Is Pho Restaurant London’s Best Gluten Free Lunch Deal?

Deals and gluten free dining don’t always go hand in hand but there is one place where this is true…Pho Restaurants. This chain of Vietnamese street food restaurants offers a menu which is predominantly, naturally gluten free.

Pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese noodle soup in which Pho Restaurants use rice noodles. The pho both is clear, a bit like a consommé. You can choose options with chicken, thinly sliced steak and many more. It’s served with fresh herbs, bean sprouts and fresh chilli for you to add as you please to your soup.

Is this London's best gluten free lunch deal?

Is this London’s best gluten free lunch deal?

Pho currently have a weekday lunch offer of 2 courses for £9.95 which is truly excellent value given the main courses included are priced around the £7.50 to £9 mark. You can choose 2 courses from either starter, main or dessert options.

There are a couple of dishes which are not suitable for Coeliacs and the shallot garnish which is used on some dishes is not gluten free, but this can be simply omitted. Dishes can also be cooked without nuts. even though the menu is incredibly friendly to gluten free diners, make sure you notify the waitperson of any allergies or intolerances so the dishes can be customised accordingly.

Where: London, Leeds and Brighton. Check the website for locations

Would I go back?: I already do, regularly!

Cost: Weekday lunch deal is £9.95 for 2 courses

Do you know any other great gluten free lunch deals?

Gluten Free at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner

For reasons I have yet to fathom, the higher end restaurants I visit never seem to make it on to the blog. Today I’m making amends by posting about Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant, which I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice.

Dinner holds two Michelin stars and is currently rated the 5th best restaurant in the world. Its menu is based on historical British dishes ranging from the 14th to 19th century.

The service and attention on both visits to my gluten intolerance and nut allergy was exemplary. On the first visit when the waiter came to give us the menus he recited the specific nuts I’m allergic to – as always these had been provided on my booking. Usually when comment is made on my food allergies/intolerances by restaurant staff it is often just “you’re allergic to nuts” not the very specific nuts I can’t eat. On my second visit, when I called to make the reservation, my nut allergies were repeated back to me by the person taking my table booking as they’d been saved against my customer record. That’s impressive.

Given its starry status I am not going to enthuse wordily on the attributes of the food. It’s enough to say it is amazing. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

The famous meat fruit – mandarin and chicken liver parfait. So fantastic I had it on both visits.

Mains. Fillet of Aberdeen Angus with triple cooked chips. Normally served with mushroom ketchup. This isn’t gluten free but I was provided delicious alternative. Black foot roast pork with hispi cabbage side. This is no longer on the menu. Shame, the popping pork skin was amazing.

Dessert: Whilst I would have loved the spit roasted pineapple, sadly this wasn’t an option. Nevermind, the Chocolate Bar (served with passion fruit jam and ginger ice cream) was!

Cost: Upwards of £100 per head for 3 courses and upwards depending on wine pairings

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Would I go back? So good I did.