Best gluten-free restaurants in Singapore
Mind the bloat
Behold, the G-word. What exactly is it, and why are people frantically sourcing for food without it? Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, and can cause cramping, bloating and diarrhoea in people who are diagnosed with celiac disease (a genetic autoimmune disorder) as well as gluten sensitivity. This family of proteins is present in most foods, including different breads and pastas. As opposed to what many might think, life without gluten doesn't equate to food stripped of flavour and happiness. With smart substitutes and experimental techniques, you'll be surprised to find great gluten-free options readily available on our shores. Below, we round up our top picks — these dishes are so delicious you won't be able to tell it's made without gluten.
The good folk at Afterglow adopt an honest farm-to-table philosophy, swearing by raw, fresh ingredients for all its menu offerings. Termed 95% gluten-free, their signatures include mouthwatering quinoa dishes marinated with healthy herbs and spices, cherry tomatoes, and other superfoods deemed nourishing for your body. However, if you're looking to step away from the predictability of quinoa and mesclun greens, there's the option of other "sinful" mains such as their Cuban Brown Rice Burger, which envelopes a black bean patty, guacamole, and salsa dressing between two brown rice buns.
24 Keong Saik Rd, Tel: 6224 8921
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm
Open Door Policy
It's been a while since Open Door Policy turned completely GCDF (Gluten-Free Dairy-Free), but it's only recently that they've updated their menu with exciting new offerings. While the hip establishment still retains classic hits like their miso spaghetti vongole, they've now added other must-tries, such as a fork-tender braised veal over a glorious bed of green-pea risotto. From flavour-packed starters down to indulgent desserts like their Calamansi Chocolate Tart, you're certain to have a memorable meal here — thanks to the overall direction of Executive Chef Ryan Clift. We're definitely making a booking this weekend.
19 Yong Siak St, Tel: 6221 9307
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm
Kitchen by Food Rebel
The popular post-workout pitstop welcomes anyone with dietary restrictions, with wide open arms. Be sure to swing around for breakfast and order their gluten-free free-range omelette with spring onions and mixed herbs — it's possibly the best omelette around town. Craving a refreshing alternative? The acaí bowls at Kitchen by Food Rebel are definitely worth trying, thanks to its generous servings and sweet toppings to satisfy any hungry yogi. Also, don't leave without trying their Rebel Buddha-Bowls, topped with hormone-free chicken, hummus, avocado and drizzled with a refreshing pumpkin and tahini dressing. Cheers to healthy, hearty options ripe for the picking.
28 Stanley St, Tel: 6224 7088
Opening hours: 8am-6pm