These days, every Melbourne cafe or restaurant worth its salt has repurposed its menu to indicate what is safe for the gluten intolerant among us, and what isn't. It's easy to make assumptions and guess, but Coeliacs really just want to walk into a restaurant, glance over the gluten-free options and make a decision. Melbourne has some particularly ambitious gluten-free menus and there are dishes to be found in every laneway and speakeasy in the city, but which are the ones worth perusing a menu for? Presenting the top 50 gluten-free meals in Melbourne—breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks—from all four corners of the grid.
1. Truman Cafe in Albert Park - Truman Brekkie: Eggs, potato rosti, tomato relish and avo with gluten-free multigrain.
2. The Bakers Wife in Camberwell - The French Toast: Gluten-free bread, rhubarb and strawberry compote, spiced ricotta and Canadian maple syrup. Add bacon for an awesome start to the day.
3. Industry Beans in Fitzroy - Avocado Smash: Chevre, charred lemon, green tea sea salt and house baked gluten-free bread. Add a poached egg for an awesome twist on a classic.
4. Porgie and Mr. Jones in Hawthorn - Cauliflower, Chickpea + Persian Feta Salad: It’s got pickled currants, organic quinoa, toasted nuts, seeds and spices. Salad was never this good.
5. The Kettle Black in South Melbourne - House-made Coconut Yoghurt with Gluten-Free Grains: Add seeds and nuts, pear, citrus powders, fruits and flowers for a decadent gluten-free Melbourne brekkie.
6. The Footscray Milking Station in Footscray - Corn Cakes: A rare treat to find gluten-free corn cakes, these ones topped with guacamole, relish and herb salad. Add chorizo for something extra.
7. Tin Pot Cafe in Fitzroy North - Grilled Salmon with Asian Greens: Wok tossed Asian greens, baby spinach, steamed rice, mirin, ginger and toasted seeds.
8. Entrecote in South Yarra - Steak Frites: Steak, amazing fries and sauce maison au berre et aux herbs. Gluten-free dinner perfection.
9. The Merrywell in Southbank - The K.I.S.S Burger: Get your gluten-free bun around a beef patty, ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, mayo and cheddar.
10. Supernormal in Melbourne City - Peanut Butter Parfait, Salted Caramel and Soft Chocolate. Enough said.
11. Gazi in Melbourne CBD - Duck Souva: Duck, chips, parsley, onion, pear and mustard mayo in a gluten-free wrap. Dare you to stop at one.
12. Portello Rosso in Melbourne CBD - Pork Belly: Part of the tapas menu, the slow roasted crispy skin pork belly over almond and garlic puree is sublime.
13. Mamasita in Melbourne CBD - Elote Callejero: ‘Streetstyle’ chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayo and lime. Arriba!
14. Misuzu's in Albert Park - Teriyaki Chicken: Chicken breast pieces and vegetables pan fried in teriyaki sauce.
15. Huxtable in Fitzroy - Indian Spiced Tuna Tartare: Served with cucumber, mint yoghurt and papadams.
16. APTE in Alphington - Spanish Baked Eggs: Baked eggs with red kidney and cannellini beans, chorizo, and topped with a parmesan crust, served with gluten-free bread.
17. La Petite Creperie in Mebourne CBD - La M’sieur Bernard Galette: Emmental cheese with a choice of fresh tomatoes, ham or mushrooms. We vote ham and cheese!
18. Tom Phat in Brunswick - BBQ Lamb Ribs: Ribs with lemongrass, ginger and coriander.
19. Red Door in Windsor - Gluten-Free Dumplings: From vegetarian to pork and prawn, you’ll never have to hanker after dumplings again.
20. Pinocchio in South Yarra - Zucca Wood Fired Pizza: Fior di latte, wood roasted butternut pumpkin, ricotta and pesto pancetta.
21. Ladro in Prahran - Breakfast Pizza: Bufala mozzarella, organic egg, speck, cherry tomatoes and basil on a gluten-free pizza base.
22. Mr. Miyagi in Windsor - Japanese eggplant rice paper: Grilled eggplant, miso glaze, cucumber, peppery leaves.
23. Tall Timber in Prahran - Roast Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad: A delightful salad with radish, cucumber, pine nuts, currants and yoghurt.
