If you’re allergic to gluten or eliminating it as part of a special diet, we’re here to offer you some suggestions on where to dine deliciously while avoiding this often dreaded wheat protein.
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Serving both vegan and gluten-free treats, Sweetpea Cafe offers a multitude of delicately made cakes and light dishes. The Earl Grey tea cake, carrot cake and lime and coconut cake are the sweet baked specialities of this charming spot, while Sweetpea also serves vegan burgers and ricotta soufflé pancakes, all gluten free!
4 Shin Hing Street, Central, 3689 7269
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Pan-Latin restaurant Picada has some tempting gluten-free options on the menu, all of which are helpfully marked with a ”GF” symbol. In addition to signature dishes like ceviche, three-duck rice and Argentine rib-eye with chimichurri, the tacos, arepas and even the empanadas are surprisingly gluten free – made with Venezuelan corn flour.
2/F, LKF 29, 29 Wyndham Street, LKF, Central, 3425 4037, click here to book now
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On a gluten-free diet but still craving pasta and pizza? Spasso has got you covered. Whether it’s the eatery’s piccante pizza or popular penne Jerome with black truffle, GF options are available by request at this very accommodating Italian restaurant.
Shop G5–8 and 12–17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, TST East, 2730 8027, click here to book now
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Looking for a gluten-free afternoon tea option? Consider La Crêperie, which showcases sweet crêpes and savoury galettes made with buckwheat flour imported from France. The newly released Crêpe La Plougaste is one of our faves this summer, served with strawberries, cream and raspberry sorbet. Lunch sets and bistro mains (think chicken cooked in cider sauce and moules marinière) are also offered.
Causeway Bay: 8/F, L Square, 459–461 Lockhart Road, 2898 7123
Sheung Wan: 69 Jervois Street, 2679 4666
Wanchai: 1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100–102 Queen’s Road East, 2529 9280
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Peggy Chan’s Grassroots Pantry offers some of the best vegetarian and gluten-free options in the 852, with those on raw, vegan, gluten-free, Buddhist-friendly and nut-free diets looked after. Popcorn “chicken” made with monkey-head mushrooms (who knew?) is the most requested gluten-free dish, served with addictive coconut-kefir sour cream.
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2873 3353, book online
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This plant-based café in Poho has been serving up vegan flatbreads for years, with MANA!‘s gluten-free options just as tasty as the wholewheat versions. We usually go for The Da Vinci flatbread, a heavenly combo of roasted asparagus, za’atar, portobello mushroom, sun-dried tomato and a sunny-side-up egg as the crowning glory. You can also design your own flatbread if you’re in the mood for some DIY.
8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, 2347 8555 (plus MANA! Fast Slow Food, 92 Wellington Street, Central, 2851 1611)
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All of Kale’s healthy and colourful dishes are designed with organic ingredients and plant-based options in mind. Not only can you customise your own GF salad bowl, but hot dishes such as truffle quinoa risotto with slow-roasted cherry tomato and sides like plantain fries are 100% gluten free.
26 Li Yuen Street West, Central, 2511 1777
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