Castel del Piano, Tuscany

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to spend a few days hanging out with friends at the wonderfully rustic Cenno, in a beautiful Tuscan town called Castel del Piano.

Initially I worried about holidaying in the land of pasta and pizza (or Wheataly as some might say), but in the end I had absolutely nothing to fear. It seems the more a country likes it’s gluten, the better they are at catering for those who don’t.

Castello Banfi – La Taverna

Banfi is a beautiful winery and hillside vineyard with incredible views of the surrounding Grosseto province. It also has a lovely restaurant based within the ancient barrel cellars of Brunello castle.

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We booked to have lunch here not only for all the reasons I just mentioned but also because their sample menus clearly identify allergens, which is always a good sign.

When we arrived we were greeted with a selection of bread and a gluteny amuse-bouche. I mentioned to the waitress that I was gluten-free and she rushed off to the kitchen to tell the chef, returning with a basket of gf breads, crackers and an amended amuse-bouche. Happy days!

There were plenty of starters for me to choose from, some naturally gluten free, some gluten free with alterations. I went for the selection of cinta senese cured meats without the mixed crostini.

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When the absolutely massive portion arrived, they’d unexpectedly swapped the crostini with some gluten-free crackers so I could properly enjoy the rich pate and tomato salsa. The meat itself was excellent – fresh and flavoursome, a million times better than the packaged stuff you get here.

Unfortunately I had to skip ‘primi’, as this is the pasta course. But not worry, moving on to ‘secondi’, I chose to have the cod with chickpea, vegetables and red onion.

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The cod was so beautifully cooked it was falling apart on the plate, I really don’t think I’ve ever had a better cooked piece of fish – subtly salty and not overpowered by the onion or chickpea. Very, very impressive and much needed after my meaty starter.

Unfortunately there was only one dessert option that I was able to have – tangerine sorbet and fruit. This isn’t something I’d usually order but thought it was bound to be good in a country that specialises in gelato and granita, and I wasn’t wrong.

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The fruit salad was presented so beautifully I felt guilty tucking in, but the tangerine sorbet was out of this world. I have never tasted an ice-cream that had such flavour, it was so remarkable I wasn’t even jealous of my friends’ chocolate fondants!

We finished off the meal with a delicious dessert wine called Banfi Rosa Regale which I recommend you all immediately go out and buy.

10/10 La Taverna, I hope to visit again some day.

Del Dombi

After wandering around Castel del Piano looking for somewhere to have dinner, we stumbled across Del Dombi, a great family run restaurant serving Italian classics for a very reasonable price.

If you’re looking for something fancy, Del Dombi probably isn’t for you, but it was just what we needed after a day floating around the Saturnia thermal springs.

This restaurant is so Italian, no one speaks English and there were no helpfully translated menus, so we had to rely on Google to decipher them.

For a starter I ordered cozze e vongole con burro all’aglio (mussels and clams with garlic butter).

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The mussels were absolutely enormous, juicy and fresh and the clams the same. For such a back to basics restaurant, I was really impressed with how great this starter was. Special mention to the amazingly garlicky butter sauce, which the rest of my group took turns in dipping their bread in to.

As a main I went for bistecca alla griglia (grilled steak) with a side of melanzane grigliate (grilled aubergine) – usually I’d have fries with a steak but I didn’t have the language skills to explain what having coeliac disease means!

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It arrived just seared and deliciously rare, just how a like it! I’m not sure what the cut of beef was, it certainly wasn’t a fillet as it had quite a bit of fat to navigate but for the price it was delicious and great quality.

For dessert I decided to go full Italy and have a panna cotta con creme caramel (I probably don’t need to translate that one). Another unusual choice for me but I’m so glad I did, it was by far the best part of the meal, despite what it looks like.

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The whole meal including a bottle of prosecco and a carafe of wine cost only €30 each and the food was great, definitely worth a visit.

Coop

Coop or co-op is Castel del Piano’s local supermarket and thought it was worth a mention because it has the BEST gluten free section ever.

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This meant not only did I get to enjoy cheese with lots of crackers but also Nutella cake, fresh pasta, and surprisingly gluten free Tenants lager!

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Pizza Express

Before I got diagnosed with coeliac disease Pizza Express was regularly a means to an end in my life. One of the very few big chain restaurants that actually provides you with decent food at a reasonable price*, it very much served it’s purpose for me (usually to soak up too much booze).

