For those with food allergies, dining out can be a recipe for disaster.
One of the common difficulties people struggle to navigate when eating out is finding a menu suitable for those suffering from coeliac disease or gluten sensitivities.
With more Glasgow restaurants broadening their menu to cater to special dietary requirements, here are 10 of the best spots for gluten-free friendly (and delicious) dining.
This delightful restaurant is nestled away up an inconspicuous stairway on Candleriggs, but it’s well worth seeking out. Dakhin specialise in delicious and naturally gluten-free South Indian cuisine, making it a must-visit for anyone with a sensitivity to gluten. That aside they do some of the best Indian food in the city, full stop. This is a much more GF friendly option than most Indian restaurants; as in traditional South Indian food, breads are made with rice flour rather than wheat flour. This means you can have one of their absolutely epic dosas with your meal – this is a huge lentil pancake which can be stuffed with or dipped into any number of tasty treats.
Dakhin, 89 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NP, 0141 553 2585, more info
This trendy tearoom and lunch cafe has locations on both Renfield Street and Byres Road. This is great news for coeliacs, because they do some of the best gluten-free sandwiches in the city. Having embraced gluten-free bread with aplomb, most of their lunch menu is now adaptable to cater for those seeking to avoid wheat and most other common allergies. Sandwiches are one thing, but they also work with Wild Flours – a local gluten free bakery – who provide impeccable cupcakes which can be frosted to order. That means that you can partake in their decadent afternoon tea – complete with sandwiches AND cakes and NO gluten!
Cup, 71 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1LP, 0141 353 2959, more info
Burger Meats Bun
Burger Meats Bun
Gluten-free? Burger? What used to be unimaginable folly is now reality… the future is here and it’s 100% gluten-free; one of the best burger spots in the city has buns for everyone. This diner style burger joint has become a huge local favourite since opening in 2013, and recently picked up an award as the best place in the city to eat, as voted by Yelp reviewers. So what’s on the menu? The very finest Scotch Beef burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, signature wings and amazing decadent fries lathered in cheese and chilli. A relaxed vibe and a strong selection of alcoholic beverages makes this a great place for a casual dinner.
Burger Meats Bun, 48 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RA, 0141 353 6712, more info
This lunch spot has quickly become a solid favourite with locals in recent years. It’s easy to see why; the simple but effective ethos of healthy fast-food made using ethically sourced local produce is easy to get on-board with. Speedy service makes this a perfect stop for a quick sit-down lunch or a sneaky takeaway. The menu is well marked with allergen information, and an impressive proportion is suitable for those avoiding gluten. Martha’s menus adapt to the best in seasonal ingredients, meaning you always get what’s fresh and in season. Their curry is particularly great as a winter warmer and their colourful salads ideal for the rare Glasgow summer days. While the health-focused menu does sway a little more towards vegetarian friendly dining, there are always a few options to keep meat-lovers satisfied too.
Martha’s, 142A St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LQ, 0141 248 9771, more info
The Butterfly and the Pig
The Butterfly and the Pig
A long running Glasgow favourite, this shabby chic tearoom, bar and restaurant is a haven for those seeking refuge from pesky gluten. The decor in this place is a little special, with a classy up-cycled vibe making use of old church pews style seating and serving up dishes in charmingly gaudy old china; it certainly stands out from your usual city centre hotspot. The food is what matters most though, right? Traditional fare tends to lean heavy on the wheat, but here you can grab gluten-free versions of classic delights such as gammon steak, fish and chips and steak pie. It also rivals Burger Meats Bun as one of the only places in the city to pick up a proper GF burger. Good news for south-siders – there’s now a second location in the Corona building on Pollokshaws Road.
The Butterfly and the Pig, 153 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4SQ, 0141 221 7711, more info
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Tapas tends to be an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions of any kind, as the whole emphasis is on choice. There are plenty of strong tapas options in Glasgow too, but Cafe Andaluz is certainly among the tastiest and most GF friendly. Handily, they have both a city centre spot on St Vincent Place and a West End location on Cresswell Lane. The menu at Andaluz is clearly labelled with the options which are gluten-free, which consists of around half of the large menu – a very impressive ratio. There is a strong selection of wheat free options ranging from meat dishes, potato dishes and solid veggie options – if anything, you’ll have too much choice here.
Cafe Andaluz, 12-15 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DW, 0141 222 2255, more info
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While gluten-free dining might be getting more common, most of it is still to be found in hipster cafes and backstreet bistros rather than fine dining establishments. That’s part of what makes Red Onion so refreshing; this award winning restaurant in the city centre offers a specialist gluten-free version of both their a la carte and pre-theatre menus. Head chef John Quigley has crafted a unique menu which offers contemporary takes on traditional Scottish cuisine. Some of the most exciting GF options include delicious goats cheese bruschetta and an amazing roast duck with sweet potato and pak choi.
Red Onion, 257 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 4TT, 0141 221 6000, more info
One of the greatest losses of any former wheat eater is that of pizza, gorgeous cheesy delicious pizza. Sure you can buy gluten-free pizzas in the supermarket but it just isn’t the same as the real deal. Well don’t worry, because there are people out there making gluten-free pizza which doesn’t taste like cardboard. Among them are the people at Firebird; this west-end bar and restaurant has gluten-free options for both pizza and pasta on the menu full time. Their signature wood-fired pizzas are guaranteed not to disappoint and the range of pasta options is also mightily impressive. Oh, and they have gluten free beer…
Firebird, 1321 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TL, 0141 334 0594, more info
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Topolabamba specialise in Mexican street food, served tapas-style with lots of small plates – meaning you can try loads of different things. This is especially good news, because most of the menu here is naturally gluten-free! Not only that, but there are so few exceptions that the menu labels the things which aren’t gluten-free! Finally, the revolution is here! This makes for an excellent range of options which are too many to name, but personal favourites include the glorious stuffed corn tortillas and the king prawn tacos. Be sure to try the hot salsa whilst you’re there too.
Topolabamba, 89 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5TF, 0141 248 9359, more info
The 13th Note
This vegetarian and vegan cafe also caters brilliantly to gluten-free requirements, with a number of naturally gluten-free dishes on their menu and more which can be altered clearly labelled on the menu. It might not look like much from the outside, but don’t let the understated cool of the décor fool you- 13th Note serves up some of the most delicious and filling gluten-free options in the city. Their wheat-free specialities include an amazing Sri Lankan curry and lemongrass, ginger and risotto cakes. Almost as delicious as the food are the prices, which makes this a great spot for a filling meal that won’t empty your wallet.
The 13th Note, 50-60 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT, 0141 553 1638, more info
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