The thought for opening a vegan-friendly Thai restaurant began when proprietor Eim Wee was pregnant, and came upon she was instantly allergic to fish sauce, an integral a part of lots of her favourite dishes. Wouldn’t it be attainable, she puzzled, to take care of the flavors and textures of Thai consolation meals cooking, however make it fully plant-based? And so Glur, situated in Chelsea — and delighting vegan and non-vegan diners alike for a couple of 12 months and a half now — was born.
The menu at Glur is loaded with vegan choices, together with Not possible Larb, the traditional meat salad made with the now-familiar Not possible Meals model of floor beef, and a Vegan Khao Mun Gai Tod, which substitutes a young, plant-based fried “rooster” for the standard hen, piled over ginger rice and given some zing with a candy pineapple chili sauce. You can too get any of Glur’s curries, whether or not Inexperienced, Pink, or Massaman, in vegan variations, including mock meat or greens and tofu to the bottom.
I ate three vegan dishes at Glur earlier this week, and so they had been all glorious. The Floor Not possible Gra Prow, for instance, had all the hearth (courtesy of some amply utilized chili garlic puree) and crunch (because of the numerous tiny string bean bits) that you simply’d anticipate, the Not possible Meat doing its foundational job simply advantageous.
Similar story with the Vegan Duck Noodle Soup, which was thick with rice noodles, greens, mushrooms, and chunks of non-meat so wealthy I’d swear they’d fats, all swimming in a zippy Thai herbed broth. It isn’t as if I used to be “fooled” by the mock meat, however each of those dishes had such presence, and depth of taste, that it did not really feel like something was lacking. As is the case with any good meals, I did not for a second want I used to be consuming another meals as a substitute.
The Vegan Curry Puffs particular was additionally a winner, the 4 fats pastries filled with a saucy mixture of curried chickpeas, corn, and candy potatoes. I went pescatarian for my remaining dish, a fiery Tom Yum Fried Rice that arrived laden with squid and shrimp, and redolent with lime and lemongrass. This was superb reheated a day later as nicely.
Along with seafood, you can even get your Thai delights at Glur with precise duck, pork, beef, and rooster. In reality, the supervisor Chad Than instructed me that the kitchen prepares vegan and non-vegan dishes in about equal quantities. Which, in a means, is precisely how they need it. Glur means “good friend” in Thai, and, as Than mentioned, “meals lasts for minutes however friendship lasts eternally, so we wish Glur to be the place that each vegans and non-vegans can collect for a meal.”
After all, not an excessive amount of gathering will be achieved proper now, however they do provide indoor eating for seven to 9 visitors (three events most) in addition to a few tables outdoors of their curbside eating space. Takeout and supply make up an enormous a part of Glur’s enterprise proper now.
Glur is situated at 144 West nineteenth Road, simply east of Seventh Avenue, and is presently open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a one hour break between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and on weekends from midday to 9:30 p.m., besides between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (212-738-9898; glurnyc.com)