So I’m pleased to say that ‘old faithful’ has a brilliant gluten free menu, which I tried for the first time at the Kennington branch a couple of weeks ago.

After getting carried away drinking gf beer in The Ship on Kennington Road (they sell Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales gluten free lager by the way), we arrived at Pizza Express starving. Unfortunately after we were seated our order wasn’t taken for so long time, my friend had to go and ask someone to come over! Once we did get some service however, the waiter was really great at explaining what I could have and that all pizzas can be made with a gluten free base. He also pointed out that they have gluten free beer and have now introduced gluten free dough balls. DOUGH BALLS!

So I ordered the dough balls to start (who doesn’t) and my usual Pollo ad Astra but with a gluten free base.

When our balls arrived I was pissed off to discover that you only get 6 gf dough balls compared to the regular 8. Absolute bullshit! I thought Pizza Express was all about consistency?! Outrageous! (This has touched a nerve with me).

Luckily the pizza itself was really good and apart from the base, no different to the regular ones I’m use to.

I will continue to use Pizza Express as and when I need to but plan on campaigning hard to get equal dough ball rights for coeliacs. Down with dough ball discrimination!

*I include Nandos and Byron in this group but have yet to eat there as a gf-er.

New York

Having learnt from my trip to Berlin, research is key when you’re a coeliac travelling abroad. So before flying out I Googled ‘best gluten free restaurants in New York’ and the results were awesome! So many options it was impossible for me to take note of them all. New York is a very accommodating city.

So this list is by no means exhaustive but hopefully will help you navigate the huge city a bit.

Restaurants

Jacob’s Pickles (Upper West Side)

Specialising in beer and biscuits as well as pickles I was a little worried there wouldn’t be anything I’d be able to eat but Jacob’s didn’t disappoint. The waiting staff were knowledgeable and helpful, checking with the chef if they weren’t sure about the ingredients.

We shared a selection pickles to start, which were spicy, sour, crisp and delicious!

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As a main I went for shrimp, bacon and cheese grits (a porridge-like ground corn mash). The portion size was mammoth so I couldn’t finish it but grits is definitely something I’ll have again, especially when it’s whipped with cheese.

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As well as great food and interesting cocktails (try The Brooklyn Gin if you like a kick of chilli) Jacob’s also came with a cute British bulldog!

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ABV (Upper East Side)

ABV is a chilled, warehouse style wine bar and has a modern European menu, including homemade charcuterie.

Although the menu doesn’t indicate what is gluten free the staff know everything there is to know about the food and the chefs are very happy to modify dishes accordingly.

We shared a selection of snacks as we were still pretty full from our Jacob’s brunch. We ordered oysters, Edwards Surryano Ham and the Burrata & Brussels Sprouts. All of which were fresh, really well presented and absolutely delicious.

To be honest, I didn’t have a bad meal for the entire trip. New York is very, very good at food!

The Wayland (East Village)

Here we found the happy hour jackpot! New York is expensive, more expensive than London once you add on tax and a tip, so we took full advantage of every happy hour we could find and The Wayland’s one included $1 oysters!

This relaxed bar has a generous 3 hours of happiness which includes $7 wine and cocktails and $4 beer (although no gf options). We spent a couple of hours getting rounds of oysters and booze, whilst sitting in a window overlooking the beautiful community garden on Avenue C.

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Although we didn’t eat from the full menu (which changes daily) I had a look at it and there were a few things that I assume would be gluten free, including fancy brussel sprouts and of course, a trusty cheese platter.

The Grey Dog (Nolita)

We were a little confused by The Grey Dog, it is a kind of pub/restaurant/bakery/deli thing with really loud music, definitely not the best place we’d been to in the city.

Nevertheless they have many gluten free substitutes across the menu and were happy to talk me through it. Having said that, for a place that prides itself in being coeliac friendly they use the same fryers for all the food they cook. I took the risk and ordered some potentially cross-contaminated fries – big mistake! The next day was testing to say the least.

The Grey Dog is recommended on various ‘best brunch’ websites so it might be worth another shot if you’re stupid enough to risk contaminated fries like me!

Rubirosa Ristorante (Nolita)

Highly recommended on every website I looked at and not just for having a gluten free menu, it’s popularity was clear when we arrived and were greeted with a two hour wait. We took the hit, went to a local dive bar and after a few drinks (as you can see from my photography skills below) we got the text to say our table was ready.

