Traveling to London was much easier than I expected as a celiac. That was in a large part was due to the fact that I had a kitchen, but I also found some nice restaurants along the way. Niche Food and Drink is one of those places where you don’t need to worry about cross contact because the entire restaurant is gluten free.
While not overcrowded it’s a smaller restaurant, so you may be better off to make a reservation. Plus, if you have additional food allergies, they’ll send you an allergen chart in advance. 🙂 My pictures from the night are a bit blurry, but hopefully they give you a good sense of the food!
Our meal began with the bread. Now, I was the only celiac in our party and I couldn’t try the bread due to my additional food allergies. However, my party did say that they liked the gluten free bread at Indigo Restaurant better, so it wasn’t the hit of the night.
Then the appetizers came out, this was probably my favorite course. I had the vegetable fritter, this vegan option is filled with chickpeas, garden peas, carrots, peppers, garlic, onion, herbs, and spices with mixed leaves. I had no idea what this course would look like when I ordered, but in the end all the flavors blended together perfectly. And, I loved the bit of a crunch that this dish had to it as well.
Next, it was time for the entrées. I had the sea bass, which was both gluten and dairy free. This dish was tasty, but unfortunately my potatoes came out cold. There was a bit of mess up with the timing of the dishes at our table because quite a few of us had cold dishes. Thus, it would be a little difficult for me to give the entrée a fair analysis. We did send one dish back, but it wasn’t worthwhile to send all of the colder dishes back.
Now to see some of my friends’ dishes!
I love that Niche is London’s first Coeliac UK accredited 100% gluten free restaurant and that they denote dairy free dishes on their menu. The dishes that we liked the most are the ones that you can’t eat at other places, such as the vegan frittata. However, steaks and fish were not cooked as well as they are at many other restaurants I could eat at, so I would recommend sticking to the “specialty” dishes in that regard.
If I lived in the area, I would definitely return and give this place a second shot because some of our food was simply scrumptious, such as the fried chicken. It’s not yet living up to my expectations set by some of my favorite 100% gluten free restaurants, such as Verde Cocina or Palæo. With a few small changes to the timing of the food by the waitstaff or chefs, this place could receive a raving review for coeliacs.
Happy Travel Tuesday, y’all!
* This review is based on my personal experiences at this restaurant in November 2015.