Finding a place that caters for all can be overwhelming when you only have a 60 minute lunch break. Especially when you're with other co-workers who can eat anything, anytime (those lucky, lucky people).
Thankfully Sydney has plenty of gluten-free options from a variety of cuisines!
Here are just a small handful of wonderful places in the CBD that offer gluten-free options perfect for a lunch break before heading back to the office.
Grill'd was one of the first burger chains to sell gluten-free buns without too much hassle. Grill'd provides all their nutritional and allergen chats onto their website and in-store too ensuring that everyone can come and get Grill'd no matter if you're gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan.
Recently, Grill'd has introduced a new bun to their collection, a gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb bun, awesome! Add a serve of their tasty gluten-free vegan chips or sweet potato chips, and you have a complete meal.
Located in World Square, Grill'd has plenty of seats inside and out, giving you the option to have your fresh, healthy, gluten-free burger while people-watching.
The Slip Inn is the pub where Prince Frederik and our Princess Mary met during the 2000 Sydney Olympics; there's a plaque and a Danish Flag out the front. But once you step inside, you are transported to a bright and colourful display of Mexican culture, and the coolest-looking beer garden in this part of the CBD.
Traditionally, tortillas are made with corn meal, and therefore gluten-free. Sadly these ones are mixed with wheat. But the good news is that all of their tacos can be replaced with lettuce leaves, which makes a refreshing change during our summer weather.
For under $7 per taco, you get a fresh and flavoursome little package that is enjoyed along side with a shaken margarita sitting in the beer garden.
There's two traditions that must be done while in Sydney:
1) Have Yum Cha on a Sunday.
2) Have a fancy Morning/Afternoon Tea.
I won't start up the argument between 'afternoon tea/morning tea' and 'high tea' - I'll leave that for another article.
Trying to find an gluten-free option without having to book months in advance can be a little bit difficult. Thankfully on Level 1 of the historic Queen Victoria Building is The Palace Tea Room.
Booking is encouraged, but not needed, if you require the 'Gluten Free Morning Tea' ($27).
Displayed on beautiful and colourful china, served by delicious-looking staff, try to get a table on the walkway and people-watch, or get a table by the window with the view of the Sydney Tower. Spoil yourself with sparkling wine and nibble at the gluten-free macarons, cherry pies and sandwiches.
It's a little piece of upper class English food heritage hidden within a heritage-listed building.
Recommendation: Gluten Free Morning Tea and add a glass of sparkling wine.
6) COLES - various locations
Yes, I am including Coles in this list. Mainly because not everyone have the luxury of time during their lunch break. I myself have my lunch after I've cooked everyone else's, so being able to rush down to Coles and pick up a gluten-free sandwich can be a lifesaver.
Coles has recently started selling two types of gluten-free sandwiches along with their usual range. This includes salads, pies, and now sushi too - everyone is covered here.
Chicken Salad and Egg Salad are the only options at the moment, but hopefully the range will grow. To be honest, it's not the best sandwich in the world, but for the price and convenience it's worth it.