Most Gluten Free Friendly Places in Canberra
Living with coealiac disease does not have to mean an end to dining out. It’s that question that my friends suffering from coeliac disease have told me they often feel awkward asking…
“What’s Gluten Free on the Menu?”
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Over the last two weeks I have traipsed through Canberra finding cafes and restaurants that cater for those who suffer from coeliac disease. I’ve rounded up a range of options that cater to these specific dietary requirements with a variety of menus so you aren’t stuck eating out at the same place every Saturday night.
I asked waiters twenty questions ranging from how the food was prepared to the list of ingredients. Luckily here in Canberra we have many patient waiters at restaurants and cafes with many gluten free meal options.
If your thinking burgers, think Grill’d. It has long been the home of the essential Aussie burger perfect for lunch or dinner. After investigating the menu online I approached the counter and asked for a gluten free option. I was surprised to find a number of gluten free options available, considering that Grill’d specializes in burgers, a traditional classic that requires bread and therefore gluten.
All burgers on the menu are gluten free when ordered on the Gluten Free or Low Carb Super Bun, excluding the Veggie 2.0 burger. I also learnt that all chips were Vegan, Dairy and Gluten free. The selection of chips on offer included potato, sweet potato and zucchini chips.
I ordered the Summer Sunset Burger on the Low Carb Super Bun. When it arrived I was cynical about how the bun would taste, as it resembled something similar to a squashed pancake. I was proven wrong, as the gluten free Low Carb Super bun was actually really tasty. It went well with the burger combination and because of its slim thickness it made the process of eating the burger a whole lot easier and less embarrassing in public.
Located in Braddon,this café is the perfect place for anyone with food intolerances. It had a great range of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. The lunch and breakfast menu are interchangeable to suit your dietary requirements or simply to what you feel like eating on the day. The staffs were friendly and informed me that it is no problem to add ingredients to a meal or change it to suit you.
I popped in for lunch on a workday and got a takeaway meal. I tried one of the Grab and Go lunch boxes with gluten free Falafel. It was quite tasty, and although I don’t usually eat salad for lunch it was a nice healthy change. The tangy dressing on the salad was really yummy.
I had been once before to Akiba with a group of friends on a Friday night. The place was packed and buzzing with energy. I was happy to revisit and try out some of their gluten free options on the Asian inspired menu. After telling the waiter that I was after gluten free options I was given a whole new menu with gluten free options that included kingfish sashimi and an appetising eggplant dish. The waiter was knowledgeable about coeliac requirements and assured me that the process in which the meal was prepared was also gluten friendly.
For dinner I ordered the miso dengaku eggplant which was delicious.
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This city patisserie is known for it’s pastries and cakes, many of which are not gluten free. However, Via Dolce also has a wide range of gluten free sorbets and gelatos on offer, perfect for the late night dessert or a sweet snack to break up a day of shopping in the city.
Flavours on offer include Chocolate, Pistachio, Lemon and my personal favourite Blood Orange. It was reasonably priced with scoops served in a cup or a cone. The waiter who served me was more than happy to discuss ingredients in each of the gelatos and sorbets.
On my journey of gluten free discovery I was pleasantly surprised by the numerous waiters who I interrogated about their gluten free menu options. They were calm, patient and answered every one of my questions with a detailed answer. So whether you’re looking for a burger to sink your teeth into, or a sweet treat for that deadly afternoon slump, there are plenty of gluten free options on offer in the nations capital.