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Gluten free in Sydney- a recap

carfreeinla | Dec 3, 201410:59 PM

Been lurking for a while as we planned our trip. I rarely ask for GF suggestions ( I have celiac disease) instead opting for the best food and making GF choices.
The cafe at the Contemporary Art Museum was a lovely lunch- quinoa and smoked salmon salad and a terrific lemonade- and the Chuck Close exhibit is not to be missed. Dinner reservations were made long in advance through for the Bridge Room. We arrived only to find them closed. We had booked through the bookarestaurant.com site. Beware.
Before I had a meltdown, I did a search on places that were close and we went to Mr Wongs. Amazing. GF sticky ribs and salt and pepper squid. I hated to leave any over and wished I had a fridge to take the leftovers . Fried rice was so so. Would have preferred white. I kept thinking that the menu had to be wrong and these couldn't possibly be GF. All good!
Next day was lunch at Mamak. The Nasi Lemak is perfectly GF and the lamb curry was moist and tender. the milk ice tea was too weak. The curry lunch specials were mammoth and I would go for them next time given the quality of the lamb.
Dinner at Ester. I had really looked forward to this- our server, like many people we encountered this week was GF and gave me lots of confidence. But the food, left me cold. Much was too fussy and the quality of the ingredients was overshadowed by the preparation. Oysters had no brininess- completely overwhelmed by the topping. tartar the same. Squid covered in peas were the best of the apps. Prawns were in a tamari that was too deep and the seafood a bit undercooked. Dessert "three milks" was better- a good contrast between the sweet and tangy.
Rockpool Bar and Grill was the biggest disappointment. Wanted the burger- note they only serve this in the bar area. A decent "patty" was completely overwhelmed by the toppings of a so so cheese, a spot of bacon, pickles ( I took them off) and a glob of sweet "relish". I did something that I rarely do which was send my rare to medium rare burger back- it was closer to well and was WAY over salted to the point of being inedible. They were very gracious but what came back was cooked better but just ok. The chips however were very flavorful.
Dinner came in a cup- a sundae from Gelato Messina. Soft serve is a food of the gods and this was no exception. I could have this every night.
The last lunch was at Fix St James. Everything on my plate was exactly how I like it- tender skirt steak, salad not over dressed with plenty of shaved cheese and duck fat cooked roasties. Wish that I knew this before we ordered chips however- they paled in comparison.
All in all, very easy to find GF choices and knowledgable people in Sydney. Off to the north.

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