Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Glo rice and noodle bar (London) review - more cheap than cheery

Glo+rice+and+noodles+bar+review+LondonTired of the £4 meals served in the canteen, we decided to head out for a stroll during lunch and hopefully able to find something appetizing along the way. Not knowing why, I felt drawn to Swiss Re Building (otherwise known as The Gherkin), probably because that's one architecture feat that dominates London's skyline for miles beyond.

Before long, we were standing in the shadow of the Gherkin and was wondering around the vicinity famished until something caught our eye. Something green actually.

Glo - rice and noodle café, has opened up a store in Central London. Offering affordable fast food, it adopts the layout that at the first glance reminds us of Wagamama: clean setup with simple long canteen style tables. Glo offers a spread of asian cuisine, ranging from the Thai green curry, Japanese katsu chicken, Chinese dim sum to Malaysian beef rendang and even Korean prawn skewers, most of which are going for below £7. We got a beef rendang with rice and chicken tom yam with noodles.

My lunch mate stared at her tom yam noodles (£5.50), gave it a few jabs with her chopsticks and proclaimed that they looked just like those served at E.A.T. The only difference was that Glo's came in a ceramic bowl. Not a very good sign. The soup was obviously brewed using MSG, which was not unexpected given the price. Bits of chicken floated in the tom yam broth didn't cheer her up much.

Glo+rice+and+noodles+bar+LondonMy beef rendang (£6.75) looked rather mushy and unappetizing. Instead of soften chunks of beef, the meat was mashed up and mixed in the thick curry, which tasted more sweet than spicy. To give Glo some credit, the beef rendang did go fine with the rice that came with it.

I am not sure whether my lunch mate would return for a meal, but to be honest, I am not in a hurry to do so. However, if you are looking for a (relatively) cheap lunch that fills up your stomach quickly, Glo's the place to go. Hey, that rhymes. Hmm…

Address: 25 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8AA
Tel: 020 7623 1776
Nearest Tube station: Liverpool Street

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: *
Service: **
Ambience: **
Suitable for: those going for quantity over quality... and on a budget too.

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Fëanor said...

It used to be that one could get two sandwiches for the price of one at Glo. So I used to visit. The other food, I thought, was okay. Don't know about the MSG - and anyway, hasn't all the health scare about MSG been debunked?

Dutchie said...

Actually the GBP 4,00 meals at the cantine does keep u on a nice budget, doesnt it ? Well, it's just a thought ;-}

Our cantine offers the same old arrays of bread, butter cubes n cold cuts - all charged separately but totalled an average 5 euro, with a small bowl of soup thrown in. Unimaginative, dont u think ? If I head out to the take-aways, it would cost double - that's too rich for my paltry slave-income, hehe.

Hubby wanted rendeng today - what a coincidence eh ! He likes to hv his meat daily but that's just too much for me to take on. I am happy to hv veggies as much as possible. So tonite, I'm having veggie curry while he savours his portion of spicy meat ;-p

On ND2009, we had Tapas - it was hubby's choice. I would hv chosen dim sum instead but was not in the mood to make the heaps of pastry, etc.

C K said...

Really? So Glo must have been there for quite some time, no? How's the sandwiches over there? I don't mind MSG too much but it does keep me thirsty for quite awhile. As far as possible, I try to avoid using MSG when cooking else everything tends to taste the same after awhile. Not to mention the salt content. Then again, for a meal under 7 quid, I can't really complain.

I was thinking of writing about the one that we went to the last time round. I thought that the lamb sheekh wasn't too bad. hmm

It does. 5 meals a week at the canteen cost me just shy of £20. Not too bad really. But I do get bored sometimes, my bad.

Hey, I recall that we had this little discussion about Prima Taste rendang some time back. I don't suppose you have that over in NL, do you? Hmm, perhaps I should mail one to you for you to try it out. :)

Dutchie said...

CK, dont blow on expensive postage lah ! But thanks all the same. I will try it out should I come across Prima Taste in other parts of the EU (yalor, the Hongkies doesnt stock up Prima Taste here yet).

U hv the yellowish rendeng which is a simple recipe (uses only lemon grass n yellow root). Then there is the Rendeng daging which requires like 15 kinds of spices. Yes, most people would roll their eyes at this mission impossible, especially in europe, but it's worth it coz it tastes very authentic :-)

C K said...

My minds turns to suspense animation mode when I saw '15 minds of spices'. Wife is probably be up for the challenge but anything that requires more than a hour of preparation is too tedious for me. :)

Well, let me know if you need a pack of Prima Taste shipped over!