Rubirosa’s gluten free menu includes pizza, so I ordered the Fresca with extra anchovies and roasted garlic. When the pizzas arrived, mine was (as expected) half the size of the one made with normal dough – it should be noted that a ‘half the size pizza’ in America is still bigger than a normal UK portion!

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Unfortunately my pizza was a little disappointing, the dough was very sticky and there was so much tomato sauce on it I think it suffered even more. Embarrassingly I prefer the gf bases they use in Pizza Express! Having said that, the mozzarella, garlic and anchovies were very good – fresh ingredients that you definitely wouldn’t get at Pizza Express.

The Cornelia Street Cafe (Greenwich Village)

After walking The High Line and then down to Greenwich Village we were desperate for a big American lunch. Everything we walked past on Bleeker seemed to be either posh French, Mexican or gluten heavy until we reached Cornelia Street. Without realising it, we had stumbled across a New York institution which has been going since 1977 and is a lovely cafe as well as a theatre and gallery.

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The menu shows the meals that are gluten free and the waiting staff were very accommodating. I went for the $25 ‘prix fixe’ menu which includes pastries (I had a fruit salad instead), tea/coffee/soft drink, a main meal and an alcoholic drink. Very good value.

I ordered the ‘omelette du jour’ as my main (squash, pepper, onions and cheese) which came with garlic potatoes and salad. Needless to say the portion was huge and the omelette itself, light and fluffy – they clearly know how to cook good eggs.

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La Palapa (East Village)

I am SO gutted I haven’t got any photos from this restaurant as it was my absolute favourite one from the whole trip but it was far too dark for the photos to come out well.

Mexican food in New York is a million times better than in London and because the tortillas and tacos are made from corn (take note Chilango and Poncho 8) there a loads of options for coeliacs.

I ordered the ‘enchiladas de pollos verdes’, which consisted of pulled chicken in a corn tortilla covered in tomatillo salsa with queso fresco, mexican crema and onion. You know those meals that you can’t stop thinking about? This is one of them. I would go back to La Palapa in a heartbeat.

Mable’s Smokehouse (Williamsburg)

Our native New Yorker friend Liz recommended Mable’s if we were looking for a shitload of dirty barbecued meat, which of course we were!

Again, the staff were really friendly and knowledgeable about what does and doesn’t contain gluten, including the sauces. I was extremely pleased to find out that I could eat all the meat, the majority of the sides and the bbq sauce. Happy days!

Off the back of the incredible chicken I had at La Palapa, I opted for the pulled chicken with a side of bbq beans and candied yams.

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The yams were a little weird but in a good way, I’m tempted to roast all my veg with marshmallows from now on! Everything else tasted great too, although they were a bit stingey with the chicken, especially compared to my friend Louise’s massive rack of ribs.

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Bars

Disappointingly only one of the bars we went to served gluten free beer. Although my New York bartender friend Ste did tell me that it’s pretty commonplace now a days, so I must have just been unlucky.

Venus & Marc (Upper East Side)

Despite the strange velvety, lounge décor you get in a lots of American bars, Venus & Marc was another place with an excellent happy hour (4 hours to be precise)! We enjoyed free poured and therefore very large glasses of wine for $7 and chatted to the bartender, who gave us lots of recommendations for our trip.

Spring Lounge (Nolita)

A local dive bar whose motto is ‘Life is short. Drink early’, what’s not to like about that?! Apparently it was been going since the 1920s, its quirky, wooden interior and lively atmosphere make for a perfect session venue, plus they show sport (baseball whilst we were there).

Holiday Cocktail Lounge (East Village)

Ste recommended this one as a place to go for unusual cocktails. It’s loungey vibe with small, low-lit tables is offset by loud, cheesey music and a bar full of people singing along – a very fun place to party.  The drinks are really good quality even if topped with cocktail umbrellas and glacier cherries.

The Scratcher (East Village – 209 E 5th Street, just off Bowery)

This is the most pub-like bar we went to and is such a hidden gem, it doesn’t even have a website. Pretty accurately described as a ‘rustic watering hole with a traditional Irish vibe down to the Guinness on tap & whiskey drinks’ on Google, The Scratcher serves beer by the pint (for those who can drink it) and decent wine from little cups. I really liked how down-to-earth this bar was, it doesn’t close until 4am and there were plenty of tables – a great pub to go to if you want to have a long drunken chat with your mates.

