Shop Review – glusto.com

If you’re a long time reader of this blog you’ll know that I’m a big fan of something new or different.  The variety that you have in gluten free food here in Germany is very small compared to my home country of Britain.  Not that I have a problem with the Schaer/Schnitzer/Seitz of the world, it’s great that they provide all the every day items, but sometimes I’d like something a little more special.

Thankfully, some entrepreneurs are setting up online shops just to fill that niche.   Today we’re talking about glutso.com, a new Italian based gluten free shop with lots and lots of things you cannot buy here in Germany!  Perfect.  They were kind enough to send me a box of items to try out for a review, a good combination of pastas and cookies and such.

So, let’s just get to it.  First up, the pasta selection.  The pasta you can buy here in Germany is, well, technically pasta.  It’s not terrible, but it is also not great.  Now if there’s one thing you would expect an Italian gluten free shop to have, it’s good pasta.

gluten free pasta glutso

First up is the Tri Colour Pasta.  Just look at it, good packaging and good quality looking pasta.  It is worth noting here that all of this pasta is a little more sensitive to cooking times, so you have to be very careful not to under or over cook it.  I, unfortunately, am not an expert pasta cooker, but even with that I was very happy with what came out.

gluten free tricolour pasta glusto

The texture and flavour are amazing, around 57 times better than any gluten free pasta I’ve tried before.

gluten free corn pasta glusto

glutenfrei mais pasta glusto

Next up is the Corn Pasta, perhaps my favourite out of all the pastas I tried.  It’s the closest I’ve had to regular gluten-filled pasta.

gluten free amaranth fusilli pasta glusto

glutenfrei amaranth fusilli pasta glusto

Next is the Amaranth Fusilli, this one was pretty good but I think I overcooked it a little.  Even with that, it’s still a lot better than any other gluten free pasta I’ve tried.

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glutenfrei kastanie Pennette pasta glusto

Lastly the Chestnut (and rice) Pennette, which again, was a little hard to cook and as a result had a little odd texture to it, but was still pretty good.

Overall, each of these pastas if far above what you can find in any shop here in Germany and I would highly recommend you give them a try.  You may pay a little more, but you are paying for quality.  Plus, they even have Gnocchi!

Next up, biscuits.

gluten free cantuccini glusto

These little almond cantuccini were amazing, certainly the best I’ve had.  They were a little powdery, but the flavour was perfect.

glutenfrei shortbread glusto

Farcighiotto, something I’d never really heard of before, but they’re basically shortbread with a chocolate cream filling in the middle.  They were a little powdery (see my comments below for all of these cookies), but the flavour was great.

glutenfrei kekse chia heidelbeeren

Chia and Blueberry cookies, how amazing does that sound!  These were delicious, if a little powdery also.

glutenfrei Zimtkekse

The same goes for these little cinnamon cookies, amazing flavour but a little powdery.

gluten free ghiottone

glutenfrei hiottone

Next up is Ghiottone, another thing I’ve never really seen before.  This was unfortunately the only real disappointment out of everything I tried, the biscuit part was super dry and powdery and the chocolate wasn’t all that great.

gluten free chocolate muffin

Next up were some little chocolate muffins, which were again delicious, but the texture was a let down and they were prone to crumbling.

glutenfrei joghurt muffin

I’ve never had a yoghurt muffin before, but these were even better than the chocolate ones, but again, a little crumble prone.

gluten free mini tortillas

Last up are some little Teff Tortillas, they were good but have a very distinct flavour that might not be to every-bodies taste.  If you like things made from teff flour, you’ll probably like these though.

So, you may be thinking that the pasta sounds amazing, but you’re not too sure about the crumbly/powdery nature of the cookies and muffins.  Well, yes, it is a little bit of an issue.  But that is what gluten free food is, you’d be hard pressed to find a manufactured cookie that doesn’t have this problem.  Plus, the ones that are less powdery/crumbly are usually full of so many chemicals that I’m not sure how good they really are.  In the end though, for me the flavour made up for any texture problems.

They have a lot more on offer than I’ve reviewed here so be sure go to and have a look through their online shop.

Shop Review – Bierlinie

You know how it is when you’re walking down the street as a gluten-less person.  You glance past all those lovely window displays of things you can’t eat, signs proclaiming the delicious food on offer that, should you eat it, would just poison you.  It’s a depressing state of affairs, but, you’re an optimist, so you keep looking, even in the face of overwhelming odds.  Then one day, the sun shines and it pays off.

glutenfrei Bierlinie

It almost didn’t register, I’m so tuned to expect nothing gluten free, but then another sign popped up in front of me.

