By DAWN EMERY, SEPT 2017
Being gluten-free has become a lot easier, with an increasing number of cafes and restaurants offering a range of tasty options. Here are seven of the best:
Promising the “best pizza this side of Naples”, Rossopomodoro has won rave reviews from gluten-free diners. This restaurant chain has branches across London, friendly staff, and a menu that makes you want to keep coming back. Their gluten-free dishes include a range of tasty pizza, gnocci alla bolognese and a mouth-watering tiramisu created by an award-winning pastry chef. You can wash all that down with gluten-free beer.
This colourful restaurant, situated close to South Kensington tube, serves an all-day menu that uses almost 100 ingredients, more than 20 spices, and is entirely gluten-free if you skip the pita bread. Inspired by the Levantine area, covering Turkey, Syria and Israel and more, dishes include karides, which are whole grilled garlic prawns with a dried lime and coriander labneh, and lamb shoulder, slow-roasted for five hours with a secret blend of 12 shawarma spices.
Gluten-free and love bread? Then rejoice. Beyond Bread is 100 per cent gluten-free and coeliac accredited. With locations in Fitzrovia and Islington, and a concession in Selfridges Food Hall, they offer a breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, with treats including pain au raisins, red velvet cake and New York-style cheesecake. Their toasties have enticing names such as The Usual Suspect and Magic Mushroom (there’s nothing hallucinatory in the latter… it contains portabello mushrooms, butter and taleggio cheese). Their For Goat’s Sake sandwich is our fave.
There’s always a queue outside the Dishoom branches in Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, King’s Cross and Shoreditch, but it’s worth the wait. Gluten-free options including Dishoom Chicken Tikka, made from a family recipe, and their signature House Black Daal, which is simmered for 24 hours. Inspired by the old Irani cafes of Bombay, the cafés’ décor is described as “exotic colonial”. Says founder Shamil Thakar: “It’s a place where a billionaire could be drinking champagne next to a student knocking back bottomless chai.”
If you’re into healthy food, Detox Kitchen is impossible to resist. With three locations in central London, the majority of its menu is free from gluten, diary and refined sugar. Food on offer includes stews, fishcakes and veggie burgers alongside a range of colourful salads. There are also smoothies, hot drinks and a range of guilt-free snacks – the beetroot brownies are addictive. The flagship Fitzrovia deli even has a fitness studio in the basement.
Head here for the best gluten-free burgers in London. All of patties are gluten-free, and you can choose how you want the meat cooked. Plus they offer gluten-free buns that are actually tasty (still a bit of a rarity in the gluten-free world). You can also tuck into naturally gluten-free onion rings while sipping Daura Damm beer. There are branches across London.