It may be our home country but that doesn't mean that we can't travel around the country and still struggle to find somewhere catering to a gluten free diet. However, plenty of great places exist so hopefully you'll find the right one for you here.
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We visited E&O a couple of days ago. It is an Asian restaurant that was recommended to us by a number of friends. My girlfriend is coeliac so we are always looking for places with good gluten free offerings. Once we told the waiter she needed the GF options he came with a special version of the menu which highlighted the dishes that were already GF, those that could be adapted and those which were not ok. We thought this was great as it allowed us to choose properly and pick dishes we could share. All the food was excellent, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. One of the rare times we did not feel like she had to select second rate dishes! We tried Chicken San Choi Bau (a very interesting started made of chicken and soy beans which you eat inside lattuce leafs), Salt Chilly Prawns, Iberico Pork, Smeiji & Soba Noodles (amazing) and a Lamb Rendang Curry With Sweet Potatoes which was literally to die for. All in all it was a truly amazing experience with food and service worth of the highest standard
Recommended By: @pbarone On: 2013-02-13
For as long as I can remember now I have been hearing about Bruschetta restaurant along with the buzz line "the totally gluten free restaurant". I'm not entirely sure who started this line, the gluten free community or the restaurant itself. Either way, my expectations were to find a totally gluten free restaurant.
We decided to opt for one pizza and one pasta dish. That way I could try both. It was only once we had decided and were talking that my friend looked down and noticed the wording: "gluten free available". I hadn't read that far. I had just gone into auto pilot that everything was gluten free. Naturally I was surprised as I did think that Bruschetta was totally gluten free. To be fair to Bruschetta the waiter did ask if we wanted any of the dishes gluten free so I guess that stops anyone assuming that everything was gluten free. The pizza and pasta arrived. The pizza was absolutely fantastic. The base was very thin and crispy, more Pizza Express than Pizza Hut, without any of the stuck in your teeth feeling that some gluten free pizzas seem to manage. The mushroom was pasta was also good, not too creamy but could have done with a few more mushrooms in my opinion.
Bird In Hand
We were told all toppings were gluten free, but being the sceptic that I am I also asked to see the allergy list so we could check our order. We both chose the Americano, which consisted off chicken, bacon, sweetcorn and BBQ sauce. Could you really ask for a better combination! The pizza was a nine inch square pizza. It looked kind of small when it arrived, but I have to say it was very filling and I was very full by the time I finished. The pizza itself is square to make it stand out, and gives you confidence that you've actually been given the correct pizza. The gluten free pizzas are baked on their own square trays to minimise cross contamination risks, and a clean pizza cutter is delivered with your un-sliced pizza again to cut out another risk from the kitchen. The base itself was very nice. It wasn't very crispy if this is how you like it, but this suited me. The balance between topping and base was spot on and we both really enjoyed the pizza. I remember Pizza Hut being very greasy when I used to be able to eat there, but there was no hint of grease on this pizza at all.
The staff seemed very keen to help and I have seen this mentioned a few times by other people. There seemed to be genuine interest on what we thought of the pizza, and they were keen to tell us about good feedback they'd received from other customers about it. There seemed to be some genuine interest/excitement from the staff about the new option. They were happy to take us through the allergy list, and I even troubled them to show us the dessert options even though we'd already told them we weren't having any. Pretty slim pickings in that respect.
For starters I went for the leak and potato soup. The soup was good, but slightly salty for my taste. The only thing I could find any fault with at all during the meal. I'd had steak on my previous visit, which was excellent, so I thought I'd go for chicken for the main to try something different. I spotted chicken wrapped in Parma ham and stuffed with chorizo and cream cheese on the specials board. This sounded great but came with bacon mash rather than chips, which also sounded amazing. However I had my heart set on chips and they kindly let me have the special served with chips instead. The chips were delicious and I loved the presentation.
Overall the food was excellent as was the service. The chef told us he has a nut allergy so was very appreciative of the needs of someone suffering from an allergy or intolerance. In fact he had recently successfully catered for someone who was gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. With the Living Social voucher this meal was a bargain, but the normal prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. If you are based in Plymouth or even visiting, then I can highly recommend paying a visit to Chambers.
