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Going gluten free in Canberra


Rachel Packham

With many Canberra restaurants happy to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements, a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to restrict your dining experience.

City Edge Cafe's eggplant parmiagana. Click for more photos

Gluten free

Great gluten free options from Canberra restaurants. 

City Edge Cafe

Eggplant parmiagana

From macaroons to burgers, there is no shortage of gluten-free meals on the City Edge Cafe menu. Gluten-free risotto, salads and burgers are popular choices and staff ensure there is always a shelf of freshly-baked gluten-free cakes and sweet treats available.

The eggplant parmigiana is both gluten-free and vegetarian. Layers of roasted eggplant, butternut pumpkin and spinach are neatly stacked and topped with cheese and a napolitana sauce.

50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City, ph 6162 3434, Monday to Thursday, 6.30am-5.30pm; Friday, 6.30am – late

Blu Ginger

Blu ginger platter

If you can avoid the naan bread, Indian cuisine is largely gluten-free. Blu Ginger offers a coeliac-friendly menu and most dishes, including a large selection of curries, are gluten-free.

The Blu Ginger platter is a popular entree for two, it includes two pieces of chicken tikka marinated in spices and yoghurt, two tandoori tiger prawns and two banana leaf parcels filled with steamed ling fillet, served with a mint, chilli and yoghurt sauce and garnished with a side salad.

5 Genge Street, Canberra City, ph 6247 2228, Lunch, Monday to Sunday, 11.30am–3pm; Dinner, Monday to Sunday, 5–11pm

The Elk & Pea


Most items on the Elk & Pea menu are either gluten-free or can be made gluten-free.

“Gluten-free is getting better,” media manager Minky Faber said. “We’ve had a lot of gluten-free stuff sent back to the kitchen because people don’t believe it’s gluten-free.”

The tacos are a popular choice. A soft shell corn tortilla is filled with cabbage, salsa and a choice of market fish served with guacamole, pork carnita served with chipotle lime aioli or roast vegetables served with herb and garlic vinaigrette.

21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ph 6162 0222, Monday, 8am-3pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am-10pm; Thursday to Saturday, 8am-11pm; and Sunday, 8am-2.30pm


Smoked salmon

One of a variety of gluten-free options at French restaurant, Ardeche, the smoked salmon is a light and simple, yet substantial starter. The soft, creamy salmon is topped with goat’s cheese and garnished with crisp, deep-fried parsnip delivering a mouth-watering contrast of textures. Adding to the fresh flavours is a made-to-order honey, lemon and white wine sauce and an apple balsamic vinegar glaze.

222 City Walk, Canberra City, ph6230 4800, Lunch, Monday to Saturday, noon-2.30pm; Dinner, Monday to Saturday, 6–10pm 

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