Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Eating out for Coeliacs can be a struggle and a challenge but at a recent Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Northall Restaurant, inside the Corinthian Hotel was a joy. This luxury hotel is located just by Embankment tube Station, near the River Thames and within walking distance of Westminster and Whitehall in the heart of the city. It is a grand restaurant which aims to “celebrates the Great British kitchen showcasing the breadth of Britain’s culinary strengths. The menu focuses on seasonality, sustainability, and traceability through close relationships with artisan producers. The breathtaking dining room sees plush burnt orange leather offset by glittering mirrored panels and expansive picture windows, whilst two private dining areas offer privacy for special celebrations and corporate events.”
With live entertainment by a singer and a guitarist, there is a great atmosphere for the Sunday brunch with the option of free-flowing Champagne other wise by the glass. I was pleasantly surprised by the four pages of different gins which was a real delight!
So whilst having my G&T and then a glass of Champagne, and then maybe a few glasses of wine, it was time to eat…
So how was the food?
I had opted for the “Pressed Ham Hock, black pudding and pistachio, red onions and chutney” as it didn’t have the “G” indicator on the menu which highlighted which dishes “Contained GLUTEN” but knew that it was possible that the Black Pudding might be unsuitable. The waitress had a word with the kitchen and did offer me a Roasted Chicken Terrine which they could guarantee to be GLUTEN FREE. This was lush, with soft smoked chicken in a light delicate jelly and some soft pickled vegetables to contrast in textures and taste. The safron squirts were fun and refreshing with the chicken.
For my main Course I choose the “Celeriac & Mushroom Risotto” This was marked GLUTEN FREE and Vegetarian. It was delicious with a moist rice base, fresh garden peas as well as a few leaves to add to the presentation. The Celeriac wasn’t too powerful and wet with a firm texture and it had a touch of olive oil drizzled over it. Whilst it seemed quite dull as a main course, it was filling and fresh. I wasn’t really going to choose a dessert and was disappointed that my options were severely limited:
I had the “Red Berries Syllabub, Mascapone Chantilly, Lemon Balm meringue” and was not disappointed. It was rich and creamy with fresh fruit and yet light as well. So a very enjoyable and luxurious GLUTEN FREE Sunday Brunch: that I recommend.
There are many luxurious restaurants in London which willingly and happily cater for Coeliacs, some I have reviewed on my blog including Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner @Oriental Mandarin Hotel, The Scott Gilbert @Renaissance Hotel St Pancras, Indigo @One Aldwych, The Hawksmoor, The Wolseley, The Ivy, Searcy’s (up the Gherkin), Ting (up the Shard), Hunan, Skylon, Galvins alongside some who go beyond for the Coeliac (including Niche: which is 100% GF) and Truscott Arms (which is a gourmet pub with yet amazing food although now closed and seeking a new home!)
Other Chain restaurants reviewed on my blog includes: Chef & Brewer Pub: The Bulls Head, Ed’s Diner (which I love because of their Cheesy Fries), Honest Burgers (with GLUTEN FREE Onion Rings!) and Pizza Express (including their new GLUTEN FREE Dough Balls).
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK. Our charity are working with many restaurants and once Coeliac UK are satisfied, they are accredited by Coeliac UK: Click Here. Accredited Restaurants reviewed on my blog includes Carluccios, La Tasca and Ed’s Diner.
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This information was correct as of June 2017.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!