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Gluten Free in New Zealand

Few people can have watched films like Lord of the Rings and not wanted to visit New Zealand. With such an array of landscapes, it finds itself high on many people wish lists. However, where can you eat Gluten Free when travelling across the country? Find previous recommendations here and do share your own as well.

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Eight
Auckland, North Island View On Map
A few weeks ago, we stayed in the city for my birthday and went to dinner at Eight. Eight is the restaurant at the Langham hotel in Auckland and I know several people who have eaten there and they all say how wonderful the food is. When I mentioned to the wait staff that I was gluten free, they offered gluten free bread to start with, which I thought was a nice touch. There are eight different kitchens with different cuisines that you can experience in one sitting. You can either eat from the sit down menu or eat from the buffet, which allows you to experience as many of the eight food cultures as you want. I had a walk around the buffet restaurant and spoke to the different chefs who are there to assist you with choices and to prepare food for you as you wait. There were many gluten free options and some of the chefs offered to make special meals for me in addition to the gluten free options available. The meal I finally chose was absolutely delicious, beautifully cooked and very fresh. When it came to dessert time, I decided I could not fit anymore food in. So Haitch went up to the buffet and brought back a plate of lovely looking desserts. When he came back to the table he put an ice cream cone in my hand. I thought that he was expecting me to hold it for him while he ate the dessert he had in his plate. What a mean trick to play on me. He knows how badly I have wanted an ice cream in a cone since being gluten free. But then he said "it's for you! They have gluten free ice cream cones so I made one for you!" I quickly forgot how tired and full I was. I licked that ice cream and crunched on the delicious cone and totally enjoyed the blissful moment.
Recommended By: sleepinghorse.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-08

Mexicali Fresh
Chain View On Map
My work moved out to East Tamaki recently. We're on the lookout for good lunch spots, and a few of the crew headed to Botany Town Centre and came back raving about Mexicali Fresh. I hopped online and checked out the menu. The online menu is wonderful, and clearly shows which dishes are gluten-free, and as an added bonus, there's a nutrition sheet online, which goes through item by item, showing not only the gluten-freeness of individual items, but also the nutritional content. I took myself off to Mexicali Fresh at the next available opportunity and was delighted with what I found. Lovely fresh corn chips, fresh ingredients and a wide variety of options for me! The staff were helpful and friendly and the food was delicious. I'll be making Mexicali Fresh a regular lunch stop in future.
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-02


Ragu
Pt Chevalier, North Island View On Map
It was our wedding anniversary last week, and coincidentally, the Gluten Free Grocer posted on their Facebook page that they really recommended Ragu and that it had an excellent gluten-free menu. Ragu, or rather its history, has special memories for us.On my first look at the menu, I was a little disappointed. How could a restaurant which was supposedly great for gluten-free have NO gluten-free notations on the menu? I asked the waitress which items were gluten-free, and she said she'd bring me the gluten-free menu! This proved to be much the same as the normal menu, but indicated which items were gluten and/or dairy free. At first, I was confused as to why you wouldn't just have all these notations on a normal menu, but then it occurred to me that there was a much better chance of your wait person remembering that you required gluten-free options if they'd had to bring you a different menu (on different coloured paper too).

The food here comes as Main dishes or "small plates" - tapas style, and hot or cold. I was really impressed with the number of gluten-free options there were. We shared the dip, and it was lovely. The gluten-free bread was very nice and toasted on the grill, and our waitress brought us more when she saw we still had dip left. All of the dishes were lovely. Flavoursome, beautifully presented. The dessert menu had three gluten-free options - a creme brulee, chocolate brownie, and affogato.
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-02


The Beach Front Restaurant
Waiheke Island, North Island View On Map
During our recent camping sojourn, we took refuge at Beach Front Restaurant in Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island. I was pleased to see their menu had the most awesome labelling on it. A nice big red GF against those items which were gluten-free. Sadly, there weren't many items which were gluten-free if you didn't like green-lipped mussels. Also, there was no offer of gluten-free bread or buns for the burgers, although to be fair, they were quite busy so I didn't ask them, just took the easy chicken satay option. The back of the menu did offer a selection of pizzas and clearly stated that they had gluten-free bases available, which was all good. The food was nice, reasonably generous proportions and fresh and tasty. The prices seemed high to me, but then I realised I was comparing against our local suburban cafe not one which is in a tourist area, and should be comparing to Viaduct Harbour prices, in which case, they were OK. The service was excellent, cheery and efficient. A good place to stop for a bite on the beachfront, with both indoor and outdoor seating. They also had free wi-fi for those who needed to connect!
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-02



JAC's
Whangaparaoa, North Island View On Map
Went to JAC's and they offer a lot of gluten free options, pizza, pasta and burgers. The chefs wife is coeliac so is very helpful will definitely go back
Recommended By: Toni On: 2013-05-22


Naturally Organic
, Albany View On Map
If you haven't already had a look at Naturally Organic as a place to buy gluten-free products, I would recommend it. Based up on Rosedale Road in Albany, I'd seen the signs for it a few times as I drove past to work meetings. I was on the shore fairly early one morning and had missed breakfast, so I popped in to see if I could buy a gluten-free muesli bar.

