Going gluten-free is pretty common nowadays. And whether or not they're Coeliac, a lot of people prefer it. So whether you’re a gluten-free diner yourself, are dating a gluten-free person, or just don’t want to eat bad food when you go out with your gluten-free pal, we’ve got you covered with this list of my favourite gluten-free dishes in Melbourne
Please note, however, that not all of the dishes below are Coeliac-safe or approved, so don’t @ me. I’ll leave it up to you to roll the dice.
Nori Taco | Mr Miyagi
Our friends at Mr Miyagi have a ton of gluten-free options, and at the top of our list (okay, maybe alongside the Miyagi Fried Chicken) is the Nori Taco, which is now gluten-free. Tender grilled salmon belly, sushi rice, spicy napa cabbage, Japanese mayo and chilli oil. Yes.
Hawker Fried Chicken | Hawker Hall
You’ve got to be willing to look past the cross-contamination on this one, but if you choose to do so, you won’t be disappointed. The Hawker Hall fried chicken is the best gluten-free fried chicken I’ve ever eaten. The gluten-free option comes with mayo and a spicy/sweet sauce situation—mix those together and you’ve got a winner. It’s also accompanied by lettuce cups, but personally, I’m not about that vibe. The pickles are a great addition, though.
Meats Galore | Le Bon Ton
Firstly, let’s kick this off by highlighting the fact Le Bon Ton’s kitchen is frying until the wee hours of the morning. Secondly, the majority of their meats are gluten-free, so you can eat your heart out.
Every Damn Thing Off The Menu | La Tortilleria
Coeliac friendly. I repeat: coeliac friendly. But please, regular-food-eating friends, don’t be put off. This place is off the charts. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, and everything on the menu is absolutely delicious. Should you go, you simply must have the Gringa and Pescado Fish tacos and the Flan for dessert. In the immortal words of Drake: Thank me later.
Betty's Classic on a GF Bun | Betty’s Burgers
I call this out as the best gluten-free burger in Melbourne. The bun is fluffy, the burger is delicious and as a bonus, their fries are also gluten-free. Life: complete. Be sure to get Betty’s secret sauce on the side.
All The Cannoli | Eat Cannoli
This place is Coeliac Society accredited, so you know they’re legit. All their cannoli are gluten-free and unbelievably good. Shout outs go to the OG vanilla and chocolate, but let’s be honest: they’re all delicious.
All The Pizza | Lazerpig
Pizza is a tough one—due to the nature of flour, it’s hard to guarantee that anything is completely gluten-free. However, the GF pizza base at Lazerpig is so good, your non-GF friends probably won’t even notice.
More Pizza | A25
These guys recently announced they are officially accredited by Coeliac Australia and to that I say: Hell. Yes. Their gluten-free pizza is sensational, as is their pasta. And on top of that, you can get fries with truffle and parmesan (GF, of course).
Popcorn | Village Cinemas
In the name of research, I pulled up my UberEats records for this one. I’m really quite obsessed with Village Cinemas popcorn, and the best thing is, us gluten-free folk don’t have to miss out. For the record, I’ve UberEats’ed it 14 times, at roughly $15 an order, so you do the math. Sponsor me, Village Cinemas.
Spring Rolls | Misschu
Misschu has a host of fantastic gluten-free options, but my pick of the bunch is their deep-fried spring rolls. Prawn and Crab or Vegetarian, both excellent options. Wrap these bad boys up in a lettuce cup and enjoy.
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Image credit: Eat Cannoli | Annika Kafcaloudis