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Unexpected Gluten Free Food in Melbourne

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Published March 3rd 2013
Melbourne’s best surprise coeliac friendly places
Unexpected Gluten Free Food

When someone very close to me was first diagnosed with coeliac
disease about 15 years ago, the world became a very hostile place for them. At the time not a lot of restaurants knew about it or chose to acknowledge it. There was also a lot of misinformation floating around, leading to the fairly frequent misconceptions that gluten allergies were only diagnosed by naturopaths, and that coeliac disease was not a real or life-threatening illness.

At that time, it was not uncommon to go to a restaurant that only had plain garden salad, or plain grilled chicken or fish available for coeliacs, or just outright refused to accommodate them. For a long time, Melbourne was not a happy place to go out if your duodenum was gluten-adverse and you weren't a fan of tasteless food. Much has changed now though. Word has gotten out, education has proliferated, and there are very few places that don't have reasonable gluten free options. Thanks to the age of the internet, word about the good places travels quickly for the coeliac with an ear to the ground too. I thought that I would share a list of places that I have come across that I think are awesome in their own rights, but which also turned out to be unexpectedly coeliac friendly. None of these places are particularly obscure or exclusively gluten free, they are simply places where I unexpectedly came across gluten free food that I think are worth a visit, that even the informed coeliac may not have known about.

Unexpected Hot Dogs – Phat Brats

Gluten free hotdogs was a concept I had given up on until my friend excitedly messaged me one day from in front of the Phat Brats menu. Phat Brats do awesome and frankly quite fancy hotdogs for Coeliacs, Vegetarians, Vegans, and the everyday factory-setting digestive tract alike. My first hotdog there was the chilli dog, and it was very good indeed. The rolls are composed of average-to-good gluten free bread but are warmed before they are filled with hotdoggy goodness, so they go down the oesophagus quite easily and without much of the usual fight that gluten free bread puts up. I definitely recommend giving this place a try. My only word of caution is that it is not a good first date place for those of us not gifted with dextrousness, as the hotdogs significantly surpass the average mouth-span, and come generously dripping with toppings.

320 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Unexpected Fish 'n' Chips – Fish Galore and More
I'm making a big assumption here, but I'm willing to wager that if you've been coeliac for a while, you will be in potato cake withdrawal. If this is the case, drop what you are doing, get in the car, and drive to Wantirna. Now. Fish Galore and More have gluten free potato cakes, battered and grilled fish, souvlakis, fried dim sims, and deep-fried chocolate bars, just to name a few things that the average coeliac may have thought they'd never order again. They are also careful to use a separate fryer for the gluten free items to avoid cross-contamination. If you like to finish off your fish and chips with desert, they have thought of this too, and have made an array of gluten free confectionary available for sale.

117 Mountain Hwy, Wantirna VIC 3152

Unexpected Malaysian - Kitchen Ku

Modern Malaysian cuisine was probably the last place I expected to see gluten free, but there is a gluten free version of most of Kitchen Ku's menu items. It's a tiny restaurant in Rivergum, an island of shops off plenty road, Mill Park. Both fortunately and unfortunately, the people (coeliacs and wheat-munchers alike) in the area know how good the food is so if you are thinking of checking them out on a Friday or Saturday night it is worth booking. If you forget, don't panic. Take away is also available. Try the Salt and Pepper Beef or the Chicken KK (both available gluten free) for some guaranteed delicious, but be warned of potential addiction.

504 Plenty Road, Mill Park VIC 3082

Unexpected Cupcakes – The Cupcake Bakery
I have two, heavily capitalised words for you: RED VELVET. The Cupcake Bakery is a normal cupcake store, but makes a couple of options available for the duodenally challenged. There is also a vanilla chocolate option but if I'm being honest, I have never had the call to try it. The amazing red velvet cupcake is heaven in a paper bag, and well worth getting up early for (my local sells out of them by early afternoon). I would strongly recommend them to the coeliac who has a sweet tooth. I would also even suggest that they have the power to convert the coeliac who doesn't.


Unexpected Crepes – Breizoz and Triskel
These places are fairly well known to seasoned Coeliacs, but perhaps not to friends and family or new Coelics. The French Brittanic savoury crepe, or galette, recipe is naturally gluten free. There are a few places in and around the city that serve them, but I have two favourites: Breizoz and Triskel.