Bierlinie gluten free beer

A beer shop that actually advertises it’s gluten free beer options!  Amazing.  The fact that they are very near to my apartment and this is the first time I’d heard of them was only slightly disturbing.

gluten free beer Beir

I ventured inside expecting to find the usual Lammsbrau and such.  But look at what I found.

Bierlinie gluten free beer berlin

Not one, but two Mongozo gluten free beers.  Plus at a fairly reasonable price!

I inquired if this was all they had and the nice helpful man behind the counter pointed me to these.

Bierlinie glutenfrei IPA beer

A Pale Ale!  Something different than a Pilsner type beer.  Happiness.

I went back again and within a week they’d already added a new gluten free beer from Norway.

gluten free beer berlin

Plus, if you look carefully you can find some rather good cider.

Bierlinie gluten free cider

I have since spoken to the owner and they are looking to expand their gluten free range but are having a hard time sourcing gluten free beers.  So if you know of any that they do not stock (and secretly wish they would, I’m looking at you Celia Dark) let them know!

In conclusion.  Yes, this is THE best place to go and buy gluten free beer in the city and they’re only going to get better.  Yes, some of the options may be pricey, but they’re also imported beers and you shouldn’t be complaining at getting to drink delicious gluten free beer anyway.  Go now and go often and thank the lovely people there.

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Cafe Review – Charlies Asian Bakery

The Berlin of 2016 is thankfully quite different to the Berlin of 2009 that I moved to. Back then you were lucky if you could find a lone slice of gluten free cake anywhere in the city and people were very proud to tell you that there was no MSG in their food when you asked about gluten. But, this new state of affairs is not without it’s problems. Gluten Free has become so popular that many places are now offering it, with not all of them being quite sure what gluten free actually is. The idea that you just change out regular bread for gluten free bread and everything is spiffy is quite prevalent and people are quite shocked that things such as mustard and soy sauce can have gluten in them.

glutenfrei charlies asian bakery berlin

Today, I’m reviewing Charlies Asian Bakery in Kruezberg.  They are thankfully a little bit in the middle of these two extremes and advertise themselves as a gluten free place. They do seem to be quite knowledgeable about it and have a pretty good range of gluten free meals and cakes. But there was a small problem, more on that later.

gluten free charlies asian bakery berlin

First off, the place itself is lovely.  All that Berlin decor of old furniture, warm lights and comfort, perfect.  When you walk in, you’ll be presented with this display on the counter.

gluten free charlies asian bakery buns and rolls

Lots of gluten free!  Then you might notice this menu.

charlies asian bakery gluten free menu

Even more gluten free!  Then if you take a look over at the cake display cake, you may pop. So much choice!

gluten free charlies asian bakery cakes

So, you may be wondering.  What was with my rant on the state of gluten free here in Berlin all about?  Well, I decided to order the Banh Bao and look what arrived.

gluten free rice bun charlies asian bakery

Yes, that does look amazing, you are correct, it was delicious.  The problem was that little dish in the top right.  Soy Sauce and not of the gluten free variety.  Now, even though the rice bun is advertised as being gluten free and that I asked for a gluten free rice bun, it still arrived with the soy sauce.  I only avoided eating it as I double checked (always, always, always double check).  If this was a meal that you could specify to be gluten free as an option, I could understand, but it is specifically being sold as gluten free.  The staff were helpful enough to check on both of the sauces for me, but still, it’s rather worrying.

Plus, there’s the fact that they could spend an extra 50 cents and buy gluten free soy sauce and only use that in the whole place.  But what can you do.

Now, the complaining over.  It could, after all, have been a simple mistake or lack of training of their staff.  The food itself was actually pretty great and I have been a few times now and never suffered a reaction.  Plus, the cakes, oh my, the cakes are simply amazing.

glutenfrei torte charlies asian bakery berlin

This is perhaps my new favourite gluten free cake in Berlin.

gluten free cake charlies asian bakery

This was was pretty awesome too.  There is absolutely nothing to complain about in the cake department.

Plus, they have some rather good drinks from ManuTeeFaktur there.

