Did you know you could get gluten-free wine? And meals, snacks and groceries for that matter… Here’s some cafes, restaurants and shops to check out if you’re thinking of cutting out gluten.
Gluten, meaning “glue” in Latin, is a protein that’s mainly found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It helps things like pizza dough and pasta keep their structure, and for some of us, eating it is no biggie. But when you’ve got a gluten sensitivity, leaky gut issues that lead to intolerance, or from celiac disease, avoiding the stuff is essential for your wellbeing. Luckily for you, healthy eateries and salad bars are popping up everywhere, and with plenty of gluten-free options. Here’s where to hit up!
Oh My Goodness!
Absolutely everything at Oh My Goodness! is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free – the holy trinity of healthy eating. Their recently-opened concept store in the CBD, Goodness Me! stocks superfood clusters, fruit sorbet bars, frozen açaí tubs, paleo beef jerky and vegan mushroom jerky – so you have no excuse not to snack better. All the products are well-labelled so that anyone with any dietary restriction (or just making healthier choices!) can make an informed decision.
Goodness Me!, Basement 1, Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, Singapore 048621
We’ve been mainlining Bakening’s gluten, dairy and egg-free vegan and paleo cookies here at Honeycombers HQ. Yeah that’s a mouthful, but these tiny cookies are the business. We’re stuffing our faces with the sea salt cookies right now. Bakening’s almond and cashew bread is soft and crumble-free (gluten-free bread eaters, you know what we mean), and our Editor, Selina, swears the choc fudge cake is the best she’s ever had.
Bakening, now available at Redmart. See the website for the full list of stockists.
Wholesome Eats by Cookit
Food that makes you feel good? Why not. Plus you don’t have to go through the process of finding ingredients, planning your meal and then the most difficult bit – having to cook it on your own. You’ll find many options on the menu at Wholesome Eats that are gluten-free, alcohol-free, lactose-free with sugar-free, grain-free and dairy-free like shrimp scampi zucchini noodles, chicken cauliflower rice and even chilli crab pasta.
Wholesome Eats, 115 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428804
This gourmet butcher and grocery has the goods. Check out the gluten-free savoury pastries, flour and pasta – and the fresh sourdough on Fridays. Love throwing barbecues? The gluten-free sausage range, which includes cocktail sausages for the kiddos and chorizo and lamb kofta for the adults should keep you happy.
Ryan’s Grocery, 29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589831
The Whole Kitchen
The Whole Kitchen’s range of locally made, gluten-free goodies is, frankly, amazing. The nut-packed granola with cocoa and coconut is one of our go-tos, and the seasoned nut mixes have a permanent place in the office snack stash. We’re also impressed that the banana cakes and energy pearls are low in sugar – and the gluten-free bread is amongst the best we’ve tried. Get the full story on The Whole Kitchen on our sister site, HoneyKids Asia.
The Whole Kitchen, shop online.
Don’t believe vegan food can be hip and delicious? Give this eatery in OUE Downtown Gallery a try. While not all the dishes are gluten-free, you get some pretty interesting picks like fried chickpeas, twice-cooked spuds, purple cabbage steak and more. Still don’t believe it? Helming the kitchen are head chefs Addis Tan and Dylan Choong, who have worked in many kitchens of establishments like Tippling Club, Esquina and Cheek by Jowl. Trust!
HRVST Restaurant & Bar – Kilter Avenue, 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery #05-01, Singapore 068815
Don’t get the hype about acai bowls? Well you should, starting from Beriwell. This east-side joint serves up acai soft serve and refreshing health smoothies all-day to help beat the muggy weather. Spend some time chilling in the tropical-themed cafe… wouldn’t hurt to update the ‘gram as well.
Beriwell, 19 East Coast Road #01-01, Singapore 428746
Hate going through the entire supermarket just for your gluten-free ingredients? Simply order them online on GlutenFree SG where you can get ingredients for your weekend bakes and even gluten-free salami and wine!
GlutenFree SG, online.
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
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.
Grain Traders, various locations.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favourite comfort food like pizza. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar makes some really decadent options that are available on gluten-free pizza bases. Go for favourites like the pesto chicken club and the spicy Szechuan chilli prawn.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
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
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.
Open Door Policy (closed temporarily till June)
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
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; 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
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 flambeed 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
Honest and 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.
Cedele, multiple locations including Wheelock Place and Ocean Financial Centre.