The Levee (Williamsburg)

My favourite bar not only because it sold Redbridge, one of the best gf beers I’ve had but also because as a big fan of the dive bar, this one was brilliant. With a jukebox playing awesome punky American, Celtic metal (like the Dropkick Murphys crossed with Metallica), The Levee also has bowls of free cheese puffs on the bar, pool and a gigantic array of spirits to choose from.

The Whiskey Annex (Williamsburg)

Located next to the Brooklyn Brewery, The Whiskey Annex is a laid back bar serving whiskey (obviously) but also very strong cocktails by the pint! One of the great things about New York is how much they free pour drinks, no crappy 25ml measures or glasses loaded with ice in sight!

They also have a great happy hour (which we unfortunately missed) where there’s $1 off every drink and pitchers are only $4.

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Earl’s Beer & Cheese (Upper East Side)

The least coeliac friendly bar we went to in New York but I can totally see the appeal for those who can have gluten, the grilled cheese sandwiches and huge range of craft beers looked incredible. I’m including it in this post because they serve rosé in a can, which kept me happy.

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Delis and bakeries

Unlike Berlin it is pretty easy to get a gluten free lunch on the go in New York. Here are a few of the places I went during my stay.

Noglu (Upper East Side)

Pretty self-explanatory, Noglu is a bakery that makes cakes etc with no glu-ten in. Clever what they’ve done there. It’s newly opened store on 1266 Madison Avenue (91st street) is the first one outside of Paris and when I spotted it on my second day in New York, I was over the moon. Specialist gf food shops are so much better than the usual ones where you just get buckwheat substitutes.

Dean & Deluca (Upper East Side)

This fancy supermarket/deli is unbelievable. It’s like a mini Harrods food hall you can spend hours in, just looking at all that’s on offer because it’s too expensive to actually buy anything!

We treated ourselves to a Dean & Deluca picnic in Central Park early on in our stay (before we ran out of money). I had delicious chilli and lime shrimp from the deli and a fresh rice and mushroom salad. The staff know a lot about the food they sell and were happy to answer my questions, plus all the freshly prepared stuff have the full ingredients listed on the packets (even when buying from the deli counter) so it’s easy to know what you can and can’t eat.

There are six locations across New York should you fancy a treat.

Gourmet Garage (Upper East Side)

This was our local supermarket, recommended by our airbnb host as the place to go for fresh meat, fish, cheese and deli stuff. They have a large gluten free section, including cereals, crisps, health bars etc. and the deli counter served as an emergency lunch for me after Earl’s couldn’t provide. I had grilled salmon with roasted vegetables and as always the portion size was enormous and still tasted incredibly fresh, so much better than the Morrisons deli I’m used to in South East London.

There are six Gourmet Garages in Manhattan.

Fresh & Co (Upper East Side)

Having been ripped off by Fresh & Co on day 2 ($6 for a small watermelon juice) they do sell gluten free bagels, muffins, pancakes and and have a ‘make your own omelette’ menu.

There are 16 locations across Manhattan.

The Smile Newsstand (Tribeca)

This tiny café is based in the front of the Tribeca Shinola store (luxury watches and leather goods) and has a selection of gluten free cakes, brownies and cookies.

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The Smile have 3 other locations in New York.

I’ve barely scratched the surface of what New York offers so hopefully I’ll be able to go back again some day to carry on exploring. Overall my favourites from the places I did go were La Palapa, The Levee/Scratchers and Dean & Deluca.

Other useful information

I found the following websites helpful when I researching where to eat in NYC:

Thanks so much to Sharon and Louise for their great photos. One day I’ll buy a new phone.

Coori

After posting about my disappointing outing to La Polenteria, I got a tweet from Coori suggesting I try out their new gluten free deli in Broadway Market, Tooting.

So on Saturday, having finished a tough 10k in Southwark Park, I headed to Tooting Broadway for some much needed refuelling.

After wandering around the market for a while, we finally found the Coori deli just as my ‘hanger’ peaked and was delighted by the range of pasta, breads, cakes, beers etc on offer.

I had one of Coori’s cheese burgers and my friend James ordered a mix of ham and cheese tortellini and spinach and ricotta ravioli.

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The burger was absolutely delicious, juicy, massive and topped with roasted vegetables, rocket and cheese, one of the nicest burgers I’ve ever had! I tried James’ pasta too and it was definitely the best gluten free pasta I’ve eaten, and certainly level with the posh packets of fresh filled pasta you get from Waitrose or Marks.

Still hungry from my race, we decided to have some apple bunt cake (made with buckwheat) for pudding. It was light, spicy and moist and served with cream.