Tuareg Mint charlies asian bakery berlin

In conclusion, should you go?  Yes, they may have made a mistake, but this is par for the course in Berlin these days and we all have to be vigilant.  I’m pretty sure they will improve when more of us visit and point these things out.  The food is well worth the trip and any hassles.

gluten free charlies asian bakery cafe

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Restaurant Review – Das Brunch

das brunch berlin glutenfrei

One of the advantages of living in Berlin is that there are lots of parties, events and other such cool/hip things to attend.  You could literally spend every night of your Berlin life visiting them and never quite see them all.  But, one of the disadvantages of being a gluten-less individual is that you cannot really attend any of the food based ones, or if you do, you just have to sit, sniffing, hungry and sad in the corner.  But, thanks to my friend Kate over at Sole Satisfaction, I discovered that Das Brunch is actually quite gluten free friendly.  In that all of the food on offer is 100% gluten free with the only stipulation that you have to ask for gluten free bread with your order!  The only downside is that Das Brunch does not happen all that often (there have only been three in the past 6 months).

But, enough of all that, you want to know about the delicious food don’t you?  You want to know if it’s worth keeping watch and finding out when the next one is?  Well, look at this menu.

das brunch gluten free menu

That’s right, three options, all available gluten free with bread from Jute Backerei!  I plumped for the first (with both sausage and bacon, because, why wouldn’t you?) and look what arrived.

gluten free das brunch berlin

It was so good, just as amazing as it looks.  Now here is where I came across the only slight wrinkle in an otherwise great experience.  The meal came with regular gluten bread and only after I double checked with them did they point this out (always, always, always double check!).  Now, it wasn’t an issue, she apologised and went back to have it changed.  I’m not sure if they simply misheard me when I ordered or if there was a mixup in the kitchen, but I don’t think it was their fault, just a regular plain old accident.

They change the venue each time, but on my visit it was the CFL Canteen, which was pretty great.

gluten free das brunch cfl canteen

They even had an oyster bar at the back.

das brunch gluten free oyster bar

In conclusion, I’d definitely recommend a visit next time they appear.  Keep an eye on their facebook events page for the next one!

das brunch glutenfrei cfl canteen

Cafe Review – No58 Speiserei

Lunch.  It’s one of those meals that I really struggle with here in Berlin.  Burgers, Pizzas, Pastas and other such giant big evening meals are pretty easy to come by these days.  But what about a lighter lunch, a sandwich perhaps?  Or even, how about a soup that is definitely gluten free? (I’ve been burned once to often in places that have used ingredients containing wheat starch)

So when I find a place that serves smaller lunches at a reasonable price, I’m happy.  When that place is lovely inside with a nice relaxed atmosphere, I’m even happier.  When the food is fresh, healthy and tasty, I’m even happier.  Then when the place also has a wee little dog to play with too, I’m ecstatic.  Granted, the last one may be more of a personal preference (I am quite the dog person), but you get the idea, No58 Speiserei is great.

No58 Speiserei Berlin gluten free

It is only a short walk from Bodinstrasse and not too far from Tempelhof Park (great for a digesting walk after).  Inside you’ll find a cosy little place with lovely wooden tables.

no58 speiserei berlin glutenfrei

A weekly menu full of the food they are serving at the moment (oh, how I do love a changing menu)

no58 speiserei weekly menu gluten free

Not to mention all the cakes that they have out front.

no58 speiserei gluten free counter

This one was perhaps the best cake I’ve ever eaten (ok, it may not be, but I forgot about all other cakes whilst eating it)

glutenfrei torte no58 speiserei

Plus the fact that they have gluten free beer.  Yes, not strictly a lunch drink, but hey, they have it and that’s such a rare occurrence that you just have to drink one.  It’s allowed.

no58 speiserei glutenfrei beer

I have been there quite a few times now and I’ve never been disappointed in the food (well, ok, the vegan gluten free cheese cake I tried once was a little lacking, but that is a pretty difficult thing to make both vegan and gluten free).  Mostly they have these amazing open top sandwiches.  Just take a look!

no58 speiserei gluten free sandwich

no58 speiserei glutenfrei stulle

Along with soups and a larger dish, this one is Ratatouille.

gluten free Ratatouille no58 speiserei berlin

And this one is a rather amazing Lime-Coconut Rice with beans and a peanut sauce.  So Delicious!

no58 speiserei gluten free peanut coconut curry

So, in conclusion, you should definitely go and visit, often.  The shear joy at being able to go every week and find a new dish that I can eat, plus a new cake, is just amazing.  So far I’ve never had a bad meal there and never had a reaction to any of the food.  Although it is worth pointing out that, when confirming a dish is gluten free, I have been asked “Is rice gluten free?”.  Which, whilst a fair question in most circumstances, is not when you are serving gluten free food.  It makes me worry that if they don’t know that rice is gluten free, what else are they missing when making the meals?  I think this was just a one off oversight though (it was a Friday after all) and as I have never had a reaction to their food and knowing that they take care in the kitchen, I personally am not concerned.

