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Eating gluten free in Perth, Australia

Contributed by a most helpful Ozzie coeliac.

Perth, Australia
Perth, Australia. Courtesy of Miran Rijavec

Gluten free eating in Australia is very easy on the whole, even for eating out.

The three main supermarkets are Coles, Woolworths and IGA and they all have a section in their supermarkets with a gluten-free range including cakes, biscuits, pasta and then in the aisles with the same products not gluten free as well.

You can also buy a range called Gourmet Meals and there are a few other brands that offer frozen pre-cooked meals that can be quickly heated in the microwave including Italian pasta dishes, Shepherd's pie, Apricot chicken etc.

Most food items are clearly marked as to whether they have gluten in them or not even in regular aisles. Due to strict food packaging laws other items may also be free of gluten ingredients but would not be marked as they have not applied for the certification.

IGA supermarket also carries the Schar bread range which their new bread could even be made into sandwiches and the have the bake at home range of pizza bases, bread sticks, buns, biscuits etc. They also stock the Well Good range of packet mixes for breads, cakes, biscuits etc.

You can look these IGA supermarkets up as the larger ones have the better range. Most eating out places will also oblige with gluten free options like a steakburger minus the bun or most places would have a gluten free option for both the main meal and the cake or dessert afterwards.

There are sushi bars that advertise gluten free AE Sushi being one of these and you can buy the takeaway sushi or eat in and you ask for the purple capped soy sauce mini fish bottles which are gluten free (the red capped soy sauce mini fish bottle have gluten in it). Most pizza places will also offer a gluten free pizza and Gelare can make up a gluten free waffle.

At some Chinese restaurants you can ask for rice noodles for your dish instead of egg noodles but you must insist they check with the chef to make sure the soy sauce and oyster sauces he will be using are gluten free. If you are getting fish ask for the fish to be grilled without flour and insist that it must be gluten free to ensure that it is cooked separately.

Some fish places can cook the grilled fish with rice flour instead of normal flour. In Perth there is the Gala Restaurant which cooks its own delicious gluten free bread and muffins and you can dine in at this restaurant and request gluten free bread with your meal and they are very able to cater for your gluten free meals requests as well.

Crepe Cherie in Karrinyup do delicious gluten-free fresh French pancakes made to order either sweet or savoury. Pancakes in Carillion also do pancakes gluten-free. Zias Ristorante in Kelmscott have amazing Italian dishes made with gluten-free pasta cooked to perfection and you can either dine in or take-away their food.

National Carillion
National Carillion

Alternative Bites in Winthrop is a café entirely devoted to gluten-free food so everything in the café and the kitchen is entirely gluten-free and there is no gluten on their premises whatsoever. They bake fresh daily bread, buns, focaccia and also sell delicious cakes, biscuits and pastries they even have gluten-free profiteroles!

Winthrop
Winthrop

They sell whole cakes either bought off the rack or made to order. They also have a range of hot pies and pastries which is a real treat to be able to buy hot and ready to go and gluten-free. You can either take-away or eat in and you can eat in confidence knowing their will be no cross contamination.

Inside the same shopping complex is an IGA which has the Schar range of biscuits etc as well. Grill'd is a burger place which has gluten free buns and burgers. Here is a link to other gluten-free dining places as well.

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