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

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