It is a little busy on the weekends so I’d arrive early if you can.  Overall, I’m pretty sure it will become one of your favourite gluten free lunch places.

Plus, whilst you’re there, give little Loki a scratch on the head from me.

loki

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Shop Review – foodoase.de

I may have said it a million times before but it really can be tough finding good gluten free food to eat here in Germany.  I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that gluten free is still a relatively new thing here or the fact that gluten free food is treated more like a medicine, a sustenance to be endured rather than enjoyed.  Or perhaps it could be the companies here that make the food, or the stores that sell it here, unwilling to think it will sell and demanding long shelf life.  Either way, it can be frustrating, especially after getting back from a trip to the UK or USA, having stuffed my face with amazing food.

Thankfully though, some of the online retailers have taken notice of this and have started importing food from other countries for sale right here in Germany. Out of these, easily the best and the one with the widest range is food oase.  They have some of the best gluten free food from the UK, the USA and other countries.  To put it in perspective, at the time of writing, there are 1772 gluten free products on their site!  Amazing.  Think Doves Farms, Genius, Love More, Bobs Red Mill and many many more.  Do you need some Xanthan Gum?  How about some Baking Soda?  Shortbread perhaps? (not to mention Plamils great dairy free chocolate)

Luckily for me, they send through a sampler package of some of their products.  Luckily for you I took lots of pictures. (and ate it all, just to help, you know, for review purposes)

glutenfrei bobs red mill pancake mix

First up, we have my absolute favourite.  Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix.   Bob’s Red Mill simply make the best flours and mixes around (with Doves Farm being a close second), with this one being perhaps the best.  Do you want to eat a pancake and not even notice it’s gluten free?  This is the flour for you.

bobs red mill gluten free pancake flour

bobs red mill glutenfrei pancake

I’m not sure how I didn’t eat that before I took the picture.  But they are just crispy enough, the interior is nice and fluffy without any grainy texture.  Perfection.

glutenfrei pizza flour bobs red mill

Next up with have their Pizza Crust Mix.  It isn’t quite as good as their pancake mix and to be fair, most pizza base mixes are not so great, but it is pretty good.

bobs red mill gluten free pizza dough

The dough turns out a little sticky as most gluten free versions do.

bobs red mill gluten free pizza base

Although a good pizza can be made out of it.  So I guess it does it’s job.  It’s certainly better than any of the mixes you can buy here and better than the pre-made bases from Schaer and the like.

bobs red mill gluten free flour

Next is their Four Grain Porridge.  I do miss my morning porridge (being British, it’s much more of a brekfast food than the delicious pancakes above) so I was rather excited with this one.

glutenfrei porridge bobs red mill

bobs red mill gluten free porridge

Now, yes, you may look at that last picture and think, well, that isn’t porridge, that’s some sand you found.  And yes, it does have the consistency of millions of tiny tiny little pebbles.  Unfortunately this does carry over into the finished product.  I mean, it’s not terrible, but I’ve had better porridge that I’ve made myself from gluten free oats.

Next up is little gluten free buns from Alnavit.  Both their white and seeded versions.

gluten free alvanit bread

They are of the prepackaged long shelf life variety, but they are also lactose free!  So not all bad.

glutenfrei alnavit buns

To be honest, they’re not my favourite in the world but they are on par with Schaer (only slightly more expensive per gram).  If you’re looking to buy bread from foodoase, I’d see my post on Genius first.

gluten free chips chill and lemon

glutenfrei lentil chips creamy dill

Next up are some lovely lovely lentil and chickpea chips.  It’s definitely good to have something other than potatoes to fulfill my junk needs.

glutenfrei lentil chips glutenfrei kirscherbsen chips

The texture is a little odd but they are a great snack food and have a good flavour to them.  Not too strong, just enough.  They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d give them a try for at least one packet (of the creamy dill variety, they were rather delicious).

gluten free eat real bars

Last up is Eat Real Cashew & Cranberry Bars.  These were perhaps the most disappointing of the selection.  They sound and look good, but they were unfortunately extremely crumbly and quite lacking in flavour.  If I had nothing else to hand, they’re good, but otherwise, I’d give them a miss.

glutenfrei eat real bar

All in all, foodoase is a great site and they are really trying to provide a good selection of high quality products from around the world.  Something that is essential in the somewhat behind German gluten free market.

