Chinaski’s

http://chinaskis.com/ 239 North St, Glasgow, G3 7DL.

opening hours: mon – sun, 11am – 12pm

Visited in December 2016

My gluten free Glasgow rating: ♦♦½ (2.5 out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: staff were really friendly and happy to take questions to the kitchen but they didn’t seem to have had much in the way of training about gluten free requirements.

Gluten free menu: no separate gluten free menu or marked gluten free options on the main menu, but they did provide an allergen list. There were vegan and Christmas menus available, but they weren’t included in the allergen list which was really disappointing.

What’s on offer: There were only 3 non-gluten main meal options available: steak, burger and pan fried chicken. I went for the chicken which came with ham hock, mashed potatoes and salsa verde. It was, to be fair, amazing! The only gluten free dessert was the affogato (and the shortbread pictured wasn’t gluten free by the  way). It would have been nice to have a bigger choice available.

Basically… for one of the best bars in Glasgow, it was an underwhelming gluten free offer.

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Riverhill West Nile

http://www.riverhillcafe.com/ 3 West Nile St., Glasgow, G1 2PR

opening hours: mon – thurs, 8am – 5pm; fri, 8am – 6pm; sat, 9am – 6pm; sun, 9am – 5pm

Visited in September 2016

*Update November 2016 – Riverhill West Nile is no longer open in the evenings, but still a brilliant choice for breakfast and lunch.

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦♦♦ (4 out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: The staff here were lovely. I had mentioned being coeliac on the phone when I booked the table and when I arrived they were the first to mention it. They talked through how they could adapt the menu and seemed pretty knowledgeable.

Gluten free menu: No gluten free menu or gluten free symbols on the main menu but the staff took time to tell me which dishes I could have. In most situations this is like a high pressured memory game (for both people involved!) but it’s quite a small menu at Riverhill so it was totally fine.

What’s on offer: Can’t exaggerate how delicious the food is here. Squid, chorizo and corn salad was amazing. Beef and polenta main was unbelievable! Fig and pear eton mess was yum. With a small menu to start with, there isn’t a massive choice – but expect pure quality not quantity!

Basically… excellent choice for a fancy wee night.

Singl-end

http://singl-end.co.uk/ 265 Renfrew St., Glasgow, G3 6TT

Opening hours: mon – fri, 9am – 5pm; sat, 10am – 6pm; sun, 10am – 5pm

My Gluten Free Glasgow rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½ (out of 5)

Knowledge of staff:  The staff are dead nice and take gluten free business seriously.

Gluten free menu: The whole menu has been designed with various dietary requirements in mind, including dairy free, gluten free and vegan. This means nearly everything on the menu is gluten free, or can be adapted to be gluten free. FYI it doesn’t actually state that on the menu, I had to double check with our waitress. This is what lost them the half point by the way, I like to know up front what I can and can’t have off a menu.

What’s on offer: Delicious brunch and lunch options. Baked eggs, full cooked breakfasts, open sandwiches, omelettes, soups and lots and lots of cake (I counted seven GF cakes on the counter, SEVEN). Fresh breads are baked in house of which there are FOUR gluten free ones daily. Vegans and meat eaters alike well catered for.

More info: Singl-end makes the usual disclaimer that due to cross contamination they cannot guarantee their food to be 100% gluten free. I noticed labelled GF tongs being used at the cake counter, which is nice to see.

Basically… Gluten free cake mecca.

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