May 27, 2014 by daniele holmberg
I recently went to visit The Globe – Belgian Gastropub in the heart of Garden Grove on downtown Main Street. I have worked in the city of Garden Grove for the past 6 years and I have never gone to visit this eclectic restaurant, so I was excited to see what they had to offer. I have heard great things about The Globe – Belgian Gastropub in that they have a variety of beer options and Belgian dishes offered! My favorite beer has always been Belgian Beer and I have been obsessed with Belgian fries and mayo ever since I was 15 and I took a family trip to Belgium. At that time, I fell in love with the city and when I traveled back to Amsterdam years later (close to Belgium…) I had the opportunity once again to enjoy Belgian delicacies. My past travels made this visit to The Globe – Belgian Gastropub very special to me & I was excited to be able to enjoy their Belgian food and beer.
Upon entering The Globe, I was pleasantly impressed by the tabletops in the restaurant that each had different pictures representing different countries. Something else that was definitely unique about The Globe – Belgian Gastropub was that they have 18 drafts on tap and 25 bottles of different Belgian Beers. Each beer on draft, as well as in a bottle comes in its’ own unique glassware provided from the brewer with their unique logo on each proper glass! My personal favorite glass and beer was the La Chouffe. This beer was golden ale with a well rounded flavor. It had 8% alcohol, was unfiltered and lightly hoppy with a slight spice to it.
Prior to the main course, we started out with a round of appetizers that included the Belgian Bavarian Pretzel with Dijon mustard. We also had the artisan cheese plate that had a variety of cheeses from around the globe. There was everything from goat cheese to cheddar and we devoured the cheeses quite easily with the French Baguette that was provided prior to our meal. My husband opted for a darker beer called the St. Bernardus and he enjoyed it very well. :)
Throughout our enjoyment of beers and appetizers, we were visited by our friendly wait staff and by the owners of The Globe – Belgian Gastropub. The owners are a couple that relocated from Belgium years ago and made us feel at home. The owner of the Globe, Michael and his wife, Marijke welcomed us in to their dining establishment and served us a variety of delectable yummies from the menu. Something that stood out to me was the unique monthly offerings of a variety of foods from a different country. Each month, The Globe – Belgian Gastropub highlights a different country and Chef Christophe, formerly the chef at the Encore Dinner theater whips up specialty dishes from the featured country. The day we visited, Mexico was the highlighted country.
For our main courses we had the Coq au Vin and the Steak Frites. The Coq au Vin was recommended by our waiter and the owner, Michael himself. My husband was very happy he selected this dish and enjoyed it very much. I loved this dish as well, but I was more in a steak mood that evening and my steak frites hit the spot. Normally the steak frites (French fries) comes with a choice of a red demi glaze sauce or a gorgonzola cream cheese sauce, but being the foodie fanatic I am I had to try it both ways, so I asked for both sauces on the side, as well as a side of garlic aioli for my fries. While I enjoyed them both, my preference for this dish would be the demi glaze sauce. I loved the gorgonzola cream cheese, but it was a bit rich for me and I could not eat the whole steak with that sauce.
As I mentioned earlier, there are 18 Belgian beers on tap and 25 different Belgian bottled beers at The Globe – Belgian Gastropub! Beers offered are updated on their website regularly. In addition to the La Chouffe and the St. Bernardus, we also tried La Trappe Quad, Straffe Hendrik, Chimay Red Ale, and the Timmermans Strawberry Lambic. Each of these beers was unique in flavor. My husband tends to go for more of the brown ales, while I go more for Belgian Blondes and whites (wit bier) The Timmermans Strawberry Lambic was very light and refreshing and served as a dessert beer for us and resembled a sweet champagne, but not overly sweet. Towards the end of dinner, the waiter brought out his favorite glassware which accompanied the beer called, Scaldis. Although I did not get to try this beer, the glass was awesome with frosted glass that looked cracked for design. Don’t forget, you can purchase any of glassware you choose as I mentioned above! I almost bought the glass for La Chouffe…oh well maybe next time. :)
At The Globe – Belgian Gastropub all guests are challenged and welcome to finish a 70 ounce Chimay White in one sitting, but they must first show they have a designated driver and upon completion of the beer, you become a “Chimay Ambassador” and you get your picture put up on the wall. We were stuffed at the end of our dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our meal, but we may have to visit The Globe again soon just to become ambassadors! Have you been to The Globe – Belgian Gastropub before? How did you enjoy your visit? If you have never been, you must go check out this unique Belgian restaurant right in the heart of downtown Garden Grove!!
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