Genius in Germany – Part 2

If you have read my first post on Genius, you’ll know that the most amazing thing in the world is happening.  Genius Gluten Free are launching here in Germany!!  No more long shelf life bread.  No more solid ‘brick buns’.  No more sadly eating sandwiches that are a bit naff.  Just good, fresh, gluten free bread.

It has been almost two months since I learned about all this, but, to be honest I’m still just as excited.  Mostly as I can now actually walk into a supermarket and buy Genius bread, even if for the time being it’s only in a few participating Kaisers.  I mean, just look at it!

genius glutenfrei deutschland

‘But, what should I buy?’ I hear you say.  Well.  A good first try is their white loaf.

genius glutenfrei brot

It’s nice and soft, fresh and approximately a million times better than any other gluten free loaf you can buy here.  Now I know that some of you may prefer a harder loaf.  But we’re talking about sandwich bread here, you simply cannot make a good sandwich with a solid block of bread.  It’s just terrible.

Also, their dark loaf and their similar ‘traditional’ dark bread are pretty damn good too.

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This one is the best for making toast.  Especially cheese on toast, it’s simply amazing, mostly as it actually toasts like real bread.

There are of course, their amazing muffins and their absolutely ridiculously good buns.  Check out my first post on Genius for my review of them.

For now, there is just a trial in eight Kaisers stores.  So if you want Genius to stay here in Germany you should go and buy 5 loaves a day.  Right now.

  • Bergmannstrasse 5, 10961 Berlin
  • Nollendorfplatz 8-9 10777 Berlin
  • Neue Kantstrasse 29, 14057 Berlin
  • Clayallee 336, 14169 Berlin
  • Winsstrasse 18, 10405 Berlin
  • Revalerstrasse 2, 10243 Berlin
  • Baumschulenstrasse 31, 12437 Berlin
  • Boelschestrasse 32, 12587 Berlin

 

Genius in Germany

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it should come as no surprise that I’ve been unhappy with the state of gluten free bread in Germany for many years.  Yes, technically, the bread you can buy now is much much better than what you could buy six years ago.  But, saying that, I have also become desensitised to how bad the gluten free bread is here and I have lowered my standards a little to accept it.  All of this unhappiness is due to the fact that I have sampled very good gluten free bread back in the UK and in other countries.  I know how good a gluten-less life could be like and, in comparison, how bad it is here.

Thankfully though, the lovely lovely people at Genius Gluten Free have decided to save us all and launch their products here in Germany.  Now, some of you (probably the British amongst my readers) will have just experienced their head exploding with joy.  For the rest of you unfamiliar with Genius, they produce perhaps the best gluten free bread you can buy in a supermarket, anywhere.  Now, this is quite a statement and I’ve not tried every single bread in the world, but there is such a difference between the Schaer and Schnitzers of the world and Genius, I feel pretty comfortable saying it.

First off, and most importantly, they make fresh bread.  There is no three month shelf life in sight here, no long list of chemicals pumped into the bread to make it last forever to satiate those nervous store owners.  As a result it’s pretty healthy (well, as much as gluten free bread can be) and tastes roughly a million times better.  Who knew that making a bread to have a good taste, texture and be eaten fresh would be good? (oh, only all those gluten tolerant people who get to do it every day)

If you’re thinking “Oh, I’ve tried all that gluten free bread before, it’s terrible.  I’ve given up completely on bread and I’m not going to bother with another one.”.  Give it a chance.  Buy a loaf or two and some rolls.  You will be happier.

At the moment they’re only launching a limited selection of their products and, for now (see more below), they’re available on foodoase.de here :

http://foodoase.de/shop/system/?func=searchdo&field_17=Genius&

I was fortunate enough to meet up with the owner Lucinda and their German Genius team a little while ago and just look at the bounty they provided me :

genius gluten free range germany

Four types of loaves, muffins and buns!  Happiness.  Plus, they gave me a little deeper knowledge into the company and what it is they’re trying to do.  Basically to make life normal for us, to make us feel like we don’t just have to ‘make do’ with bad gluten free products.  How many times have you bought a packaged loaf from some biomarkt that was probably baked a month ago and had to reactivate it with grilling or some such just to make it taste passable?  Other people don’t have to do this, so why should we?

