Venture into glo – a world of culinary fusion – and try a sagatiba shooter or Thai martini to complement the dynamic varieties of Anglo and Asian food on offer.
A sagatiba shooter – a tequila slammer alternative, in which you dip a strawberry into the spirit and coat it in sugar and cinnamon or chilli – will do more than warm your spirits. And a Thai martini – dressed with a red-hot chilli on the rim – will set your sights on next year’s holiday, which, as it turns out, may only need be to Reading town centre, where you can try either creation, or a list of many more.
Trendy and warm glo, with mahogany furnishings and statement lighting, is one of only two in the UK, the other being in Surrey. But the hotness of glo is on the rise, as the owners aspire to bring the chic dining experience from the flagship Reading location to London next year.
My partner and I recently sampled the sweet and spicy drinks and food menus. For starters, we enjoyed the spinach and shiitaki dumplings, as well as the chicken satay, served with a pleasing selection of spicy and creamy sauces. A large serving of thick pesto and coriander noodles with chicken followed for my main, while my partner savoured a delicious bowl of vegetable Szechuan and noodles.
Later, I really wanted to go for the ice cream money bags – deep-fried ice cream wrapped in pastry. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, the pastry is topped with honey. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with such a hankering, as the money had sold out by the time we were ready for a sweet. Instead, I opted for the lemon tart and zest sorbet, the light fruitiness a fresh contrast to the evening’s plethora of salty and rich foods. My partner went bananas for the chocolate banana spring rolls – deep-fried and stuffed with banana and chocolate sauce. The rolls were presented with white-chocolate vanilla ice cream, truly delectable.
From dim sum to Asian pizzas, curry platters to salad and grills, glo radiates a vibe of warm hospitality. Equally hot, and unique to Reading, the Loft Bar offers an intimate setting for adventurous cocktail drinkers to sip Eastern-inspired drinks or ask for specially tailored, mood-oriented refreshments.
glo is a place where East can meet West — if it wants, as much as it wants — and friends can make time to enjoy good company in a totally chilled out venue.
- Where? 2/63 St Mary’s Butts
- Contact: 0118 959 9025 http://www.glohq.com
- How much? Starters: £5.25-£7.15 Mains: £7.45-£26.95 Desserts: £4.25-£5.75