Situated in the heart of Glengormley can be found Hot Igloo. This is a superb family friendly and family run Italian Restaurant. We (my wife, two daughters and I) had a meal for Four gift voucher which we decided to use. I’ve had pizza here before and found it very good and so knew what to expect. There is ample space inside for couples, families and small to large groups. Especially popular is the family friendly Pizza making parties/ facilities available and is hugely popular for kids birthday parties (indeed there was one taking place when we arrived, looked fabulous!!). The restaurant has recently added car parking at the rear.
Hot Igloo opened earlier this year and it’s unique feature is that it houses Ireland’s largest Wood fired oven, which is shaped and coloured white….hence the name!!! The menu is Italian based (pizza and pasta), but there are many other delicious and appetising dishes such as the hanging skewer. Rumour has it that the menu is being changed.
Our waitress was very friendly and welcoming and engaged very well with us especially my two daughters and this was a rather nice touch. She took our drinks order and promptly served us (4 waters and an orange Sanpellangrino). Then she took our meal order which was a Sharing platter for two (we had calamari, hot wings and breaded mushrooms with a bbq dip and garlic dip). The girls ordered a pepperoni pizza and penne Carbonara (we asked chef to substitute the spaghetti for penne which he duly obliged).
The calamari was ‘skinny chip’ in size and perfectly cooked as was the breaded mushrooms. The wings were meaty and full of flavour and not too spicy (I would have liked them hotter) and the four of us tucked in and enjoyed very much. The dips complimented the starters very well.
For our main course my wife chose beer battered cod and chunky chips, I went for the surf and turf skewer with nan. The cod was crisply battered and it was a good size. This was served on a bed of chunky chips with side salad and tartare sauce and mushy peas. This was a superb cod and chips.
My surf and turf was kind of adjusted by me ie I had chicken instead of beef and chef skewered my prawns and lightly seasoned it before grilling and the result was delicious crunchy prawns and al dente vegetables Mediterranean style. He cooked the chicken breast separately as it needed longer. The nan was freshly prepared in the hot igloo and was fluffy and tasty and it was served along with salad, slaw and a subtle garlic dip. The prawns were crunchy and juicy and cooked to perfection. Chicken was moist and succulent and the whole dish surpassed my expectations!!
My girls finished with a strawberry and candy floss slushie respectively. Overall this was a very well presented meal, tasty and faultless in all departments and thoroughly enjoyed by us all. The service was superb and staff very helpful. Love the layout and decor. Certainly worth a trip to Glengormley!!