Gone are the days of rock-hard gluten-free bread and only being able to order the salad.
Fortunately for our coeliac and gluten-intolerant friends, the hospitality world has made real progress in the gluten-free space. More and more we see menus littered with that delightful little ‘GF’ symbol as well as quality gluten-free baked goods that are healing the trauma incurred from eating the awful and dry gluten-free breads of yesteryear.
Of course, some cuisines are coincidentally gluten-free (like Japanese), but the more the merrier when it comes to finding restaurants with gluten-free options, right?
So if your planning a coeliac-friendly outing, consider trying one of these highly-rated restaurants, bars and cafes below:
LUNCH + DINNER
Serving Korean-ish food, The Rechabite’s vibrant restaurant Double Rainbow is another easy choice for a tasty gluten-free feast. Offering something for vegetarians and vegans too, Double Rainbow promises loud flavours and fresh ingredients in the form of roasted oyster mushroom and miso harissa, crispy brussel sprouts, and apple kimchi salad. After dinner, be sure to round off your night at The Rechabite with a cocktail or two upstairs at the Hello rooftop bar.
224 William Street, Perth
Thai street food mecca Long Chim always delivers, both in quality and spice. Since opening in 2015, the State Buildings restaurant has fast become a favourite, bringing punchy modern Bangkok flavours to Perth CBD. What’s more, is that the menu is almost entirely gluten-free.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
We often see bars and restaurants come and go, so when a venue’s initial popularity endures, you know they’ve got something good going on. Considered one of Perth’s favourite cocinas, el PÚBLICO has rightfully remained popular since opening some 10 years ago, largely thanks to its impeccable selection of tequila and its tasty Mexican eats, virtually all of which are gluten-free.
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Redfish Fish, Chips & Grill
Any fish and chip shop around Perth worth their (chicken) salt will offer a grilled option, but Redfish in Attadale takes its gluten-free fish seriously. They’ve got a dedicated gluten-free fryer for their special gluten-free crumbs, along with some delicious (and huge) fish tacos and coconut-crumbed prawns.
88D Moreing Road, Attadale
Another popular and long-standing Mexican haunt is La Cholita. Located on William Street, La Cholita as been slinging top-notch tacos, guac and sangrias since 2011. Their tequila and mezcal offerings are plentiful (like in the hundreds), but their menu is almost completely gluten-free, so you can enjoy lots of tacos while you imbibe.
279 William Street, Northbridge
Home to an inviting garden bar and rooftop, The Standard is a no-brainer when it comes to laid-back vibes and good cocktails- but, did you know they’re also home to a largely gluten-free (and delicious) menu? Packed with a mix of Southeast Asian flavours, the bar’s food offering is largely gluten-free and vegetarian, making The Standard the perfect spot to gather a big group to share some no-fuss share plates and tipples. Expect delicious coeliac-approved plates like Som Tum-style salad, Korean BBQ chicken, shredded duck and Dan Dan noodles.
28 Roe Street, Northbridge
A lot of Perth pizza joints give the option of a gluten-free base these days, but it’s hard to go past the beloved Alfred’s, who make them fresh in-house. Tucked away in a downstairs basement on Barrack Street, this characterful pizzeria-slash-small bar is the perfect setting for both an intimate night, or for really letting your hair down with rock’n’roll vibes a-plenty.
37 Barrack Street, Perth
Angel Falls Grill
Tucked away down Shafto Lane, Angel Falls Grill provides the ultimate Venezuelan dining experience in Perth. What’s more, is that its menu is naturally gluten-free, and guarantees no cross-contamination, making it a safe choice for coeliacs out there. Expect incredible smoked and grilled steak, corn croquetas, empanadas and a cocktail menu showcasing award-winning Venezuelan rums. Delish.
Shafto Lane, Perth
Whether you’re in need of some post-swim sustenance or a mid-week pizza and pinot pick-me-up, Canteen Pizza has you covered at its brand new Applecross locations. As well as promising delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas and antipasti, Canteen also proclaims to have the best gluten-free base, making it the best option for a pizza dinner amongst coeliac friends.
32 Ardross Street, Applecross
If you’re feeling a little naughty and want to indulge in a serious meat-fuelled extravaganza, you can’t go past Porkies. Located in Bayswater, the barbeque restaurant’s menu is packed with gluten-free options, largely because the menu is full of brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs. Owners, John and Byron have traversed the American highways to learn from only the best, with John even laying claim to a Bachelor of Barbecue Science.
