Dinner at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Brooklyn, New York

image of Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

Last Saturday, we were invited for dinner at Glow a Thai restaurant and lounge located in Bay Ridge. There, our host and owner, Anthony Loupos and his wife Chef Suwanna Amatmontri, who is from Thailand, proposed a tasting that went beyond regular Thai food. They pride on proposing street food and creative dishes, made with ingredients chosen and bought on a daily basis in local markets.

I was excited for sure because I love Thai cuisine and we were ready for a culinary experience! 
image of Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

So, as I mentioned, this is a restaurant and lounge. When you arrive, you face the pink lighted bar with its white stools, that definitely gives a modern and lounge-y feel to the place.
image of Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

Then, the main dining room, with its large painting of Buddha.
image of Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

And the exposed bricks, that give a warm feel to the place. In the back, there is a fish tank with lotus flowers on top, symbol of fortune in Buddhism.
image of Lotus flower at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

The last element of the decor that I liked was the rotating double fans on the ceiling, that added to the modern, but simple feel of the place.
image of rotating fan at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

As it is a lounge, it has a wide variety of cocktails, some of them being unique, like the Drunken Gummy Bear that I tried!
image of drunken gummy bear at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

Don't be mistaken: gummy bear does not only apply to the two pieces of candy used for decoration: there are gummy bears in the drink! The way they make it is using liquid nitrogen!

image of drunken gummy bear at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

They put liquid nitrogen in the glass on the right to chill it and in the glass on the left to crush the gummy bears that you can still see in the bottom. Then, they will mix it with vodka, lime juice and simple syrup (sugar syrup). Et voilĂ  !
image of drunken gummy bear at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

It was good and definitely sweet, loaded with vodka! 
image of Thai iced tea at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

Jodi ordered a Thai iced tea that was delicious (the recipe is standard, but trust me: I had some bad ones in the past!). 
image of Thai iced tea at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

This was a very good Thai iced tea.

To finish with the drinks, before talking about what we ate, I tasted some Thai wine from Monsoon Valley, made with a blend of grapes.
image of Monsoon Valley wine at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

I admit that I had no idea that there is such thing as Thai wine, as it is rarely featured in wine menus. It was a pretty decent wine and Anthony explained that it is perfect when paired with spicy food as it will cut through the spiciness. 

Food wise, we were there for a treat! Anthony proposed to pick the dishes for us. We started off with the appetizers. Curry puffs for Jodi:
image of Curry puffs at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

This dish, that is street food, was made with chicken, potato, onions and yellow curry, served with a cucumber relish. This was a great appetizer and there was not too much chicken, so ok for Jodi to try it. The shell was made of puff pastry, that added a nice crispiness to the dish. The cucumber relish was perfect, as it added some freshness, pairing perfectly with the bolder flavor of the potato and curry filling.

Then, there was the Thai crab cake:
image of Thai crab cake at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

My previous experiences with crab cakes in Asian restaurant has not been that successful (greasy, lots of fillers), and I was a bit apprehensive when I saw the dish coming. It was a pretty decent crab cake in fact! A bit sweet and spicy, you could definitely taste the crab that I believe was made with the meat from the claw.
image of Thai crab cake at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

The sauce with it was a sweet chili sauce that was perfect with the crab cake.

Then, they served the entrees. For Jodi, massaman curry with tofu:
image of massaman curry with tofu at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

They propose it with chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, but more surprisingly also with squid, sole or tilapia! The other ingredients were carrots, onion, potato and peanuts. It was served with white rice:
image of white rice at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

Massaman curry is one of my favorite Thai dishes and this was really good! Not spicy, it was very flavorful and I loved the fact that the tofu was soaked in the delicious sauce.

On my side, I got Pad Grapow Moo Kai Dow or minced pork and basil served with a fried egg.
image of Pad Grapow Moo Kai Dow at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

This was a huge plate! It had lots of flavors and you could play with the different components, sometimes eating it with the egg white, sometimes with the runny yolk, and sometimes simply with the rice and pork. It was a bit spicy, but clearly, if it wasn't, it would not have been a successful dish. It is not that my mouth was on fire, but more the spiciness started to build up in the back of my throat; the Thai iced tea was perfect then to soothe it.

Then was time for dessert! I admit that I rarely eat dessert in Thai restaurant, maybe because of lack of knowledge of Thai desserts, or simply because the Thai restaurants I went to did not propose anything out of the ordinary. The first dessert was standard I would say: mango with sticky rice:
image of mango with sticky rice at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

This was fantastic: first of all, the mango was delicious and very tasty. Then, the sticky rice was generously bathed in coconut milk. This was a bit addictive.

The second dessert was off the menu: Thai iced tea ice cream.
image of Thai iced tea ice cream at Glow Thai restaurant and lounge in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York

They took the ingredients of Thai iced tea and made the ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The result was incredible! We could definitely taste the Thai iced tea and the ice cream was extraordinary creamy, the liquid nitrogen freezing it so fast that the ice cream crystals are very small, creating this wonderful texture. If you go there and they serve it, you definitely need to try!

No need to say that at the end of the meal we were stuffed! I have to say that I did not expect such a delicious meal and thought it would just be another Thai restaurant! I think what sets apart Glow from other Thai restaurants is the originality of the menu, where, on top of serving traditional dishes, they serve street food as well as creative dishes! And if you like to start with a cocktail, they go beyond just the martini!!!

Enjoy (I did)!

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