Time for me to share with you my favourite gluten free restaurants and products for the month of April! I’ve devoured several delicious meals so it’s been hard to choose (as always)!
Las Iguanas, Kingston-upon-Thames (multiple locations across UK)
With the eclectic menu on offer, I was spoilt for the Latin American choices – even with a gluten intolerance. My boyfriend and I shared a starter, had our own starter and main. Might sound a little greedy but what a great decision made! We decided upon sharing the chicken tacos, consisting of smoky chipotle chicken, pink pickled onions and guacamole. Both of us thought they were scrumptious. I then ate the fluffiest, cheesiest dough balls called Pao de Queijo, they’re Brazilian and an absolute must-have if given an opportunity to dine here. The balls are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
For my main, I decided to treat myself and go for the steak but for the first time ever in all of my experiences, they had sold out! So instead I went for another favourite of mine; the Bahian Coconut Chicken. Chicken breast strips pan-fried (without cross-contamination!) in cumin, coriander and cayenne nicely covered in a creamy coconut sauce with ginger and tomatoes. Served with spring onion rice and shredded greens. This can also be made dairy free if you ask your waiter/waitress.
Find the Las Iguanas menu here (change to see your local based on location).
Pappa Ciccia, Fulham
This is love at first sight. Me looking at my cheesy garlic pizza bread which was made gluten free (avoiding any cross-contamination) for me at £3 extra for the base, but SO WORTH IT. The base tasted fresh, homemade and ‘crispily’ delicious. Topped with lashing of cheese and garlic which was perfect because I’m truly obsessed with both! Yes, this was all for me…
But I ended up taking some slices home with me (along with some of my main course too, showing how great the portions are).
The main course was also divine. Spaghetti Carbonara!
This was a quaint, authentic Italian family-run restaurant that is not to be missed if ever in the South West London area. Thank you for the memorable service and overall experience, Pappa Ciccia.
Their website can be found here if you want to see their menu.
Pizza Express, Wimbledon Village (multiple locations across UK)
I know I’ve included Pizza Express in my Monthly Favourites before but chicken wings?! Sticky and satisfying! They have a bunch of new items to try out on their menu, gluten free or not. I also tried the garlicky cheesy new potatoes which were great too!
Pesto, cream, broad beans, pesto, rigatoni – just some of the ingenious ingredients in their Broad Bean Rigatoni pasta. Tried and tested for the first time on this particular trip and was pleasantly surprised and found it flavoursome and different, considering I usually always have a pizza at Pizza Express (because I love dipping the crusts in the garlic butter of course!).
Check out my other experience review within my March Favourites here.
Chilli Pesto, Sainsbury’s
Oh my goodness. Why I hadn’t discovered this until recently I don’t know… It’s super tasty, naturally free from gluten and only £1! I use it quite often and it pairs really well with halloumi/bread. See below for my tasty creation.
Free From Jammy Wheels, The Co-operative (Co-op)
When I tried these, I was with two friends who aren’t gluten intolerant and really like Jammy Dodgers. We were all instantly blown away from our first bite! They aren’t crumbly and are more stuck-together than majority of other gluten free biscuits. They’re also filled with a generous helping of raspberry jam!
Hummus Chips, Lentil Chips, and Quinoa Chips, Eat Real Snacks
When I saw these as part of a multi-pack in the free from section in my local Sainsbury’s, I was ecstatic. They are full of flavour, are a healthier alternative to crisps and are also suitable for vegans, as well as being gluten free.
My personal favourite has to be the Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Quinoa Chips… YUM.
Upfull Granola, Upfull Foods
‘Happy food’ is what Terence, the owner of Upfull Food, aspires his company/brand to be categorised as. Myself and a few other gluten free bloggers went to the production site and were fortunate enough to make our own granola recipes up. We also munched through endless helpings of their 4 delicious flavours; Cacao Crunch, Tropic Blast, Nutty Mix-Up and Apple Pie. I can confirm, they are all really tasty and perfect for on-the-go breakfasts in the morning or even making a bit of an effort with a yoghurt bowl (see below).
You can find the Upfull Food website here for more info.
Sandwich Thins, Warburtons
The whole range is fantastic! Check out my 5 Ways to Use Warburtons Gluten Free Products post.
Including these 3-minute pizza triangles!
My Goodness! Sweet ‘n’ Smoky BBQ Chicken, Sainsbury’s
Another amazing Sainsbury’s find! When scrolling through a variety of different meals in the chilled section, my eyes light up when I noticed no gluten-containing ingredients in this because it sounded right up my street.
I was at my friend’s house when I ate it and it was one of the hottest days of the year so far so we sat in the garden in the sunshine. Served with some halloumi. Simply perfect.
Thank you for taking the time to read my April Favourites and I do hope I’ve inspired some of you to try out some of the products mentioned or maybe even visiting the restaurants featured.
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