The shop is all about everything organic, be it beauty products, cleaning products, baby products or food. But in amongst the food, they have a huge range of gluten-free products. They're not quite as big as the Ceres shop in Ellerslie, but have about four times the floor space of the Gluten-Free Grocer in Mt Eden. And I would have to say that their range of products was exceptional. They had about 15 different kinds of gluten-free biscuit, a good range of breads, muesli bars and flours, an excellent range of breakfast cereal, a large number of packet pre-mixes for everything from bread to cakes and quite a few items that I haven't seen anywhere else.

The prices are comparable with Ceres and the Gluten-free Grocer, so those items which you can pick up in a supermarket are a little more expensive than supermarket prices. But it is well worth a look at this shop, simply for the range of products they carry. They also operate a comprehensive delivery service.

I'll be stopping by again, maybe later in the day this time, to see if they have any baking I can try! But for the moment, I'll continue munching on my Nutty Corners from Marx Bakery as stocked by Naturally Organic. Yum yum!
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-15


Sal Rose
Mt Albert, North Island View On Map
I've always thoroughly enjoyed Italian food, but we haven't been out to an Italian restaurant in nearly two years. Full of pasta and pizza as they are, they're not generally friendly places for the gluten-intolerant amongst us. One of our older children had mentioned that they thought they had seen the magic words "gluten-free" on the menu of Sal Rose, so we thought we'd give it a try.

I was delighted to look at the menu and see that certain items were identified as gluten-free, and also to see "gluten-free pasta available" and under the pizza section "gluten-free bases available". Yippee!! I fondly remembered their caramelised onion and cheese flatbread, so my first question to our waitress was "is this available gluten-free?" She was lovely, responded with enthusiasm and went away to check - the answer was yes. So we got one of those, and a gluten-free pizza to share between us.

The food was excellent and service speedy. Even though we were the last diners to come in, they didn't rush us. It was really nice to be somewhere where the wait staff didn't make me feel as though it was a problem for them that I wanted gluten-free options. And the food was great.
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2012-05-09


Alley Katz
Orewa, North Island View On Map
We came across a cafe with a list of gluten free options in the window. Oh how wonderful. They have a gluten free pancake stack with bacon, banana and maple syrup. This is the first time I have seen this on any gluten free menu since being gluten free. So we went in and ordered our food and I sipped my coffee while waiting in anticipation for my pancake stack. I don't want to be disappointed so I tried to keep my expectations low.

Other people's food coming out of the kitchen looked good. Then along came mine. It looked beautiful. A little stack of pancakes with bacon in between and grilled banana on top. A fresh fruit salad on the side with blueberries, pineapple, melon and golden kiwifruit, a little jar of maple syrup and a bowl of whipped cream and a light dusting of icing sugar. My pancake stack was delicious.
Recommended By: sleepinghorse.wordpress.com On: 2012-05-09



Wishbone
Chain View On Map
I was in Wellington this week for work. I had an hour or so at the airport over lunchtime, so looked for food. I spied Wishbone, and as I was walking towards it, noticed an enormous pink sign! Yes, gluten-free sandwiches in the same nice little packs as everyone else's sandwiches. The only difference is a pink stick on label clearly showing the difference. The sandwiches were 30c more expensive than the non-gluten-free ones, coming in at $6.80 (ouch, airport prices). They used Vogel's gluten-free bread and were fresh and nice and possible to eat as a sandwich. They also had a small selection of gluten-free slices and cakes, and I bought a piece of ginger crunch for after. The slice part was very crumbly and the ginger topping quite sticky and a bit liquid, but Yum.
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2012-03-21


Amora Hotel
Wellington, North Island View On Map
"We've been experimenting with gluten-free baking in the kitchen and wondered if you could give us your opinion on these," were the words out of the Amora Hotel chef's mouth partway through the morning of our Wellington Roadshow. I swallowed my threatened giggle, ate the (very nice) chocolate chip macaroons, and reported back to him that they tasted excellent. The same chef had brought me gluten-free toast, and the banquet coordinator had made sure I saw their menu which clearly showed the gluten-free options on the buffet breakfast and made sure I had plenty to eat. It's the first time at a conference that I have felt so pampered and cared for! Morning tea was a honey soaked polenta cake - gluten-free - not just for me but for everyone. It was very tasty.
Recommended By: glutenfreenz.wordpress.com On: 2012-03-21


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