Stein's Fish & Chips
The strange thing is that they don't advertise gluten free fish and chips either on their website or within the shop. I have no idea why this is. As well as standard fish and chip shop fare, the menu offers a vegetarian option and also a healthier grilled fish. In advance of our trip to Cornwall I contacted Rick Stein's to ascertain whether they were truly gluten free - gluten free batter in a separate, dedicated fryer. They replied immediately to confirm this is the case.
Once I'd ordered the highly efficient staff in the kitchen all seemed aware of my gluten free order. Good levels of communication in the kitchen always impress me and offer me comfort that the team are taking special care with my order. So how did the gluten free fish and chips taste? I thought the batter was deliciously light, like a tempura style batter. The fish was wonderfully fresh. And the chips! Only chip shop chips can taste as great as these. I thought the portion size was extremely generous, great sized piece of fish and heaps of chips.
The Dolphin House Brazzerie
First up I had butternut squash soup, served with gluten free toast. The soup was absolutely delicious and up there with the nicest soups I've had. For the main course I went for the steak. I ordered the "cut of the day" in advance so wasn't sure what cut I would be getting. The waiter informed me today's cut was a 10 oz rump. I would go as far to say this was the nicest non-fillet steak I've ever had. When ordering I enquired if any of the sauces were gluten free, and was delighted to be told that all sauces are made to order so it was no problem to make any of them gluten free, and they always keep gluten free flour on-site. For dessert I went for the ice cream/sorbet selection. These were all homemade and very tasty, and a good end to the meal.
Overall a fantastic meal and I would definitely go back to Dolphin House Brazzerie again. I was exceptionally well looked after on the gluten free front and suffered no ill effects. I look forward to going back again in the future.
Italian restaurants tend to have plenty on offer that's gluten/wheat-free anyway - risottos, meat dishes, salads - so I popped into Prezzo for lunch while out shopping recently. I opened up the menu ready to check out the risottos and let out an actual squeal of delight - ANY of their classic pizzas can be ordered with a GF base! No extra cost, no exceptions on toppings. After deliberating excitedly I went for the Quattro Stagioni (pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella, tomato) and it was delicious. You could tell from the taste that the base was gluten-free, but it was thin and not "cakey" like it becomes when I make it myself. My only complaint was that there could have been a little more mozzarella. But then, I'm a massive cheese fiend.
As it turned out, I ended up waiting longer than expected, because even though I had been told it was gluten free, my meal still came out with bread on it and had to be remade! However, I was pleased that instead of just taking the bread off, the staff were extremely helpful (it was a rather large group of us!) and remade the whole thing. It's not the cheapest restaurant in the world, but the prices weren't unreasonable for such a high standard of food, and noone had any faults with their meals at all. I would definitely recommend the Boathouse for a special occasion or a romantic meal in a beautiful setting. The staff are friendly, the food is fantastic and they seemed pretty clued up on what I could and couldn't eat, so if you're ever in the area, definitely check it out!
Pizza da Vinci
The Da Vinci pizzas are made in a wood fired oven so they have that wood smoked taste that really reminds me of the Italian pizza vans driving round France with their logged fired ovens. The taste is amazing, it is the thin and crispy pizza taste that I have been craving in my no pizza years. I've ordered from them three times so far and they have been consistent. What more could a coeliac ask for?
There were a couple of gluten free starter options available but I was really craving rustic chips. They came with a more than ample pot of garlic mayonnaise which was really tasty. I was already pretty full by the time my Stromboli pizza was delivered! It came out on a quaint pizza dish with it's own cutter as well as the standard cutlery. At first glance it looked as good as the 'regular' pizza which my brother ordered. The base was really lovely and thin whilst still being nice and crispy around the edges. The quantity of topping was very generous in my opinion and I have to admit, I could not eat all of it, which was a shame as it was really good. I did try my best! I think this is currently my favourite gluten free pizza on the market. I like the bases to be thin and crispy at the edge and for the pizza not to be dripping in oil.
This is a definite recommendation for other coeliacs out there. Out of all the chains of restaurants in the UK I believe ASK is up there at the top end as one of the best when it comes to options, gluten free / coeliac awareness and understanding.
The menu is all clearly marked with 'GF' signs to signal they are gluten free and some are marked with 'GFA' meaning they can be adapted to be gluten free. I've been offered gluten free bread in the past which is great to see. Whether your gluten free or not, Frank's Bar is definitely worth checking out. It's a popular place so occasionally you may have to wait for a table but for food this tasty and a great atmosphere, its certainly worth it.