But, I know you really want to hear about the actual bread.  So, the first thing I had to try was the white rolls.  The easiest way to put this is that rolls like these are simply not available here in Germany.  You can buy ‘rolls’ here but they’re more akin to a solid lump of stone that has never even heard of the concept of air.

genius glutenfrei brotchen genius gluten free rolls

Yes, they are every bit as amazing as they look.  Soft, delicious and very close to ‘real’ bread.  You simply have to try them to believe how good they are.  Plus they have a seeded version (they are equally as good, although this photo was taken a few days later when they were a little less fresh, hence the slight crumble).

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Then, of course, I had to wash down the rolls with a muffin.  Just look at it.

genius glutenfrei muffin

Lemon and poppy seed.  It was easily better than any muffin I’ve had here, even those ‘freshly baked’ ones that are available in cafes.

Then there is the fruit bread.  Another one of these products you cannot buy here and it is simply delicious.

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There are other loaves, a couple of darker ones and a white, but for now I’ll leave you with the tease of the ones above.  The reason for this is that they will soon start selling genius in a few select Kaisers!!!  YES!!!  Actually just being able to walk to the shop and buy some on a whim!!!  It will be a trial to see how well the breads sell, so we’ll all have to go and buy lots and lots to convince them to stock Genius forever!  I’ll post up part two of my review then as a little reminder.  Although, if you can’t wait, be sure to check out Sole Satisfaction for her own review (and amazing photos) of all the genius breads here.

The list of Kaisers for the trial is as follows :

From Monday 1st February :

  • Bergmannstrasse 5, 10961 Berlin
  • Nollendorfplatz 8-9 10777 Berlin
  • Neue Kantstrasse 29, 14057 Berlin
  • Clayallee 336, 14169 Berlin

From Tuesday 2nd Februrary :

  • Winsstrasse 18, 10405 Berlin
  • Revalerstrasse 2, 10243 Berlin
  • Baumschulenstrasse 31, 12437 Berlin
  • Boelschestrasse 32, 12587 Berlin

Cafe Review – Lissabonbon

glutenfrei lissabonbon cafe berlin

If there’s one thing that makes life easy for a blogger, especially one who writes reviews of cafes and restaurants, it’s when you have a gorgeous looking cafe.  With lots of little nicknacks, textures, antique furniture and good lighting.  Just pointing the camera in any random direction makes a great photo.  Easy.  Add into that amazing food and my life is almost complete.  But, just look at Lissabonbon.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon berlin

I mean, what more could you want?  The place is a fairly small cafe, just south of Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.  Yes, it is a little bit of a walk from the nearest U-Bahn station (Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor), but it’s well worth it and I’ve heard that there are these things called buses too.  There are only around 10 seats inside, but if it is summer, there are plenty more outside.

glutenfrei cafe lissabonbon berlin outside seating

Back inside though, there is plenty of food to be had.  On first sight you may think there’s gluten free bread tucked behind some glass in a nice display, but, at the moment there is unfortunately not.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon counter

Just your regular gluten filled bread.  Although the owner (who is delightful and you should spend some of your time chatting to) is planning on making her own gluten free bread.  If you’d like this, go, often, buy all you can and let her know how much you’d love it (and her) if she made some.

But, let’s get to the food itself, this is what we are here for after all.

gluten free selection at lissabonbon cafe berlin

That’s right, sandwiches AND cake!  All of the sandwiches are individually wrapped to help avoid cross contamination.

gluten free sandwich lissabonbon berlin

I’ve been a few times and there has been a different cake on each visit.  Which is a welcome change, too many places here just bake the same gluten free cake again and again.

glutenfrei cake lissabonbon berlin

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon berlin cafe

The sandwiches come heated and rather delicious.  The schaer foccacia bread isn’t absolutely amazing, but it’s also not bad.  Just regular.

glutenfrei sandwich lissabonbon berlin cafe

Delicious!  The Slimey Limey cake, which absolutely had to be eaten with a name like that, came with whipped cream and lime sauce.

