Where To Eat Gluten-Free in Cape Town
Living gluten-free means avoiding all food that contains the protein gluten. This includes wheat, oats, barley, rye, and malt. It may sound difficult, but it is actually the easiest diet to follow, and we’ll be sharing some amazing gluten-free recipes on I Love Foodies in the coming weeks.
Not keen on cooking? Cape Town is one of the best places to eat out in the world – I may be a bit biased here but I do love the social scene in Cape Town. But, hmmm, what am I going to eat? Don’t fear, there is always something on the menu for a gluten-free person.
Top Gluten-Free Restaurants
Some of these restaurants are known for being healthy, while others just give you the luxury of choice:
- The Wellness Café on Kloof Street: I work at the Wellness on Kloof so it’s a no-brainer.
- Active Sushi – If you do away with the soya and teriyaki sauce, sushi is still perfectly fine on a gluten-free diet. I love the seafood salads here as well as the normal sushi specials. Remember to ask for no sauce!
- Masala Dosa on Long Street – One of the best Indian restaurant EVER. Plus, they offer gluten free options.
- Bacinis on Kloof Street – The gluten-free pastas here are one of a kind!
- Da Vincis – Great gluten-free pizzas without cheese.
- Bocca on Bree Street – I don’t go for the pizza, I go for the wine and tapas – yum!
- Nu in Green Point or Sea Point – Go for the delish gluten-free protein pancakes.
- Knead on Kloof Street – Try their Banting bread, it’s to die for! I love going to Knead for the first class coffee and the poached eggs with smashed avo on Banting bread.
- Orchard on Long – Known for their juices but also feature fresh lunch salads.
- Sababa on Bree Street – Healthy buffet lunches at their finest. Although it’s a little pricey, it’s still definitely worth it.
- Woodlands Eatery in Vredehoek – This place guarantees you a lovely evening out with friends and family with lots of gluten-free options.
- Blue Café in Tamboerskloof – Chilled and cosy breakfast spot, with gluten-free tea time options.
- Reverie Social Table in Observatory – I recently indulged in a five-course dinner and wine pairing at the very elite Reverie Social Table. The chef is flexible, the food is innovative, and I was able to enjoy five gluten free meals.
Remember, it’s up to you to let the chef or manager know that you do not eat gluten. Without making a fuss of it, quietly inform the chef, manager or waiter that you cannot eat gluten and request that they ensure all your food is safe for eating.
But even if you’re familiar with what to skip if you’re eating gluten-free, be aware of some of the places gluten may hide …
Some Of The Places Gluten Hides
After time, you start to become familiar with where gluten lies, but even then it can still trip you up. Here are some places where gluten may hide:
- Coffee (some instant coffee brands)
- Sauces and gravies
- Spice mixes (flour and breadcrumbs can be used as a bulking agent)
- Spreads such as Marmite and Bovril
- Crisps (sometimes the flavouring contains gluten)
- Roasted potatoes (often dusted with flour before roasting)
- Curry (often thickened/bulked up with flour)
- Pasta sauces
- Grilled fish (often dusted with flour before cooking)
- Soy sauce
- Oyster sauce
- Certain chocolate bars (always look under allergens before buying)
- Alcohol, like vodka
In summary, this is actually a super easy diet to follow once you know your way around the streets. Cape Town offers superb restaurants, most of which are very understanding when it comes to foodie requests. Let’s face it, our culture is food-focused, we love a good family meal or a dinner with friends. Go out and have fun while being mindful of what you are ordering and eating. You rule your diet, so get clued up and make good choices to a healthier lifestyle!
Don’t forget to read up all about gluten allergies in the previous post, and stay tuned for amazing gluten-free recipes! For more info on gluten-free recipes and gluten-free living, check out Finding Frost.