Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Traders Hotel, KL, Malaysia.
It is strange that Hotel selection now prioritises certain requirements for the modern traveller: wi-fi (which should be included as standard or included into the room rate) and the availability /selection of GLUTEN FREE at breakfast. In advance, I had researched KL hotels and found several would offer GF bread and items for the Breakfast but with a clear view of the Petronas towers, a pool on the top-deck overlooking the magnificent sights, Traders Hotel, part of the Shangri -la chain was our base for KL.
At the breakfast buffet, there is a station dedicated to GLUTEN FREE products. Everyday, they offered a core selection of GLUTEN FREE cereals (not that I eat them!) as well as wholemeal and white GF bread as well as a surprise item which changed everyday. This included Chocolate Chip cake, peanut Butter cupcakes, Coconut Muffins etc. Whilst the bread was tasty, there wasn’t anywhere to toast this separately from the regular hotel guests so to avoid cross-contamination, I always had bread and not toast. Other stations included fresh fruit, yogurts, an eggs station, Asian foods and salads so you wouldn’t go hungry!
I did attempt a Egg White only omelette but without much success as despite trying to explain the issues of cross contamination, there were still specks of yellow yolk in the “white” omelette so i didn’t finish this! Such a shame but still enough items GF to have a hearty breakfast.
Chinoz on the Park, (under the Petronas Towers in Suria KLCC Centre), KL, Malaysia.
Feeling brave and hungry, and found Chinoz on the Park, in the shadows of the Petronas towers and with a view of the small entertaining fountains. Whilst there was no information on the Menu about food allergens, once I had worked out the different roles different staff played, we were informed which dishes would be suitable for me. I opted for the set-menu which included a hot soup started (which was strange given the outside temperature and the humidity of KL) followed by the chicken. It was a delicious quarter of chicken served with vegetables and GLUTEN FREE.
Spring Gardens (under the Petronas Towers in Suria KLCC Centre), KL, Malaysia.
Whilst overseas, I often do research on local eateries. From Trip Advisor, I found this Chinese restaurant had several good reviews which catered for GLUTEN FREE! Now, from my previous reviews, finding Chinese food is a real challenge in many countries so despite the comments around the price, we tried it and the staff were well informed, offering suggestions to me.
I had a simple prawns in a mild sauce with plain rice. It was an expensive meal for the setting but a relaxed and tasty GLUTEN FREE meal.
Madam Kwan’s (under the Petronas Towers in Suria KLCC Centre), KL, Malaysia.
Another Famous restaurant chain which also features in many of the shopping centres around KL is Madam Kwan. She has a mixed menu of Malay and Chinese cooking. The waiting staff were well informed and able to advise which dishes contain GLUTEN as well as EGG!
This is a noisy restaurant which was always very crowded with a locals and a few Western faces. It reminded me of Waga Mamas restaurants with the selection and a quick service for the meal.
Prego, Westin Hotel, KL Mayalsia.
Doing research online, I found several positive reviews for Prego in the Westin Hotel, a short walk from our Traders Hotel. It was a busy restaurant, so busy that without a reservation we had to seat outside in the attached bar area as there were no tables. The Menu offered GLUTEN FREE pizzas as well as GLUTEN FREE Pasta (both for a premium above the regular dishes).
Despite ordering a GF main course and explaining my allergens, the waiter followed protocol and presented the table with a large loaf of bread whilst we waited for our meal to be cooked. This insensitivity was unsurprising but disappointing if I had serious issues with the bread! Unfortunately, this experience represents atypical experience and mis-understanding of GF!
The pasta was a little firmer (made from corn) but my simple sauce with delicious. A generous portion although based in a Western Tourist hotel, this was again, an expensive meal by local standards.
Outback, KL Malaysia
In a different shopping centre Mall, we found an Australian chain: “Outback” which we tried. The Server wasn’t too clear on what was GLUTEN FREE but he checked with the chefs in the kitchen and I could enjoyed quite a lot of the Menu. I opted for the BBQ Chicken with chips and coleslaw. It was a great filling dish (without the additional BBQ sauce).
Horbill Restaurant, Bird World, KL
After an exhausting wander around the Botanical Gardens in KL, we headed to Bird World, the boasts the “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary” with lots of birds. At the local restaurant, i was able to show them a phone, where I had showed…
So I was able to enjoy the Nasi Goreng with lovely spicy chicken satay, crackers (didn’t eat), chicken (in a spicy sauce) and rice. I forgot to request no egg but I had a tasty meal which was lovely.
So lots of variety, lots of choices and some really tasty GLUTEN FREE meals.