We all know that going gluten free has its challenges. The routine of scanning menus for that wishful 'GF' sometimes results in settling for something unexciting. But thankfully restaurants have quickly come up to speed, and with Ireland home to one of the highest rates of coeliac disease in the world, we're showing everyone how it's done.
Dublin has loads of awesome options for the gluten-free diner that sacrifice nothing in flavour and quality, so you can stop scanning and start eating.
1. Hake Fish Fillet Tagine, Dada
This is a place with choices upon choices for gluten-free diners. Not only is Moroccan cuisine one of the richest and most diverse – with influences everywhere from Southern Spain and Northern Africa to the far East – but that wonderful letter combination 'GF' appears after most of their dishes here.
Kick things off with a fragrant Saffron Marinated Chicken Kebab with a harissa dip, or Pan Fried King Prawns, before moving onto a Moroccan-inspired salad or a tagine packed with all your favourite things. Go for the Seven Vegetable Tagine for a veggie-friendly delight, or opt for the hake fish fillet version for one bundling in a delicate fillet with a ginger marinade, tomatoes and peppers.
Where: Dada, Dublin 2
2. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Slice
Slice has earned a name as one of the best brunch spots in Dublin. But you're not going to find the usual brunch bites here. With Irish products and a focus on clean eating, Slice serves up a selection of organic salads, nutritious soups and bursting gluten-free sandwiches.
The honey roast ham with sweet pineapple and mango chutney, and full-flavoured Irish cheddar is an altogether different kind of ham and cheese sandwich. And the Grilled Vegetables Sandwich, packing in all sorts of seasonal goodies and a green goddess dressing, is a must try.
Where: Slice, Arbour Hill
3. GF Fresh Atlantic Cod, Beshoff Bros
Beshoff Bros have been making some of Dublin's most popular fish and chips for generations. The store has a unique history, with Ivan Beshoff stepping off the Russian Battleship 'Potemkin' in Dublin in 1939 to start a family business specialising in fresh, quality seafood.
But this is a business that has moved with the times, and gluten-free diners need not go without their beloved fish and chips. Choose from Atlantic haddock, scampi or chicken goujons, and don't forget the gluten-free onions rings either. We love the GF Fresh Atlantic Cod here, boxed up with gluten-free potato chips, a lemon wedge and tartar sauce.
4. Vegan Superfood Salad, Staple Foods
Staple foods specialises in, you guessed it, staple foods. Their meals are based on the paleo and vegan diets, and are full of wholesome, unprocessed ingredients.
The gluten-free superfood salads are big bowls of goodness, and we can't get enough of the one packing in roasted chicken, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, citrus carrots, mixed greens and kale topped with fresh green asparagus, toasted almonds and an orange and lime dressing. There's a vegan version too if you want to sub out the chicken for a side of falafel.
Where: Staple Foods, Dublin 2
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