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I can’t recommend Coori enough, the quality of their products are second to none and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. I’ll definitely be back for lunch again soon and after I’ve finished with this, I’m going to order some goodies from their ‘free-from’ online store.

If you’re coming from Tooting Broadway tube station, you can find the Coori deli in the first section of the market, the entrance just before you reach Aldi on Tooting High Street.

Thanks to James for taking the photos using his superior phone.

La Polenteria

Rushed, pre-show dinners aren’t easy for a coeliac, especially in Soho where almost every restaurant has a no bookings policy.

So when La Polenteria opened on Old Compton Street me and my coealic buddy Ed rejoiced. A 100% gluten free Italian that takes reservations OMG!

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As it turns out, we OMGed too soon. La Polenteria may be gluten free but it tastes bad and a bottle of Daura Damm (gluten free Estrella) cost £6 each!

Unfortunately because I was in a hurry to see a show (Marcus Brigstocke at the Soho Theatre), I didn’t have a chance to take any photos so I will attempt to describe the disappointment for you.

Starters

I had the parmigiana with burrata mousse served with crispy polenta. Unfortunately what arrived was not a parmigiana but 2 slices of rubbery aubergine, 3 sun-dried tomatoes and a soggy polenta crisp. The burrata mousse was nice but not nice enough to save the dish.

Properly made parmigiana is one of my favourite meals ever, there’s an easy recipe on the BBC Good Food website, which smashes La Polenteria’s version out of the water.

My friends had the poached spicy egg with polenta croutons with a tomato and garlic infusion (not spicy) and olives, bread and oil – which bizarrely was actually a plate of crudités with about 5 olives scattered on top and supermarket sliced gluten free bread. Outrageous when you can buy really amazing gluten free sour dough from Ocado.

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Most of us ordered the home made beef ravioli with balsamic reduction, pine nuts and raisins, which was fine but not very warm or very big. One friend had the polenta with stewed beef, which looked lovely until we realised the polenta had developed a skin from being sat under a hot light for too long.

Needless to say we didn’t stick around for dessert, just paid up and legged it to Patisserie Valerie for some of their gluten free brownies, which we didn’t realise they even did.

As well as this gluten free revelation we also found out the The Crown and Two Chairman on Dean Street stocks Duara Damm too and is much cheaper than La Polenteria.

So not a completely disastrous night out in Soho.

Crate Brewery

After an incredible 6 mile walk across London’s Lee Valley, my friend Matt and I stopped for lunch at Crate. I’d heard a lot of amazing things about it on the coeliac grapevine and I can confirm, Crate is great!

Although it doesn’t have any gluten free beer, all of Crate’s pizzas can be made with gluten free bases, which is fantastic news – I miss decent pizza so much!

I went for the Spicy Salami with a gf base, which didn’t disappoint. It arrived hot, straight from the open plan oven and packed with fresh toppings. They were amazingly generous with the cheese too, which just made an already fantastic day even better.

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Reintroducing gluten -week 1 tips

For the next 5 weeks, ahead of a gut biopsy, I have to reintroduce gluten into my diet, as explained by this woman from Coeliac UK:

After one week, I’ve got some tips that might help someone going through the same thing.

1. Drink beer (in moderation)

I told myself I was going to continue to exclude beer throughout this process but that all changed when I walked into a pub that sold Adnams Dry Hopped lager – I fell off the wagon in a big way.

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The next day was horrendous, I barely managed to leave my house and not because I was hungover but because my stomach was in a very bad place.

I do not advise you to have a night on the beers after months of no gluten. Unlike me, be sensible, try just having the odd pint so you get the gluten but without the carnage it comes with.

2. Plan your gluten

Now I have endless ‘free from’ products it’s actually quite difficult to include gluten in my diet, so I’ve had to plan my meals to make sure I’m getting some.

As per Coeliac UK’s advice, you should include it in at least 2 meals a day, which I found is actually more than I would have done before the diagnosis! I’ve opted for just buying a load of pasta and bread, meaning that my lunch and dinners are pretty boring but at least I know I’m definitely getting what I need.

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3. Give yourself a break

It’s really hard being forced to eat something that makes you feel so ill all that time, especially if it start to effects your day-to-day life.

This week I had a big presentation to do at work, and if you’re like me, nerves don’t help at all. So the day before decided it would be best to give the gluten a rest. I had colleagues ready to take over if I had a sudden attack but thankfully, having a day off it did the job and it was totally fine.

