3067, 325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford 3067
Gluten free foodies aren’t left out in Melbourne, where dining out is serious business, and Admiral Cheng-Ho in inner city Abbotsford has plenty to impress. The sister café of Balaclava’s Monk Bodhi Dharma, it offers some of the tried and true favourites, along with plenty more in a menu with dedicated gluten free dishes along with gluten free alternatives. Tuck into decadent French toast with raw vanilla cashew cream and seasonal fruit, polenta bread with almond feta or chia pudding with hazelnut milk and sour cherries.
The Nourishing Quarter
315 Cleveland Street, Redfern 2016
Tucked away in leafy Redfern, Nourishing Quarter is a neighbourhood restaurant serving up fantastic gluten free fare to diners over lunch and dinner. From flavour-packed rice paper rolls to hearty, veggie-filled Pho soups, it’s a local institution well worth a visit.
Maiz and Mezcal
405 Magill Road, Morris 5068
Maiz and Mezcal is a family-run Mexican restaurant dishing up an entirely gluten free menu accompanied by lashings of salsa, corn chips and fiesta fun. Hosts Ivan and Sonia Pichardo arrived in Australia in 2007 from Mexico and their authentic dishes have been winning Adelaide diners over ever since. From fresh Barramundi fillet marinated in coriander pesto to traditional pulled pork with Yucatan onion, it’s a flavour-packed menu and the signature margaritas, gluten free beers and ciders only add to the colourful vibe.
Strange Grains Gluten Free Bakery
3/626 Newcastle Street, Leederville 6007
A gluten free diet once signalled an end to wonderfully chewy, crusty bread with those spongy, gluten free alternatives a poor substitute for bread lovers.
Gluten free bread today though has come in leaps and bounds, and Leederville’s Strange Grains leads the charge with an approach blending old world breads with new world grains. Selling direct to the public, stock up on multi-seed, sourdough or olive rustic loaves today – or treat yourself to delicious chocolate hot cross buns, fresh bagels and cookies.
The Elk & Pea Eating House
21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon 2612
Canberrans chasing a quality gluten free meal got just what they asked for when the Elk and Pea Eating House opened its doors in the hip inner north suburb of Braddon. With a menu packed with gluten free options, and the flexibility to order gluten free on request for many dishes, treat yourself to huevos rancheros for brekkie, fresh corn tacos and chilli con carne over lunch and a range of salads and street food for dinner.
Pee Wee’s at the Point
Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point Reserve 0820
Cooled by the breezes drifting through its waterfront location, diners at Darwin’s Pee Wee’s at the Point have the best seats in the house to soak up the sublime waterfront views. While the menu isn’t exclusively gluten free, gluten free dishes are plentiful, with a chilled prawn and green paw paw salad, lemongrass and ginger braised pork belly and pan-fried rock lobster tail just some of the tasty fare on offer.
Ginger Brown Café
464 Macquarie Street, South Hobart 7004
South Hobart’s bustling Ginger Brown is fast becoming a local institution, and one that’s well worth a visit for gluten free foodies passing through. With a mix of gluten free options and gluten free dishes upon request, there’s plenty to please be it for a weekend brunch or a light lunch. Try their delish roast veggie salad with chickpea puree and Parmesan, hearty baked eggs with slow-cooked lamb or tangy lime, coconut and lemongrass rice pudding. Keep in mind this place gets packed on the weekends!
166 Hardgrave Road, West End 4101
Organic, sustainable wholefoods is the order of the day at Mondo Organics, a sophisticated eatery in Brisbane’s West End. Beautifully presented, seasonal dishes inspire Mondo’s menu with gluten free highlights including chia pudding with grilled stone fruit for brekkie, seafood and white bean soup for lunch and a crispy pork belly with sweet carrot puree and kale chips for dinner. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with decadent gluten free treats gracing the dessert menu.
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