Michael Pauwels and Marijke Adam, natives of Belgium, have been in the restaurant business for years in Belgium and in the US. They wanted to opened up something they could call their own. With their combined experience, they opened up The Globe Dine Bar on July 28, 2011 with global inspired, seasonal cuisine and an exclusive selection of Belgian craft ales. Michael and Marijke are always around being the perfect hosts in the dining room and behind the bar. The ambiance has a neighborhood bar feel but yet European. Tables are wrapped in country highlights of Europe. We sat at the Greece table depicting images of Athens and specialty dishes like gyros. The music is streamed from Belgium with very few commercials – great music selection from 80s rock and news updates in French.
Charcuterie Platter is a chef’s selection of cured meats and pate from around the globe, with seasonal trimmings. The meats were perfectly sliced, especially the prosciutto, paper thin so it just melts in your mouth. The meats had different textures and flavors that satisfy the taste buds. Love the roasted garlic, so sweet, and it matches perfectly with the meats. An expertly sliced French baguette is the perfect vehicle to get these delectable meats into your mouth. Thumbs up, way up!
Beer Beef Stew is large cubes of beef simmered in Leffe Brune beer, sautéed onions, and carrots. The beer added an interesting aroma and flavor, yet was served burgundy-style. The sauce was thick and the beef was luxuriously tender. The Belgian fries are the perfect option to get all of the tasty sauce. You don’t want to waste any of it. The Belgian Fries were fried to perfection with a crispy, golden brown outside and a tender very-essence-of-potato inside. Once you go the Belgian way, it’s hard to have regular French fries again. Thumbs up, way up!
Globe Short Rib is slow cooked boneless short ribs with natural jus and sautéed farm-fresh vegetables. It’s a huge portion of short rib! The sauce was a bit strong and covered up the beefy flavor of the short rib. The meat was very tender, no knife necessary. The medley of vegetables, zucchini, assorted root vegetables, mushrooms, and Swiss chard were fabulous. The potato gratin was wonderful – layered potatoes, creamy flavor, and gooey cheese on top. Be careful, the gratin is made fresh and comes right out of the oven to your table. Let it cool off a bit before digging in. I’m a connoisseur of braised short ribs, not the best I’ve ever had, but pretty darn good. Thumbs up!
Tiramisu is an Italian classic: mascarpone custard layered with fresh cream, Rhum, and espresso soaked ladyfingers. OMG! Since coming back from Milan last year, whether it is coffee or Italian desserts, I haven’t been able to find anything close, but I think I have found it here at The Globe. It’s made by Chef George Anthony, who worked at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. when Ronald Reagan was president. President Reagan said that it was the best tiramisu he’d ever had. And he was right! It’s very authentic in flavor – strong, balanced espresso flavor with creamy, sweet mascarpone cheese, spongy ladyfingers, and dark chocolate powder on top. Brilliantly executed! Thumbs up, way up!
Globetrot here in Garden Grove at The Globe Dine Bar. No passport required!
- Happy Hour daily from 4:00pm to 7:00pm - $2 off all Belgian craft beers on tap, domestic bottle beers, Beringer wines, well drinks, signature cocktails and appetizers.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
The Globe Dine Bar
12926 Main St
Garden Grove, CA 92840
- Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 1:30am
- Friday through Saturday from 4:00pm to 2:00am