Glo Restaurant & Europub0
Oh Glo, how you make me smile!
It had been a while since my last visit to Glo Restaurant and Europub and there have been a few chef and menu changes since then.
After this last visit I’m happy to report that Glo is still serving quality food at very affordable prices and my ability to eat, drink and lounge here for many hours at a time has not been impeded by any of their changes.
In fact, I may have broken my record for longest lounge at Glo with this last visit topping out at just over 4.5 hours!
What can I say, on a warm sunny summer day, there’s pretty much no where else I’d rather be relaxing in Victoria than on the patio at Glo.
I mean come on, with super comfy lounge chairs, a large stone fountain tricking behind me, palm trees all around, gorgeous sweeping water views, a glass of fine red wine in my hand and appy or two to munch on, how could I NOT love this place??
Mmmmm, speaking of appies, here’s one I hadn’t tried at Glo yet – the “Chicken Lettuce Wraps” ($12). This is a good one for anyone who’s wanting something a little lighter or just watching their waistline. In my case, I was just making sure I didn’t get too full as I was looking forward to trying a new entree and dessert as well.
In general I would rate these lettuce wraps as good compared to others I’ve had in Victoria.
The chicken comes ground, infused with hoisin sauce and is mixed with crispy tortilla and rice noodles.
Some restaurants choose not to ground the chicken but I don’t really care either way as long as the flavour is still there.
The dish also comes with a trio of “Asian influenced sauces”: a hoisin sauce, a peanut cream sauce and a wasabi aoili sauce. All of them were good, and I liked that you had a choice of more than just the usual hoisin that most restaurants serve with lettuce wraps.
As a note, if you’ve never had hoisin sauce, it has a balanced mix of salty, sweet, and tangy taste. It also has a hint of spicy heat.
After my appy I was ready to try something new off their entrees menu. I decided to go for the “Prosciutto Chicken” ($18.50), as the description sounded amazing.
The chicken was stuffed with artichoke, sundried tomato, spinach, feta and cream cheese. It came with roasted veggies, mashed potatoes and an apple-shallot demi.
It not only sounded amazing but tasted amazing as well. I would say it ranked as one of my favourite chicken dishes in Victoria.
The chicken was perfectly done, soft and juicy. The combination of flavours that the stuffing brought to the dish were lovely.
I also loved the roasted veggies which were delicious and also added some nice colour to the dish.
The apple-shalot demi was sweet and went really well with the mashed potatoes.
At first I thought it tasted a bit like a sauce that might be served in the fall or winter, or perhaps was a bit overpowering and took away from the taste of the chicken. However, I did like it and ate it all so I can’t complain.
While I was enjoying my chicken, Mark was diving into his second of four courses included in Glo’s “Tuscan Table” ($18.95 Sun – Tues, $21.95 Wed – Sat).
His first course, the “Antipasti” was a plate of two spring rolls. Though they tasted quite good, it was the only dish included in the four courses that seemed a bit out of place.
After all, it was called the “Tuscan Table”, and it was “Antipasti” so one might expect something like an olive plate or some salami.
That being said, the spring rolls were good and the “Pear and Candied Pecan Salad” that he had for course number two was equally as good.
With this course, there was a choice of 3 salads or soup.
Next up was the main entree which for Mark was the “AAA Sirloin Steak”.
There were a couple other choices on the menu in case you fancy something other than steak.
Mark said the steak was perfectly done to his liking (medium) and he also enjoyed the roasted veggies.
If you’ve come to Glo with a good appetite, I highly recommend the Tuscan Table as you get a lot of food and at a very reasonable price.
In fact, I’d say it’s one of the best values for dinner that you can get at any restaurant in Victoria.
Finally, last but not least, the dessert course.
Included with the Tuscan Table was a delectable “Lemon Tart”.
That was Mark’s description of it anyway… delectable!
As he wasn’t in a sharing mood (haha, actually I’m just not much of a lemon fan), I ordered the “Sticky Toffee Pudding” ($6).
I’ve had this at Glo before and in my opinion, it ranks up there as one of the best in Victoria. It’s definitely the largest portion I’ve had and for only 6 bucks, once again I have to say kudos to Glo for their value factor.
The pudding/cake part was moist and fresh and there was a decent amount of caramel sauce on it. The pudding wasn’t swimming in the sauce like you might find at some other restaurants, but enough that you could definitely get a good taste of it.
You could easily share this dessert as there were two decent size pieces, but Lianna likes her sticky toffee pudding something good so she ate the whole thing by herself (smile).
I have had many meals at Glo Restaurant but I have to admit this last visit ranks as one of my favourites.
Glo has a huge wrap-around outdoor patio that’s right beside the water and on a nice summer evening, you just can’t beat the atmosphere here.
Though it’s situated just outside of downtown Victoria, Glo Restaurant & Europub is worth the short drive (or Harbour Ferry ride) and I highly recommend it for your next evening out.
Oh, and by the way, the sunsets here are amazing…