Two of us went for dinner at Global last night.
Our first impression was that it was very noisy. This was in part due to a table of sixteen seated on an elevated platform who were clearly having the time of their lives. But without this bunch of rowdies, I think it still would have been a lean-over-the table sort of place if you wanted to hear what the other person was saying.
The food was only so-so. They were out of the scallops and pork belly which is what I wanted to try, so I settled for the oysters which were oddly tasteless and served with the smallest piece of lemon I've ever seen. When I asked for an oyster fork I was told, somewhat dismissively, that the only fork they provided was the dinner fork. I had the farmer's plate duck, which was tasty, but the vegetables were no more than ordiary. The filling of the banana cream tart was pleasant but the pastry shell was unusually tough. My companion also had the farmer's plate but choose the steak intead. Farmer's plate is listed on the menus as costing $32 but when we got the bill my duck was charged at $24 and her steak at $38. When we asked why the steak was even more expensive than the regular steak listed on the menu we were told that it was "better". Are restaurants allowed to charge what they think without signalling this on the menu?
Service was poor. Bread came after the first course had arrived and we had to ask twice for a glass of water. Our waiter was bossy in telling us what we should drink with our food not asking us what we would like. He decided that I should have a muscadet with my oysters but although I said I would prefer a savignon blanc, I was nevertheless served a muscadet and charged accordingly.
Last Saturday we went to Batifole for the first time. What a difference! Quieter, cheaper ($67.00 pp. as opposed to $99.00), better food and much better service. I don't think we'll be hurrying back to Global in the near future.
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