10 Places With Gluten-Free Dishes
September 09, 2019
In our current day and age, there are countless different diets — Pesceterian, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, etc. When our dear boss brought up a gluten-free list, I was somewhat apprehensive but also curious. I’m someone who actually enjoys “healthy” things like Thunder Tea Rice, but on the other hand, I also love anything with gluten in it.
Since gluten-free foods are getting more popular, I thought I’d take up the challenge to find places that offer dishes which can please our tastebuds. While it wasn’t the easiest task, I’ve found a few places you can visit if you have a gluten-allergy, or simply on a gluten-free diet.
Kind Kones is a relatively new ice cream establishment in Forum The Shopping Mall and originated from Kuala Lumpur. All their ice cream is made in-house and 100% vegan, with no artificial flavouring or colouring. Although not all the icecream flavours are gluten free, many are! They also offer a gluten-free waffle cone which is made with almond meal, for $1.
We asked for their most popular flavours, and went with Houjicha, and Pink Guava and Lychee sorbet on a gluten-free cone. A scoop starts at $4.90 for a single Standard flavour, and $6.90 for a single Premium. Even though there’s no dairy in the ice cream, it was lusciously creamy and smooth. There’s often the misconception that vegan ice cream is icy, but that wasn’t the case here! As for the cone, there’s a slight nutty fragrance, and I’d say I actually prefer it more than the regular waffle cone.
If you’re working in the CBD, or not, you should definitely check out Grain Traders. Right smack in the centre of our financial hub, this is a great place for a weekday lunch. Although they’re not fully gluten-free, they have a wide selection of items that are. One bowl costs $16, and is fully customisable. Just go ahead and pick a base, protein, 2 veggies, 1 side, a sauce and topping! I was actually surprised by the generous portion when I received it. Unfortunately, the gluten-free options aren’t labelled, but the staff were extremely helpful in pointing out which ones were.
I wasn’t feeling too hungry so I went with a Salad and Pulled Pork. Based on their recommendation, I added the Smoked Cauliflower and Bean salad and Zucchini with Broccoli Pesto and Roasted Pumpkin for my vegetables. As for the sides, definitely get the Homemade Pineapple Kimchi! They don’t use any fish sauce in it so it’s also vegetarian-friendly! I finally topped my bowl off with some pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and the Beetroot Feta Yoghurt sauce. Amazing value for money!
Finding gluten-free dessert places in Singapore was the hardest. At Delcie’s, you can find a pretty decent selection, and many of their desserts are also diabetic friendly! Everything is vegan, and allergens are labelled clearly for each cake. It’s nice to see that they have special bakes so that those with dietary restrictions and conditions can still enjoy a sweet treat.
I decided to try their Mud Fudge ($9) and Banana Fudge Slice ($9). On top of being gluten-free, the Mud Fudge is sweetened with Agave Syrup, making it diabetic-friendly! I’d never tried gluten-free cakes before, but research had told me that it’s notoriously hard to perfect. You either get a dense, gummy cake, or something too dry and crumbly. When I finally went to Delcie’s, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Their cakes are the crumbly version, but to balance this out, they use a larger ratio of ganache which I loved. I recommend you to warm the cake up and let the ganache melt a little, before digging in!
Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Finding Asian food that’s gluten-free turned out to be pretty difficult too, since many dishes contain soy sauce or other gluten-containing products. Genesis Vegan serves up a limited, but yummy variety of Asian and Western options that are gluten-free. I tried their Chicken Rice ($8.90), and the Red Dates Ginger Tea ($4.90).
In place of chicken, fresh yuba sheets are used instead, which is an excellent source of protein. Even though it’s both vegan and gluten-free, it was packed with flavour and I was blown away by how tasty the rice was! It tasted exactly like regular chicken rice, and the homemade chilli alongside it was equally stellar. The Red Dates Ginger Tea was a nice way to end the meal.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Address: 115 Owen Rd, Singapore 218922
Phone: 6438 7118
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm. Friday: 11am to 3pm. Closed Sundays.
Afterglow by Anglow
Afterglow is a raw, plant-based restaurant that works on a farm-to-table concept. For a food to be considered “raw”, it has to be prepared at 45 degrees Celsius and below. While it’s not 100% gluten-free, most of their dishes naturally do not contain any gluten due to the raw concept. In fact, Afterglow labels the dishes WITH gluten. They also support local farms and work with artisan producers from around the world to create their dishes.
