Review – Handmade Burger Co.

A burger place that can do real gluten free burgers? Yes, you aren’t dreaming.

You can order it with a gluten free bun or without a bun and coleslaw or mixed leaf salad. But remember to mention that you are gluten free, whichever way you order your burger, as the beefy patties contain a non gluten free Worcestershire sauce – but as they make the burgers to order, they’ll do the gluten free one without the sauce.

There’s a wide range of burger choices and the gluten free options are specific to each restaurant, so ask for their gluten free menu when you get there.

I choose the New York Deli burger without the bun – I love coleslaw, so I happily replaced the bun with it, they’re good enough without the buns anyway, you don’t feel like you’re missing anything, and I’m not big on Genuis’s bread and that’s the usual one that restaurants use – and we ordered plain and peri-peri chips to share.

Note; you don’t get the chips with the burger, all you get is the burger on the plate, so don’t forget to order side dishes but the sides are big enough to share.

I love pastrami, so that really hit the spot for me, but the rest of the burger fell a bit flat. The American mustard doesn’t have much flavour and makes the burger taste like it’s missing something. It was so big, I ended up taking half of the burger home and put English mustard on it when I had it for lunch the next day, it was much much better, it really brought out the flavour of the rest of toppings beautiful.

I think my disappointment with the burger is more to do with the burger I chose than the restaurant because my parents loved the burgers – my first trip was there second becuase the restuarant in Manchester isn’t that far from the hospital, where I’ve been spending more time than I appreciate in the past few months – and they couldn’t praise them enough.

I definitely loved the chips and the coleslaw and would return just for them anyway. My slight disappointment with the mustard wouldn’t stop me from returning. If I go back, I’ll be choosing a differnet flavoured burger.

Life’s too short to eat bad food.

Happy Eating!

Xx

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Review – Cafe Nero

A coffee shop with something differnet to offer coeliacs. Finally! 

Drum roll please! 

A risotto! And it’s good!

Although the label itself doesn’t say it’s gluten free, as you can see, it is. I’ve checked the ingredients, and do every time I have it, and it is most definitely gluten free. 

You collect it from the fridge and they heat it up for you, so it feels like a real lunch. 

It’s got a really good flavour and mushrooms really come through and hold their own against the starch of the rice. The mushrooms are large, and there’s plenty of them,  the sauce keeps the rice moist and the rice is real risotto rice and not long grain rice as some people try to cop out with. The only complaint I have is that you can’t really taste the spinach but this is a minor problem and absolutely doesn’t take away from the taste of the dish. 

I’ve started choosing this over the wraps/sandwiches at the other coffe shops and even the Marks and Spencer’s one. 

Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this one, because it’s surprisingly good – but maybe that’s just for a coeliac product – and I don’t have anything to criticise about it. Just, well done, Cafe Nero. Now, I’m just waiting for more than one flavour of it. *bats eyelashes sweetly, hoping to convince them*

Life’s too short for bad food.

Happy eating!

Xx

Review – Costa 

Costa Coffee is very good at offering gluten free options; they have multiple sweet options and most of the crisps they stock are gluten free too. They also stock a gluten free sandwich, well, really it’s a wrap.

This time’s version is the Coconut and Lime Chicken Wrap. 

    

I was looking forward to trying a Thai style sandwich, as this doesn’t really happen for gluten free lunch out options. Unfortunately, especially compared to their last few wraps, this one is a let down. The wrap included a sauce, which sounds good, but this actually caused the wrap to absorb the moisture from it and turn the lettuce soggy. This led to a dry sandwich with a very claggy texture. It could have been much improved by using the previous tried and tested formula of a flavoured mayonnaise. Somehow this holds onto the moisture much better than sauces do and stop the wrap drying out, add softness to the lettuce and the wrap. But one thing I must congratulate them on, is keeping the chicken moist. This doesn’t happen often in a gluten free sandwich as they sit on the shelf for a long time. 

  
  
All this would be excusable, if it was not the only gluten free wrap or sandwich on offer at the coffee shop. Those who can eat gluten can chose from a range of any sandwich in their entire refrigerated glass case, but coeliacs and those who are gluten intolerant, only have the option of one and that makes this all the more unforgivable. If you do not like the sandwich, the only option we have is to leave the coffee shop and look for a sandwich elsewhere.

Leave me a message and let me know what you think of the wrap. 
Life’s too short to eat bad food!

Happy Eating!

Xx

Review – Bents Garden Centre

Bents is a very large garden centre that also has a cafe inside, it’s like a full day out in one place 😛
The cafe is quite unique, in that it has gluten free cakes, panna cotta and meringue. They even have gluten free meals.
We went for a day trip, looking for something in particular, and made a stop at the cafe. I had the meringue.