208 Railway Parade, Bayswater
Drasko’s Hot Chicken
Ever since opening at the start of 2021, Drasko’s has earned a cult status for its Nashville hot chicken and impeccable signature sando, which comes in a gluten-free iteration for the coeliacs out there. All of Drasko’s sides are also conveniently gluten-free so you can load up on umami fries, mash and gravy and plenty of sweet and spicy pickles.
The Mezz, 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
Located inside the Pan Pacific, UMA is Perth’s premier Peruvian restaurant. Led by Executive Chef Xerxes Bodhanwala, the menu takes diners through a paddock-to-plate experience packed full of Peruvian flavours. Indulge in mouthwatering Anticuchos (beef rump cap skewers) or choose from a variety of ceviche options.
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth (Inside Pan Pacific)
General Public Food Co
If a more inventive and less traditional style of pizza is your jam, look no further than General Public Food Co. With two locations, one in Scarborough and another in Inglewood, General Public has continued to earn praise for its range of sourdough pizzas, including a Tex-Mex-style pizza topped with corn chips, corn and bean salsa and jalapenos. Fortunately, for our coeliacs out there, the sourdough base can be swapped for a gluten-free base so no one misses out.
3/882 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
5/19 Doric Street, Scarborough
Fremantle institution and craft brewery trailblazers Little Creatures have become a stalwart for good beer and casual eats, with a number of gluten-free options. While sinking a frothy or two, you can enjoy tasty gluten-free dishes like Moroccan spiced hummus, popcorn cauliflower, chilli mussels and XPA-brined whole chicken.
40 Mews Road, Fremantle
Tonic & Ginger
If you haven’t dined at Tonic & Ginger for a tasty Asian fusion-style dinner (and to snap a pic of its iconic pendant lights) then it’s about time to change that! Set across two levels in the heritage Old Synagogue, this gorgeous Freo favourite boasts a menu packed with gluten-free and vegetarian options that are designed for sharing.
92 South Terrace, Fremantle
It could be said that No Mafia’s specialty is “Stuff That Goes Really Well With a Glass of Wine”. Which, for the record, is a category we’re well and truly on board for. With its initial, compact location it had all the drop-on-by, buzzy vibes and share plates of a small bar, but the move up the road to larger premises has allowed for an expanded menu that includes house-made pasta. And is more pasta ever a bad thing? We think not – especially most of their pasta dishes come with a GF option!
252 William Street, Northbridge
BREAKFAST + BRUNCH
Perth also knows its way around a banging gluten-free breakfast, especially at Highgate’s Source Foods. Perch up at a sunny table while you sip on a quality cup of coffee and tuck into a coeliac-friendly breakfast, which ranges from harissa eggs (pictured for drooling purposes below) to their vegan feast compete with braised black beans, crisp cauliflower, kohlrabi and pickled cabbage.
4/289 Beaufort Street, Perth
Strange Grains Gluten Free Bakery
For coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance, any bakery is simply a no-go. This is where bakeries like Shenton Park’s Strange Grains fulfils all your pastry desires. Made from a blend of whole pseudo grains, weed seeds and roots, Strange Grains applies a scientific approach to making quality fresh breads and tasty sweet treats like cinnamon scrolls.
197 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Flora & Fauna
Another easy choice for a 10-out-of-10 gluten-free brunch is Flora & Fauna in Northbridge. Giving laid-back outdoor laneway vibes, this long-time Perth favourite does gluten-free, vegan and veggie breakfasts in a big way- as in expect generous (read: huge) portions and plenty of freshness to cure any weekend hangovers.
4/70 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Pearth Organic Kitchen
If an ultra-nutritious, wholesome and delicious meal is the aim of the game, then Pearth is the place to go. Using organic and locally sourced ingredients, the West Leedy brunch spot serves nourishing meals, including gluten-free options like cookies and cream pancakes and sweet potato and carrot fritters. Pearth also offers plenty of delish takeaway lunches that your tastebuds and tummy are bound to love.
106C Cambridge Street, West Leederville
The heartbeat of Palmyra’s big warm and welcoming community vibes, OUSHK offers a mouthwatering mix of Middle Eastern flavours and plenty of photo opps with its picture-perfect acai bowls and ultra-cute décor. I mean, just look at that work of art.
61A Carrington Street, Palmyra