It can sometimes be a huge stress having to explain to a restaurant that you can’t eat gluten.
If you have a gluten intolerance or suffer from coeliac disease, it can be almost impossible to eat out anywhere, with those pesky proteins in literally everything.
Well, leave those fears to one side because these places listed below get it completely! Enjoy a gluten-free good time…
Evelyn’s has delicious gluten-free options, and they go all out too. Seared Mackerel or Lamb with Pomegranate Salsa Verde – there’s no fear of repeating the mantra ‘I can’t eat gluten’ here.
Evelyn’s Cafe, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB
Cottonopolis have a FULL Gluten Free menu available (and it’s one of the city’s most comprehensive). Their traditional menu of ‘Ice’, ‘Fire’, & ‘Oil’ is still very much catered for – but without any of that pesky gluten clogging it all up. As you can expect – there’s a fair whack of sushi on here – but that’s not a bad thing – Cottonopolis do it exceptionally well indeed.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Pieminister spent years honing and creating the perfect pie crust for their gluten-free pies and they’re so good that you probably wouldn’t be able to notice the difference. There’s the Moo, which is beef steak & ale, the Heidi, goats cheese and sweet potato, and finally the Free Ranger chicken & ham with leek & thyme.
Pieminister, 53 Church St, Manchester M4 1PD
Off The Wheaten Track
A dedicated 100% coeliac friendly deli and shop in Altrincham now, and you’ll find some truly wonderful gluten-free offerings in here. There’s pies, sandwiches, cakes, cheese, coffees, and pastries – all of them 100% gluten-free.
Off The Wheaten Track Deli, 8, 10 Oxford Rd, Altrincham WA14 2DY
You can always find a good selection of gluten-free dishes in Indian restaurants and as you’d expect – Zouk is no different. You can grab some of their brilliant Railway Curry with Rajasthan lamb and loads of spice and not have to worry about that bloody gluten.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, M1 5QS
There are plenty of places in the city doing tacos, but if you’re looking for gluten-free – you’ll have to make sure that they’re made using cornflour and not the bog-standard wheat flour that you find in some tacos. The corn ones are the most authentic and the ones that you’ll find across the whole of Mexico – and in Manchester, you’ll find them at Madre at Escape to Freight Island, as well as Pico’s Tacos in Mackie Mayor.
The Allotment Vegan Eatery
Allotment’s menu is completely vegan and gluten-free, using the season’s best harvest and local, sustainable growers wherever possible. It’s easily the best restaurant in the city to go to if you’re wanting to avoid that nasty gluten – a true plant-based dining experience without any of the worries.
The Allotment Vegan Eatery, Lloyd’s house, 18-22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
The truly wonderful Dishoom have a dedicated Gluten-Free menu. Some are modifications to existing dishes, while others are totally gluten-free and ready to be scoffed. Their breakfast Sweet Uttapam Stack (£9.20) for example are similar to pancakes but made with rice flour – and then topped with sweet yoghurt, fresh berries and jaggery syrup. For mains and curries – there’s loads to choose from too, including their outstanding House Black Daal (£7.50).
Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Who knew you could eat gluten-free Chinese food? Well, now you can enjoy dumplings too without any fear of gluten! Sweet Mandarin has an entire menu dedicated to the cause and it’s actually pretty long. They even have their own range of delicious Coeliac approved sauces.
Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester M4 1HS
Not only is there no meat in sight, but Bundobust also has a pretty impressive selection of dishes that are perfect for eating Gluten Free. Favourites include the Masala Dosa, the Paneer & Mushroom Tikka and probably the best – the Okra Fries!
Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
If you’re getting proper, decent sushi then it should be gluten-free – with it essentially just being fresh fish and rice. There are a few exceptions to this rule but on the whole – if it’s sushi, it’s okay. You’re spoilt for choice in and out of the city – we love Yuzu in Chinatown, Kyotoyo in Withington, and the excellent UNAGI in Wilmslow and Altrincham, who are opening up their own shipping container village in the Green Quarter this month.
An arepa is a South American sandwich-type thing – essentially a fried puck of dough that’s then filled with an array of meats, cheese, veggies and hot sauces. I’m not really doing it justice here but the best thing about them is that the dough used is cornflour – so they’re the perfect gluten-free meal. Mia’s Arepas in Piccadilly Gardens Market makes amazing ones – go visit her ASAP.
One of the best options for a gluten-free meal out in Manchester – pretty much everything is gluten-free bar the beer and one dessert. So, fill your boots on their classic noodle soups and even enjoy a gluten-free soy sauce. Pho has recently received a Coeliac UK accreditation, so you know you’re in the right hands.
Pho, 37 Hanging Ditch Unit 15, The Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR
100% plant-based pizzas where you can also opt for a Gluten-Free base on any of them – Purezza in the Northern Quarter has you sorted really. For the toppings – pretty much every single one has a GF option – just let the staff know and they’ll sort you out.
Purezza, 75-77 High St, Manchester M4 1FS