Not knowing much about the raw diet, I expected the menu to be pretty limited but there was a surprising variety! There was pizza, lasagne, “nuggets”, various appetisers and more. Of course, all these have been modified to be “raw” so it’s definitely different from what we’re used to. We got the Rice Bowl of the Day ($16) and the Acai Bowl ($15). Although the rice bowl looked small, it was actually pretty filling. I loved the Acai here, which uses the actual berry instead of a powder! I would definitely return again just for the Acai.
Plank first gained popularity for their iconic Artisan sourdough pizzas but you’ll be glad to know that they offer a pretty damn good gluten-free crust too (available for an additional $2)! Their gluten-free crust is made with white rice flour, eggs, soya milk, canola oil, polenta, sugar, yeast, xantham gum and sesame seeds. Although it didn’t have that satisfying chewiness as a regular crust does, it had a nice airiness. I actually didn’t mind it.
You may ask, why would anyone go to a pizza place, only to get something gluten-free. Since not everyone can take gluten, this is a good place for them to enjoy a pizza without upsetting their digestion! Although I’d most likely stick to the regular sourdough crust the next time I visit, this is definitely one of the better gluten-free breads out there.
Entre-Nous Creperie has been around since 2008 and they serve authentic French crepes, specialising in the ones from Brittany. All their savoury crepes are made with their 100% buckwheat batter, while their sweet crepes are made with a wheat batter (can be changed to buckwheat for $1).
Since all their toppings are homemade and gluten-free, you only have to switch to a buckwheat batter for their dessert crepes to make it gluten-free! For the savoury options, we were told the Ham and Emmental Cheese ($16.90) was a classic. If you have a sweet tooth, the Geraldine’s Favourite ($14.90) — homemade salted butter caramel, cooked apples and homemade vanilla ice-cream — is a popular choice! I would’ve liked the apples to be chunkier but overall, the French crepes are pretty good.
Address: 27 Seah St, #01-01, Singapore 188383
Phone: 6333 4671
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 9:30pm. Saturday: 11am to 9:30pm. Sunday: 11am to 5:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Being an absolute sucker for gelato, waffles and brunch food, I was excited to give Tiann’s a try after scrolling through pictures of their food. Granted, I was also a little wary about judging it based on appearance alone, but it looked pretty promising. I’d say it’s probably the place I liked best on this list! Despite being 100% refined sugar-free and gluten-free, the food was really enjoyable. Their specialty is the waffles, which is made with a secret mix of almonds, chia seeds, coconut, eggs and rice.
We got one savoury ($16) and sweet waffles with gelato ($19) and I thought both were amazing! The batter used for each seems to be different. The sweet waffle had a denser texture and reminded me of Belgian waffles. The savoury version was more airy and slightly wet, but not in an unpleasant way. I especially loved their housemade gelato and scrambled eggs (such a simple dish but so difficult to master)!
Address: 71 Seng Poh Road, #01-35, Singapore 160071
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8am to 4pm. Closed Mondays.
Did you know that Muchachos has gluten-free options too! Muchachos uses corn tortillas for their tacos, and it’s easy to customise a burrito bowl as well. Gluten-free fillings are the Carne Asada (steak) ($5.40), Carnitas (pork) ($4.80), and Vegeteriano ($4.80). Prices indicated are for one taco.
My favourite filling of the three was the steak, which was delicious even though it was just grilled and seasoned with some salt and pepper. The meat was nice and tender, with a slight smokiness that I appreciated. The pork was also pretty decent, even though it could definitely do with some more flavour. Do pair it with the Salsa Verde provided!
Address: 182 Cecil St, #01-01 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Phone: 6513 0215
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11am to 9pm.
The Butcher’s Wife
If you’re looking for a slightly nicer place to take a date, this is definitely the place to go! The Butcher’s Wife is 100% gluten-free, and serves up delicious dishes inspired by modern European flavours. I recommend going during lunch time as they have a special lunch menu($26 for 2 courses, or $29 for 3)! Note that the menu is on a rotational basis. When we visited, we decided to go for a 3-course meal comprising Salmon Tartare, Sea Bass A’la Plancha, and a Ginger & Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta.
Although they call themselves a bistro, the quality of the food served felt closer to something you might get at a fine dining restaurant! The sea bass was seared to perfection, and the skin was marvellously crispy. I was most intrigued by the panna cotta, which tasted unlike any dessert I’ve ever had. It’s a little strange at first but once you take the time to appreciate the smooth custard, it was wonderful! If you get the chance, do try it.
After visiting all these places, I’d say that gluten-free food tastes better than I thought it would! In fact, I would actually go back to a number of places on this list! What do you think of gluten-free food?
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.
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