Vancouver's Glowbal Group of restaurants, which includes Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar, Coast, Sanafir, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, and Society, opened their seventh restaurant, Black + Blue (1032 Alberni Street), over the weekend with an opening party on Friday (October 28).
The three-storey restaurant is a classic steakhouse, specializing in a large selection of prime-cut steaks, including Wagyu, U.S., and Canadian prime. All beef is kept in a large glass cooler at the centre of the restaurant, and aged for 28 to 48 days. The dinner menu features classic steakhouse items, including oysters Rockefeller ($14), prawn cocktail ($15), and pan-seared foie gras ($19) to start; Caesar salad ($11) prepared tableside; and non-beef entrees, such as coq au vin ($24), Berkshire pork chop ($31), and lobster thermidor (market price). Steaks at dinnertime start at $29 for an 8-ounce Angus beef tenderloin. Prime rib, which comes with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, and vegetables, starts at $27 for 10 ounces.
The lunch menu is similar, but with lower pricing. The Caesar salad will only run you $8, steaks start at $21 (although they're slightly smaller cuts), and that same 10-ounce prime rib entrée is $19. Also on the restaurant's lunch menu are four sandwiches, including beef dip ($12) and lobster roll ($15), as well as four burgers ($14 to $16). Black + Blue has an extensive cocktail list, which includes classic and new signature drinks, as well as a six-item dessert menu.
Opened by Glowbal owners Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub, Black + Blue's kitchen is run by executive chef Dennis Peckham and chef de cuisine Jason Labahn.
The interiors of the restaurant were designed by Box Interior Design, and include a towering bag at the centre of the restaurant, a glass-walled elevator, golden orb lights, and dark wood fixtures. Black + Blue has 240 seats at tables ranging from cozy booths to long dining tables.
The towering ground-floor bar at Black + Blue.
Black + Blue as seen from the third floor.
Some bite-sized beef-filled Yorkshire puddings, served at the opening party.
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