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Gluten Free Ireland: Dublin Part I

29 Comments 31 March 2010

Dublin

Dublin (photo courtesy of Lyra at Ces't La Vie Events)


Please welcome guest blogger Christine Carty. An Irish girl in her late twenties, Christine was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 24. She currently lives in Dublin. She loves to play Gaelic Football (Ireland's national sport), travel and discover new and fun places to eat gluten-free.

 

Many visitors come to Ireland with that dreamy look in their eye. Whether it’s to research their ancestors or to sample the local black stuff, Ireland has something for everyone. As a native of the midlands of Ireland, I grew up on a diet of potatoes, cabbage, boiled ham and my mum’s homemade brown bread. My mum is the ultimate “Irish Mammy” and I’m glad for all the years I've enjoyed fabulous traditional Irish food.

 

Being Gluten-Free In Ireland

 

I was 24 and had just finished college when I discovered I had celiac disease. Some years on I’m realizing that it’s so easy to be gluten-free in Dublin. In Ireland celiac disease has become increasingly prevalent in the past five to ten years. In fact, it’s got to the point where it’s common to be either intolerant to wheat or to have full blown celiac disease. The Irish celiac community is also a great knowledge base of what’s going on in Ireland, and good reviews and reports spread like wildfire. I would sincerely recommend logging onto the forums prior to your visit in order to set your mind at ease. So without further ado, here’s some tourist info and the gluten free scoop on my city.

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Celiac Disease Information

 

A wealth of information is available on the Irish coeliac website listed below. Although it is €25 a year to join the society, you can use the web forums free of charge once you register with a username and password. Irish people are known for the gift of the gab, and Irish celiacs are the most friendly bunch you’ll ever meet. We all actively share our experiences with each other so you can bet you’ll find almost anything you need here.

 

If you wish to get in contact with the Coeliac Society of Ireland, the details are as follows:

 

Coeliac Society of Ireland

Carmichael House

4 North Brunswick Street,

Dublin 7

Tel: +353 (1) 8721471

Email: info@coeliac.ie

Web: www.coeliac.ie

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Of course there are many restaurants around Dublin that are coeliac friendly. The following webpage lists other potential restaurants that we have not discussed here that have listed themselves as having food adaptable for those with gluten-free needs. Please do note, however, that although these restaurants are completely knowledgeable, the celiac society in Ireland does not personally vet restaurants.

 

http://www.menupages.ie/cuisines/coeliac_friendly/dublin.aspx

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Tourist Top Ten things to do in Dublin

1) Visit the Book of Kells and the Long Hall in Trinity College   

2) Take the DART suburban rail to Howth and Dun Laoghaire for breathtaking seaside views

3) Go to a Traditional Irish Music Session in many of the local pubs

4) Visit many of the free museums and galleries around the city such as the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street and Collins BarracksIMG_0216

5) Visit Croke Park or Parnell Park to see the traditional Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling, or even dare to go to a local club game

6) Sample some of the delicious locally produced foods at one of the farmers markets

7) Take a stroll through the many parks of Dublin such as St Stephens Green, Merrion Square or the Iveagh Gardens

8) Visit the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery to find out about our most famous alcoholic tipples

9) Take a Bus Tour and learn about Dublins colourful history as well as visiting some of our historic buildings such as Kilmainham Gaol

10) Take a day trip to the nearby attractions of Glendalough and Newgrange

 

 

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Pregos & Manifesto

Pregos

Address: Unit 2, Ballyowen Castle Shopping Centre, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Telephone: +353 (1) 6109119

Open: 5pm-10.30pm 7 days


Manifesto

Address: 208 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Tel: +353 (1) 4968096

Open: 5pm-11pm 7 days

 

My star recommendation for any visitor to Dublin is definitely Prego’s and Manifesto. They are two sister restaurants, Prego’s being the longest established. Unfortunately for the average Dubliner, let alone a humble tourist to Dublin, Prego’s is slightly out of the way in Lucan, a suburb of Dublin. So imagine the excitement when Prego’s opened a sister restaurant in Rathmines called Manifesto, a short stroll from the city centre. Gluten-free diners all over have raved about this new addition because of its relaxed rustic style and beautiful food. Manifesto has everything adaptable to gluten-free, from ravioli to pizza, to tiramisu. I have to say, I’ve only been once since it has opened in the past few months, but it will be my first of many visits.

