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Gluten Free Vienna

Ristorante Pizzeria Scarabocchio

Florianigasse 3, 1080 Wien, Austria

A charming Italian restaurant in the center of the city, Ristorante Pizzera Scarabocchio is a real gemstone.  Step into an Italian bistro style pizzeria where the staff who wait on you are full blown Italian.  Of course there are non-gluten free pizza and pastas on the menu, but nearly everything can be made gluten free.  They claim to make their own gluten free pizza crust, which we were really excited to try. 

We ordered the gluten free focaccia bread to share as a starter and the gluten free penne pasta and pizza as our mains.  We thought that the focaccia bread would be fluffier like a traditional focaccia bread, but they actually use the same crust that they use for the gluten free pizza and top it with rosemary and olive oil.  We enjoyed it but we likely would not have ordered it had we known that it was going to be made from the same crust as the pizza.

The gluten free pizza was the same size as the regular pizza and there was no surcharge for gluten free.  We ordered the fresh buffalo mozzarella pizza with garlic.  The pasta was a gluten free penne with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and ricotta cheese.  We were so full by the end of the meal, but we had to save room for the gluten free tiramisu! The tiramisu was really delicious and beautifully presented on the plate.  You would never known that you were eating a gluten free dessert.  We sat next to a couple from Ireland who came to the restaurant because the husband had celiac and he was so excited to have a piece of gluten free tiramisu!  They told us that Ireland has one of the highest rates of celiac in the world and is a very gluten free conscience country.  I guess we'll have to plan a trip to Ireland to check out the gluten free restaurant scene!     

Allergiker Café

Wiedner Hauptstraße 35, 1040 Wien, Austria

Here is a little cafe in Vienna that is 100% gluten free.  Open for breakfast and lunch, they serve coffee and tea and a variety of gluten free cakes and cookies.  Some of the cakes are signature to Vienna, including the famous Sachertorte.  The cake consists of a dense and slightly dry chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam on top, coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream.  Earlier in the day, we sought out the most famous place to get Sachertorte for me at the Hotel Sacher.  To be honest, I could not tell the difference between that slice of cake and this gluten free version.  That is to say that the Sachertorte is meant to have a dry consistency and we all know that gluten free is too often infamous for being dry and slightly crumbly.  

 

As you can note on the menu in the photo below, many of the cafes and restaurants in Vienna have symbols to indicate the allergens in their menu offerings.  The most common allergens noted are gluten free, lactose free and nut free.  We very quickly learned that Vienna is a very easy place for individuals with food allergies to navigate because restaurants are legally obliged to note the major allergens on their menus.  

Blue Orange

Margaretenstraße 9, 1040 Wien, Austria

Blue Orange is a cafe that is open for lunch and offers all different types of bagel sandwiches.  With it's origins in NYC and eventual growth across the US, the bagel trend is growing internationally, especially in major cities.  We've discovered at least one trendy bagel shop in every city throughout Europe, and Australia that we've traveled to.  Blue Orange can make any of the bagel sandwiches on the menu gluten free.  They don't make their own bagels in house and purchase them from a gluten free wholesale bakery.  We ordered the caprese style sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto and basil.  The gluten free bagel tasted more like white bread in the shape of a bagel. It definitely didn't possess the chewy texture and crunchy exterior that you would expect from a traditional bagel  I guess you could say it tasted more like a lender's bagel.  There was a slight surcharge for the gluten free bagel.  The sandwich itself was tasty and it was fun to be able to stop for an afternoon gluten free bagel snack in Vienna!  The cafe is also a cute place to sit with lots of space and tables.  Many customers were sitting and working with their computers and a cup of coffee.  

Café Landtmann

Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien, Austria

Cafe Landtmann is an old famous cafe in the heart of Vienna.  It is one of Vienna's tourist attractions, as it was opened in 1873. Walk into the cafe and enter a charming old-world European bistro-cafe with elegant finishings and servers dressed in formal attire.  Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the bakery counter.  Filled with three shelves of beautiful colorful cakes, each is more mouth watering than the next.  The most impressive part is that there are about 10 desserts that were labeled with a yellow gluten free sticker.  In addition, cakes that are lactose free and nut free are labeled too, each allergen with a different color code.    

The cakes were reasonably priced too.  Each cake was about 5.50 euros for take out and 6.50 euros to eat in.  I had to stop Josh from buying one of each cake to try.  We bought three cakes to try- the chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate mousse.  The cakes looked better than they tasted, but we eat with our eyes so that was most of the fun! 

