Glow Restaurant Bangkok
Organic and Raw Food at Metropolitan Hotel
It is very easy to overdo things in Bangkok, a city with of a thousand and one temptations. This is especially true when it comes to the food; sometimes you need to give your body as well as your taste buds a treat, and there is no better place to do this than at glow at the Metropolitan hotel. The concept may sound a little too preachy to some, advocating organic and raw dishes, but one glance at the menu and any apprehension is put to rest. There are no wimpy salads on this menu, with highlights including grilled wagyu steak with olive and thyme tapenade and vegetables cooked in fragrant spicy tomato & turmeric sauce with chickpeas and quinoa.
Glow restaurant cater to everyone, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and Thai inspired dishes, and many of these are vegetarian friendly. The set lunch menu is great value at only 550 baht ++ and includes a main, dessert and one of glow’s fresh juices. If you want to try the highlights there is also a great tasting menu costing 790 baht++ for five dishes, including a crab, fennel, avocado & pink grapefruit salad with grapefruit vinaigrette, which is bursting with flavour, and refreshing jelly with candied pumpkin, jasmine scented ice & coconut cream. The restaurant has an LA health cafe vibe about it, casual and inviting, with cream walls decorated with oversized floral motifs and lots of blonde wood.
A visit to glow in Bangkok is the perfect way to give my insides some loving, as I have recently been overdoing it at Bangkok’s amazing Sunday brunches and cocktails at rooftops bars. It’s so much easier to get your five a day in a glass, so I order one of glow’s delicious blends, bird of paradise: a muddle of star fruit, papaya and passion fruit. Dotted around the shiny white restaurant (it really glows) are small trays of fresh wheatgrass, and you can order a shot if you need an extra boost. Metropolitan Hotel want to look after their guests both inside and out and, as such, the restaurant is adjacent to the Spa. One drink sure to complement this is green clean: packed with spinach, celery, fennel, spirulina and apple.
My starter is a glow favourite: kingfish sashimi with orange, avocado, radish and romaine lettuce with a Japanese dressing. I follow this with the raw lasagne. Raw food is classified as food not cooked above 46 degrees centigrade, and although this sounds bizarre there really was something special about the layers of courgette, basil and semi-dried tomatoes. I expected the dishes to be dainty and delicate, but there really is an element of comfort food, even though the dish is served cold. The seven bean burger is also a dish that surprises me with strong almost meaty flavours, although it is impossible to munch on as you would a beef patty, as the beans do not hold their burger shape.
Even if I am eating health food I can always make room for dessert, and although the strawberry, vanilla, and cashew nut tartlet looks and tastes more like a cheese cake than a French patisserie, it tastes fresh, creamy and not at all sinful. It is always a treat when a restaurant surpasses expectations and glow at Metropolitan Hotel certainly does that, by showing that eating healthy doesn’t mean losing out on flavour and fun.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 until 20:30
- MRT: Lumpini
- Address: 1st floor Metropolitan Hotel South Sathorn Road, Sathon, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 2 625 3333