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The meringue was soft and chewy on the inside and hard on the outside, like most people have out. I can’t really do chewy meringue because they’re hard to cut and I have hypermobility but it tasted wonderful anyway. The cream was good but because it had been sitting in their display cabinet it was a little warm and not quite right in its taste. The fruit on the top were tasty and went well with the meringue as they had some sharp fruits – a nice contrast to the sweetness of the meringue.

I like Bents but I always feel as though they could do a bit more. Their cakes are packaged individually, as of they’ve been brought in instead of made there like their other cakes look. They look dry. The meringue and panna cotta look better but compared to all the other choices for the others, it just looks pathetic.

I would recommend it, but only if you were already going, I wouldn’t say you should go out of your way to try it.

So let me know if you’ve tried Bents or any other garden centre cafe and tell me what you think.

Life’s too short to eat bad food!
Happy eating
Xx

Review – Nandos

Nandos! The new fast food restaurant, and guess what? There’s more gluten free on the menu than at any other fast food place and its better food.
It’s like I always say; you win some you lose some and we definitely won this one 😀

Okay so lets get down to brass tacks. Although you can’t have any of the burgers or wraps etc like usual, there is so much more you can have.

I went with my parents and thanks to the platters we can all share, which is rare for us with my allergy, so it’s a great place for us. We started with the peri peri nuts. You can’t choose the spice, so if your not into spicy food don’t get these, although they aren’t too bad. It’s a mix of nuts with a lovely peri peri spice. Tasty and small for a starter.

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Next we had what we always have, a platter of one chicken, chips and coleslaw. It was wonderful as it always is.

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I usually have the leg of a chicken when I have chicken because I don’t like the white meat and always find it a bit dry. The chicken I had was moist and soft, the peri peri spice was medium and it wasn’t too hot or overpowering and have the chicken a lovely flavour. Both the chips and coleslaw are gluten free which is a bonus. The chips are proper chips, none of the McDonalds stuff but really ones. The coleslaw was a real one too not processed at all.

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The only problem I have with it, is it only has ice cream or frozen yoghurt as a gluten free dessert which is a bit of a let down.
But all in all, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any coeliac that wants cheap, fast, good food. Especially considering the chips are gluten free which is something we miss out on a lot in restaurants and something I’m always happy to have.

Leave a comment and let me know if you know of any other good places to go.

Life’s too short to eat bad food!
Happy eating
Xx

Review – Green Lane Chippy

I know that coeliacs miss out on fish and chips, more often than not, and I know that it’s something they miss most but I think I have a solution for all of you 🙂

I am a Committee Member of Coeliac UK Manchester Group and for a birthday in the group we went to a traditional Fish and Chip Shop for the celebration.

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In Leigh, Green Lane Chippy does gluten free fish and chips. And they are beautiful! You can have the fish without battered or you can have one of two versions of gluten free batter.

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And that’s just the small portion!

They do more than just fish, you can have gluten free curry sauce, fish cakes, chips, beer and much more!
I haven’t had any fish and chips that are better than these!
If you can I would recommend this place to anyone, if you can get there. The people are so helpful and willing to do as much as possible to help you.

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A regular portion!

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A fishcake

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So hopefully you enjoy here just like I did. So leave me a comment and let me know of you have found another fish and chips shop that has a wonderful gluten free option.

Life’s too short to eat bad food.
Happy eating!
Xx

Review – Ask Italian

Last night we went out to the cinema and we ate at Ask Italian for dinner. It’s not the first time I’ve eaten here and I always enjoy it. Ask Italian now has a large gluten free menu. It’s very extensive as far as gluten free menus go. They even have gluten free pizza and pasta, so you aren’t stuck with a grill meal or a salad. They even have desserts that aren’t just ice cream or fruit salad! Yay! It was definitely something I missed before restaurants starting getting better.

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I had the Insalata Caprese for starters. This wasn’t changed for the original menu which is a lovely change for most gluten free options. It was lovely but my parents had the garlic bread and I kind of missed joining in and sharing that with them. The starter I had was still wonderful and I really enjoyed it.

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I then had a pizza for mains and that was fantastic to have in a restaurant. This pizza was call Prima Proscuttio e Pancetta Pizza and it was actually designed by a patient at Great Ormand Street Hospital, and some of the cost of the pizza was donated to the Hospital. As a person who was born with a heart condition, this meant a lot to me. The pizza itself was wonderful, very thin base and great fresh toppings. As a gluten free pizza base it was a great one, crispy crust, thin, soft in the middle and no strange aftertaste. It was great!

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I would recommend Ask Italian to those who are gluten free and want good, almost 😉 authentic Italian food. Even of your only visiting England it would be a good place to go as a England’s cuisine is a wonderful eclectic mix of all cuisines.
So dig in an enjoy!

Leave me a comment and let me know of any good gluten free Italian restaurants or what you’ve thought of the restaurant when you’ve been.

Happy eating!
Xx