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Soetemin B&BAntwerp, Flanders View On Map
This is a restaurant annex B&B or vice versa that understands the problem of coeliacs and caters glutenfree food. Default they use as much glutenfree ingredients as possible and if you notify them that you have coeliac disease they will make sure you have a delicious meal. They have a monthly menu and you an eat a la carte as well. Recommended By: Marc Verlinden On: 2014-09-03
Antwerp, Flanders View On Map
Could this possibly be the strangest place I have ever dragged MrG to on a mission of gluten free eating? Every thing here is one of a kind. The decor brings a whole new meaning to shabby chic. But the one thing that cannot escape anyone's notice who comes here on a saturday afternoon, is that this place is heaving. It seems as if the queue is never ending. I've never seen such a high turn over of tables. A table empties and just as quickly new arrivals pounce on to tables just as the people leaving are gathering their things! Yup, you need your wits about you if you intend on eating here.
The other point of interest is the menu is huge! It was also hard to tell if everything could be adapted to gluten free of if it was just certain things. It was very busy in the actual cafe so I was not really able to grab anyone's attention for long enough to ask. Either way don't let that put you off. The staff are on the ball here. I ordered a gluten free mozarella sandwich and then MrG ordered his gluten item and drink. Straight away the waitress said to me 'you can't try the drink as it has gluten in'! Excellent product knowledge is all that sprang to my mind. Now that is what I call gluten free service. There's not much that I can say about a mozzarella and pesto sandwich other than the fact the ingredients tasted fresh and good. The bread was seriously special. It was huge and soft and it passed the ultimate gluten free requirement - it held together. Best of all it came with a label in it stating it was gluten free so no confusion was to be had! Even better than everything I have said is that I ate and was perfectly well to continue on with my very wet weekend in Belgium!
If you happen to be in Antwerp you absolutely must come here, their gf knowledge is fantastic.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2014-01-25
Bruges, West Flanders View On Map
Excellent service and good knowledge of gluten free requirements. They have a full 3 courses available for gluten free and are flexible if you want to tweak items on menu to suit diet needs. Also a very pretty restaurant in good location. Good value deal if you eat before 8.30pm.
Recommended By: Claire Hill On: 2013-08-20
Ghent Marriott Hotel
Historic District, Ghent View On Map
A really strange thing happened when we booked into the Marriott Hotel in Ghent was that firstly they confirmed we hadn't booked breakfast and secondly they had put their kitchen on alert for my gluten free requests (Mr G doesn't remember doing that, I certainly didn't!). The first day I took my oat cakes down to breakfast. I had no expectations from the breakfast buffet and even now I seem to lack the common sense to actually think of asking the waiters about gluten free bread. Fortunately Mr G brought the common sense that morning, so I asked. Our lovely waiter said, "yes I'll go ask chef" and came back saying he is preparing something. Fantastic. A little while later he returned with a plate of bread which came directly from the kitchen there by reducing all chances of cross contamination as well gluten munching guests running off with my bread! The bread was sweet and tasted a lot like the dietary specials sweet breakfast rolls. Sadly I could have really done with turning these into smuggled sandwiches but the sweet just did not work with cheese and sadly I lacked the brains to think I could have made a jam sandwich or better still a Nutella sandwich!
Anyway we went along to breakfast where I asked again about some gluten free bread this time I got an even bigger platter of gluten free bread. The best bit about it was that it was a selection of different breads rather than just one type of bread. There was 2 x large slices of bread which reminded me of a gluten free sour dough bread that I have picked up, ok more had dropped off from, Ocado. Then 2 x small square seeded rolls (not sure where these could have been from) and 2 x white rolls. Fortunately, the spare bread/rolls were perfect for being made in to breakfast buffet sandwiches which I consumed later in the day. I think the waiter was actually shocked that I managed to consume the lot!
I have to say I was very impressed with the Marriott Ghent for having gone to the trouble of getting gluten free bread in despite the fact that we hadn't booked in for breakfast (we had only told them about needing gluten free food).
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-06
Sofitel Le Louise
Avenue Louise, Brussels View On Map
I ordered the pan fried salmon with bernaise sauce but stated I wanted it gluten free. It is normal for pan fried fish to be dusted in flour. Similarly a proper bernaise sauce shouldn't have flour in it but sadly you never know until it is too late. I also ordered the creme brulee gluten free. MrG ordered a pizza and ice cream (but I didn't state gluten free). The ice cream came on a bed of biscuits!!! Mental note, I must check up on the ice cream especially when I have secret plans to eat it!
The kitchen, it turns out, are really hot on special requests and in this instance they actually sent the chef who had cooked my salmon and bernaise sauce gluten free to deliver it to me! The meal was exactly as described and again the most important thing was that I did not get ill.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-05-02
Astoria Hotel Antwerp
Antwerp, Flanders View On Map
Perfect budget hotel! Staff was very helpfull and friendly. My girlfriend is on a gluten free diet, so they got her a special breakfast, and enquired if everything was OK. This is a service which you may expect from a 'more expensive' hotel, but it isn't all that obvious for a budget accomodation.
Perfect connection with railway station and theater. Perfect for shopping too
Recommended By: GonzoidAndroid On: 2011-08-18
Chain View On Map
Normally, my days in Belgium would be spent trawling the shops looking for something - ANYTHING! - I could call lunch. Enter Del Haize, a supermarket chain in Belgium, which appears to have entered the GF market, albeit it mostly with cakes and crackery bits, but I can't complain! Allergo (the product which features so prominently in these pics) is, I believe, a French brand which has found a way to bake cakes, that feel and taste like cakes, and cookies that.. well, you get the picture. Damn good, although I have tasted better in the cookies market. Allergo products are available, to an extent, in the UK, but not the wide range I found in Belgium. They are also expensive - the madeleines retail for around £2.99 in the UK for a packet of 5 or 6, but I would say that they are worth it.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeBrit / glutenfreebrit.com On: 2011-03-07
Ieper (Ypres), Flanders View On Map
Excellent meal, tasty and in lovely surroundings.
The owner had an excellent understanding of coeliac diseaes, and cooked a meal especially for my husband, the meat was so tender it just melted. I cant rate this restaurant enough, wish we had been staying an extra night so we could have gone back.
Recommended By: welshprideWales On: 2011-03-04
Bruges, West Flanders View On Map
This place was the gem of eating places in Bruges. My husband is a coeliac and the waiter had a good understanding of this. We went for the tourist menu, 3 courses for 16 euro each. The soup was lovely and gluten free. Main course was beautiful, I had the chicken and hubby the steak both meals cme with lovely size salad and plenty of chips, and there was more than plenty. The place is beautifully decorated, with excellent friendly service.
I do recommend that you book, and check opening times.
Recommended By: welshprideWales On: 2011-03-03
Chain View On Map
We were taking a train to Ypres had to get up around 6.30 but we ended up getting to the station 30 mins before our train so we went to Exki (a bit like Pret, but with more emphasis on healthy foods) to pick up a croissant for him. Much to my delight, Exki had also started venturing into gluten free products and I was able to pick up a muffin. Small, very chocolatey and just right for breakfast. I used to love Exki sarnies at lunchtime (especially the raw beef!) and was missing their delicious range of cakes, so this was a little pick-me-up for me. Hopefully one day they will also start producing GF sandwiches, but baby steps are a good start. Also, they aren't in the UK. I will add a tentative "yet"!
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeBrit / glutenfreebrit.com On: 2011-02-06