After an appointment in Norwich yesterday, my husband and I decided to get a bite to eat. Now, we have our favourites in Norwich, but we decided to try something different and headed to Café Rouge. We’d heard good things about their food from friends and family, but our experience was quite different.
For gluten free they looked great. The menus clearly had marked on them gluten free dishes and dishes that can be made gluten free, but when I asked to see the allergen menu it was a different story dairy free wise (let alone the two combined).
The waitress was apologetic and said that she had a customer last week looking for dairy free options and that they couldn’t cater much for a dairy free diet. This was an understatement. There was only one thing that I could have, a salad! Now ordinarily I’d have ordered that and put up with it, but we had our hearts set on something really nice to eat – something that we wouldn’t do at home. So….. we made our apologies and left.
We headed to our old faithful favourite, the St Andrew’s Brewhouse. This place is a must visit for coeliacs and non-coeliacs alike. They do a delicious gluten free ale on tap, that is brewed on-site, Wensum Ale. It’s so good, my hubbie always orders it, too. Plus, they do very tasty gluten free beer battered fish, chips and mushy minted peas, using the Wensum Ale in the batter.
Thanks to the Brewhouse our lunchtime was saved!
Other good places to eat in Norwich for gluten and lactose allergy sufferers are The Giggling Squid, No 33 Café, The Assembly House, The Library, The Gluten Free Café, as well as the usual chains, such as Bella Italia, GBK, Wagamama, Wetherspoons, etc.
Update: Zizi is one of my latest finds!