A Kupfert and Kim lunch. Photo courtesy of blogto.com.
Whether you’re sensitive to your customers on a special diet, have celiac disease, or just want to be adventurous, serving gluten-free options in your menu is something to be proud of. Having gluten-free options in your menu not only signifies your sensitivity to your customers’ needs, but also your craftsmanship as a restaurateur. After all, a lot of responsibility goes into serving gluten-free options, from making sure that there’s no contamination to serving a delightfully tasty meal to your customers.
That being said, some restaurants in Toronto and Vancouver have stood out and are the talk of the town for their gluten-free delights.
1. Kupfert & Kim at First Canadian Place, Marketplace, 100 King St. W. Toronto. Tucked in First Canadian Place and available only for take-out, Kupfert & Kim deserves some snaps for its vegan and wheat-free dishes, including cappuccino made with rice milk (with perfectly done espresso at that), soothie, ball snacks, and, its glowing pride, Dan’s Salad. It’s most known for its breakfast menu, which boasts steel-cut oats, almond, and house granola.
2. Live at Located at 264 Dupont St.(North East corner of Dupont and Spadina) Toronto. Almost every other review out there praises Live—and rightfully so. Some of their standouts are the raw food sampler, the raw version of enchiladas, raw pizza, and Moroccan stew. This gourmet vegan restaurant is a bit pricey, but is worth a visit at least once, if only for the experience.
3. Arepa Café at 490 Queen Street West Toronto. Its steady line of customers during lunch and dinner hours should be indication of what Arepa Café fdelivers: a satisfying variety of Venezuelan dishes, from arepas to fresh juices. Try their desserts, like the alfajores: a generous serving of dulce de luche beween two biscuits. There aren’t a lot of Latin-inspired restaurants that offer gluten-free food, so Arepa Café is a welcome delight.
4. Havana at 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. While most of their offerings are not for the gluten-free, there’s a special section dedicated to gluten-free options, such as the tostones and the mazina tortillas. This Cuban-inspired restaurant also houses a Theatre and Gallery, which makes it an even more compelling place to go to.
5.The Naam at 2724 W 4th Ave, Vancouver Open 24 hours a day, this restaurant offers some amazing gluten-free options in generous servings, including tortilla chips made with corn, gluten-free bread, Tuscan Nachos, and Chilaquiles Enchilada.
6. Sandbar at 1535 Johnston St, Vancouver. Although a fish restaurant more than anything else, Sandbar offers gluten-free options that are worth a try, including its pizza and pasta. It’s pretty fresh and tasty, and well worth the visit.
These are only some of the gluten-free choices that abound in Vancouver and Toronto, among the many restaurants that are paying attention to this trend. What are your favourite restaurants offering gluten-free choices? Perhaps you’re a restaurateur who offers such choices yourself—share your menu!