It’s tough to write for a gluten free blog when you’ve written far too many restaurant reviews. There are only so many ways you can say “they serve food, it is good, you should go!”. It is especially hard when the restaurant you’re reviewing is just a down to earth regular lunch place. Nothing fancy, not the most amazing food, just quick, simple and cheap. But I guess that is what you want from a gluten free meal sometimes (at lunch probably). Especially when you’re a tourist wandering around Potsdammer Platz, which, fortunately, is where the FBI Eatery is situated.
This is about the total of their menu. Nice and simple and well labelled. The little L G and V symbols denote Lactose Free, Gluten Free and Vegan. Luckily for us, there are quite a few G’s splattered around. On my visit I plumped for a Chicken in Mango Coconut sauce (I’m a sucker for fruit and meat combos).
Well, look at that. It looks pretty good right? Well, yeah, it was good, good enough at least. It was exactly what you want from a €6.50 lunch, healthy-ish and tasty. The only disconcerting aspect is that my green tea came as you see here. Not a tea bag in sight, but it tasted good so I can’t complain.
The staff were a little non-plussed at my gluten free confirmation questions, but assured me that everything marked as gluten free was gluten free. I had the option of choosing the toppings on my meal, so that made things a little better. Still, a little more certainty would have helped. It can be hard to tell whether staff isn’t giving your questions the weight you think they deserve because they’ve heard them many times and know everything is gluten free, or whether they just don’t care.
The only downside of the place is that it can get rather busy with the local business lunchtime crowd.
In conclusion, if you’re at Potsdammer Platz and are looking for a local meal option, it is worth a visit (there is practically nothing else nearby that I would consider safe). Although this is the kind of place where you take the gluten free aspect of the food into your own hands, I wouldn’t rely on the staff alone. It’s probably worth trying to avoid the rush around 12 to 1 too. They are open every day 11am until 7pm, take note, they are CLOSED in the evening.