The term “gluten free”doesn’t mean much to most, and why should it? However, this tiny print is very important to some of us – kids and adults alike! Scroll to the end for the list of shops and restaurants with gluten free options.
Those of us who have been medically diagnosed with either celiac disease, gluten encephalopathy, gluten sensitivity or with an allergy to any of the grains that contain gluten (wheat, barley, rye and spelt) have to take care not to consume gluten and avoid cross contamination (not just gluten free food stuff packaged or manufactured in gluten contaminated facilities, but also by gluten traces in shared utensils or cooking facilities).
Many of our friends still remain unaware of what gluten is and what grains contain gluten. Honestly, we don’t mean to be rude when we turn down an offer to eat your yummy baked treat. We are not just being extremely fussy, and it is not our intention to make anyone uncomfortable when we ask questions about the ingredients of a dish or how it was cooked in a restaurant. Most of us are trying hard to lead a normal life and be able to enjoy a nice meal cooked outside our house. Who doesn’t enjoy a treat in a nice restaurant every now and then?
Gluten free diets
People decide to start a gluten free diet for various personal reasons. You may have heard of the ketogenic diet, which contrary to popular believe was designed already in 1923 by Dr. Russell Wilder for treatment of epilepsy and its many variations.
There is also the paleo diet, autoinmune paleo diet, GAPS diet (designed by Dr. Natasha Campell-McBride for the treatment of neurodivergent conditions and used also to treat coeliac disease, obesity and even cancer), the FODMAP, and so on.
Each person who follows a gluten free diet has his/her reasons and they are all as respectable and equally valid. To some of us going gluten free makes a world of difference between health and illness. When following a gluten free diet means being free from tummy cramps, exhaustion, joint pain, vomiting, migraines, irritability, shaky hands, brain fogginess and several other unpleasant side effects that are better not mentioned here, some of us are willing to go the extra mile to avoid being “glutened”.
Some of us have explored the restaurants that claim to serve GF food. Most of them are true to their promise, so they are included in the lists below.
Gluten free in KL
KL has more to offer now in terms of GF options in F&B outlets, ingredients and baked products providers than when I was diagnosed years ago. Luckily for us, some of those who have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions have decided to bake and sell the products and, believe me, there are several yummy options out there.
Before proceeding to list the different restaurants, bakers, providers, supermarkets and websites where you can find GF products, I would like to remind you that if you (or your child) have been diagnosed with a medical condition that requires a strict gluten free diet, it is ultimately your responsibility to make the decision to consume products labelled “gluten free”.
Restaurants and F&B providers that offer gluten free options
These restaurants offer items that are specifically indicated as gluten free:
- Ashley’s in Bangsar
- Fittie Sense in Bangsar
- Hei Wellness – a Cafe & Health Food Store
- Kind Kones vegan ice cream and wholesome treats, various outlets
- Prego, the Italian Restaurant in Westin Hotel
- Ra.ft in Arcoris Mont Kiara – read our review here.
- Real Food in 1 Mont Kiara
- RGB & The Bean Hive on Jalan Damai, Ampang
- Sausage KL (non halal) has a café in Ampang and deliver sausages.
- Skillet @163 at Fraser Place
- Tapas Club Spanish Restaurant (non halal) at Pavilion
- Urbean at Avenue K
- Far Eats – Artisanal, gluten free sausages and bacon
- Brownie Points by Ivy– home-baked gluten-free sweet treats
- Fresco Grano – organic, vegan, additive free and gluten-free breads in a variety of stores and online
- Mrs. Longpants – a home baker specialising in gluten-free, organic bread.
- Nutz about Spread – organic and gluten-free home-baker
- Own Creation Bakeries – gluten-free, vegan, special diets home-baked goods
- My Plant Deli specialises in vegan products, but also stocks gluten-free baked items.
- The Honest Treat offers cakes that are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, raw, and free from preservatives.
Gluten free products and supermarkets that stock them
- Ampang Grocer at Ampang Hillir
- B.I.G. (Publika, Jalan Batai, IPC)
- Fresco Grano for bread
- Hei Wellness
- Hock Choon Supermarket on Jalan Ampang
- Jaya Grocer (Verve Suits MK, Intermark, The Starling)
- Matahari Organic Wholesaler
- Mercató (Plaza Damas)
- The Hive – bring your own containers to this zero waste concept store
- Village Grocer (1MK, Arkadia in DPC)
There are other restaurants, baked products providers, sellers and supermarkets, but are unknown to the writer of this article. If you know of any, please leave a comment below and they will be added to the list!