No longer do coeliac and gluten-intolerant foodies need to meticulously pack their own gluten-free lunch five days a week – the CBD is packed with drool-worthy food options which are all totally belly-friendly.
Your gluten-eating buddies won’t mind tagging along either, with lunches like these.
Boasting an entirely gluten-free menu, coeliacs will never have to suffer food envy at this cosy Flinders Lane café. With another venue recently open on Little Collins Street, getting your hands on tastebud dancing dishes like raspberry and coconut chia pudding or nourishing quinoa and kale bowls has never been easier. A range of gluten-free treats like raw caramel slices and pumpkin bread is also available for a 3pm sweet treat. Although, it probably won’t last that long.
Ganache Chocolate’s chocolate lounge on Collins Street is Melbourne’s own Willy Wonka factory, with decadent cakes, delicate macarons and a heavenly chocolate selection that begs for a taste. The majority of chocolates are temptingly gluten free, including bars packed with ginger and orange, chilli almond chocolates and molded sweets. If you insist on a savoury lunch before dessert, a small selection of gluten-free quiches and soups are available.
Anyone that doesn’t consider cake an appropriate adult lunch better look away now. One to save for the end of the week, Raw Trader’s selection of gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free desserts will have any gluten-intolerant foodie swooning. Think gluten-free black forest cake, almond snickers cake and chocolate salted caramel doughnuts. After this sweet feast, you definitely won’t need lunch.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli
Tucked into Melbourne’s bustling Degraves Street, The Organic Food and Wine Deli is a lunch spot and grocery shop rolled into one. Pick up a fuss-free lunch and gluten-free treats like Bango The Carob Bear chocolate, fresh produce and organic drinks in one fell swoop – you multitasker, you. Belly-friendly gluten-free options include a range of healthy salads, pies (PIES!) and burgers. Gluten-free nori rolls and treats like raw balls and bars are available if you’re in the mood for something different.
When a restaurant has so many gluten-free options that they decide to label the non-gluten free dishes instead, you know you’ve found a lunchtime gem. From pork or grilled fish tacos to generous sticky short ribs and Veracruz-style fish stew, Melbourne’s Mexican mamma has your lunchtime feed covered. If you’re feeling food-venturous, order some goat tostaditas and bone marrow soup. Dessert isn’t forgotten either, with chocolate flan and sweetcorn ice cream a few of the gloriously gluten-free treats.