We’re past the point now of making fun of people who need their food sans gluten right? If you or someone you know is celiac, you’ll understand the pain (and long term health issues) of eating the wrong stuff, so it’s good to know Perth’s restaurant scene understands it too.
The majority of Perth eateries will have some form of gluten-free option at least somewhere on the menu, but for the purpose of this list we’ve tried to focus on places where you or your gluten-free date/mate gets the pick of the bunch, and aren’t regulated to the side salads section. We’ve also not included Japanese restaurants, because they’ll need a whole article of their own…
One of a bunch of Mexican-themed restaurantés that popped up when it was the done thing a few years back, el PÚBLICO has endured because quite simply, it is awesome. Their tequila selection is amazing (and won’t destroy you the next day), and basically the entire menu is gluten free, great for sharing, and delicious.
Photo via @elpublico
A lot of Perth pizza joints are happy to rock the GF-base these days, but it’s hard to go past Alfred’s, who make their’s fresh in-house. Tucked away in a downstairs basement, it’s the perfect setting for both an intimate night, or really letting your hair down with rock’n’roll vibes a-plenty.
Photo via @alfredspizzeria.smallbar
Relatively new kid on the block, Panama Social is pretty quickly becoming a favourite amidst Northbridge’s bustling small bar scene. Excellent for groups, a stacked drinks menu and their GF-heavy menu make it a winner. Make sure you indulge in some PAO DE QUEIJO (fried cheese donuts), it might be all you end up getting.
Photo via @panamasocialperth
Tasty pasta options are quickly catching up in our brave new gluten free world, and Tommy Sugo in Leederville is leading the charge. Take it from owner Nathan: “It’s been a passion of mine to create a menu of gluten free pasta that offer our customers choice, have great texture and taste amazing…even for consumers without sensitivities to enjoy.” And he really puts his money where your mouth goes.
Photo via @tommysugo
If you’re feeling a little naughty and want to indulge in a serious meat-fuelled extravaganza, you can’t go past Porkies in Bayswater and Gosnells’ huge menu, packed with gluten free options from top to bottom. 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.
Photo by @christilyncarmen
And on the opposite end of the spectrum there is Mt Lawley healthy staple Veggie Mama. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, their wide variety of GF and vegan curries and salads will nourish you in all the right ways – the perfect remedy after a weekend blowout.
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Something a little fancier perhaps? Ficus is a new restaurant on the upper level of Market Hall in Yagan Square, with a focus on farm to plate dining. Sourced from an extensive network of farmers, fishers and grocers, their diverse menu filled with gluten free and vegetarian options has been getting plenty of praise in their short lifespan.
Photo via @ficusperth
Similar to pizzas, Perth’s burger joint explosion is also doing well to acknowledge the plight of the gluten free family, and Varsity Burgers offer one of the best GF buns going around. With a number of different locations around Perth, there’s one to suite any occasion.
Photo via @varsity_au
Another Northbridge small bar staple, No Mafia bring some classy – and mostly gluten free – Italian selections to go with an impeccable wine list. The gnocchi is untouchable, and if you’re rocking a small group the well-priced Chef’s Selection is a winner.
Photo via @no_mafia
Flora & Fauna
Not all dining is done at night of course, and Flora & Fauna offer some great vegan and gluten free options for brekky and/or brunch. Epic portions will get your day off to a filling start, and their GF banana bread is much-loved for a very good reason.
Photo via @florafuana_perth
Annalakshmi has been a fixture on the Swan River for almost 30 years, with their HUGE Indian buffet offering a heap of tasty options. Many often wonder how a restaurant so big can survive with their pay-what-you-feel ethos, but after a couple of trips back to the spice-soaked buffet you’ll understand.
Photo by @ninamarlena
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Header photo via Panama Social.