A little while ago, Neil and I went out to dinner. As I am a coeliac, we did a little restaurant research and decided to try gluten free at Barbican Kitchen.
The Barbican Kitchen is in Plymouth based within the Plymouth Gin Distillery. Before we went, I sent a tweet to the Barbican Kitchen to check that they can offer a gluten free option. They assured me that could and we booked our table! I have been before but before my diagnosis.
We were seated and ordered some drinks. The waitress then came to pass us menus, I asked the waitress what gluten free options were available. She was really knowledgeable and explained that it wasn’t an exclusively gluten free kitchen, so there was a risk of cross-contamination. They do have a gluten free fryer though, so I was able to have fries if I wanted them.
After a lot of internal struggling (everything sounded amazing), I finally decided on my starter and main course. When we ordered it was with a different waitress. Because I wanted fries (I hardly ever get to have fries as restaurants don’t often have a dedicated gluten free fryer), she advised she would go and double check that this option was available gluten free. It was! Yay!
How beautiful did the starter look? It was a celeriac dish with blue cheese and pear. I love celeriac, it’s one of my favourite foods and I’ve always wanted to try it baked. This dish was really tasty. It was light and fresh and didn’t sit too heavy, so was ideal for a starter. I have to confess that I am not grown up enough to eat pears. I sneaked them onto Neil’s plate.
For my main, I went for the steak with fries and a side of garlic mushrooms. Hey, I eat mushrooms now. I AM AN ADULT. Although, I should confess that I didn’t eat the rocket that was on the plate – I’m not that much of an adult. Neil had beans for his side and I can confirm that they were also very tasty.
I had my steak rare and with a lovely roasted garlic butter sauce. Neil was a lucky guy getting to go home with me and my breath that night. The fries were so nice. Crispy outsides and soft insides. I love fries/chips and getting to eat them with my dinner was a real treat. The steak was cooked really well and the mushrooms were so nice.
The portion sizes were really good as well.
Before we ordered dessert, the waitress came and let me know which desserts were or could be made gluten free. I went for a chocolate cheesecake mouse. It was basically a dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb and gluten free crumble. It was amazing. I’m not really a sweet toothed person, so Neil had to finish it off for me. Poor guy.
It is really lovely inside the Barbican Kitchen. They have a really nice colour scheme, lots of space between tables. It has a really nice, relaxing atmosphere. The staff are friendly and welcoming and as a coeliac who lives in fear of being glutened, I can honestly say that their knowledge and ability to give me a gluten free meal really put me at ease. A lot of the things on the menus are either gluten free, or can be made gluten free. I’m really pleased to have found another nice place that I can eat safely.
Have you been to the Barbican Kitchen? Have you had any amazing meals out recently? Leave me a comment below.