Gluten-free Heaven No Secret
The region offers a tempting range of coelic-friendly cafes and restaurants as well as those that cater for vegetarian.
When it comes to eating out without gluten, Secret Corner Cafe is one of the best destinations.
The Rathmines cafe is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team David and Karlyn Mustard and is different in that David makes the cafe's range of breads using gluten-free flour.
Instead of being restricted to basic salads, coeliacs can enjoy dishes such as melts, burgers, big breakfasts and warm Thai chicken and prawn salad with mango.
There is also a wide range of sandwiches and foccacias, not to mention the tempting lemon merangue pie.
The reason behind the coeliac friendly menu? Karlyn is a coeliac and the couple understand too well the frustrations of those who are trying to avoid gluten products when dining out.
While there is a huge coeliac menu, there are still plenty of other choices for diners who have no dietary restrictions.
As well as the a la carte menu, there is a bountiful lunch and light meals menu with plenty of choice, from quiches to tempura, battered fish fillets and veal schnitzel, sandwhiches, wraps, pides, melts and burgers.
Its BYO and functions can be easily organised. For booking telephone the Secret Corner Cafe on 4975 4922.
Other Great Venues
Nosh on Beaumont, Hamilton, has a gluten-free menu, while Gelato Dolomiti just down the road near the train station can whip up risotto and pasta that is gluten free.
If you are hankering for pizza, try the Blue Water Pizza at Warners Bay and Queens Wharf, or if you want noodles or sweet treats try the Bogie Hole Cafe at Newcastle East. All Bar One in the Newcastle Mall also has an extensive gf menu, as does Salina Restaurant at Belmont South.
Sesame's A Taste of Asia at both Belmont and The Junction have gf menus, while Paymasters near The Foreshore at Newcastle East and Chaddies on Regent at New Lambton are other great venues. Out of towners will love the Olive and Lime Cafe at Singleton which also does a range of gf meals and deserts.
Veg out at Sunny's
...It's whole food as well as vegetarian, and with quite a few vegan and gf dishes as well..
ph: 4962 1304
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