Eating delicious food in stunning surroundings, what could be better? This beautiful restaurant served us up a delicious meal and catered for our dietary requirements brilliantly. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. They have it all! We had free from minestrone soup, lovely pizzas and tasty dairy and gluten free pasta (fusilli al ragu). Well worth checking out if you’re looking for a tasty meal.
Visit Amarone at 13 St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF.
Mamma’s pizza was recommended to us by a vegetarian friend. We had a peek at the menu online and saw that they offered gluten free and vegan options so decided we had to give it a try. We were not disappointed! A delicious dairy and gluten free pizza, tasty vegan meatballs with pasta, milk alternatives for a lovely cuppa. Lots of yummy options and all that we ordered was delicious! We even got the name of the vegan cheese they use as it was that tasty! Definitely worth a visit!
Visit Mamma’s at 28 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU.
On a pedestrian walkway in the new town not far from Princes Park we stumbled across this little gem of a restaurant. We ordered the meze platter for 4 people and explained the dietary requirements of our group (one dairy and wheat free, one vegetarian). Shortly after our food arrived, the sheer volume of it was incredible (two table extensions were needed). Each time a dish arrived the waiting staff informed us whether it was free from, vegetarian or contained the allergens/meat. I cannot fault the service. The free from dished included falafel, hummus, chicken drumsticks (made dairy free especially for us), patatas bravas, stuffed vine leaves and gluten free bread. We all enjoyed our fill and there was still lots left over which the restaurant offered to box up for us to take home. A lovely little place, well worth a visit!
Find Meze Meze at 71 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH.
We’ve found it virtually impossible to find a nice dairy and wheat free pasta salad that is ready made – shops just don’t seem to make or sell them. This recipe makes a delicious pasta salad which can be made and kept in the fridge for a couple of days. Perfect for a sunny day!
500g wheat free pasta (I use Sainsbury’s free from fusilli)
6 fresh tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
Fresh basil (approx 10-15 leaves)
1 tbsp tomato puree
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
Dice the tomatoes, and finely chop the garlic.
Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the tomatoes, garlic and tomato purée.
Fry whilst stirring for 5 minutes to soften the tomatoes.
Remove from the heat and add the salt, pepper and chopped basil.
Cook the pasta according to package directions, and rinse under cold water before draining.
Mix pasta with tomato mixture until well-combined and then refrigerate.
This delicious side dish adds a bit of extra flavour to your potatoes and is a favourite in our household. Super easy to make and can be varied. My youngest loves it with crispy fried bacon stirred through and my eldest likes a sprinkle of grated cheese on top. To speed up the cooking time I often boil the potatoes the night before so when I get home from work I have a therapeutic smashing session before roasting!
800g jersey royal potatoes
1 bunch spring onions
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes in a large pan of salted water for 12-15 mins until tender.
Drain , return to the pan and use a masher to smash them up, but don’t fully mash them.
Stir in the pepper and paprika.
Heat the oil in a roasting tin in the oven. Once hot, add the potatoes and toss them in the oil to coat.
Return the tin to the oven and roast for 20 mins.
Remove from the oven and stir in the spring onions.