I went out last night for a meal and as I looked down the menu I started feeling a bit worried and disappointed as there didn't seem anything clearly labelled as gluten free. It's then I start to wish that I was somewhere where I knew there would be gluten free food even if it was just have that sense of familiarity.
This pub did used to have quite an extensive Gluten Free menu as I have reviewed them before but obviously there had been a change. There used to be clearly labelled gluten free buns with burgers and pasta too so I thought oh this will be ok.
After a while looking at the menu I have to start to work out myself which options would be the best to eat. I thought with my choice that I really couldn't go wrong but then I was to be told that the dish wasn't available as the lamb cutlets had been sold.
Oh not good.....I could almost start to imagine that now sold lamb and had visions of it sitting on my plate so now I had to choose again. I wasn't sure I had a second option so here I go......I'm going for.........a curry yes thats will be ok but I'm going to just check and ask if it's gluten free. I wasn't going to have naan bread that was obvious but yes good news it was gluten free. Yes!! Success. It was blooming gorgeous as well.
So my message is that even though food isn't clearly labelled on the menu always ask the staff what is gluten free as most establishments will be happy to tell you. I always used to be a worried about asking but now I do a lot more. I don't want to feel poorly and it is also the job of the waiting staff to tell you anything about dietary requirements after all they don't want you to be poorly either.
Some menus are better than others and there is an element of excitement when I do see gluten free written down. Another menu I came across recently had a G for gluten free then they would have a different symbol for a dish that could be altered to your own requirements which I think is a great idea. The menu is only a guide anyway so always ask!
Hope this helps a little but please tell me what menus you have found good or bad and what would the perfect menu look like to you?
Thanks for reading today, join me for more tomorrow when it's time for Autism Support Saturday but for now take care.