I’m into cafes. I like the coffee, the cake, the background chatter… but add gluten free kids to the equation and they quickly lose their zing. This is usually how it goes:
Me: “No those delicious looking cupcakes with the irresistible pink icing and fairy dust sprinkles are not gluten free.”
Them: (indescribable animal noise)
Me: “What about that yummy orange and almond cake?”
Actually, I don’t say that last part aloud anymore. Though I personally quite like the ubiquitous orange and almond cake, I’m not sure why it, together with a few large, dense, pre-packaged cookies, has become the stock, standard gluten free offering of many cafe chains.
So last Saturday morning I steeled myself for the usual onslaught as I sought out a caffeine hit at Coffee Fest, a cafe near the cinemas at Macquarie Centre in Sydney’s North Ryde.
The kids noses were firmly pressed to the counter glass so I asked – as I always do – if they had anything gluten free.
Imagine my surprise when they pointed out almost a whole shelf of pastry treats including tarts, slices, cakes and about eight different cookies. (In my enthusiasm I spent way too much.)
So it looks like there is a move by cafes to boost their gluten free selections.
At the more upmarket end of the cafe spectrum, for instance, there is The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD. It now serves a gluten free high tea including a selection of cakes and pastries made from buckwheat, quinoa, chickpea flour and almond meal.
Feel free to post a comment if you know of any other coffee shops that have a really great gluten free range.