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For my first experience, I had tiger prawns served with sliced avocado and orange pieces in an orange martini sauce. The tiger prawns had the perfect amount of bite, and my whole mouth lit up with excitement when the sauce hit my tongue. For main course, I was torn; I really wanted some pizza, but the thoughts of a pasta dish was just too compelling. So I chose gnocchi with mushrooms and Italian sausage. The dumplings are quite heavy, but they are contrasted with the mushrooms and sausage, teamed together with a light mushroom sauce. Just enough was on the plate, a few bites more and I may have been struggling.

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With the excuse of a dessert menu I could actually eat from, I couldn’t resist. My mouth was watering as I read down through the options I moved on swiftly to the Tiramisu for dessert. From that first taste to the last, I enjoyed every last bit. I considered licking the glass, but figured that might be a step too far.  I walked out with that “yummy in my tummy” feeling, but not feeling like I’d had too much food. It all sat very well.

 

 

 

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Address: 36 Wexford Street, Dublin 2PC200222
Tel: 1890 456666

Web: www.hell.ie

Open: Mon-Wed: Noon-10:30pm, Thus-Sat: Noon-11pm & Sun: Noon-10pm

 

Hell Pizza’s first outlet in Ireland has opened on Wexford St in Dublin. This worldwide chain of Pizzeria’s, originally from New Zealand, has plans to expand in the Irish market in the next few years. This wouldn’t really be of great excitement to most gluten-free diners except for one thing – gluten free pizza – the holy grail of gluten-free comforting fast food.

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Words cannot describe the excitement of Irish celiacs who found that they could now get a pizza delivered to their doorstep and also walk into the pizzeria and order…wait for it.. a gluten free pizza!! The staff here are knowledgeable and helpful and have a great understanding of gluten-free food. It has become a regular haunt for me, and living just down the road means I can sit in and have a pizza delivered to my door. As for the pizza, they have two savoury menus- their 7 deadly sins menu (my personal favourite is The Envy) or you can have a "gourmet" pizza for those of you trying to be a bit more adventurous. Better still, if youre in need of something to fix that sweet tooth, there’s even a dessert pizza menu (I kid you not!)

 

 

Millstone Restaurant

Address: 39 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 (0)1 679-9931

Web: www.millstone.ie

Open: Mon-Wed:Noon-10:30pm, Thus-Sat: Noon-11pm & Sun: Noon-10pm

 

Based on Dame Street in the heart of Dublin, you will not be spoiled for choice in this cozy restaurant. We sat by the fire on our first dining experience here and it was cozy and warm on an otherwise bitter Irish winter night. Although the tables are quite close together its not intrusive and I would recommend asking to be seated away from the guitar player. On stating you are a celiac, you are presented with a celiac friendly menu. The specific celiac friendly menu is full of choice, from starters and pizza, to steak and seafood. If you are looking for a place to eat an experimental pizza, then this is your place to eat as their signature pizzas vary from containing curry to fajita.

 

Bobo’s

Address: nt size="3">22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2PC200220

Tel: +353 (1) 4005750

Web: www.bobos.ie

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

 

Bobo’s is a small burger kitchen based on the corner of Wexford Street. Its burgers are all certified organic and are also gluten-free. The décor looks like a cow fell over in the place – as in there is cow patterned high stools and sofas, but it really suits the place. I always get a happy vibe when I walk in here. Space is at a premium as it’s a narrow room, dominated by the counter where the burgers are made in front of you. There is a wide variety of choice of burgers and there is usually a special of the week. They will also let you take away your food, which helps as this is a popular place for students and twenty somethings to hang out. Unfortunately you cannot yet have a burger in a gluten-free bun here, but the burger will be served to you wrapped in lettuce, which is just as funky looking and doesn’t take away from the mountains of food inside your green parcel.

