London's best gluten-free food restaurants and cafes

Down with filthy wheat. Filthy.

Let's face it, we've all got an aversion to something.

For some it may be dairy or peanuts, for others it may be perennially cheeky yet smug broadcaster Dermot O'Leary... but if yours happens to be the protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye... it doesn't mean you have to forgo a great meal when eating out.

We've scoured London looking for the best restaurants catering for a gluten-free menu... and here are a few of the best...

45 Lexington Street W1F 9AN
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Mildreds does hearty vegetarian dishes, influenced by both Asian and European cuisine. Vegan and gluten-free options are helpfully marked on the menu, and with things like sweet potato and cashew nut curry, and amaretto baked peach and nectarine it’s little wonder it’s always packed to the rafters.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 7/10
20-22 Queen Street W1J 5PR

Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The restaurant headed up by the brilliant Angela Hartnett is friendly towards those with gluten intolerances. The former protégée of Gordon Ramsay was awarded a Michelin star just four months after opening this Mayfair eatery, which offers high-end Italian cuisine.

  • 21/100
La Polenteria
64 Old Compton Street W1D 4UQ
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This Italian restaurant specialises in gluten-free polenta dishes, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu too. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and wheat-free paninis and salads are available to take away.

65-66 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JL
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

AIL Says: This is delicious, colourful Peruvian cuisine at it's best. In a bid to avoid cross-contamination, the gluten-free food here is prepared using a dedicated set of utensils. That's black belt stuff.

Hummus Bros
88 Wardour Street Soho W1F 0TH
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: “Give chickpeas a chance!” is their slogan, and rightly so when hummus is paired with slow-cooked chunks of beef or tender chicken with sun-dried tomatoes. Eschew pitta bread in favour of gluten-free bread, rice crackers, carrot sticks or tortilla chips; and with desserts and salads available too you won’t leave hungry.

Yalla Yalla
10-12 Winsley Street W1W 8HQ
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If you like Lebanese street food they don’t come more authentic than Yalla Yalla, which literally means “hurry hurry”. Their teensy Soho establishment was such a hit the owners opened a larger restaurant near Oxford Circus in 2010. Aside from mouth-watering cuisine, this is one of London’s best budget eateries.

Asakusa Restaurant
265 Eversholt Street NW1 1BA
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Mornington Crescent

AIL Says: What Asakusa may lack in glamour it makes up for in the sheer length of the menu, which has specialties like eels wrapped in omelette as well as all the expected sushi, teriyaki, noodle dishes and much much more. Prices are low too, resulting in this restaurant being packed most nights of the week; make sure you book ahead.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 7/10
21-22 Warwick Street W1B 5NE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: It seems Yolam Ottolenghi can do no wrong. The former pastry chef runs four successful delis in the capital and has published two best-selling cookbooks; his all-day brasserie, Nopi, has affordable, simple dishes inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, many of which are gluten-free.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 8/10
Orrery Epicerie
55 Marylebone High Street W1U 5HS
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Baker Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Fans of gourmet French dining will find Marylebone High Street’s Orrery has more than enough to please the discerning gluten-free diner; just advise them of your requirements and feast on stuffed pig’s trotter, foie gras and lobster.

Honest Burgers
12A Granville Arcade SW9 8PR
Region: Brixton
Nearest Station: Brixton (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Burger fans who are wheat intolerant need not be deprived - Honest Burgers offer gluten-free buns. Meat is carefully sourced, with beef from Ginger Pig and free range chicken, and the house chips come sprinkled with delicious rosemary salt. They now have a second site in Soho.


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