If there’s one thing we seem to do well in the UK, it’s a chain restaurant (usually Italian cuisine-based). And, while many of these are great for quick, cheaper gluten free options, what about when you want to go somewhere a bit more upmarket without breaking the bank and seeing those tummy-friendly dishes disappear off the menu?
Say hello to Brasserie Blanc – the series of restaurants from renowned French chef Raymond Blanc. With five London locations and another 13 across the UK, they’re not limited only to us city folk and, while mains on the a la carte menu range in price from around £13-23 each, the set menu is very reasonable at just £11.95 for two courses (or £13.95 if you’re in London). The best part? There is a good selection of gluten free options across the menu.
Sadly these have now disappeared off the changing set menu, but there’s still plenty of gf dishes on the a la carte and set menus to tempt taste buds: Rainbow Beetroot and Goat’s Curd Salad, Potted Shrimps with gluten free bread, Wild Boar Sirloin, Pan Seared Trout, and Duck Leg Confit are but a few of the current offerings. I’ll be honest, they’re definitely letting the coeliac team down with a lack of gf dessert options (always a disaster when your sweet tooth is as large as mine!), but hopefully the effort they have gone to in creating gluten and dairy free recipes across the savoury plates will soon be reflected in their puddings.
Additionally, aside from generally being welcoming and friendly, the staff were very knowledgeable about gluten free dishes and catering to coeliacs. I’ll definitely make a return visit in future (and keeping my fingers crossed for the reappearance of the risotto)!