Gluten-free meals, more often than not, conjure up feelings of negativity. And, I can understand why. Anyone who appreciates an inch-thick pizza base that sticks to the roof of their mouth, or wishes to indulge in a burger without half the fun (the bun) is, quite frankly, a ridiculous kind of person.
We do, however, understand that there are an increasing number of you who do not have the luxury of indulging in gluten-induced goodness. And it can be tricky to find delicious, GF fare. So, we've scoured the streets for our favourite gluten-free spots that will have you marveling over the deliciousness of their dishes just as much as their lack of the G word.
Coeliacs, this one's for you…
One word—delicious. Mondo Organics is one of my all time faves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, it's a real winner. With a focus on organic, sustainable produce, they also cater to a plethora of dietary requirements; gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan.
Gluten-free potato gnocchi is on Pearl's new winter menu! Homemade with manchego, burnt sage butter, kale, and hazelnuts… Need I say more?
Seriously healthy, seriously organic, and seriously GF. Hannah, TUL's resident gluten hater, recommends the lentil pattie served with salad. It might sound a bit dull but, trust me, she knows her stuff and this is the goods.
Hurrah! A whole café dedicated to coeliacs. Serving up brekky and lunch, they also have some seriously sumptuous sweeties. Think gluten-free pastries, cakes, and biscuits.
Coeliacs and carbs are not a match made in heaven, except where Sol Breads is concerned. With great gluten-free breads for sale, the café also serves up some wicked wheat-free alternatives. Muesli, fruit toast, muffins, focaccias, and frittatas to name just a few.
Hosokawa is sushi and sashimi heaven. Not in the mood for raw fish? Then, I suggest the tofu salad and grilled eggplant with miso. Actually, everything is top-notch, and most menu items are gluten free!
I. Love. This. Place. Order the tamarind fish and green papaya salad and you'll be one happy camper. I'm salivating as I type.
Itching for Italian? Colle Rosso has you covered. Gluten-free pizza and pasta is on the menu. And, they're almost as good as the real deal. Seriously.
A Woolloongabba mainstay, Green Papaya is a bit of an institution. Serving up a mix of Balinese and Thai, gluten intolerants will revel in the red poached salmon salad. Served with green papaya, roasted cashews, coriander, lime leaf, and lemon grass, they have a whole lot more deliciousness on offer.
Good ol' fish and chips are a bit of a gluten-free go-to for a fast-food fix. And, The Fishmonger's Wife does a darn good job of it. With a whole menu dedicated to our coeliac friends, you are well and truly covered. And they even have a GF batter!
The beauty of rice and rice noodles—they don't contain gluten. But, be warned, most of the delicious sauces that drown your meat and veggies do! Not to worry because The Vietnamese in The Valley do a mean (gluten free) chicken vermicelli salad bowl. Fresh, filling, and only $10.
Paddington's new favourite, Botanica serves up a delish range of salads, cakes, and brownies! And yes, you guessed it; they're free from gluten. You haven't lived until you've tried the strawberry cupcake and the vegan chocolate caramel brownie—they're TUL office favourites.
But wait, there's more! Check out our second Gluten Free Guide To Brisbane!