Thanks to the craziness of the first week of classes, I totally forgot to post about an amazing restaurant experience I had last week at Garlic’s of London (website).
Some of you may remember Garlic’s of London as the place that sent me to the hospital. Last year my friend Lauren and I went there for dinner, and upon ordering, I immediately told the waitress about my allergies. She assured me it would be no problem. But as I was eating my beet and goat cheese salad, I noticed that the goat cheese was crunchy, so I asked the waitress about it. After checking with the kitchen she returned and told me there were pecans in the goat cheese, and I ended up going to the hospital.
Needless to say I was skeptical about trying out this place again. But it has been given such great reviews, especially for its use of local foods, that I felt it deserved a second chance. Luckily this time the waitress was extremely helpful and assured me my meal would be safe. I sure hoped she was right as I tore into a piece of their house made bread.
I had 3 slices to make up for my lighter lunch of two appetizers. I started with this vegan corn chowder – it was incredible!
I followed it with an heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese, mixed greens, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. The tomatoes were so flavourful!
Garlic’s of London has definitely redeemed itself. I guess my bad experience there was just a fluke, because this meal and the service were awesome. They rotate their menu seasonally here, so I can’t wait to go back and try their new menu soon!
Have you ever had a really bad restaurant experience where your food allergies, intolerances, or preferences were ignored?
What do you like to order at restaurants when you want a lighter meal?