Gasthaus Zum Wohl

Stumpergasse 61, 1060 Wien, Austria

The entire menu is gluten and lactose free.  To clarify, this doesn't mean that the restaurant is dairy free.  They offer dishes with lactose free cheese and coffees with lactose free milk and almond milk.  There is a really pretty courtyard with tables outside, but it was a bit chilly so we sat inside.  The entrance of the restaurant has a huge bar with a coffee machine and alcoholic beverages including gluten free beer.  The restaurant is really spacious and clean with a modern and sleek design.  Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable.  He taught us a fun new fact- cheese that has been aged for more than 6 months becomes lactose free.  So if you are lactose intolerant and love parmesan cheese, you're in luck!

We started with a vegan yellow lentils curry soup with carrots and coconut cream and enjoyed three spreads with homemade bread.  We moved on to a delicious Asparagus quiche with salad and herb dip.  The crust had a lemon zest flavoring in it, which was sensational.  We also shared spinach dumplings with tomato sauce and nut pesto. The dumplings tasted sort of like gnocchi.   The dish was very pretty and the tomato sauce was excellent, but the dumplings were a little too gummy and chewy, a bit slimy in fact.  For dessert we had a version of the famous Viennese crepes with powdered sugar.  The presentation was very appetizing, but the crepes were also gummy and chewy.  I would recommend steering clear from anything that resembles a dumpling or a pancake on the menu, especially since there are so many other options.  All in all, I would definitely recommend trying Zum Wohl because its a very pretty place to enjoy a hardy 100% gluten free meal with excellent service.  

Mr. and Mrs. Feel Good

Paniglgasse 22, 1040 Wien, Austria

This little cafe has delicious, home-made food every day, with many dishes that are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. They have an english menus and label all allergens and multiple GF choices.   They also have delicious cakes and they serve coffee, tea and smoothies. We loved the curry, especially sweet potato. You can sit inside or outside under large umbrellas. A quick on the go option for lunch.

Waldherr

Naschmarkt

One of my favorite activities in European cities is to explore the food markets and taste the fresh handmade local cuisine.  Naschmarkt is Vienna's famous outdoor food market with over 100 food stalls and restaurants.  We stumbled upon a small "bio" bakery called Waldherr in the middle of the market.  The bakery serves an array of fresh organic and whole wheat breads and pastries.  They also have a dedicated selection of gluten free pastries that are wrapped in plastic.  We tasted something that looked similar to a croissant.  It was very dry and crumbly.  The excitement factor of eating gluten free versions of some of Vienna's pastry delicacies was a redeeming quality.  Maybe they would have been better fresh out of the oven.  

Merkur Market

Hoher Markt 12, 1010 Wien, Austria

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Markur Market is a really gorgeous and upscale supermarket in the city center close to the Hilton Hotel where we stayed.  There are three floors.  The bottom has fresh produce, the middle floor has gourmet groceries and the top floor has a bakery, wine bar, and coffee bar.  Near the bakery section, we found a table filled with gluten free baked goods from a company called Weizen Frei, which means Wheat Free in German.  The muffins didn't look like anything special, but the breads looked fantastic and there were a few different types.  We bought a few different breads to try and enjoy with our canapes at the hotel club lounge that evening.  The Hilton Hotel offered GF bread with breakfast from the same company.

Here is an excellent recipe for traditional Viennese gluten free poppyseed noodles. 

Gluten Free Tel Aviv

Gluten Free Tel Aviv

Israel has been a pioneer in the gluten free international scene.  Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are booming with cafes and restaurants offering loads of delicious gluten free options! 

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Gluten Free Jerusalem

Cafe Aroma

Multiple Locations, Kosher

Anyone who has been to Israel knows that the best place to get blended iced coffee is Aroma.  In fact, I believe that Aroma in Israel makes the best iced coffee in the world.  To be honest, it tastes more like a milkshake than iced coffee.  It is a perfect blend of rich and creamy milk and a sweet coffee flavor with hint of chocolate.  The best part is that you aren’t left with any icy slushy at the bottom of your cup since the drink is blended perfectly every time.  Since I am a coffee obsessed individual, Aroma’s iced coffee would fit into my top three favorite things about Israel.  


What else do I love about Aroma?  They were one of the first cafes in Israel to start carrying gluten free bread.  When I visited Israel in September 2011, before the gluten free craze started spreading, I was pleasantly surprised to see that aroma offered sandwiches on gluten free bread.  I was living in Paris at the time, where if you said you could not eat wheat, they pretty much spit on you.   What a refreshing experience it was to sit and enjoy our haloumi cheese and grilled Mediterranean veggie sandwiches while sipping iced coffees and frozen lemonada!  

The gluten free bread was surprisingly tasty too, almost like ciabatta bread.  Back then, only a few Aroma locations offered the gluten free bread.   Today, every store has gluten free bread and gluten free marble cake (which doesn’t look appetizing at all so I would recommend sticking with the bread!)  

