Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Since my food allergies kicked in, enjoying Chinese food has been a struggle and a challenge (largely because of the extensive use of soy sauce in many dishes, gluten-filled batters and cross contamination issues). So finding a authentic Chinese restaurant that caters with GLUTEN FREE dishes was exciting. Naturally Chinese in Surbiton (Surrey) offers a wide array of dishes with clear indication of GLUTEN FREE options as well as confessing zero tolerance to MSG.
It is quite a large restaurant situated on the main High Street (actually Brighton Road) in Surbiton and on a Saturday night it was quite busy. They have recently refreshed the Menu (and removed the “G” signage but the staff are more than helpful to assist in your selection for any food allergy. In fact, on the website they have a comprehensive listing which indicates which dishes are available GLUTEN FREE [as shown above] and also they have a take-away Menu which is more than clear).
For Starters I shared “Smoked Shredded Chicken” and the “Spare Ribs in Honey Sauce”, both GLUTEN FREE. The smoked shredded chicken was deep fried in a rice-based batter and well flavoured whilst the ribs were dripping in a rich tasty sauce, and no GLUTEN insight!
And for my main course I choose “King Prawns in Sweet & Sour sauce” with a plain rice. This was delicious in a light crisp batter and a deep sauce which was tasty.
The service was relaxed, although probably being used to London restaurants, it was a little frustrating to receive the bowls /plates for the main course and then find a further wait before the actual food arrived. Perhaps it’s a London thing but again, it took ages for the dishes to be taken away and by that time, desserts were not wanted. Probably an out-of-town restaurant doesn’t need or get the throughput so if you’re after a relaxed evening without any rush, this would be a great choice. And of course, a good extensive selection of GLUTEN FREE and MSG FREE Chinese cooking.