Who says you can’t have your gluten-free waffles and eat them too?
Breakfast. The most sacred of all meals. However, if you’re gluten intolerant, navigating a menu of pancakes, French toast and a full English can be a minefield.
Behold the gluten-free breakfast brilliance that will cut through that hazy morning brain.
This is popular among the health hipster brigade. With its relaxed vibe, this place is almost like a retreat. Channel your inner clean-eating self with poached eggs, red and white quinoa, kale and sweet potato with spiced cashew cream, or opt for “skinny Benedict” served on gluten-free toast with pesto tomatoes, avocado and yogurt saffron sauce instead of the usual spinach and hollandaise combo.
Where: 51 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DH
The more formal sibling in the Ottolenghi family, this Soho restaurant still has the same ethos and trademark Middle Easten flavours as you’d expect. When it comes to breakfast, it is so much more than your average eggs with gluten-free toast; it’s black rice with coconut milk, banana and mango.
Where: 21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE
City folk looking for a new destination for those breakfast meetings *ahem* rejoice: Anna Hansen has opened a second Modern Pantry, headed up by protégé Rob Mcleary in the large Art Deco building on the corner of Finsbury Square. Here you’ll get a dhansk veal mince omelette with fried chilli, crispy shallots and fresh herbs, plus a flat white in one fell breakfast swoop.
Where: Alphabeta Building, 14-18 Finsbury Square EC2A 1BR
A fry-up without sausages is like a cup of tea without a biscuit: it’s just wrong. At Romeo’s, not only can you get a full gluten-free fry-up but it tastes so good that gluten-eating breakfast goers will happily munch down on slices of the surprisingly light and fluffy bread – it has the texture of any good gluten-filled loaf. Seriously.
Hang around until lunchtime and move seamlessly into slices of their moreish carrot cake.
Where: 167 Upper Street, N1 1RG
If your approach to waffles is “I need to eat them now but they have gluten in”, then we have some joyous news for you: Duck & Waffle has created a dish that is just as good as the stunning views. That’s gluten-free waffles served under a crispy duck leg confit, fried egg, and drizzled with mustard maple syrup. Cue drooling.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Housed within Peckam’s South London Gallery is No 67 and it’s as bright and spacious as you’d expect from such a space. This isn’t a place that simply trades on its looks mind; you can get a pretty fine bowl of gluten-free granola. Yes, you read that right, gluten-free granola. And the breakfast bowl comes topped with coconut yogurt and seasonal compote, which earns it extra brownie points.
Where: 67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH
You may think that this West London haunt with its meat-, wheat-, dairy- and gluten-free menu, along with every dish being cooked below 42 degrees, sounds utterly joyless but just take a moment to peruse the menu and you’ll change your mind.
We’re talking walnut pancakes (yes, pancakes) with banana ice-cream, nut anise crumble and berry coulis. Courgette crêpes are also available if you can get over the brilliance of eating ice-cream for breakfast without feeling guilty. Hello breakfast smugness.
Where: 110 Talbot Road, W11 1JR
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