Eating in restaurants is a challenge for anyone with food intolerances, as so few places acknowledge them. Whenever anyone suggests ‘taking the kids out for lunch’, I always feel sorry for Zac. He doesn’t seem to mind anymore, but I look at him with his little Buzz Lightyear lunchbox full of ‘free from’ foods and I wonder if he will ever be able to enjoy a ‘proper’ meal in a restaurant.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, we recently discovered that Wagamama’s and TGI Fridays are both very accommodating to those with allergies.
Neither of these chains are doing anything ground breaking like using gluten free pasta or anything, just clearly labelling their menus and making suitable food to order, which is highly commendable.
I have since discovered some even better news. Two restaurant chains have taken the step of buying in some corn pasta and incorporating this and some other safe ingredients into their ‘allergy offering’.
Zizzi’s seem to be really leading the way and their menu is the most exciting I have seen in a very long time. It has a large variety of dishes which could be suitable for Zac and all the ingredients are clearly labelled, so making a choice should be easy for anyone with allergies and intolerances.
Carluccio’s have also ventured into this area and are catering for those with special dietary requirements. Their menu is informative and looks very interesting.
Looks like we might be going out for Sunday lunch tomorrow!!!!