24. Little Rose in Port Melbourne - Tuna Melt Jaffle: Tuna with basil, pine nut tomato and cheese in a GF jaffle. Best.
25. Barry Coffee and Food in Northcote - Benedict Eggs: Slow braised free range ham hock, apple cider hollandaise, granny’s apples and potato hash.
26. LBSS (Little Big Sugar Salt) in Abbotsford - That One. The healthiest, unhealthy tasting thing, ever. Blueberry and ginger pancakes, coconut vanilla whip, maple and fruits of the season. One of Melbourne’s best gluten-free breakfasts, hands down.
27. Fox in the Box in Brighton - A classic ‘Fox’ Parma: The famous home crumbed schnitzel with tomato sauce, ham and cheese. Why should the gluten-free among us miss out?
28. Fonda Mexican in Richmond - Ensaladas: Grilled chicken with quinoa, black bean, coriander, fresh corn, sweet potato, peas and mint. Delicious!
29. Oscar Cooper in Prahran - Fancy Brekky: Crispy truffle polenta slice, confit field mushrooms, poached eggs with shaved manchepp and jamon.
30. Top Paddock in Richmond - Basic Brekky: Baked beans with a poached egg and cottage cheese on gluten-free toast.
31. Seddon Deadly Sins in Seddon - Sloth: House made flourless chilli corn loaf served with crispy bacon, guacamole and spicy baked beans.
32. Pillar of Salt in Richmond - Californian Super Food Salad: Tri-coloured quinoa, shredded green kale, wild organic rice, goji berries, charred corn, salted ricotta, black turtle beans, heirloom tomatoes with a lime and jalapeno vinaigrette. ALL the health. Plus ALL the taste.
33. Honey Bar & Restaurant in South Melbourne - Something Spicier: Chicken breast with sweet corn and potato fritters, served with a mild jalapeno salsa, snow pea shoots and chipotle mayonnaise.
34. Carlton Curry House in Carlton - Chicken Butter Cream: Tender chicken with saffron rice and GLUTEN-FREE NAAN. Really!!
35. What Da Pho in South Melbourne - Rice Paper Rolls: Four choices of fillings, these are the biggest and tastiest rice paper rolls you will ever have, gluten-free or not.
36. Vanilla Lounge in Oakleigh - Pork Hock off the Bone: Braised pork, pressed, then roasted, cabbage and almond salad with spicy tomato puree.
37. 400 Gradi in East Brunswick - Pasta: Simple gluten-free pasta with homemade Napoli sauce. ‘Cause sometimes you just want a big bowl of pasta.
38. Andrews Burgers in Albert Park - A Burger: Any kind, on a gluten-free burger bun. Ahmazing.
39. Chez Dré in South Melbourne - Duck Sandwich: Confit pulled duck, onion jam, red cabbage, grated apple and truffle mayo on gluten-free bread.
40. Cupcake Queens in Albert Park - Lemon, Vanilla or Chocolate Mud Cupcake: Enjoy morning noon or night with a coffee.
41. Spudbar at various locations - A Spud: A myriad of toppings, and all gluten-free. Go crazy.
42. Rock the Wok in Melbourne CBD - Pad Thai Noodles: Freshly made stir fried thin rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, and spring onions in tamarind sauce topped with cashew nuts. No soy sauce in sight.
43. Westgarth Fish and Chips in Northcote - Traditional Fish and Chips: Gluten-free batter and a dedicated gluten-free fryer.
44. The Bohemian in South Wharf - Chicken Paella: Roasted red peppers, chickpeas and green beans.
45. LeftBank in Southbank - Eggplant Chips: Dusted with cornflower and fried, these eggplant chips are served with sweet chilli mayo.
46. Saigon Sally in Windsor - Tira-ma-Sally. Macaron, Vietnamese coffee parfait, condensed milk and peanut brittle. Dessert Heaven.
47. The Daily Kitchen in Melbourne CBD- Sandwiches made fresh: A fresh sanga served to go so it’s ready for your lunch in the CBD.
48. Red Robyn in Camberwell - Breakfast Nachos: Braised white beans, burnt corn, pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, coriander, lime, avocado and a tortilla, gluten-free of course!
49. Hotel Windsor in Melbourne CBD - High Tea: Sandwiches, cakes; savoury and sweet. Add champagne and tea for the perfect afternoon.