Gluten-free cafes around Singapore
As someone who lives for any and all types of carbs, going gluten-free is almost impossible for me. After all, gluten is a protein found in many types of grains, including wheat and barley, as well as unexpected items such as soy sauce and ketchup. But for some people, gluten sensitivity is a real issue with very real consequences.
For those afflicted with celiac disease, going gluten-free is more than just abiding by the next fad diet. Classic symptoms can range from chronic diarrhoea to impaired growth – consequences that are difficult to live with, especially when surrounded with Singaporean food that usually contains soy sauce in some form.
Thankfully, with increased exposure, more places are serving up food with none of this protein that helps yeast rise and makes bread chewy. Here are 10 places that serve gluten-free food for those with celiac disease in Singapore.
1. Plank Sourdough Pizza
Owned by the same people behind Baker & Cook, Plank Sourdough Pizza uses the same sourdough bread recipe to make their pizza bases. A gluten-free pizza base is available at an additional $2, and while it is not as chewy as regular sourdough, it is just as crisp and toothsome. Pizza No. 7 ($24++) is their only vegetarian option and comes with sauteed onions, portobello and oyster mushrooms with mirin, flaked parmesan and truffle oil. If you’re sucker for classic Italian pizzas, go for Pizza No. 6 ($24++) that is topped simply with tomato, mozzarella, parma ham, rocket leaves and extra virgin olive oil.
2. Super Loco Customs House
Super Loco Customs House makes Mexican food accessible to those with celiac disease thanks to their largely gluten-free menu. Try their Mexican tacos and quesadillas stuffed with flavourful meats and toppings, such as De Camarones ($13+), which features grilled tiger prawns, or Costilla de Res ($18+) with slow braised beef. Round off your meal with Tostadas Dulce de Chocolate ($16+), a crisp chocolate tortilla topped with chocolate avocado butter, Mexican bitter chocolate ice-cream and cocoa nibs on a bed of chunky pecan crema.
Address: 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04, Customs House, Singapore 049323
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 12am, Sat 5pm to 12am
Tel: 6532 2090
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3. Delcie’s Desserts
At Delcie’s Desserts, gluten-free eaters can have your cake and eat it. Or, you can just order on their website, and wait for the cake to be delivered. Popular choices for their vegan gluten-free range are Mud Fudge ($68 for a 5.5-inch cake), Banana Hot Fudge ($68 for a 5.5-inch cake) and Chocolate Torte ($48 for a 5.5-inch cake). They also sell their cakes by the slice, along with various cupcakes, muffins and brownies, at their physical store.
Address: 34 Whampoa West, #01-83, Singapore 330034
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6282 2951
4. Entre-Nous Creperie
Crepes might be more of a grab-and-go encounter than a fork-and-knife affair here, but at Entre-Nous Creperie, you’d want to sit down and slowly savour your meal. This quaint restaurant serves up French crepes with sweet and savoury fillings, and you can opt for gluten-free buckwheat crepes. Sweet tooths should go for Geraldine’s Favourite ($14.80+), which has stewed apples and house-made salted butter caramel within soft crepe folds topped with house-made vanilla ice-cream. For something more filling, La Ouessant ($21.90+) will make a satisfying lunch with egg, ham, Emmental cheese, fresh button mushrooms, and bechamel sauce all encased in a light crisp crepe.
Address: 27 Seah Street, #01-01, Singapore 188383
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Sat 11am to 10pm, Sun 11am to 6pm
Tel: 6333 4671
Tiann’s has a 100 percent gluten-free and refined sugar-free menu. Even if you’re less careful with your food, their baked goods won’t make you miss regular desserts. The lightly toasted Banana Bread ($4.50 per slice, $43 for a whole loaf) here is slightly denser and less sweet than regular banana bread, but fans of banana desserts will find this delicious all the same. Tiann’s Waffles ($9.60 for half, $15.80 for a whole waffle) and Artisan Gelato ($6.50 for one, $10.50 for two scoops) are popular as well. Bonus: with white brick walls, grey cement floors, wooden furniture, and plenty of natural light from the glass ceiling, this place has everything you need to up your Instagram game.
6. Kitchen by Food Rebel
The folks behind Kitchen by Food Rebel believe you have to eat good to feel good. Their signature Chicken Protein Rebel Buddha-Bowl ($19) is jam-packed with nutrients from ingredients such as hormone-free chicken, chickpea hummus, avocado, and a light tahini dressing atop fresh veggies that will fill you up and keep you chugging on through the rest of your day. Other interesting gluten-free options include Zoodle Bolognese ($18) and Rendang Eggs Benedict ($21). All items on their menu have labels that indicate the diets they are suitable for, namely vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free, so there’s something for everyone here!
7. The Living Cafe
The Living Cafe offers raw, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes on their menu. Burger lovers can opt for gluten-free bread at an additional charge of $3, or switch them out for a lettuce bun. Go for Sesame Tofu Burger ($15++), which features sesame-crusted tofu “buns” with eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and raw dijon mustard. If you can’t live without meat, Wild Barramundi Brown Rice Bowl ($17++) comes with a well-seared barramundi fillet and choice of pesto or Mexican sauce. Check out their display fridge for an impressive range of raw, vegan, and gluten-free desserts to end your meal with.
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11am to 7pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat 9am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 8pm
Tel: 6468 4482
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8. Artemis Grill
With a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, along with a view of Marina Bay, Artemis Grill is the place to go for gluten-free Mediterranean fine dining. Their set lunch doesn’t contain many gluten-free options, so pick a few plates from their a la carte menu instead. Try Chargrilled Spanish Octopus ($22++) for starters, and follow up with Mey Selection Grass-Fed Black Angus Tenderloin ($52++), which is served with potato puree, caramelised pearl onions and red wine jus.
9. Open Door Policy
Open Door Policy has a 100 percent gluten-free and dairy-free menu with dishes that prove a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be boring. King Crab Eggs Florentine ($30++) from their brunch menu comes with lightly torched coconut hollandaise sauce, and house-made gluten-free bread that’s denser than regular bread but just as good when toasted. For pasta lovers, go for their Vegan Maccheroni Pasta ($24++), which features a portobello bolognese gratin and bechamel sauce for a healthier spin on traditional mac and cheese.
Address: 18 Yong Saik Street, Singapore 168650
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 12pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6221 9307
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Afterglow is one to add to your list of #eatclean spots. They serve raw vegan and vegetarian fare, as well as a range of gluten-free dishes. While their menu doesn’t indicate whether a certain dish is gluten-free, you can ask their staff members whether your meal can be made without ingredients containing gluten. For a tasty party in your mouth, go for Raw Zucchini Linguine with Walnut “Meatballs” ($20++). This vegan dish features ‘zoodles’ tossed in dehydrated cherry tomato sauce, topped with almond crumble “cheese”, alongside “meatballs” made with walnuts, shiitake and dates.
Gluten-free options for the gluten-sensitive
For those who are gluten-sensitive, eating out can be quite literally a pain. We hope this list of restaurants and cafes that offer alternatives can help. Know any other spots for delicious gluten-free grub? Share them with us down below.