Spain is the most popular foreign destination for British tourists so finding places to eat here is possibly more important than anywhere else! These tips and suggestions should really help you when you visit the country.
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Avenida de Europa, Tenerife View On Map
Despite the name, this restaurant has a fair selection of food aside from their pizzas (which are not gluten free). I had a card with me explaining what I couldn't eat in Spanish, which the owner/waitress understood perfectly. I felt very confident in ordering a dish in a sauce, which I would not normally do. However, despite the fact that it was gluten free, it tasted quite bland and the sauce was very watery; more like a stock than a sauce. It also came with potatoes and veg, which is not to my liking on holidays. If you like a traditional dinner while abroad, I would recommend this restaurant. Otherwise, I'm sure you can find nicer places nearby.
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La Veccia Roma
One of my most favourite experiences while in Bilbao was randomly walking down a street and finding a branch of Telepizza. Excited doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. Now what was not apparent on the menu (in fact it was not listed anywhere in the shop) but Telepizza does gluten free pizza. A conversation followed with a 15 year old and more of my very limited Spanish and we were able to gather that they had 4 types of gluten free pizza (4 cheese, cheese and bacon, barbeque and carbonara) and it would take them ten minutes to cook them, but most importantly they were available! As we had just had lunch, we went back in the evening and then were faced with another 15 year old server who did not bat an eyelid when we asked for the gluten free pizza. The best bit the pizza cost exactly the same as the gluten pizza and it was part of a buy one get one free meal. Fantastic.
The pizza arrived in a silver container, it was pretty much the same size as the gluten containing pizza maybe a couple of millimetres smaller. Mine had not been cut but who has objections to cutting your own pizza if it cuts out cross contamination? The base was slightly thinner than the normal pizza but it tasted so good. It was stretchy and soft. It just tasted so good and so real. The toppings were generous and that's all there is to say it was the best gluten free pizza that I've had.
In advance of our trip, I'd contacted the hotel about gluten free dining options. They confirmed they would have gluten free food available at breakfast for me. When I arrived at breakfast I spoke to waitress and she brought me a gluten free baguette, freshly warmed. It tasted absolutely amazing with its crispy outside and light bread texture inside. It was especially delicious with some jamon serrano. So good in fact it was hard to believe it really was gluten free. Perhaps I wasn't the first to wonder this since I was presented the gluten free bread in its packaging!
I was provided with the menu which focuses on Basque specialties and the waiter explained which dishes could be made gluten free. The tasting menu looked very exciting but I thought this would be challenge too far to make the adjustments for the dishes to be gluten free and the options on the main menu all looked very appetising. This was approximately half of the starters and he said all of the main course fish and meat could be prepared gluten free. Of course, the waiter said, the alterations might mean you can't have the sauce or perhaps an ingredient should be omitted but I was to let him know what I'd like to eat and he'd discuss it with the chef and advise what the substitutions would be. The waiter said any fish would be grilled or baked (not fried) for me. The service throughout the meal was attentive and our waiter spoke excellent English which helped when discussing the ingredients in each of the dishes and the adjustments to make them gluten free. The waiter brought me this gluten free bread. I can honestly say this bread was amazing. Whilst the middle didn't have the same light as a feather texture of a French baguette, the outside was crunchy and just like the regular, gluten filled version.
This is according to the Spanish celiac website "Infoceliaquía." The website is entirely in Spanish, but click through to an English translation here, which also includes the original press release from McDonald's. Importantly, this introduction of gf bread is being carried out in collaboration with the well-respected Spanish Federation of Celiac Associations (FACE).
The availability of gluten free bread in several big fast food chains in Scandinavia was already a boon to celiacs. Now celiacs in Spain can also be assured of a quick meal on the fly. It may not be healthy, but this is a real win opening up many options for those traveling with young gluten free kids.
The food was absolutely fantastic and all freshly cooked - no packets here!! We ate here 4 times and the food was, without doubt, the best I have eaten since I was diagnosed. Most importantly I had no bad reaction afterwards so feel confident in recommending this restaurant to other coeliacs or those with a special dietary requirement. The restaurant is clean and modern and the atmosphere is very relaxed. We never felt we had to rush off after our meal so stayed and had brandy & coffees for the rest of the evening. Thanks to Mo and his team we had a really enjoyable holiday and will certainly try to return to Los Cristianos & Rubina's.
The proprietor, Louise is Coeliac herself, so you have nothing to worry about when it comes to safe and tasty gluten free food.
We had burger and fab home made chips (yes, the chips are safe!!), prawns with garlic and pimiento, mussels with home made pesto, and amazing flambeed bananas for dessert.
They also have gluten free beer (!!), gf pasta, can make you sandwiches with gf bread etc etc, so much choice. A veritable haven for Coeliacs, and we were made to feel very welcome!
Eating out can be a bit stressful sometimes, and this wee place helped us to have a relaxing and fab holiday!
I didn't stay there for dinner - but check it out on the dining bit of their website - they mention the gluten free food they provide. I like!
When I asked if the scampi on top of the paella had any flour on it he said "Are you a coeliac?". I nearly missed it - it was my companion that heard him say it - me being so unused to hearing such a thing. He came back and said that it was gluten free, and asked if I would like some gluten free bread. It was soft and warm and fantastic. I may have eaten a bit to much of it before receiving the massive, freshly prepared and scrupmtious squid and scampi paella, but what they hey, it's so rare!