The Glowbal Group launched an extension to the Golden Age of Steak (Black + Blue) called “The Roof at Black+Blue” in April 2013. The Roof boasts that it is Vancouver’s largest rooftop dining area and opens up Black+Blue to a brunch experience. Located on the third floor of the restaurant, the patio is covered by awnings and surrounded by propane fireplaces that make eating outside in the Vancouver weather, comfortable and sophisticated.
Brunch on The Roof is weekend only, Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:00pm, but dinner is available seven days a week. Until January 19th, the Glowbal Group has 25% off of lunch/brunch at all of their locations.
I went this past weekend with my family to see what brunch on the Roof was worth the hype I’ve seen on places like VancityBuzz. Black + Blue is known for its sophisticated atmosphere and gourmet food. The Roof shows many of the same design elements that makes it feel like a modern living room on a patio.
The main entrance is lined with colourful light-up cubes, coaches adorned with zebra print pillows and the signature bull at the end of the hallway. The patio itself is surrounded by a glass encased fireplace with room sized fire-pits through the centre. This additional heat element makes eating outside in colder Vancouver weather more enjoyable than eating inside. Though there are dining tables around the perimeter of the patio, the centre has couches with the same zebra print pillows seen along the main entrance.
Before I forget to mention, instead of the usual bread and butter, the meal started off with banana bread, butter and jam. We ordered two items off of the ‘Brunch’ menu and another off of their regular lunch menu: The Smoked Salmon Omelette, The Black+Blue Benny, & The Tuna Screamer ‘Salad’. Both brunch items came with a salad and herb roasted potatoes. However, though meal was good, for someone who cooks with very little salt, the potatoes were just a bit too salty for me.
The Smoked Salmon omelette has smoked salmon, shaved red onions, grilled asparagus, and burrata (an Italian cheese) inside it.
The Black + Blue benny is two poached eggs, prosciutto, dungeness crab, arugula, and hollandaise sauce served on a grilled baguette. They give you a steak knife to eat this – as the baguette could have been crispier. It was still very good.
The Tuna Screamer is ahi tuna tataki served on a bed of shaved daikon salad with a serrano chili and ponzu sauce, all topped with a bit of tobiko.
Overall, Brunch at Black + Blue was great. Brunch items are priced between $12 – $17 a dish. It has a great atmosphere, excellent service, and the food was pretty good. I have been to Black + Blue before as well as the roof for dinner – both were fantastic. No complaints aside from salty potatoes (but I don’t generally like salt).
Would I recommend The Roof? Definitely. If you’re a little hesitant, 25% is a nice incentive (before January 19th) or go to Costco and buy $100 worth of gift cards to Glowbal restaurants for $80 (a nice 20% discount).
Until next time…
The Roof at Black + Blue
1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver B.C.
Open seven days a week:
11:30am to 12:00am
Serving brunch Saturday and Sunday:
11:30am – 3:00pm