Instead of serving a fully prepared gluten free sandwich to customers, Aroma serves the bread wrapped separately in plastic with the fillings and accompaniments on the side- almost like a make your own sandwich.  I can only assume that they had a bad case of cross contamination since they are not a gluten free facility.  And now, to air on the safe side, they still offer gluten free bread but take every measure they can to keep it separate until it reaches the customer.  It’s a less accommodating way to be served, but safety first!

Moses

Cinema City, Kosher

One of the highlights of our trip to Jerusalem was discovering the Kosher Moses restaurant at the new Cinema City.  Moses is a popular Israeli burger chain with many non-kosher locations throughout the country, namely Tel Aviv.  They are acclaimed for having some of the best burgers in Israel.  Now, they also offer gluten free burger buns at all of their locations.  We ordered a side of chips (French fries) and they prepared those specially gluten free as well.  Casual dining with table service and a young cool ambiance.  

Gluten Free Burger From Moses, Jerusalem

Gluten Free Burger From Moses, Jerusalem

Black Bar n'Burger

Jaffa Street, Kosher

This burger joint is in the center of the city of Jerusalem, right off Jaffa St and close to the Mamila Hotel, Waldorf Astoria and David Citatel.  It offers a full range of beef burgers, but only offers one gluten free beef burger option with a gluten free bun.  I don't know why the other burgers can't be made gluten free- perhaps they use a filler.  It's an easily located and in-expensive restaurant with a trendy vibe.

Cookie Cream

Machneh Yehudah, Kosher, Dessert Bar

Cookie cream is an ice cream shop that makes Belgium waffle sandwiches and sundays.  They don't advertise anywhere in the store that they offer gluten free waffles, but we went inside just to check the ice cream flavors and Josh asked just out of curiosity if they have anything gluten free.  The gluten free waffles are not readily available, but can be made fresh on the spot upon request.  We had to wait about 15 minutes for the gluten free waffle.  When it was finished, we picked our ice cream filling and toppings.  The halva flavored ice cream was insanely good!  The waffle on its own was a bit dry but with the ice cream filling and chocolate sauce and whipped cream toppings to moisten it up, it was delicious.  The manager was very accommodating and was eager to get our feedback on the gluten free waffle and the gluten free chocolate chip cookies (pictured in the jar).  

Crave Gourmet Street Food

Machneh Yehuda Markets
Kosher, Meat

Crave was opened by the former chef from Herzog Winery in Nappa. Crave has lots of gluten free options with a cool vibe.  The menu at Crave is based off ‘upscale street food’. You will find carnitas, fish tacos, brisket tacos, sliders, beer, cocktails, and more. Sandwiches include a kosher Rueben: house cured smoked brisket pastrami, spicy Korean kimchi, pickled onions, truffle sriracha mayo, and vegan cheese. There is a gluten free slider bun option and the tacos are served on homemade gluten free corn tortillas.  We went to town on some beef sliders on the gluten free burger buns & pulled brisket and chicken tacos on the house made corn tortillas. The burger buns were just ok.  They were slightly crumbly and were not very flavorful.  The tortillas did not look so appealing because they are hand rolled, but looks can be deceiving!  They were really delicious and soft.  The brisket taco was especially tasty!  The chicken taco had great flavor and nice accompaniments, but it was served with baby chicken (pargiyot) which I wasn't a huge fan of because it was chewy.  

Sabayos

Machaneh Yehudah Market

Kosher Dairy

Walking inside the machaneh yehudah markets (The Shuk) we passed by this creperie that had a big sign in English and Hebrew that said "Gluten Free Savory and Sweet Crepes."  It's a cool little stall with a few small tables outside.  We were too full to eat a crepe there and then but will keep it on the list for next time.  If you try it before me let me know how it is! 

Hasandak 

Machaneh Yehudah Market
Kosher Dairy

We went on a search for some grub while we were waiting for our gluten free waffles from Cookie Cream to bake.  We spotted Hasandak Pasta and Pizza restaurant nearby at the Machaneh Yehudah Markets (The Shuk). We were excited to see that the menu has gluten free pasta and pizza, especially since there are not a lot of gluten free pizza options in Jerusalem.  They told us that they never got their delivery and so they didn't have any gluten free pasta or pizza available.  We asked them if they normally have it available and they said yes, but they were a bit sketchy and evasive in their reply. I am suspicious that they may not always have the gluten free options available , since what are the odds that they were completely out of pizza and pasta.  But if they were telling the truth, this restaurant is a great win for the gluten free community and visitors to Jerusalem!  We'll try to check it out next time and try it out.  Hopefully they'll have the product available! 

Gluten Free Byron Bay

Naked Treaties, Byron Bay 

This raw vegan cafe has a cultish following.  They offer a wide variety of delicious fresh superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices, raw desserts, cold pressed coffees, herbal teas and more.  They are only open until 4pm every day and seem to be busy at every hour that the doors are open.  They are so popular that they get away with charging a 10% surcharge on weekends!  

