Garlic’s of London was the brainchild of Kathy Burns, a food enthusiast and graduate of Ivey School of Business who wanted to promote the eclectic food scene during the 1990’s in London, Ontario. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1992 with the intent to spotlight garlic as an integral ingredient that enhances many traditional recipes. Fourteen years later, Edin “Edo” Pehilj took over the restaurant with the vision of adopting the farm-to-table philosophy and bringing a rural sensibility to London’s sophisticated diners.
Having been exposed to an ethical and natural way of eating since his youth, Edo wanted to share his appreciation for locally grown ingredients and passion for culinary creativity. While staying connected to his Bosnian roots and his ideology, Edo and his progressive culinary team have been conscientiously offering seasonally inspired and internationally influenced cuisine to Southwestern Ontario since 2006. The restaurant’s menu reflects a rustic yet modern flare, sourcing high quality ingredients from Canadian farmers and preparing most menu elements from scratch; from bread baked daily to house made pastas to desserts. The carefully crafted menu is complemented by the skillfully curated wine list, cocktail selection and local craft beers available on tap.