Never thought that I would ever find such awareness of gluten free food as I have in Melbourne. It has been 4 days of great meals. Every single place offered me gluten free bread and all promised that if they toasted it, it was not in a shared heat source. Not one server had to be prompted to check with the kitchen. They all could recite which dishes were gluten free. That in itself is amazing. In preparing our itinerary, I wanted variety and the ability to explore neighborhoods but not spend too much time traveling.
Breakfast was at our hotel- The Langham. Nearly cried when I saw the dedicated GF station complete with dedicated toaster! But by buffet standards, overall a b minus.
Birdman Eating ( a disappointment for the food and the fact they no longer have the menus they list on the web)
Cookie- No question the best Thai I have had in years
Woodland House- Wouldn't go back- only time I was served something that wasn't GF. Food was too precious but wonderfully prepared.
Cumulus- dreaming about the corn soup it was so delicious. Noisy and a scene.
Mamak- as good as Sydney outpost. Bustling!
Hell of the North- My vote for the best meal we had the whole trip and great ambience. This is the kind of place every neighborhood should have. Heard them take reservations from 2 celiacs and a nut allergy. Took them with respect.
St Crispin- 2nd best meal but lost points for the noise level. Also the most expensive meal and least flavorful GF bread.
Wish I had known- Safe House on Commercial. Passed it but didn't have time to stop in. A completely GF restaurant. GF Pizza at Queen Victoria Market.
All in all, Melbourne is celiac heaven.
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