Gluten Free Dining in Melbourne, Australia
This month, we're featuring three gluten-free friendly spots in Melbourne Australia -- favorites of Ash and Em of the Eatable website. Ash and Em are intolerant to gluten, dairy, soy and corn and believe that eating allergy-friendly is not a diet, it's a lifestyle. Through Eatable, they make cooking healthy, luscious and simple. Em is a yoga teacher and Ash a nutrition student, on their website they share their knowledge, recipes, reviews, articles and tips. Follow Eatable on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest
Ladro (162 Greville Street, Prahran, VIC, Australia 3181. Call +61 (03) 9510 2233): When choosing a dinner on the fly, it's not often that a gluten-free diner will take a chance on an Italian restaurant. In our case, we were lucky enough to fall upon Ladro, an Italian restaurant that is in two locations in Melbourne, Australia (the other location is on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy).
The pizza bases are to-die-for! They are gluten-free and corn-free, being made from rice and soy flour. The pizza we chose was the Gamberi Piselli which was also naturally dairy-free... we know what you're thinking, pizza without cheese is not pizza, but just give it a try!
There's a wide selection of pizzas that can be made on a gluten-free base. Also there are risottos and salads available that are free from gluten. There is sorbet for dessert (if you can fit it in after all that delicious pizza; all of the other desserts have gluten in them.
The staff at Ladro are really understanding and helpful when it comes to food requirements, so just ask for help and they will be there for you! Go get some pizza!
Smith & Daughters (175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia 3065): You'd be mistaken if you thought a vegan restaurant is all tofu and bean sprouts. At Smith & Daughters you'll find a Latin American inspired menu that will even satisfy meat eaters!
We started with the Layered Queso Dip, with spice black beans, a gorgeous cashew 'cheese' and a side of rice crackers. Normally this dish is served with corn chips, but we're also intolerant to corn so the lovely chef tweaked it a little for us.
The second course was an Artichoke and Chickpea Salad. It was a little heavy on the oil but delicious nonetheless.
The show-stopper was the dessert: Tarta de Chocolate Azteca. How's your Spanish? This chocolate tart had a gluten-free biscuit base, a layer of puréed dates and finally a delicious Aztec chocolate fudge on top. Along side this masterpiece was freshly made avocado ice cream. Gorgeous!
Overall the food was very satisfying and very 'safe.' This was because of the exceedingly helpful waitstaff, who went out of their way to take care of our food intolerances: gluten, corn, dairy and soy.
We recommend a visit to Smith & Daughters, whether you're gluten intolerant, vegan or just love food!
Green Press (7/525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3000. Call +61 (03) 9973 8286): Looking for a quick lunch or cold-pressed juice in the centre of Melbourne? Green Press has got you covered!
This health hub provides busy inner city workers and curious tourists with nutritious meals, snacks and drinks on the go. Choose from their cold-pressed juice range, flavoured nut milks and detox shots.
Feeling hungry? Choose from their make-your-own salad bar, there are plenty of gluten-free options and the staff are exceedingly helpful in handling dietary requirements.
Drop by to pick up a quick meal or stay and relax in their courtyard, a little oasis in the concrete jungle of Melbourne CBD.
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Karen Broussard is the Founder and President of GlutenFreeTravelSite. Karen launched GlutenFreeTravelSite in 2008 after her son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at a very young age. She and her family found that dining out and traveling could be a real challenge for people following gluten free diets, and she wanted to provide a place where the gluten free community could go to share their experiences first-hand with others.
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