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Glo, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH - restaurant review

PUBLISHED: 18:36 06 December 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 28 February 2013

Great Surrey restaurants: Glo in Walton-on-Thames

Great Surrey restaurants: Glo in Walton-on-Thames

In among the flats, retail outlets and chain restaurants of The Heart in Walton-on-Thames, JOHN HUGHES discovers the Asian-inspired restaurant, Glo, a gem of a place that won't break the bank in these credit-crunched times

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2009

Glo, The Heart, New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH Tel: 01932 222004




In among the flats, retail outlets and chain restaurants of The Heart in Walton-on-Thames, JOHN HUGHES discovers the Asian-inspired restaurant, Glo, a gem of a place that won't break the bank in these credit-crunched times



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In recent years, The Heart has transformed the centre of Walton-on-Thames, both as a place to shop and a place to eat. Glance along the New Zealand Avenue side and you'll see mostly branded restaurants - Nando's, Pizza Express etc - but in among them is the delightfully less familiar Glo (only three, so hardly a chain!). I went along to sample what they themselves describe as 'casual, contemporary eating'.

The Glo restaurant is indeed contemporary - bright and buzzy with its fair share of trendy folk in the bar sipping seemingly endless pre-dinner cocktails. But this by no means excludes oldies such as me and I felt very relaxed and at home, thanks chiefly to the quite superb staff and the warm welcome from the manager, James.

They describe their food as Asian 'inspired', so there are dishes you'd see in Thai, Korean, Chinese or Indian restaurants, but mostly with a difference - and there is plenty of choice, too.

Kick-off with a cocktail

I perused the menu over a signature cocktail, a Sake-Rita, which is sake, Cointreau and lime juice, shaken and served in a sea salt rimmed Martini glass. It was great, with a subtle kick to it. My daughter Helen tried a Mango & Raspberry, which comprised raspberry puree, Beefeater gin and lime juice shaken with fresh mango slices and layered under mango juice. It was equally delicious!

We overdosed on starters, which we shared around: Korean BBQ Prawn Skewer (juicy black tiger prawns covered in a rich barbecue sauce grilled on a skewer), Goats' Cheese, Beetroot & Coriander Parcel (oven baked in filo pastry with red onion and pine nuts), and two Dim Sum (Scallop and Shitake Mushroom; and Thai Coriander Prawn & Chicken).

Everything comes with a selection of dips. The pick of the crop was probably the Goats' Cheese, Beetroot & Coriander Parcel, with its nicely blended flavours.

For my main course, I went for a house speciality, the Sizzling Glo Platter - a selection of ginger lamb chops, pork Sichuan, chicken satay and sawade tiger prawns, served with coconut rice and the omnipotent dips. It was good - all meats cooked well, tastefully presented and ripe for sharing, which we did.

Pleased as punch

Helen was pleased as punch with her Aromatic Duck - the tender chunks were tossed in a caramelised plum sauce and aromatic spices, and served with noodles and fresh vegetables.

For dessert, we shared Ice Cream Money Bags - deep fried ice cream wrapped in an oriental pastry and topped with warm honey. The thought was a bit much for me, but when it arrived I had no problem fighting for my fair share!

The wine list is moderately priced though not extensive - the cocktails are the star turn here. However, I did enjoy a very pleasant glass of Anoranza Sauvignon Blanc, a zingy Spanish wine with just the edge required to complement such an array of food flavours and textures.

Glo is a fun dining experience. The balance between traditional and contemporary is just right, and I liked the informal atmosphere very much - and all at a price that won't break the bank. Glo - sorry, go - and experience it for yourself!






What we ate

Starters
Goats' Cheese, Beetroot & Coriander Parcel 4.95
Korean BBQ Prawn Skewer 4.95
Dim Sum: Scallop & Shitake Mushroom 3.40
Dim Sum: Thai Coriander Prawn & Chicken 3.50

Main Courses
Aromatic Duck 8.95
Sizzling Glo Platter 15.95

Desserts
Ice Cream Money Bags 5.45

Drinks
Sake-Rita 4.95
Mango & Raspberry 4.95
Anoranza Sauvignon (glass) 4.00

Verdict
Food and drink 7
Service 9
Venue 9



3 other great Asian restaurants in Surrey...

Asiana Indian Restaurant

114 Hermitage Road,
St Johns, Woking GU21 8TT
Tel: 01483 488122
A vibrant Indian fine dining experience in a stylish setting. Book early to get a table in the Skylight area, where you can gaze into the night sky as you sample the mouth-watering cuisine.

Le Raj
211 Fir Tree Road,
Epsom Downs KT17 3LB
Tel: 01737 371371
Owned by the founder and organiser of the annual British Curry Awards, Enam Ali, Le Raj is the place to go for a truly top-notch curry (and a great place for celeb-spotting, too...).

Mystica Restaurant
147-149 Station Road,
Addlestone KT15 2AT
Tel: 01932 841682
Winner of a Top Table gold award, at Mystica you'll find authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist, all delivered in a dining room that exudes a chic and sultry ambience.







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