|Raw food entree with side salads from Gló|
While on my flight with IcelandAir to Iceland, I was reading the in-flight magazine and that is how I first learned about Gló. From the Gló website:
Sólveig Eiríksdóttir or Solla, Gló‘s head chef, has been in the healthy food business for over thirthy years. She has had a very positive influence on the eating habits of the Icelandic nation. Solla has received international recognition and was voted the best RAW Gourmet Chef and the best RAW Simple Chef in the Best of RAW awards 2011 & 2012. She has a never ending passion for raw food and healthy eating and eagerly shares her experience and educates people with her delicious recipes.
|Solla on the left and Kate McKinnon on the right|
Reykjavik Marathon at nearby Laugardalshöll Sports Hall, we were so close to the Hilton Nordica and that meant we were also close to one of the Gló locations. Located opposite the Hilton in a small strip mall, there is ample free parking and easy access to the restaurant. Turned out it was another wet day in Reykjavik or I might have sat at one of their tables outside.
Since the menu isn't in English, it doesn't hurt to ask for a little assistance, like I did. I was able to decipher that the first item was a raw Mexican plate and I went with that as did my husband while my son decided he was sticking with the one chicken option. I'll be honest as I was the one that was the most excited about going and my two companions were well, more than a little reluctant. My husband has been a vegetarian now for about two years so although I thought he might find it interesting, I wasn't sure he was going to embrace it fully.
What's unique about Gló is that you can go with vegetarians, vegans, raw foodies, and carnivores alike and everyone can get something to eat. This is because they offer four dishes of the day with a raw food item, chicken, vegetarian, and a soup of the day. Since the menu changes daily, you can visit more than once and know you won't try the same thing twice.
What is raw food? "Raw food is about consuming unprocessed vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, heated under 47°C. This preperation method preserves the enzymes in the ingredients, so your body gets an extra large portion of excellent nutrition."
|Chicken wrap with two side salads from Gló|
Visit one of Gló's convenient locations in Reykjavik as well as their FaceBook page:
Gló near the Hilton Nordica
Across the street from the Hilton Nordica:
Engjateig 19, 105 Reykjavík, phone. +354 553 1111
Gló in Hafnarfjörður
Next to the art museum:
Hafnarborg, Strandgata 34, 220 Hafnarfirði, s. 578 1111
Gló in the city center
In the city center at Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík