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 the best restaurants and cafes dishing up gluten-free goodness in Perth.
Calling all coeliacs, health freaks and everyone in between—Veggie Mama in Mount Lawley has you sorted. Walk into this cute little cafe and you will be hit by a huge glass cabinet filled to the brim with fresh produce, salads, cold meals and healthy sweet treats that won’t disturb your digestive system.
Double Rainbow is a bar and kitchen that sits on the ground floor of The Rechabite and has Perth legend Danny Sanchez (previously of The Flour Factory and Hadiqa) heading up the kitchen. He’s put together a top-notch menu with more gluten-free options than you can poke a chopstick at—think squid ink fried ice, wok-tossed edamame, roasted eggplant rendang, torched confit salmon and more.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
While Sweetwater Rooftop Bar is best known for its lush interiors, amazing cocktails and gosh darn delicious Asian-inspired eats, they’re also champions when it comes to gluten-free offerings. Their gluten-free menu (yep, they’ve got an entirely gluten-free menu) is populated with the seasonal dumpling delights we all know and love, as well as tasty noodles, rendang, ribs and rice cakes—if you want it, they’ve got it.
The Old Synagogue
The stunning Old Synagogue in Fremantle is home to some amazing eateries— namely Mr Chapple, Tonic & Ginger and The Arbor—which all serve up some incredible gluten-free eats. We’ll leave it up to you to take a peek at each of the menus, but we recommend booking in for a coeliac-friendly south east Asian fusion feast at Tonic & Ginger above all else.
Mother in Freo is packed to the brim with mouth-watering plant-based bites, and (almost) all of them are completely free of gluten! It's a rare occasion you can get amongst the whole menu so this is your moment to be greedy. Snack on the sundried tomato and ‘mozzarella’ arancini balls before digging into the house made ravioli, then wash it all down with a pint of one of their gluten-free beers.
Angel Falls Grill
Round up all of your gluten-free mates and head straight to Angel Falls Grill, Perth’s first and only Venezuelan restaurant. If all of the slow-cooked meats and tender smoked steaks weren’t enough to tempt you, how about the fact that everything here is 100 per cent gluten-free? But back to the slow cooked meats. The beef, chicken and pork are all so ridiculously full of flavour you won’t be able to stop eating them. The gold medal goes out to the beef which you will devour in about 5 seconds flat.
If you thought your pizza lovin' days were done, think again! Neighborhood Pizza serves up any and all of their gangsta pizza combinations on a gluten-free base. Call in a takeaway or grab your mates for a pizza party in their stunning Mount Hawthorn restaurant. Pizza is back on the menu, gluten-free friends!
Take one look at La Cabana’s menu and you’ll notice two things—first of all, their authentic Mexican dishes are all made with the freshest WA produce and secondly, everything is completely gluten-free (as well as dairy and nut-free) unless stated. That means it’s time to go crazy on the ceviche, corn tentacles, hand crushed potatoes and most of all, the taste bud-tingling tacos al pastor. You can thank us later.
Speaking of pizza, the team at both General Public locations do a mighty fine job at serving up slices of gluten-free goodness. Once you’re done choosing your toppings, go ahead and add some of the tasty halloumi bites or loaded fries to your feast–of course, both are gluten-free and they’re absolutely delish.
This one’s for our gluten-free friends a little bit further south of the river. Coeliacs rave about Bayside Barista in Safety Bay, and for good reason—this cute little cafe is 100 per cent gluten-free and coeliac certified. That means you can dig into dishes like spinach and parmesan arancini with melted camembert and house made slow-braised beef cheek pies without a doubt in your mind.
We haven’t yet found a box that The Standard in Northbridge doesn’t tick. It’s a bar, with a rooftop and an incredible food and drink offering running the gauntlet from bar snacks to more substantial fare—with gluten-free options dominating the menu. Our top pick? The Korean BBQ chicken with sweet potato noodles, peanuts and herb salad.
Step inside the lush, neon-clad interiors of Northbridge’s Neon Palms and prepare to be amazed by all of the delicious gluten-free Latin American eats on their menu. The loaded cassava fries will absolutely knock your socks off, and the crunchy cauliflower tempura is just as amazing as it sounds.
It seems everything on El Publico’s menu just so happens to be completely gluten-free, and when it comes to picking a favourite dish we really can’t choose between their selection of mouthwatering tacos. With beef barbacoa, battered chicken, pork belly, and battered fish or cauliflower on offer, your best bet is to order one of each.
For real, fast and simple Italian food, Perth pasta joint Tommy Sugo takes the cake—the gluten-free cake, that is. Their gluten-free gnocchi is just waiting to be devoured, but if you’re a bit more of a health freak, we recommend the low carb sweet potato and zucchini spaghetti. Grazie!
Strange Grains is what you get when you challenge a gluten intolerant anthropologist to open a bakery. Hold the wheat, gluten, soy, maize, eggs and dairy products and bring on an array of award winning breads and cakes that are edible for even the most sensitive of foodies. It’s hard to distinguish these soft fluffy loaves from their glutenous cousins. Yep, these guys have pretty much nailed it!
Whether it’s peanut butter bars, protein balls or rocky road cups you’re chasing, Crunchbox is where you can score yourself a massive range of gluten-free, plant-based desserts in bulk. Even better, they’ve got a shopfront in Malaga—Crunchbox Cafe—where they whip up all kinds of cakes, waffles, toasties and puddings which are also coeliac-friendly.
Scope out more of our favourite eateries here.
Image credit: Veggie Mama