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Gluten Free Dublin

I was surprised to find out that Dublin's policies on gluten free food at restaurants is much more strict than anywhere else I've seen before.  Restaurants and bakeries are legally mandated not to serve anything gluten free that was prepared in the same kitchen as gluten.  While there are gluten free options in many restaurants, we came across several bakeries that expressed the desire to serve gluten free options but said they needed to first find a separate facility to produce the product.  And many of the restaurants that have gluten free offerings bring in the prepared products from an outside gluten free facility.  So if you are sensitive to gluten, you can feel safe eating gluten free in Dublin!  

Milano

19 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

This Italian restaurant was across the street from our hotel in the city center.  The atmosphere is casual and clean with waiter service and reasonable prices.  We had an early dinner because we wanted to catch the Early Bird specials.  Restaurants in Dublin don't have Happy Hour, but have something similar called the Early Bird menu.  Typically, alcoholic drinks are not on special but there are select food items that are offered at a reduced rate for dinner before 7pm. 

MIlano's claim to fame are their Dough Balls, which are basically pizza dough rolled into bite sized balls and dipped in butter.  Since they were highly recommended by our server, we ordered the gluten free dough balls.  I expected something more doughy, but there was nothing special about them.  They just tasted like mini bread rolls with a crusty outside and slightly dense inside.  

The gluten free pizza was disappointing.  As you can see from the photo, there was barely any cheese on our pizza.  The crust was kind of cardboardy tasting.  The manager told us that they get the gluten free pizza crusts pre-made from a gluten free bakery in Dublin.  They are not allowed to make the crust from scratch on premise because of issues with cross contamination. 

It was also fun to be able to order gluten free beer off of the menu in one of the beer drinking capitals of the world!  Even though Josh doesn't like beer, his attitude was When In Rome! 

Gallaghers Boxty House

20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

Next to Dublin's famous Temple Bar, Boxty is one of the many packed and trendy restaurants on Temple Bar Street.  It was only 6pm when we went and the place was already crowded.  There are two floors with plenty of tables but squeezed tightly together.  The tables are candle lit and the restaurant is dim to set a cool ambiance.  For us, the main draw back was that there were no high chairs for our 11 month old, and since the space is so small, they don't allow strollers into the restaurant.  However, the manager found a table for us in the corner of the restaurant where we were able to fit our stroller- so they were accomidating in that way! 

The menu is a modern twist on traditional Irish cuisine with featured items like smoked fish and chips and Irish Beef and Stout stew served with Irish soda bread.  The Boxty Tasting Slate was the highlight of the meal.  Boxty Dumplings with Honey & Chilli, Toasted Boxty Loaf topped with St. Tolas Goats Cheese, and Boxty Fries with a Rocket & Garlic Dip.  The Boxty Fries were out of this world!  Unbelievably tasty and crispy fries made out of potato pancake.  In fact, they were so good that we ordered a second side of fries for dessert.  

Beshoff Bros

71 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

A fast food restaurant with no physical charm or ambience to write home about, this restaurant is a MUST HAVE for anyone who is gluten free!  They make the most unbelievable and perfectly crispy gluten free fish and chips.  In fact, the GF fish and chips are even better than the non gluten free ones.  The batter that they use gets extra crispy in the fryer, while the normal ones came out slightly soggy.  The gluten free menu is a deep fried food lover's dream and will blow you away.  Items include GF fried calamari, GF fried chicken goujons, seafood chowder, and a variety of fried fish options.  We inhaled two orders of gluten free fish and chips made with cod, gluten free onion rings and gluten free cod goujons (like fish nuggets).  The chips (french fries) were just up my alley too- thick and potatoey (I really don't care for shoe string fries) and the fish and chips were served with a delicious house made tartar sauce.   We also got a gluten free beer and gluten free cider to share to round out the meal.  It was nice to see other families eating there together and ordering everything gluten free for the table even though not everyone was gluten intolerant.  The GF food is just that good!

The Thursday Cafe Dublin Food Coop.

12 Newmarket Dublin, Ireland D8

We were on our way to visit the Teeling Whisky Distillery to learn about the process of making Irish Whisky and do a whisky tasting (we love to incorporate all sorts of craft food and beverage tastings into our holidays!) It was early afternoon and we had been walking all day. Our tummies were ready for a quick lunch!  Next to the distillery, we passed by a sign that said Gluten Free & Vegetarian, which in our language means C'mon In! 

The Thursday Cafe is part of Dublin's Food Coop.  It felt more like a cafeteria than a restaurant.  The space appeared to have been a school or community gym.  Most of the customers were women with little children. Children ran around energetically and played with old toys and blocks provided by the coop with while mothers conversed over a salad or coffees.  The sitting area was filled with long communal tables and a few old couches that were in desperate need of reupholstering.   When you are finished eating, you clean up after yourself, with separate bins for composting, trash and recycling.  The restaurant definitely had a very earthy and hippy vibe.  

The food was very homemade and rustic tasting.  You can see from the images that it wasn't particularly pretty, but filled with healthy vegetables, cheeses and many gluten free options.  There was a curry lentil soup that was delicious, served with a gluten free charcoal bread and hummus. The bread was very dry but also extremely healthy tasting and the hummus was excellent (more chunky and emphasis on chickpeas rather than tahini).  The gluten free vegetable lasagna had been sitting out for a few hours already and the cheese looked all hard, so we passed on that. The GF seasonal vegetable and goats cheese quiche was nice.  There was another vegetable quiche that had already sold out.  I also had a cappuccino made with organic fair trade coffee beans, which I really enjoyed.  I really needed that boost of caffeine! 

The Thursday Cafe is not a dining experience but is a cheap and quick place to stop for a healthy lunch, especially if you're on your way to the Jamison or Teeling Whiskey distilleries.    

Peacock Green

25 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

A charming little bakery and cafe open for breakfast, lunch and high tea.  There are two levels, but small and limited seating.  What I like about a neighborhood cafe like this is that they seem to have their regular daily customers.  They have a selection of teas and coffees, cakes and sandwiches.  There were a few gluten free cakes that we had our eye on.  Particularly the adorable little tea cakes in flavors of banana, toffee and lemon.  There was also a decadent looking flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberries.  Recommended for a quick place to have mid morning or afternoon tea.  

Dublin Airport Food Court

In the departures area of the Dublin Airport there is a large food hall with a wide array of cuisines.  I was pleasantly surprised to also see that in the bakery area, there were a selection of pre-wrapped gluten free cakes and scones. 

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!