When gluten strikes – gluten free dining
So, I went for dinner last night at what is considered to be a very nice restaurant. I’ve been there several times over the past few years and never had any problems. Last night was a different story. The starter came and went – no problems there (it was delicious by the way – steamed asparagus wrapped in parma ham drizzled with fondue cheese. Amazing!)
The main arrived. It looked beautiful (if beautiful is a word that you can use to describe a steak dish). The waiter carefully placed my meal in front of me, and, as you do, I started to eat my dish. The waiter came back to the table after a few minutes had passed and told me not to eat anything. But of course, I’d already started eating by this point.
I knew before they had even arrived at the table what the problem was. My tummy did not feel good. They took my dish away, apparently the chef had put flour in three of the four dishes but he couldn’t remember which dish was the ‘safe’ dish. Impressive, isn’t it? Nevertheless, they took my rare steak away and cooked me another one. When the replacement dish came back, the steak was bordering on well-done. I know, I know, not a big deal. So I didn’t feel the need to complain, but it would’ve been nice if it had been cooked as per my request.
Everyone was happy, apart from my tummy, so I’d still give them a good rating. I know they made me ill which is ultimately not what you want when you go out for dinner. But the head chef, who has personally cooked for me in the past and has never made me ill, was not the happiest of bunnies. He personally came to our table to apologise and we could see that he was very upset with his fellow colleagues.
I understand that things can occasionally go wrong and mistakes happen, so I would still recommend this restaurant. Just always remember to double check. And deal with the chef directly, not the wait staff. That’s always the safest option.
Happy eating people!
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