The gluten-free eating fad has had a rather fashionable slant put upon it lately with a number of healthy-eating chefs and wellness bloggers praising the wheat-free existence.
Whilst many foodies may be happily chowing down on gluten-free pizza and pastries without any need aside from the fact they fancy it, for Coeliacs the struggle is real and eating out can be a nightmare. However, the upside to any trend like this is that there are more and more incredible restaurants offering a range of dietary options to cater for those who need it as well as those who just fancy a change.
No matter what cuisine you are after, guaranteed there will be a restaurant in London these days that will cook it up for you wheat and hassle free.
To celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week (May 9- 15), check out the best gluten-free restaurants in the capital.
If anyone can master the pizza in gluten-free dough it is the food geniuses at Rossopomodoro. Sourcing their ingredients fresh in from Naples to their seven London locations as well as outlets dotted across the country, they have really maintained the flavour and some of the classic movement of classic dough in their gluten-free version. They have gluten free dough in-house at all times but they can run out on occasion so ringing ahead to check is highly recommended.
Andina, 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ
Dishoom have a fantastic full gluten-free menu including their delicious house black daal, classic ruby murray curry and crunchy, fresh Bhel salad made with puffed rice. There is no issue finding something to eat here, the only trouble is with overindulging.
Niche is top of the pile for dedication to the Coeliac cause and only serve gluten-free food in their cafe in Angel. The first restaurant to be accredited 100% gluten-free by Coeliac UK. The plentiful number of dishes involving bread and pastry on the menu might make you feel like you're in the wrong place but Niche know their customer and understand gluten-free is merely a different way to create amazing food and the bread is testament to this and the breakfast menu is brilliant.
Stingray in Tufnell Park is another restaurant that offers really, really, can't taste the difference good pizzas as well as a huge range of gluten-free pasta dishes. You can forget all the Coeliac woes of not eating Italian cuisine and happily tuck in here. They also do gluten-free calamari and beer if you're going all out.
Fresh, delicious Peruvian food with pretty much everything on the menu being labelled as gluten-free so the options are plentiful and delicious. The fresh, light menu lends itself well to coeliacs with a focus on fresh fish, grilled meat and light salads with potato and crispy, fresh vegetables.
The Good Life
Super-fresh, super-healthy and super-delicious, The Good Life ties in with the wellness food trend and rustled- up treats are ideal post work-out as well as for a lazy brunch.
From superfood porridge to hearty green chicken or falafel wraps and warm bowls of salmon or meatballs, there are many options. More of a lunch or breakfast spot but will leave you very full afterwards.
Naturally Chinese are a bit of a trek to get to from Central Lodnon but certainly worth it if you are looking for a good gluten free Chinese. Taking on board thoughts from customers, the team worked with nutritionists to create a range of healthier as well as gluten free options. They have a huge dedicated gluten free menu that includes classics like dim sum, sweet and sour chicken and noodles without a hint of wheat.
This is a bit of a Coeliac secret as Bird do not actually advertise but their delicious blend of Korean and American fried chicken recipe is in fact gluten free using only rice flour and cornflour for their light batter making it available to every chicken lover. You can pick from a great selection of sauces and toppings, although do check these are all also gluten free, but sadly the doughnuts are not Coeliac friendly.
Coeliac Awareness Week kicks off this week (May 9- 15) urging more people to learn about the problems caused by gluten intolerance and allergy as well as getting themselves tested for the disease.