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Berlin

Gluten tag from Berlin!*

Before I got diagnosed with coeliac disease I booked a trip to Germany, a country famous for it’s beer, currywurst and pretzels. Not ideal for the gluten free amongst us.

To avoid any unnecessary pain, I did a lot of research ahead of my holiday and found some coeliac friendly gems, so I hope this is helpful if you are planning on visiting Berlin any time soon.

Cielo di Berlino

Specialising in freshly made buckwheat pizzas, this restaurant was a great find, not only was my pizza delicious, the staff were incredibly friendly.

I ordered a buckwheat ‘sophia’ pizza, consisting of olives, pepperoni, garlic and mozzarella, all washed down with a Lammsbräu Glutenfrei beer.

It’s important to note that in Germany ‘pepperoni’ is not  pepperoni as we know it, it’s actually pepper, which I didn’t realise until my food arrived! Not to worry though, I like peppers and these ones were fresh, crunchy and had a nice mild heat to them.

When the chef here found out I was coeliac, he gave me a list of Berlin restaurants that have gluten free options, which saved us on our second night. Big thank you to the staff at Cielo for being so amazingly helpful.

Silo Coffee

Just around the corner from where we were staying, this cool coffee shop has a great hangover curing, healthy brunch menu, with gluten free bread available on request.

I went for the ‘build your own breakfast’ option, which comes with 2 eggs (poached or scrambled) on toast and then you choose your extras. Here’s a bad photo of my creation:

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2 poached eggs on gluten free toast with streaky bacon, mushrooms and spicy beans.

The food here is lovely and very reasonably priced considering the portion sizes, plus I’ve never had a more perfectly poached egg! They also have an extensive choice of coffee but no English breakfast tea, only black, white, green or peppermint. I had a white tea after the waitress recommended it and it was incredible! I’m now trying to find out where I can get some in London.

Katz Orange

This excellent restaurant was recommended by our friend at Cielo as ‘one of the best meals I’ve ever had’ and he was right.

The restaurant itself was beautiful, at the back of a courtyard, it is set around a well stocked bar with a cosy candlelit atmosphere. Unfortunately the camera on my phone just isn’t good enough but there are some great photos on this I Heart Berlin post.

The staff were friendly and knowlegable about the food, wine and cocktails and when asked, provided me with an allergy detailed menu.

Between the three of us we shared two starters, duck sausage and calamari. The sausages were small but tasty and although the calamari came with fennel, it wasn’t overpowering like it can sometimes be.

I had the Secreto Ibérico with beetroot, grilled pear, pointed cabbage and potato gratin as my main. Although my friends were disappointed with their choice (the Duroc pork), mine was excellent. It was great to have a completely gluten free meal of such high quality which delivered on both flavour and portion size.

Apologies for the lack of photos but take my word for it, the food was delicious and  as a holiday treat, well worth the expense.

Other recommendations

It’s always worth checking opening hours, we found that many restaurants were closed during the week or only open in the evenings.

Useful information

Gluten free options certainly aren’t mainstream in Berlin but there are a few decent places you can go to have a good meal, however, planning is key. Berlin is massive and coeliac friendly eateries are spread out. I found myself having to make do with cheese platters and jacket potatoes when trying to get lunch on the fly, which isn’t very exciting or healthy but sometimes very funny.

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Jacket potato served in a foil swan

 

*pun courtesy of my friend Louise

 

 

Beer

As I’ve mentioned, when I found out I had coeliac disease I was mostly upset about the lack of beer, so I panic ordered a shit load of gluten free bottles from Ocado, which also has a brilliant ‘free from’ range by the way.

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A week later and I’ve tried each one and ranked them:

  1. Estrella Daura Damm – my favourite. Delicious lager, tastes just like the real thing.
  2. Celia – a classic gluten free staple. Organic, crisp and flavoursome.
  3. Greens Glorious Pilsner – lovely, light Belgium pilsner.
  4. Greens Gilded Golden Ale – nice but lacked the flavour I was expecting from an ale.
  5. Glebe Farm Night Mission – I really didn’t like this one, which is annoying as I bought 4 of them! It tasted so artificial that I only managed to drink half a bottle.

So there you have it, there’s plenty of gluten free beers available online and most of which are very tasty. There are more than just these 5 on Ocado too, including more ales and darker beers.

For an extensive list of gluten free beers, check out glutenfreebeer.co.uk too.