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Gluten Free Paris: NoGlu

I’d been looking forward to visiting NoGlu for dinner for quite some time. I’ve read plenty of blog posts and photos tweeted about this 100% gluten free restaurant in Paris. It is also one of only a handful of gluten free restaurants open in the evenings.

NoGlu is located on the bustling Passage des Panaoramas, the oldest of the Parisian covered passages. The passage’s name has always seemed a bit familiar to me but I’d never known why. I discovered why when I met my great friend N at NoGlu for dinner. I’d visited the passage a long time ago when N had been living in an apartment directly above the Passage.

NoGlu occupies two floors. On the ground floor is the open kitchen with a single row of counter level seats facing it. We were seated in the dining room on the first floor. On the night we visited, a couple of tables were occupied by French speakers but at the majority of the tables were seated Brits and Americans. There are a few tables outside and it would be worth reserving these if you’re there on a hot night as it gets warm inside the restaurant.

The regularly changing menu is written up on a blackboard.

NoGlu gluten free menu

For starter N and I chose the burata with heritage tomatoes and seared tuna tataki which we shared. I loved the burata, it was so flavoursome. However I was a bit disappointed all of the starter options were naturally gluten free meals. I would’ve liked to have chosen something which contained at least an element of something which was normally contains gluten but had been made gluten free.

For main I chose the chicken burger. I was really impressed with the quality and non flakiness of the burger bun. The chicken burger wasn’t entirely what is expected, the burger was made of pieces of chicken rather than minced chicken made into a burger patty. But nonetheless tasty an I enjoyed it. N chose the sea bass fillet for her main.

As usual, I’d been in touch with NoGlu when making the reservation to discuss what nut free as well as gluten free menu options they would have. They advised their desserts did often contains nut but said they’d let the patisserie know and hopefully on that day a dessert would be prepared which didn’t contain any nuts. Lucky me, it was gluten free profiteroles:

gluten free profiteroles

These were so good and worth a trip to Paris in itself just to try them.

If you’re in Paris and gluten free, NoGlu is a must-visit on your trip. If you can’t visit the restaurant, they have a small takeaway shop in a unit opposite the restaurant which is open during the day.

Where: 16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris
Website: www.noglu.fr
Cost: EUR 55 per head for 3 courses and a couple of glasses of wine
Would I go back?: Absolument! Good value, delicious cooking in a historic location at a very reasonable price

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