Located on the Corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets, Breizoz is pretty funky. Triskel is on Hardware Lane, and is a very authentic French Café. Neither advertise themselves particularly heavily as Coeliac friendly, but both serve amazing food at reasonable prices that also just happens to be gluten free. Both places will also serve their sweet crepe selection on galettes if requested, and have a huge selection of French ciders and wines. Although simple, the food never fails to taste good. Both places average at about $10 - $20 per main, and will leave your stomach and your wallet full to enjoy the rest of your day. Triskel, on Hardware Lane, is open on Friday nights for dinner but otherwise is more of a lunch destination, whereas Breizoz, on Gertrude Street is probably better for dinner.

Crêperie Le Triskel, 32 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Breizoz French Crêperie, Cnr Gertrude & Brunswick Streets, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Unexpected Pizza - Dominos
I came across this information in an extremely complicated and transcontinental way. My boyfriend and I were on a self-directed winery hop on Waiheke Island near Auckland last year, and had somehow managed to be absorbed along the way by a group of young, rowdy lads. One of said lads was an accountant for New Zealand Domino's and because I become increasingly interesting and fun as I get drunker, I started talking about how disappointing it was that none of the big, non-gourmet (read: inexpensive) pizza chains did gluten free bases and how although we had come a long way since coeliacs first came to public attention, society is still fairly backward in terms of accessibility and equality, and that he should consider using his power as an accountant to bring Domino's on board. He let me continue this for just a bit too long before pointing out that Domino's did, in fact, do gluten free bases. Because I become increasingly agreeable as I get drunker, I refused to believe him.

Anyway, after getting off the phone to his manager, I can confirm that Domino's does, in fact, do gluten free pizza bases. Certainly gluten free bases are not rare. Most of Lygon Street and various gourmet pizza chains have been providing them for years. The reason I'm listing this is because Dominos are a simple, cheap takeaway pizza chain, they are ubiquitous throughout Melbourne and surrounds, and also, although I may have been the only person who didn't know, I feel like it is underpublicised. Until that day on Waihiki, neither I nor anyone I knew was aware of this.

Also, the gluten free base they use is one of the best I have had. They are not too thick and are missing that styrofoamy texture that a lot of gluten free bases seem to have. My boyfriend actually prefers it to the wheat base. Not all the toppings are gluten free so you need to be careful, but they generally make it pretty easy. Better still, Dominos now has an iPhone App, so I can order my pizza and track its progress from my couch without ever having to have any human contact if I want. Because I become increasingly active and sociable as I get drunker.


These are just a few examples of stealthy gluten free food that seem to imply that it never hurts to ask, no matter where you are or how ridiculous it seems. As mentioned above, the internet is a fantastic way to spread the word, so if you know of any places I have left off the list, or would like to share any good coeliac resource websites, I would encourage you to post them below. I am always on the lookout for awesome places to take my Coeliac, and would love to hear about them!
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Also try Captain Gummy's in Boronia Mall - I've tried both places and Captain Gummy's gluten free is nicer, in my opinion. Stays crunchy and isn't oily! They also use Just Yummy (from Chirnside Park - worth checking out too for bakery items!) rolls for their burgers - delicious!
by loz-b (score: 0|2) 2764 days ago
Also try Captain Gummy's in Boronia Mall - I've tried both places and Captain Gummy's gluten free is nicer, in my opinion. Stays crunchy and isn't oily! They also use Just Yummy (from Chirnside Park - worth checking out too for bakery items!) rolls for their burgers - delicious!
by loz-b (score: 0|2) 2764 days ago
I have never had a good cupcake from these guys. You're better off visiting Mister Nice guy as he is gluten free. There is a store at Prahran Market and one at Ascot Vale
by newintstudents (score: 2|474) 2762 days ago
Thanks Loz! Will definitely give them a try next time I'm near Boronia
by Rebekah Anderson (score: 2|104) 2761 days ago
Oh that's a bummer, newintstudents. The Red Velvet there is probably my favourite cake. Mr Nice Guy looks pretty cool though, Hadn't heard of it, but it's now on my to-do list. Thanks! :)
by Rebekah Anderson (score: 2|104) 2761 days ago
entice restaurant Murrumbeena 98% gluten free
by andre200 (score: 0|2) 2326 days ago
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