Written by Greg Sunning
Whether by advice or choice, many of us are going gluten-free, avoiding gluten in wheat, rye, and barley for a healthier lifestyle. The great news is that restaurateurs have woken up to the opportunities, and diners’ choices have never been better. So, while typically wheat-light cuisines such as Indian and Japanese remain superb choices, even previously gluten-heavy baked items and pastries are increasingly becoming options through innovative tweaks in the kitchen. Greg Sunning reveals three great places worth seeking out.
What does gluten-free mean?
Going gluten-free means avoiding the gluten protein, found in wheat, rye, barley, and derivatives, either by choice or medical advice. Crucially for those with coeliac disease, it also means avoiding cross-contamination. Usually baked goods, including bread, biscuits, cakes, and pastries, go off the menu. Meat, vegetables, fish, and fruit remain excellent options.
¡Lotería! Grill, Los Angeles
Originally a stand at LA’s Farmers Market, five of these fantastic, lively, and bright Mexican restaurants now dot the city’s glamorous districts. The Hollywood outpost is particularly enjoyable, revelling in its Mexican dishes, a mostly gluten-free cuisine – opt for the corn varieties of quesadillas, tacos, or tortillas, and eat with wild abandon.
Los Angeles, USA
Distance: 13,366 km
Flight Time: 16 hours, 25 minutes
Niche, located conveniently near Sadler’s Wells Theatre, excels at casual dining and is 100% gluten-free. Fads are forgotten here in lieu of reviving wonderful British comfort-food classics normally off-limits to the gluten-free. Expect the Niche quiche, pies, bakes, mash, doughnuts, desserts, and lattes – everything is prepared and cooked on-site, to great effect.
Distance: 5,219 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 6 flights a day
Tamarind Tribeca, New York
This revered Indian restaurant in trendy Tribeca specialises in top-end dining with impeccable service, but the lunchtime prix-fixe menu is unusually good value. A cavernous space with teak and marble flourishes, it remains impressive yet approachable. Chicken tikka masala and lamb chops are must-tries among a great range of gluten-free options.
New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes