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.

The Bungo

http://thebungo.co.uk/ 17-21 Nithsdale Rd. G41 2AL

opening hours: every day 10.00 – 00.00

Visited in September 2016

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

Knowledge of staff: Brilliant! All the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable, especially the guy who I think is the manager, he really knows his stuff.

Gluten free menu: All gluten free options are clearly marked on the main menu with GFO.

What’s on offer: Loads of amazing options here, for every meal. Bungo do great brunches, as well as having GF starters, mains and deserts if you’re there for lunch or dinner. The houmous, veggie burger and lamb were all delicious. I’m convinced they must have the best GLUTEN FREE ONION RINGS in Glasgow. The burger rolls were so good I asked the waitress what brand they were – I was told they were from a main supplier and mega expensive. Nice that they don’t charge a gluten free supplement.

More info: I was told they have a separate fryer for their gluten free orders – great to know!

Basically… King (or Queen) of the Southside.

Gluten free pancakes

This makes 4 large thin, savoury and gluten free pancakes. I’ve tried lots of recipes and would say the BBC GoodFood recipe for gluten free pancakes is the best. It is really simple! Double the amounts if you are making for more than 2 people.

Ingredients 

125g gluten free plain flour

1 egg

250ml milk

butter, for frying

Method

  1. Add the flour, egg and quarter of the milk to a bowl and whisk until it is smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the milk slowly and keep whisking.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave it to rest for 20 mins. This will thicken up the mixture.
  4. Put a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. Use a ladle to cover the pan with mixture.
  5. After a few minutes, or once the pancake is golden brown on bottom side, flip to other side for another few minutes.
  6. Tip – give your pan a wipe with kitchen roll between each pancake or you’ll end up with burnt butter and slightly charred pancakes.
  7. I served mine with banana, maple syrup and chopped nuts.

 

 

 

 

Lebowskis South

http://www.lebowskis.co.uk/glasgow-southside/ 69 Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow, G41 2AJ

opening hours: mon – sun, 12pm – 12am

Visited in August 2016

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

Knowledge of staff: My waitress was lovely, really friendly and helpful, took all my questions back to the kitchen staff.

Gluten free menu: No gluten free menu here, I’m afraid. Disappointing especially when they were really accommodating and clearly had lots on the menu that was gluten free. Major point off on the My Gluten Free Glasgow rating as a result.

What’s on offer: Burgers! And seriously good ones at that. I was majorly impressed with the gluten free buns – not as crumble-tastic as I’m used to. Big chunky gluten free tats were the business. They also have other dishes that they can do gluten free like pulled lamb, superfood salad and cajun chicken supreme. But, personally, if I were you I wouldn’t pass up the high quality burger experience.

More info: Can’t do burgers without beers? Fear not, Damm Daura gluten free beer is in the house.

Basically… One of the best gluten free burgers in Glasgow.

Pazzo Glasgow

http://pazzoglasgow.com/ 69 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow, G41 3YR

opening hours: mon – sat, 8.30 – 22.30;  sun, 10.00 – 21.00

Visited in July 2016

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦

Knowledge of staff: I’ve tried Pazzo twice, once in the restaurant for lunch and once for a takeaway pizza. Unfortunately on both occasions I didn’t find the staff very knowledgeable or helpful when it came to explaining their gluten free offer. For example, when ordering the pizza I asked if the pepperoni was gluten free, after being put on hold for less than 5 seconds I was told they didn’t know. Really disappointing that no one checked.

Gluten free menu: There’s no separate gluten free menu, but the main menu says there are gluten free pizza bases and burger buns available. There’s no other indications on the menu about what’s gluten free, sadly.

What’s on offer:  To be honest I’m not completely sure what’s on offer for gluten free folk, the combination of poor menu and not great info from staff left me a little befuddled. Sardinian sausage and bean broth was lovely, pizza was pretty average. Also noticed some gluten free cookies on the counter.

More info: Pazzo Glasgow has just opened so I’m hoping they are open to some feedback from a critical friend.

Basically… An improved gluten free menu would go a long, long way.

Spicy butternut soup

They’d call this one a ‘winter warmer’. I think it’s equally good in any season. This makes 8 big bowls.

Ingredients:

400g or 2 large peeled onions

2kg or 2 very large peeled and deseeded butternuts

200g or 2/3 large peeled carrots

3 cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons medium curry powder

1 ltr water

1 ltr gluten free vegetable stock like Kallo or Bouillon

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method: 

  1. Slice your onions and crush the garlic.
  2. Add the oil to a very large soup pot and add the onions. Sweat them for around 10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime roughly chop all your other veg, the soup gets blitzed at the end so don’t worry about chopping nicely.
  4. Add the garlic and curry powder and simmer for another minute. Turn the heat down low while you do this so that the powder doesn’t burn.
  5. Add the butternut, carrots, water, stock, salt and pepper and turn the heat to medium.
  6. Cover and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Season again with salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Use a blender to blitz the soup until it’s nice and smooth. NOTE – wait until the soup is cool before you do this unless you want soup on your ceiling (was very hard to clean).

 

 

Mother India’s Cafe

http://motherindia.co.uk/   1355 Argyle St., Glasgow, G3 8AD

Opening hours: mon – thurs, 12.00 – 22.30; fri – sat, 12.00 – 23.00; sun, 12.00 – 22.00

 

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

Knowledge of staff:  Staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their gluten free menu.

Gluten free menu: Ask for their gluten free menu and you will get a version of their menu which lists all allergens, including gluten, dairy and nuts.

What’s on offer: You can breathe a sigh of relief, the vast majority of Mother India’s dishes are gluten free. That includes all the fav’s like butter chicken, chilli garlic chicken, saag paneer, fish pakora and many more. None of their breads are gluten free. But I strongly believe that gives you permission to eat your body weight in rice.

More info: You can’t book a table here, and even on a week night expect to queue for a table. Takeaways available.

Basically… Glasgow’s gluten free curry heavyweight

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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