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon cafe berlin

To say it was amazing would be an understatement.  Yes.  Go, hope that they have this, then stuff your face.  If not, their other cakes are also rather good, and certainly not a consolation prize.

lissabonbon berlin gluten free cake

They also have amazing soups (which I ate too quickly to take a photo of) and tapas with plenty of gluten free options (which I haven’t had a chance to try just yet).

gluten free lissabonbon berlin tapas

In conclusion, they’re really trying to provide a good experience for those of us gluten afflicted.  A fairly varied selection of dishes which are different than what you can get in most other places.  And, hopefully, with your support of them, they’ll start to offer more and more.  Yes, you should definitely make your way there and eat as much as you possibly can.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon berlin

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Cafe Review – Eat Performance Bistro Ritterstrasse

gluten free restaurant eat performance berlin

Before I moved to the great city of Berlin, I had absolutely no idea what a Paleo diet was.  In my rather small and parochial hometown we were rather unlikely to ever hear about the concept of a Paleo restaurant, never-mind getting one.  Then back in 2010, Sauvage happened.  Out of the blue I found a diet that just happened to completely align with my various aliments and allergies.  Perfection!  Since then we’ve  had a second Sauvage with their delicious breakfasts.  And up until recently the pair were the only 100% completely gluten free restaurants in the city.  Thankfully though, Paleo is a rather popular diet, and we did not have to wait too long until the second opened up, Eat Performance.

Now, before we start on the review proper.  I have to warn you the place is a little hard to find.  To start, this is the view of the main entrance from the road.

eat performance glutenfrei berlin

Not your average entrance to a cafe/restaurant.  I walked right past on the first attempt and it took me a while before I even noticed the sign on the right of the picture.  But, get a little closer and you’ll see this.

eat performance gluten free sign

Well, at least I know I’m walking in the right direction (although, I have been back and the banner thing wasn’t there).  Inside the (rather lovely) courtyard, you find the actual bistro!

eat performance berlin gluten free bistro

Not the easiest to find.  But certainly not the hardest.

Before I went, I had no idea what to expect from them.  Was this to be fine dining a’la Sauvage?  Well, probably not with the bistro title.  But, you never know!  Inside, it’s rather nice, if a little sparse, and there’s plenty of room.

eat performance glutenfrei bistro

The menu gives you a pretty good run down of what they offer.  ALL GLUTEN FREE!!

eat performance gluten free menu

EGGS! BURGERS! SANDWICHES! Oh my.

Plus, there are plenty of little treats to buy.

gluten free snacks eat performance berlin

 

gluten free muesli eat performance berlin

 

gluten free chia pudding eat performance berlin

I ordered myself just a sandwich (well, it’s not like I get to do that often) and my friend ordered the baked eggs.  Now, it’s at this point I had my first disappointment, the sandwich was not something made to order, not something which came with a side salad or such.  But, it was one of the pre-made sandwiches from the fridge, albeit heated.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

It was a surprise.  But I think more due to my expectations.  My feeling is that there’s a part of the  menu that is aimed more at the working quick lunch crowd and the rest (burgers and such) is more aimed towards sitting in.  This isn’t a problem really though.  Infact it’s great, if I worked nearby it would be a miracle.  It’s what you’d get from a regular lunch bistro, like a normal gluten person.

But, the sandwich was roast beef, and how on earth could I turn that down.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

Yum!  It’s not the best sandwich I’ve ever had (it’s no Friedman’s Lunch in New York), but the bread was rather good.  I’d probably say it’s my favourite bread I’ve had in Berlin (including Jüte, the gluten free bakery), but then, I am a fan of chestnut bread anyway.

The baked egg dish looked a little better than my sandwich, and from my friends reactions, tasted rather good too.

eat performance gluten free baked eggs

Their smoothies are great and I had myself a beetroot filled one.  (I can’t stop stuffing my face with beetroot, I may have a problem).

eat performance glutenfrei smoothie

I have visited once since then and tried one of their burgers.  Look at it.

gluten free burger eat performance berlin

Easily, very easily, the best gluten free burger I have had in Berlin.  I would highly recommend you go and try one.

The only other downside is that their service is rather slow.  It was pretty empty on both of my visits and the food took quite some time to arrive.  If it was busy, I would be concerned.  Hopefully this is just growing pains and they will improve soon.

In conclusion.  Yes, go and eat there, even if just for the burger or the delights of buying a quick takeout sandwich/salad like a normal person.

eat performance berlin

Ps. they do have a second location in Schöneberg which I’ve yet to visit.  I’d expect it to be just as good though.
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