Going gluten-free? Here’s where you can get gluten-free lunch bowls, pizzas, cakes, brunch and more
Taking the gluten-free route might seem like a harrowing prospect – curse you, allergies! But thanks to a plethora of healthy lunch options in the CBD and more, finding gluten-free grub that satisfies is a lot less of a hassle. Here’re nine of our picks for the gluten-free gourmand.
p.s. not everything on the menus of these restaurants are gluten-free, so watch what you eat!
Kitchen by Food Rebel
This popular lunchtime resto has a mind-boggling array of gluten-free options. Pop by for brekkie and enjoy a gluten-free free-range omelette with spring onions and mixed herbs, or the hearty buckwheat porridge with gluten-free wholegrain and house-made cashew butter. Gluten-free lunch options include Rebel Buddha Bowls like the chicken protein bowl and the Zoodle Bolognese – a spaghetti-inspired dish that swaps the carbs for shredded zucchini.
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737. p. 6224 7088. Open weekdays 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm. Closed on Sun.
With base options like quinoa and super greens, it’s easy to put together a satisfying gluten-free meal that’s takeaway-friendly and high in protein. In addition to custom bowls, Grain Traders offers a selection of signatures, many of which are gluten-free too.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
Fancy a little Italian? Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar makes some really decadent options that are available on gluten-free pizza basses. Go for favourites like the pesto chicken club and the spicy Szechuan chilli prawn.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349, p. 6456 1555.
If it’s something sweet you’re after, take a gander at Delcie’s Desserts’ selection of gluten-free cakes and bakes. In addition to vegan-, diabetic- and baby-friendly cakes, Delcie’s gluten-free selection is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth in you. Order chocolate-y treats like the decadent fudge brownie and the cherry on choc, or nutty numbers like the strawberry nutty ice cream cake. Delcie’s also offers rich tea cakes like the banana chocolate and blueberry tea cakes.
Delcie’s Desserts, #01-83, 34 Whampoa W, Singapore 330034. p. 6282 2951. Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. Closed on Mon.
Another option for gluten-free grub is this 100% gluten-free bakery. Choose from a huge selection of desserts like the fluffy Japanese cotton cheesecake and the lemon meringue tart. Also on the menu are quirky cupcakes like the honey earl grey cupcake with buttercream frosting and the pistachio cupcakes with chocolate ganache.
Jonathan’s, order online here.
Open Door Policy
Want to treat yourself to a truly indulgent brunch affair? Chef Ryan Clift’s 100% gluten- and dairy-free brunch dishes are set to please with delights such as king crab eggs florentine, and the towering French toast loft with coconut cream and a zesty crème chantilly made using Italian meringue. The English breakfast with smoked Pancetta bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, sunny-side up egg and house-made gluten-free focaccia is proof enough that gluten-free doesn’t mean skimping on flavour.
Open Door Policy, 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650. p. 6221 9307. Open daily 12am-3pm; 6pm-11pm.
East Manhattan Bakery Café
On top of its artisanal bread cakes and pastries, East Manhattan Bakery Cafe also dishes out two health-conscious, gluten-free (and most certainly guilt-free!) mains that have innovatively incorporated quinoa in them. Relish its basil chicken quinoa that’s made of chicken bake with basil pesto, quinoa, and potato gratin; or satisfy your fish cravings with its salmon quinoa that comes with pan-seared salmon, quinoa, and mushroom. If you’re in a rush and need to grab gluten-free groceries in a flash, hit up East Manhattan’s bakery branch at Katong V and try out the gluten-free fruit loaf.
East Manhattan Bakery Cafe, 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-03, Singapore 598120
East Manhattan Bakery, 30 East Coast Road, #01-04 Katong V, Singapore 428751.
Specialising in raw and vegan plates, this intimate, industrial-chic café serves up tasty quinoa dishes that would even make the most insatiable carnivores give meat a miss. Try its popular herbed quinoa bowl that is deliciously marinated with herbs and spices, cherry tomatoes, green apples and dried cranberries, and topped off with a bed of lettuce and mesclun greens. Because of its focus on raw foods, you’ll find plenty of gluten-free items on the menu.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131. p. 6224 8921.
Indulge in some casual French nosh at this cosy bistro located next to the Mint Museum of Toys. All of crepes on the menu are offered in a gluten-free buckwheat variety. Opt for savoury choices like the buckwheat crepe with flambed scallops and creamy leek fondue, or sweet treats like the buckwheat crepe with salted butter caramel, cooked apples and vanilla ice cream.
Entre-Nous Creperie, #01-01, 27 Seah Street, Singapore 188383. p. 6333 4671.
Honest, wholesome food is Cedele’s focus, so if you’re going gluten-free, here’s the place to be. Cedele offers a comprehensive menu that includes gluten-free options in their mains and soups category. One of our favourite hearty options from Cedele is the grilled chicken with rosemary with quinoa, mushroom, and pomegranate dressing.