Cutting out gluten at lunchtime doesn't need to be a nuisance. We give you our top picks for Sydney's best midday meals—minus the gluten. Delicious, wholesome and colourful food awaits.
Note: Not all of the establishments below are 100% gluten free, so naturally review the menus or give them a ring before going.
Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen | Alexandria
With a changing daily menu, Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen has garnered a reputation for their hearty, seasonal lunchtime fare. The mix-and-match vegetarian salad plates feature offerings such as: shredded zucchini and asparagus; smoky paprika and honey roasted cauliflower; and grilled eggplant with spiced beetroot coriander yoghurt. It's all delicious.
Suzie Q Coffee & Records | Surry Hills
Cure those midday blues with a trip to Suzie Q—the music lovin' eatery famed for their great coffee and inventive menu. Go for "The Girl From Ipanema" gluten-free arepa with scrambled eggs, avocado and tomato salsa; "Je Ne Regrette Rien" Farmer Jo's gluten-free granola with spiced poached pears; or the "Pamela May" of poached chicken and roast beetroot salad with toasted walnuts and goats cheese.
Beach Burrito Company | Bondi
Located in the heart of Bondi, Beach Burrito dishes up quick, tasty lunchtime fare—guaranteed to curb those midday cravings. Gluten-free tacos come topped with everything from chilli con carne to pulled seasonal beef, lime chilli garlic prawn and tofu with slow roasted vegetables. The veg nachos is also a standout, loaded with black beans, pico de gallo, blended cheese and guacamole.
Kitchen By Mike | Rosebery
At this rustic-style canteen, the menu is set daily—so you know you're always in for something special. Food is displayed on the counter, and you can build your plate as your wish. Generally expect to find at least two meat or fish dishes, such as wood roasted herb chicken or mackerel with herb butter, and an array of five or more salads; like green bean, fig, hazelnut and feta, or fresh pressed tofu with ponzu. Gluten-free folk, you'll be spoilt for choice!
Madame Nhu | Surry Hills
Serving up simple, delicious Vietnamese street food, Madame Nhu's menu spans tantalising summer rolls—packed with tiger prawns, grilled lemongrass pork, bbq duck fillet or salad; or try their specialty spicy-style ph?, and scrumptious vermicelli bowls. If you fancy a drink, they also stock one of Sydney's largest collections of Asian beers.
The Burger Shed | Mosman
The brainchild of star chef Justin North, The Burger Shed in Mosman serves up mouthwatering gluten-free burgers, oozing all your favourites. Four types of burgers are on offer, including perfectly seasoned beef, lamb, chicken and Portobello mushroom. The list of side orders is short but enticing—spanning blackened corn, old-school coleslaw, and truffle and Parmesan fries.
Badde Manors Cafe | Glebe
This iconic corner café has stood the test of time, and is constantly full to the brim. The menu is extensive, with both vegan and gluten-free options aplenty. Our favourites include the grilled haloumi salad, the three mushroom risotto and the Moroccan-style fritter stacks. Gluten-free bread is also available to pair with goodies, like the Mediterranean platter, or to sandwich something delicious like pesto, roast capsicum and tasty cheese.
Chalkboard Cafe | Waterloo
Nestled within the newly opened PYD Building, Chalkboard Café boasts an array of gluten-free lunch options and delicious coffee via Double Roasters. Available from 11:30am, highlights can include: roast beetroot and goat's cheese salad; smoked salmon with potato rosti; Asian marinated chicken salad; and pumpkin, chorizo and quinoa salad. All good stuff.
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