As you know, I am a big fan of writing about all the amazing gluten and dairy free restaurants out there in my hometown of Birmingham. I have blogged Part 1 and Part 2 of my Gluten and Dairy Free Birmingham guides but I’ve been excited to check-out a few more venues this month! These venues are a bit more upmarket: perfect for a glam (gluten and dairy free!) night out or a romantic date for two.
Perfect for Gluten Free Sushi and Cocktails- Rofuto.
I have been on the hunt for good gluten free sushi in Brum for over a year now and the closest I’ve come previously is Yo Sushi (whose allergy menu leaves a lot to be desired since you are presented with a massive wad of allergen information with no pictures to match what you see on the conveyor belt). However, last week I finally discovered Rofuto and I’m so glad I did!
Salmon Sashimi and Vegetable Sushi
The stunning restaurant which overlooks all of Birmingham’s skyline.
Situated in the swanky, brand new Park Regis hotel (at the top of Broad street) Rofuto is the perfect venue for a romantic dinner. The location is amazing: the glass windows provide an epic view of Birmingham (which my camera just couldn’t capture the enormity of!) ;making it the perfect place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Birmingham has lots of funky, independent places but few restaurants that make you feel like you are really somewhere special but as soon as we stepped into Rofuto, I wished I’d dressed up! But even more importantly for us gluten free folk: they offer a massive range of gluten free sushi; almost all of which is gluten and dairy free. What’s more, our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about different allergens and explained how the sushi was made differently to most places- making the gluten free choices so much wider. There are also a ton of other gluten and dairy free choices: I tucked into seared scallops and beef skewers.
What’s more, our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about different allergens and explained how the sushi was made differently to most places- making the gluten free choices so much wider. It is great to see a place that really understands the needs of those with allergies. There are also a ton of other gluten and dairy free choices: I tucked into seared scallops and beef skewers.
I can’t wait to return and checkout their sushi platters- they also have an amazing bar which, from this month, is also offering rooftop yoga!
Perfect for After work Pizza-The Stables
Situated at the back of Grand Central, The Stables is the perfect place for after-work or post-shopping dining (and a cheeky glass of cider). It offers an extensive pizza menu- all named after local landmarks which is a fantastic touch- and what’s more every pizza can be made both gluten and dairy free. The only place that does this currently is Zizzi’s but their choice of toppings is far more limited. I ordered a smoked salmon gluten and dairy free pizza and had to ask the waitress to check if they weren’t mistaken as it looked so good! I really liked the atmosphere and decor in this restaurant- it was very laid back and has 80 different types of cider on offer. It really has something for everyone.
Perfect for: Fresh Healthy Eating, BANK
Prawns served as part of Prawn Cocktail
Seabass with baked sweet potato wedges
Located in Brindley place, BANK offers an amazing menu that is fresh, healthy and naturally free of many allergens. The outdoor seating area is perfect for alfresco dining while sipping a glass of prosecco. BANK offer a dedicated gluten free menu but our waitress was happy to offer suggests on how dishes could be further adapted for other allergens, such as dairy. What is great about BANK is that the emphasis is on great, naturally healthy produce. I tucked into king prawn cocktail and seabass and baked sweet potato. While I love lots of gluten menus, many don’t offer such simple, healthy fare and the quality of the ingredients spoke for itself. The menu is a little pricey but with great views of the canal and excellent quality ingredients, you get what you pay for!