Gluten Free Overview:
The Plan: amazing gluten free breakfast and baked goods!
Carluccio's: always a safe bet! gluten free pasta, risotto, etc.
La Creperie de Claudie: gluten free sweet and savory crepes
Cote Brasserie: French inspired cuisine with a separate gluten free menu
Pieminster: gluten free pies made in a dedicated gluten free kitchen!
This Travel Tuesday serves more as a restaurant recommendation, since I have learned that many of the restaurants I had the pleasure to try for gluten free food in Cardiff have since closed. Don’t worry though, my personal favorite is still open and worth a trip to Cardiff all on its own 😉
I spent 24 hours in Cardiff while I was studying abroad in London, and it was (besides London!) the very first city I traveled to as a celiac traveler. After doing a little research on gluten free options in Wales (there aren’t a ton), I stumbled upon The Plan, which is located in one of Cardiff’s Arcades, which are basically like covered alleyways filled with shops and restaurants. The Plan was delicious — probably one of the best gluten free breakfasts I have ever had! I find it to be somewhat challenging to find good gluten free breakfast options while traveling, and more often than not, I end up having protein bars or fruit – so I was extra excited to find somewhere that served a bang-up gluten free breakfast! When I told the waiter I had celiac disease, he was very reassuring and told me that they not only had gluten free breakfast entrees, but they also had baked goods. Never able to turn down something sweet, I ordered both an entrée and a baked good. My meal started with gluten free millionaire shortbread — tasty shortbread topped with a layer of caramel and then a layer of fudge. This was the first time I ever tried millionaire shortbread, which has since become one of my favorite desserts and a Christmas baking tradition in my house.
After I finished the shortbread, I had a breakfast sandwich, which was a fried egg and bacon on warm seeded gluten free bread. The bread was tasty and (while I am sure it probably was) didn’t taste store bought. Yum! I’m still dreaming about this breakfast – and I had no celiac reaction at all!
Since I don’t want to leave you guys with only one restaurant to try, I did a little digging around. Most of the gluten free options in Cardiff are chains, but they are good ones – they have Carluccio’s (who doesn’t love Carluccio’s!?), Cote Brasserie, and my personal favorite – Pieminster (offering two gluten free pie options!). Check out this website for a more comprehensive list of gluten free options in Cardiff.