The ultimate gluten-free guide to Brisbane
Does the sight of a slice of bread just about tear you in two? We feel your pain. Luckily, gluten-free eats are firmly on restaurants’ radars and Brisbane has more than its fair share of insanely good GF nosh.
Treat yourself and save your belly with our list of Brisbane’s best gluten-free offerings.
Real-size burger buns now exist for the gluten intolerant. You’ll find the best across the city in Miss Kay's, Grill’d and Burger Urge restaurants, Remy's in Paddington and DA’Burger and Chur Burger in Fortitude Valley.
The Bagel Boys int he city and Rocklea Markets have perfected the gluten-free bagel, and it lacks nothing compared to its original gluten-filled version. Stuff it with turkey and brie or sweeten it up with cream cheese and honey. If you prefer a deli-style bagel get the Ruben with pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickles, pickled red cabbage and Russian dressing you will not be disappointed. If you're near Caxton Street, drop into Scout for your gluten free bagel fix. Here you will want to order the breakfast or vegetarian bagel, perfectly flavoured fresh ingredients pared with killer home-made preserves.
You won’t have to peel the top off these pizzas for a slice of the action. Wrap your mouth around the crunchiest GF bases at Casa Cibo in Chermside, Corbett & Claude in the city, Neighbourhood in Kenmore, The Burrow in West End, Colle Rosso in Red Hill, Salt Meats Cheese in Newstead and Pizzeria Violetta in Kenmore, Wilston and Paddington.
Italians have pandered to the needs of the city’s coeliacs! For delicious gluten-free gnocchi, stop off at Pando in the city and Il Verde in Bowen Hills. Il Verde also do a divine bolognese and two types of gluten-free arancini, or head to Ristorante la Familgia in Woolloongabba, it is gluten friendly and happy to cater to dietary needs. In South Brisbane worship at the alter of Julius Pizzeria where their seasonal fresh gluten-free primi is cooked perfectly al dente and showered with freshly grated parmesan. Our favourites are the seafood seasonal pasta and the duck ragu. Chermside has Casa Cibo, a restaurant with an entire gluten-free kitchen and menu perfect for those who are seriously celiac.
Whoever made risotto with gluten should be cursed, but in the meantime we’ll praise Casa Cibo, Arriva, Julius Pizzeria, Beccofino and Coppa Spuntino for their divine rendition of this delicious GF Italian dish.
Gluten-free naan – what?! You heard right. The city’s first healthy Indian restaurant, It’s Mirchi, has the garlic, plain or It's Mirchi naan for your delicate belly’s pleasure. Give it a go in Paddington and Bulimba.
Thank Zeus at South Bank for its amazing gluten-free pita bread filled with Mediterranean delights.
Fish and chips
For top-quality Aussie fish and chips, battered in some mysterious but definitely gluten-free substance, check out Fishmongers’ Wife in East Brisbane. Equally awesome is the Sandgate Fishmonger’s gluten-free batter – well worth a trip to the northern bayside.
For gluten-free wraps that don’t fall apart in your hands, drop into Pando in the city. Its sweet-chilli chicken, beef brisket or roast vegetable wraps are next-level goodness, paired with a side of sweet potato chips you just can’t turn down. The Wrapture in West End offers an epic selection of gluten-free wraps including lamb kofta, Halloumi, chicken, bratwurst tofu and more. We recommend the Venus Rising, Townsiville, Bratman and the Apollo - everything tastes better with halloumi.
So much "yes!" goes to Pancake Manor for throwing any combo you like on a stack of gluten-free pancakes. You’ll also find GF pancakes at Pando in the city and Paleo Cafés across Brisbane.
Looking for a hearty breakfast cereal sans oats? Check out the goods at Sol Breads and Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen in West End.
Find amazing gluten-free cakes, slices and treats in general at The Pick Up Joint Spring Hill, Sol Breads West End, Sprinkle and Whisk (online), Chester Street Bakery in New Farm and South Bank, Jocelyn’s Provisions in Fortitude Valley, Pamela's Pantry in Paddington and Botanica in Red Hill and Teneriffe, to name a few!
All hail Nodo Donuts, the Brisbane brains behind the best GF doughnut round. We love these because they’re delicious and free of processed sugars. But if you really want to treat yourself, get your hands on a GF doughnut from Gluten Off at Eat Street Markets.
Special mention goes to I Heart Brownies for baking delicious, moist, gluten-free, chocolate brownies in the shape of a heart that even wheat-eaters devour. Otherwise, indulge in the chocolatey goodness of Dello Mano's gluten-free brownie.
Sink a gluten-free cold one across Brisbane at a Wilde stockist – Australia’s own gluten-free pale ale.
For restaurants that go over and above with GF options (not including traditionally gluten-free food like salad – that list would go forever), visit Dovetail on Overend, the Paleo Cafés around town, Sourced in Teneriffe, Gauge at South Brisbane, Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen in West End, Satori Organics at Sandgate and the Raw Squeeze juice bars across the city.
Madame Wu in the city and Chu the Phat in South Bank also puts on a gluten-free menu with its modern East Asian dining.