Eating out can be tricky for coeliacs and those avoiding gluten, especially if you’re on a student budget. A lot of restaurants still have limited gluten-free options and even at that, there can be a risk of cross-contamination. So here are some of the best, reliable spots that offer great gluten-free options that, most crucially, don’t break the bank.
Bunsen has established itself as one of the best burger joints in Dublin and it also caters to the gluten-free market. They don’t use breadcrumbs in their burgers and they offer gluten-free buns. While they may not match the delicious-looking brioche buns others get to devour, they’re pretty good as gluten-free bread goes, and definitely better than the lettuce leaf buns other restaurants offer. Although its menu is small, it’s full of flavour and the fries are also to-die-for. With most things on the menu costing less than €10, it’s the perfect spot for a catch-up with friends.
Asahi Asian Street Food
Asahi Asian Street Food on Charlemont Street offer delicious Asian food, with everything from miso soup to curries and pad thai. They also provide some of the most attentive service you’re likely to get anywhere in Dublin, especially if you mention you’re coeliac. Perhaps the highlight of Asahi is that they offer gluten-free sushi, which can be hard to come by. They also have a BYOB policy and plenty of seating for groups, so it’s great for an affordable college get-together.
As anyone who has to avoid gluten knows, gluten-free pizzas can be questionable at best. You get your hopes up that you’ll get to enjoy a nice, crispy base but end up with something that tastes more like the carboard box the pizza came in. Worry not, as Milano have done a great job developing their gluten-free base and all their Romano and classic pizzas can be ordered on it. As well as that, sometimes the pasta specials happen to use gluten-free pasta anyway, so they offer more than just pizza.
Carluccio’s on Dawson Street is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Dublin. It provides a separate gluten-free menu with an array of delicious starters, pasta dishes and desserts so there is plenty to choose from. The gluten-free carbonara is definitely worth a try, and if you have a sweet-tooth, the sorbet is a must. Carluccio’s is a safe-bet for anyone seeking some flavoursome, affordable Italian cuisine.
If you’re craving traditional fish and chips, Beshoffs is your best bet. They use a gluten-free batter for the fish and fry the chips separately to prevent cross-contamination, so they cater for coeliacs really well. They also have locations all across Dublin, from Howth to Dame Street and provide gluten-free vinegar too to cater for all your needs.
This gastropub is located just beside Tara Street train station, so it’s a handy pit-stop for some scrumptious bar-food. There is a host of gluten-free options on the menu with everything from seafood to pork and their gluten-free chicken wings deserve an honourable mention. It’s also a great option if you want to enjoy some drinks with your meal.