Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Whilst on holiday in Thailand, I enjoyed many GLUTEN FREE meals which were excellent after researching my options. Many of the dishes in Thailand are naturally GLUTEN FREE (such as Pad Thai when made with Rice Noodles and you ask them to NOT add an egg to it) but some of my meals were specifically for food allergy sufferers:
MANDARAVA RESORT @PHUKET
My Evening Meal at Mandarava Resort restaurant:
THE CORNER RESTAURANT @PHUKET
International Restaurant: The Corner Restaurant found on Trip Advisor (and rated No 1 across Phuket) which took a little longer than google maps suggested but well worth it. Located off a main road, they served large freshly cooked portions of food.
TWO CHEFS @PHUKET:
A great local restaurant: Two Chefs with a branch in Karon Beach with live music in the evenings and a Bistro restaurant close-by (where we stopped for lunch). On the menu they offer GLUTEN FREE bread which was exciting after a weeks stay without having any GF bread. It is a pretty delicious loaf which is cooked above their Bistro restaurant in their own bakery.
SIZZLER RESTAURANT: CENTRAL FESTIVAL SHOPPING CENTRE:
Similar to a Harvester Restaurant in the UK the Sizzler chain provides you with a help-yourself salad/ pasta bar before your main course arrives. The salad selection here was extensive and huge whilst the main courses seemed a little small, there was plenty to munch on.
MOM TRI’S KITCHEN @VILLA ROYALE
Found on Trip Advisor, an award winning restaurant which catered for GLUTEN FREE customers. Whilst it was low-season, the staff were very attentive and most of the main course dishes could be made GLUTEN FREE as they were all made to order. A picturesque restaurant overlooking the beach and the rocks with occasional visiting birds whilst we watched the waves crash against the rocks.
DAY TRIP TO BOND ISLAND @PHUKET.
It is a key attraction off Phuket which you have to do! The famous beach scenes between Scaramanga and James Bond happen on what they have renamed as James Bond Island. Most tours last a full day and include a pick-up and drop-off at your resort. Most also include lunch, whether on a boat or at a local village and these invariably are a help-yourself-buffet.
FANTASEA SHOW & BUFFET:
Another key attraction on Phuket is the famous FANTASEA SHOW. This purpose built arena /theme park is an evening entertainment magnet attracting up to 3,000 tourists every night for their amazing show which includes extensive interactions with full size elephants and other animals. It is a tourist trap with lots of “souvenirs” available to purchase before you eat and then go into the Elephant Temple for the show.
Whilst I didn’t have a great meal (as lots of dishes contained “flour”) I did find the Indian Vegetarian dishes seemed to be without food allergies and I feasted on them. The buffet is an all-you-can-eat before you take your seat to the show. The show was excellent although as a Westerner, I did have concerns regarding animal welfare and the use of performing animals for the tourists although they looked amazingly well and they were breathtaking in their contribution to a spectacular evening out which was GLUTEN FREE.
GLUTEN FREE SNACKS IN THE SUPERMARKET:
It seemed strange to find a great selection of dried /freeze-dried snacks widely available in many supermarkets. This is a good snack to fill-up on and as it is locally sourced, relatively cheap in comparison to Wholefoods in London!
BREAKFASTS IN PHUKET:
I wasn’t expecting any GLUTEN FREE bread so I wasn’t disappointed at our resort. My research had suggested some of the larger Western Chain resorts would cater for guests (if you advised them in advance) but I was pleased to enjoy fresh egg-white omelettes, yogarts and fresh fruit every day (indeed, I think I ended up having the same breakfast everyday at our resort restaurant).
GF Breakfast at LE MERIDIEN:
On our travels we stayed at the Le Meridien which is a great hotel located in the heart of Bangkok Downtown. They of course had GLUTEN FREE Bread stored in a separate area away from the regular breads, which was a slice-your-own and strangely located with the Vegetarian dishes! Momentarily, I was really excited as next to the bread were little tartlets and I enquired whether they were GF but was quickly told, they were vegetarian.
PALA PIZZA ROMANA in BANGKOK.
I enjoyed a GF Pasta “Norcina” which had meaty pieces of delicious sausage, fresh mushrooms and a creamy sauce. It was delightful and delicious and GLUTEN FREE!