Monday, 12 November 2007

Swanky gluten-free goodness

I ate out at two tres posh restaurants this weekend - and both had a lot of things that were gluten-free on their menu... the first was Chez Kristof in Hammersmith, where I had three courses of really good food. I had mentioned when I booked the table that I had allergies and quite soon after we sat down a waitress came over and asked me about it and then told me what I could and couldn't have on the menu, which was helpful - avoided the normal delay of having to ask if something is OK then waiting for them to find out from the kitchen...
I had a really good roasted butternut squash, goats' cheese and pine nut salad to start with, followed by mussels and chips, then a poached pear with cinnamon ice cream - the only mistake they made was that the ice cream came in a brandy snap basket (I didn't actually ask if it had flour in, but as they 99% do I avoided it...). Was really good food and is a cool place.
On Saturday night, I went to Alloro - a swanky Italian in Mayfair. Again, the waiter was really attentive and we got a different amuse bouche than the table next to us, which I presumed was to cater for me, which was nice - especially as they didn't mention it or make a fuss... (we had delicious asparagus with pesto rather than a mini fishcake) I then had baby mozzarella and 'aubergine caviar' (which was huge!), then roasted sea bream with braised fennel. For pudding I had creme brulee.
Both places were really nice and it seemed like they really made an effort to make sure I was catered for, but without making a big song and dance about it. If you fancy a swankadero meal, or are celebrating something, I'd definitely recommend either of these...

4 comments:

Lucky said...

Dear Lizzie, I am going to London next saturday with my daughter (11 year) who has coeliacs. We will try some of the restaurants and the muffin shop!!! Thanks for posting them on the web!!!

It is a great help.


Sandra

Lucky said...

Dear Lizzie, I am going to London next saturday with my daughter (11 year) who has coeliacs. We will try some of the restaurants and the muffin shop!!! Thanks for posting them on the web!!!

It is a great help.


Sandra

Lizzie said...

Am so glad you found it useful - hope you have a great time! Lizzie

Donna said...

I'm just impressed with how many swanky restaurants you go to :) Keep up the good work, D x