If you’re coeliac, gluten intolerant or just eating gluten free, you know the struggle of eating out.
Your worst nightmare is seeing a gluten free menu with only one or two options, most of them being a salad.
But sometimes, you find a gem. A full menu packed with lots of options and plenty of choice.
I’ve devised a list of the top five places I’ve eaten at, to help anyone who’s stuck thinking of a place to go.
Nothing beats the simplicity of Nandos. As all of the sauces are gluten free, you can choose any variation of chicken, and have it as spicy as you like.
The biggest downfall is the fact that you can’t have the peri salted chips, as they contain gluten. But, there’s nothing stopping you from ordering the regular chips and putting sauce on top.
It’s a great restaurant if you want a sense of normality as you can order the exact same dishes as your friends (apart from the wraps of course).
4. Côte Brasserie
Côte Brasserie is possibly the fanciest restaurant on this list. Serving French Cuisine, the restaurant is definitely a place to go for any occasion.
The gluten free menu is huge, serving plenty of options for all three courses, plus appetisers.
I personally opt for a grilled chicken breast, with a mushroom sauce and potatoes au gratin. It’s a lovely dish, and a good sized portion.
Chiquito is a Mexican chain restaurant, with many locations across the UK. They even have a happy hour which lasts several hours, and lets you have 2-4-1 cocktails, which is a total bargain.
The gluten free menu is almost the same size as the normal menu, however options such as the enchiladas are not possible for gf.
The fajitas, which are my personal favourite, even come with unlimited wraps, which is a blessing. Plus, the fillings of the fajitas are so tasty, and there’s several options for which you have.
The portion sizes are absolutely huge, so I’d definitely recommend going on a completely empty stomach.
2. Fat Hippo
Fat Hippo, a very small chain the the North East of England, serves amazing gluten free food.
Predominantly, they’re a burger restaurant, but also serve nachos and similar sides. They serve a range of burgers, from my favourite (the Italian Job) to huge American style burgers. There’s something for everyone.
The only downside is that if you’re vegetarian and gluten free, you’ve not got much choice for food. But if you’re looking for a meaty burger, be it chicken or beef, this is the place for you.
1. Bella Italia
My all time favourite recommendation for eating out for a great gluten free night is Bella Italia.
Although your first thought might be hat it’s a chain restaurant, so they won’t put as much time and effort into making their gf food as good, you’d be completely wrong if you thought that.
They have a huge range of pizzas and pasta to offer. Every single pizza on the normal menu can be adapted onto a gluten free base.
They even have a full allergen menu and offer vegan pizzas, which I don’t see too often. Plus, their pizzas taste exactly how you’d imagine a pizza should taste. What’s more, they’re the exact same size as the regular pizzas, which is just the cherry on top.
I can’t recommend this restaurant enough, and with lots of locations across the UK you’re never too far from one. It won’t disappoint, and in my opinion, I’ve not eaten out at a better place yet.
I’m always on the look out for new, exciting restaurants to eat. So, if you think I missed one that needed to be on this list, let me know.