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Published April 3rd 2016
A new revolution in gluten free dining at Gallery Walk
As our awareness grows to the many dietary problems our friends and family are now experiencing, we also become educated on how certain foods can affect our digestive system. There are many varied symptoms that could require a person to change their eating habits to gluten free, however there are now many diners, cafes and restaurants catering for those in need.
Gluten is a protein found in Wheat, Barley, Rye and all hybrids of these such as Spelt, Kamut and Triticale, so the usual sandwich for lunch is not something a person with an allergy to gluten can take for granted.
Of course, you do not have to be diagnosed gluten free to eat gluten free food. What was once food of limited variety and often related that its taste was like cardboard, is now as scrumptious as non-gluten free foods and sometimes even better.
Tables are available inside out in a relaxed atmosphere (Author's Photo)
The café is set down a few steps from Long Road footpath and seating is either inside, outside on the verandah or seating in the umbrella covered boxed balcony. Although patrons have full view of people walking past, we felt we had our own private alcove in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
Gluten Free Blood Orange Tart, delicious (Author's Photo)
On entry into the café, a blackboard of seventeen herbal teas challenged our thought process yet as the day was warm we each chose smoothies with a Blood Orange Gluten Free Tart and a Vegan Blueberry Muffin as compliments. Coffee prices ranged from $4.50 to $5.50 and Smoothies from $5.50 to $7.50. Our morning tea of two sweets and two smoothies cost around $30.00.
The wide range of choices makes decision take a little longer (Author's photo)
You may think that sugar is over catered to produce flavour to the food, this is definitely not the case. My Blood Orange Gluten Free Tart was fluffy and full of flavour yet not overly sweet and I did not feel the need to grab for water after each bite, which can be the problem with non-gluten free tarts. With so much else to choose, next time I'm in Mt Tamborine I will make my port of call lunch so I can try the focaccias or a savoury tart and a scoop of gluten free ice cream.