This is a brand new section, started in October 2009, we will be adding new places each month, so watch this space.
Spain (Updated February 2010)
If you are going to Spain, then here are a few things to help you along.
Nearly all the Spanish restaurants have staff who speak English, they also have gluten free menus or at least gluten-free dishes, so ask for ‘La Carte Sin Gluten’. If they don’t have a gluten free menu, they will certainly have a number of dishes, just take your own bread ‘pan‘.
For gluten-free eating, try their fish dishes ‘Pescado‘, all the meat dishes, steaks, chicken ‘Pollo‘, lamb ‘Cordero’, avoid their gravy, lots of fish soups ’Sopa’ and for pudding, the Spanish love their Rice ‘Aros’ you can have it with Ice Cream ‘Aros con Helados Vanilla’.
If you decide to buy from a local store, look for any of the following stores, they all stock Gluten-Free food, from biscuits, cakes, and bread.
El Corte Ingles, probably the largest store in Spain, nearly all the towns have one.
Hipercor, a large chain of supermarkets, one in every town.
Mercadona, similar to Hipercor, look for their ‘Sin Gluten’ shelves.
Herbolarios, a large group of herbal stores, with a good choice of gluten-free.
LR and DT.
When in London
The Soho Hotel http://www.firmdale.com/index.php for an Afternoon Tea, all Gluten-Free. Yes GF sandwiches, yummy cakes (made especially), check their web site and order your special tea. AJ
Try the Inspiral 250 Camden Street, NW1 8QS www.inspiralled.net Lovely food, good GF menu, wide selection. Lasagne with potato wedges and root vegetables, highly recommended. LR&KR
Travel in the UK
Bournemouth, Dorset, Southern UK
Great hotel The Queens, on The East Coast Cliffs, it also accommodates pets and is good with gluten free meals, full English Breakfast select what you want, they supplied delicious ASDA gluten free toasted rolls. Good choice on the menu, with GF Rolls, only time they didn’t have the right choice (meat had wheat flour gravy and the meat been cooked in it), so they cooked us a steak in its place. DD
Travel in France
In the town of Tursac, Dordogne, a recommended restaurant is La Source, it has a Dutch Chef who understands the Coeliac disease and makes your meal to order. DE
Travel in Malta
In Xlendi Bay, Gozo, Malta, is the restaurant It Tmun, also the restaurant Victoria, both offering GF Dishes. DE
Then in Marsalforn, Gozo, is the restaurant Il Kartell, lots of GF Dishes.
If you travel by Air Malta, you can order, in advance, a Gluten-Free meal.
In Birkirkara there is a large supermarket called Smarts that offers a complete aisle, with a great variety of gluten free food. PD
The following restaurants offer a good selection of GF eating. ZN
The Arches Restaurant, 113 Gorg Oliver Street, Millieha, Tel:21520533
Ciappetti Restaurant, 5 St.Agatha’s Esplanade, Midina, Tel:21459987
Giuseppis Winebar Restaurant, Main Street, Mellieha, Tel:21574882
The Kitchen, Tower Road, Sliema, Tel:21311112
The Spoon, Windmill Street, Valletta, Tel 21250837
Travel in the USA
Florida PF Chang’s Chinese Restaurant, in The Mall at Melilenia, Orlando, has its own gluten free menu. AJ
The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant also has a dedicated Menu, ask for The Garden Fare Menu, mind the croutons and the breadsticks.
Great supermarket, Turkey Lane Road, Orlando, called Wholefoods Market, lots of GF products for sale.
Gluten free restaurants Dublin
Beshoff’s Restaurant Upper Connel Street, Dublin 1, www.beshoffrestaurant.com Tel 01872 4400 serving Gluten Free Fish & Chips every day of the week, great cod and chips. The original owner and founder of the restaurant was the grandfather , Ivan Beshoff, a Russian, who came to Ireland in 1913. He lived for 104 years eating his own fish and chips. AJ
Kilkenny Shop, Café & Restaurant 5 - 6 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 lots of great Irsih food, including Gluten Free scones and baguettes. DT
Cornucopia Restaurant 19 Wicklow Street, Tel 01677 7583 has a good selection of gluten free dishes. DT
Café Mao If you like hot spicy foods, great asian cooking, they have 3 restaurants in Dublin, one in Chatham Row, then one in Dundrum, the third is found in Dun Looghaire, try their Nazi goring. DT
Peploe’s Wine Bistro 16 St.Stephens Green, Dublin 2 www.peploes.com Tel 01676 3144 Very historic restaurant, restored from its original 1760’s vaults and today offers some of the best food and wine in Dublin, many dishes are gluten free. DT
Gluten free restaurants in Rome( just a few from many). DT
Don’t forget when you enter an Italian restaurant, tell the waiter “Senza Glutine” and you will be well looked after.
Alex Café Restaurant Via Vittorio Veneto 20, Tel 06482 3618
The owner Fabrizio Ciafrei will take good care of you and they have a Gluten-Free Menu.
2 brothers from Sicily opened 2 great restaurants. DT
Sicillianbocca in Prati Via Emilio Faa Di Bruno 26 Tel 063735 8400
Sicillianbocca Al Flaninio Via Flaminia 390 Tel 06324 0187
Both restaurants ooefr extensive gluten free dishes.
A few steps from St.Peter’s is II Giardino Pamphili Via Leone de Holn 63 Tel 0666100 4603 Their “Paccheri de Gragnano” short pasta tubes filled with red scorpio fish and tomatoes, is really delicious, they offer lots of gluten free food.