With the prevalence of avo toast, pizza and doughnuts, living life without gluten is a tall order in this age of foodie exploration. But fear no more gluten-free gluttons, deprivation is off the agenda because we are bringing you Brisbane's best gluten-free dishes our tastebuds ever did, er, taste. Forget the hashtags, the diet fads and the gym junky trends because Brisbane is packing some seriously tasty feasts that just so happen to be devoid of pesky gluten.
Here are Brisbane's best gluten-free dishes. Enjoy, bloat-free.
Chu The Phat’s Kung Pao Chicken Wings & Cone Bay Barramundi
With gluten-free crowdpleasers like this, Chu The Phat is a go-to for your daily fix. Kung Pao chicken wings and Cone Bay barramundi with creamed spinach never tasted better, and frankly, is an incredibly successful reiteration of the glutinous versions. The rest of Chu the Phat's menu has a variety of options and is just a godsend of gluten free goodness—there’s something to Chu on for everyone!
Sake’s Korean Fried Popcorn Chicken & Salt And Pepper Squid
Your dreams of gluten free popcorn chicken and salt and pepper squid have become a reality, gluten free Brisbanites. Besides these two outstanding items, the rest of Sake’s menu is mostly gluten free, which means there are a whole lotta options without the anguish. Score!
Libertine’s Seven Course Gluten-Free Banquet
Sweet dreams are made of Libertine’s seven-course gluten free banquet. Heck yes, that’s right, seven glorious courses of Libertine's quality Vietnamese. Just let them know the gluten-free sitch and they'll rustle up a knee-weakening repast of their best and brightest gluten-free dishes from a lavish red duck curry to mouthwatering sizzling pork belly.
Madame Wu’s Entire Gluten-Free Menu
With an entirely gluten-free focused menu, Madame Wu has your power-lunch and dinner totally sorted. Think noodle rolls, tofu salads, roasted duck, Moreton Bay bugs and ALL of the prawns. Three words: Gluten. Free. Heaven.
Let Minnow’s ‘The Big Blue’
Let Minnow's menu boasts a range of gluten-free options, but the Big Blue is our #1 fave. With two poached eggs, bacon, avocado, spinach, house spanish beans, haloumi, and grilled chorizo on a potato and chive waffle - deep breath - your going to find it hard to not fall in love with this little Clayfield nook Let Minnow.
Blockhouse’s Crispy Polenta
Though bursting at the seams with plenty of gluten-free options, our fave from Blockhouse is the crispy polenta with chorizo, baby spinach, caramelised onion and a fried egg. Why live without crispy polenta when you simply don’t have to! *Flicks hair with confidence*
The Bagel Boys' Gluten-Free Bagel
Thank goodness that our favourite Bagel Boys have our backs, because where would we be in this day and age without bagels? Stuff it with your pick of Bagel Boys' signature savoury fillings like the turkey and brie, or sweeten it up with cream cheese and honey. Have you ever heard of anything so divine?
Botanica’s Heavenly Salads
While this little takeaway operation has put a real twist on cafe dining, it packs a punch of flavour and convenience within Red Hill and Teneriffe. Within their minimalist space, Botanica champions freshly made, nourishing salads as well as daily quiches and a mammoth spread of cupcakes and mini bar cakes. And the best bit? It's all gluten free!
Sorellina's Gluten-Free Pizza
Life would just not be the same without pizza, and Sorellina is not about to let gluten get in the way of a good time. Not only is Sorellina a hiptastic pizza paradise, they also make a darn good gluten-free base. It's thin and crispy and best enjoyed with some vino and beer.
Wilde Pale Ale
Fed up with wine and spirits? Fancy something a little bubbly and refreshing and preferably served in a brown glass bottle? Well look no further, because craft beer brewers Wilde have your gluten-free needs sorted. They're stocking a GF pale ale, paleo ale (made from very ancient grains) and even a raspberry version too. Find these gems at Sixes and Sevens, The Burrow, Mondo Organics, Yard Bird Ale House, and other listings on their WWW-dot. Because you deserve to get a little wild.
Donuts are a delight pleasure but are famously packed with gluten. All hail the brains behind something totally magical - the completely gluten-free Nodo Donuts. Tucked away in Teneriffe, Nodo whip up a banging donut round, free from gluten and processed sugars. It won’t even count as cheat day, we promise.
I Heart Brownies
We have #heartsforeyes for these one-of-a-kind brownies from I Heart Brownies. Being totally delicious, totally gluten-free and, yes, in the shape of a heart, we seriously can’t think of any other way our hearts can be won over. Even better in packs of twelve, of course.
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