Cardamom Pod, Byron Bay 

We went to the Cardamom Pod Vegetarian cafe on the Gold Coast a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.  The second location is in central Byron Bay. This cosy small restaurant with a very earthy feel is hidden in the back of an alley way off one of the main streets.  Order at the counter and choose from a selection of hot Indian vegetarian dishes that are displayed in chafing dishes.  We stopped into the cafe for a quick afternoon snack and ordered a plate of Dahl and chickpeas with a side of basmati rice.  

Italian at the Pacific, Byron Bay

This Italian restaurant is situation right near the beach and has a really charming dining environment.  The courtyard is lit up at night with fairy lights.  Our service was very attentive and the food was tasty.  The restaurant offers any pasta dish on the menu with a gluten free penne substitution.  The gluten free Fettuccine con Melanzane was just as good with the penne sub (I tasted both).  The pasta is tossed in a homemade tomato sauce with grilled aubergine, fresh mozzarella, basil and parmesan.  It definitely hit the spot for our Italian food craving!  Dessert was the highlight of the meal.  The Cioccolato Torta is a warm Flourless chocolate cake with a soft inside, Nutella sable biscuit, salted toffee & homemade banana yoghurt ice cream.  The mixture of the nuttella, banana, salted caramel and chocolate flavors was just incredible!  I would almost just go back there for the cake!

 

Graze at Elements Hotel, Byron Bay

Our wedding anniversary falls on Valentine's day, so we usually get stuck eating dinner at a restaurant with an over-priced pre-fixed menu.  Luckily, the restaurant at the newly opened Elements Hotel in Byron bay was offering their full menu for V-Day dinner, so we decided to give it a try.  The service was dreadful, but the food was incredible!  They were understaffed and underprepared for such a busy night as Valentine's Day.  In fact, it took so long for the server to take our drinks order that we ended up going over to the bar-tender ourselves and designing our own cocktails.  The bar-staff was very accommodating and enjoyed being challenged by Josh's discerning pallet!  Everything that we ordered was sensational.  My personal favorite was the Smoked Burrata served with tomato jam and really delicious gluten free bread.   Josh's favorite dish (pictured above) was the gluten free truffled potato, goats cheese and onion flatbread.  I have to say that I was very impressed with the quality of the gluten free flatbread, so much so that when they brought it out we thought they for sure brought us the normal version.  Once I tasted it, I could detect a difference, but the presentation was so impressive.  

The Three Blue Ducks on The Farm, Ewingsdale

The Farm at Ewingsdale is touted as an institution in Byron Bay and is on everyone's list of "must eats."  I have been to the Three Blue Ducks in Bronte and was unimpressed by the limited breakfast menu there.  The menu at The Farm is much more extensive and the coffee was the best I had during my time in Byron.  The food is as fresh as can be, as it is literally "Farm to Table."  We ordered a whole smorgasbord of dishes, since Josh wanted to try almost everything on the menu!   Many of the menu items were naturally gluten free and marked as such.  Inside the restaurant, there is also a market with beautiful products from local manufactures of chocolate, muesli, crackers and other specialty grocery items.   

Quattro, Lennox Head

Lennox Head is another beach town about a 15 minute drive from Byron.  Walk along the charming main street across from the beach and you won't miss Quatro restaurant from the big sign outdoor and the busy terrace dining spot.  All of the pizzas are available gluten free and there is a whole menu of pizza varieties.  We had already eaten lunch at Lime Cafe but Josh was too excited and made me promise to come back here for lunch before heading to the airport the next day.  The gluten free Pizza Margherita (pictured above) was ACTUALLY the size of a regular pizza!  Kuddos for that!  This was one of the only times that Josh and I ordered pizzas (mine regular and his GF) and I didn't feel bad that mine was 2x the size of his.  The restaurant buys their GF crust from a local bakery.  It is very rare to find a restaurant that makes their own gluten free pizza dough these days.  The gluten free pizza was very delicious- we especially enjoyed the sauce.  We ordered some salads too, which were fresh and flavorful and filled with tasty herbs.  The best part about eating lunch at Quattro is being able to look out on the beach just across the way the whole time.

Harvest Cafe , Newrybar NSW

Harvest Cafe is a quaint and expensive cafe in the tiny town of Newrybar.  The restaurant looks like a cottage with outdoor seating on a charming deck that is surrounded by nature.  In fact, we ate lunch with an iguana! The food was delicious and the fish was especially fresh.  The most memorable part of my dining experience at Harvest cafe (aside from the iguana) was that this was my first time trying an LSD (stands for dandelion soy latte) and now I'm HOOKED!  This drink is caffeine free but delivers the beautiful spicy tasting notes and warm sensation of drinking a chai latte.  And best of all, it's filled with health benefits for those of us who suffer from tummy and digestive issues (celiac, IBS, etc)!