Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Travelling through Singapore, enroute to Malaysia for a short holiday, I ate GLUTEN FREE in Singapore.
Breakfasts at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
At the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with a beautiful view across to the Sands Resorts skyline, the Breakfast restaurant is spread across several rooms with different stations for self-selection: one of the widest selections of breakfast dining stations I have ever seen. A whole bar of curries, an array of seafoods and a sausage bar! Of course, a small “GLUTEN FREE” selection of freshly made breads was welcomed and enjoyed.
The selection of breads changed every day and whilst they were small bite sized pieces. The flavoured breads (tomato and garlic and olive oil) were tastier than the plain white bread and provided a good base for breakfast. (If only they could provide a toaster that was not contaminated with gluten and crumbs for the GF bread).
They were very attentive and at all the breakfast stations, someone was able to point out which items were GLUTEN FREE and which weren’t.
Glee Kitchen Singapore
From Trip Advisor, I found this amazing Glee Kitchen website which showed off a great GLUTEN FREE cafe/ restaurant. Full of slick, sexy, professional photographs of “perfect” food. It looked too good to be true but we would find this GLUTEN FREE Heaven.
Even with GPS, the directions are not that comprehensive or useful, “We are a 5 min walk from Toa Payoh MRT station. Walk towards the library, there is a traffic crossing in front of McDonalds. The community club is located beside the church, in the same building as the police station.” But once you have located the Police Station, all of a sudden there are lots of signs and high glossy pictures of food to find.
Going through the glass door just after 12:00 and it was quiet: it had only just opened. It was strange as the expectations from the very slick website was not quite aligned with the moderate space. Located in the back of the community center, it felt modern. A small play -area for kids as well as a noticeboard made it a “social space” even though we were the only customers for most of the lunchtime.
I ordered the Hawaiian Burger (without the egg) and it was good. The wedges were a little soft for my liking and the bread was too hard (as is often the case with GF products). It had been lightly toasted but I thought that probably made the bread even harder so I picked at it.
Such a shame that the experience of the Glee Kitchen wasn’t as slick and professional as their website! I am sure this will improve as having a completely GF enterprise in the exciting city of Singapore must be a challenge.
We didn’t know the famous Chef Daniel Boulud but found the Menu in The Shoppes Mall at Marina Bay Sands, very useful with my food allergies. It was a busy restaurant but being quite late, they could fit us in without a wait (always very useful when you’re hungry). Whilst further discussions were had with the waitress, who was very well informed of the individual elements of most of the dishes, I was able to make a safe selection.
My main course was delightful. A good portion of Salmon which was cooked lightly that it flaked off the fish. The “Succotash” was spicy and crunchy with a few leaves thrown on for colour and substance. It was enough for a light meal.
A selection of Gluten Free meals enjoyed in Singapore.