Pie (with the jalapeno creamed corn as an add-on).

To end the evening, the group headed to Society Dining Lounge ($18 dine out menu) to sample a selection of desserts featured at Glowbal Group of Restaurant including The Fish Shack, Glowbal Grill, Coast, Black + Blue, and Society.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Mini Donuts and Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Squares

Glowbal Group is one of the many restaurants in Vancouver offering a prix fixe meal at prices of either $18, $28 or $38.  The Dine Out Vancouver Festival starts this Friday, January 18 and runs till February 3. For more information and a full list of menus, visit 


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