We have a difficult time covering anything that self-identifies as 'fitness-lifestyle' in the Food and Drink
section. We’re all about having fun, indulging – sucking the marrow out of life. But there comes a time when one remembers that vitamin C does not in fact stand for champagne, and if you yourself have just arrived at the same realisation, this one’s for you.
Glo Kitchen is not a restaurant or a deli per se, but rather a solution, and a much-needed one at that. If the word 'diet' sends shivers down your spine, you’re in good company. Glo Kitchen espouses a simple credo: 'Eat the best, train the beast, leave the rest'. As awful a millennial trope as that is, it’s something we can relate to. It would be easier to eat healthy if it were both tastier and cheaper: this is the problem Glo is trying to tackle.
It’s no secret there is big money in fitness, and the pseudoscience that surrounds nutrition lends itself to all kind of snake-oil salesmen buffoonery, but here is what we can say: Glo’s food is good, it’s well-priced and it just so happens to be above a super-swanky new gym.
Frankly, it’s hard to care if the Thai chicken wrap (35RMB) was good for us. We’re already fully on board with its crunchy peanuts, pickled carrots, kale and curry coconut sauce. And you can take or leave the benefits of active charcoal, but the black flaxseed wrap has a savoury nutty finish we could use more of. The same goes for the sesame beef kale and spinach salad with apples and spinach (42RMB). A poached egg with a hint of warming turmeric offsets the sweet tangy kombucha vinaigrette better than many others – and at half the price.
Kimchi beef-bone broth bowls piled with tofu, stewed daikon, broccoli and buckwheat noodles (35RMB) make for much heartier winter fare, while roasted tilapia bento bowls with coconut curry are a bite leaner (42RMB). Portions are restrained if not overly generous, giving a subtle reminder that portion control is important, after all.
Smoothies are about the same price as lunch, but a Matcha Green (from 33RMB) does deliver some heft with its cocktail of kale, spinach and almond milk – which is more than called for after a session downstairs at the all new Raw fitness center, which also features a new branch of popular gym CrossFit Slash
. The 3,000sqm space doesn’t come cheap, but 'fitness-lifestyle' never does.
By Nick Gollner