 

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Address: 137 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Tel: +353 (1)1 4913731

Web: www.joburger.ie

Open: Mon-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm

 

Jo Burger is based in Rathmines, which is just a short stroll from the city centre. Its décor is like the inside of an old skool living room. The menus are presented in old comic book covers and a DJ spins tunes most nights of the week. This place is extremely popular and packed out most nights of the week, even on a slow Monday! The food does not fail to disappoint. Sadly, there is no gluten-free burger buns in sight, but you can get it served on a plate with all the toppings. JoBurgers signature relish is also gluten-free as no thickening agents or flour is used. The sad news for veg heads though, is that the veggie burgers contain bread crumbs and therefore, are not suitable for celiacs.

 

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Address: 12 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 353 (1) 677 1646

Web: www.cafebardeli.ie

Open: Mon-Sat: 12.30-11.00pm Sun 2-10pm

 

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Luigi Malones

Address: 5-6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (1)  679 2723

Web: www.luigimalones.com

Open: Mon-Sat 12pm-til late & Sun 1pm-9pm Lunch: Mon-Sun 12-5pm

 

Luigi Malones is based in Temple Bar in Dublin but also has a restaurant in Cork and Limerick. Although a menu that typically would scare any celiac, the staff  are wonderful at helping you adapt your food to gluten free. In fact I have been informed by the kind staff that 4 starters, 7 mains and 2 desserts are suitable for us non gluten people. I’ve eaten here many times and have always had a great meal, in particular when starting a night out in Temple Bar. The portions are very generous and you will roll out of here but satisfied and with a belly full of delicious food.

 

 

Saba 

Address: 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2IMG_0343
Tel: +353 (1) 679 2000

Web: www.sabadublin.com

Open: 7pm –late, 7 days

 

Saba’s food is Thai and Vietnamese fusion. The décor has almost a bar feel to it as it’s dark and almost describable as seductive and sophisticated. Its popularity is sealed through the fact that its open windows always depict a busy restaurant with happy customers. It also has one of the most extensive cocktail menus around, so if you’re early for your booking, seriously consider a pre dinner tipple. If you’re gluten-free it’s very easy to eat here, as your menu tells you your celiac friendly options. The curries are to die for and the portions are very generous. Sabas business has expanded by now offering its food to take away. It has a ded
icated take out service based in Rathmines (www.sabatogo.com) but you can also order from the restaurant. On a few occasions of dry and pleasant Irish weather, my best mates and I have been known to take our take out to Stephens
Green for a picnic, as it’s only a short stroll away.

 

Yamamori

Address: 71-72 South Great Georges Street
Tel: 01 475 5001

Web: www.yamamorinoodles.ie

Open: 12.30pm – 11pm, 7 days

 

One of the few Japanese restaurants in Dublin that has a variety of gluten-free dishes, I’ve found myself coming back to this place to eat with my friend who is extremely fond of sushi. Decorated simply with wooden benches and with a Japanese theme, you can eat as fast or as slowly as you like. If you tell your waiter, they will substitute all soy sauce with Tamari gluten-free soy sauce, and you will also be presented with an information leaflet on your dietary options such as gluten-free options, vegetarian and dairy-free. There are also sushi and sashimi available. As a creature of habit I always end up having the Cha Han, which is rice with vegetables, seafood and chicken tossed in Tamari, and I can never finish the plate of food. Although always busy, you can generally always get a table for two.

 

 

So that's a taster of some of our wonderful restaurants in Dublin!! In Part Two we will explore some quirkier things to do in Dublin as well as the humble chip… and if you're lucky… we might even tell you some places to stay.

 

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29 Comments so far

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    Adam says:

    Wow, I wish I had found this before I went to Ireland. I’ve had Celiac Disease my whole life and just went to Ireland. I found a few good gluten free places, but nothing that looked this good!

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    I wish Ireland was an hour away from here. I will definitely pay it a visit every day. The place is such a charm! Very lovely.

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    Hannah says:

    Thank you for this information! I will be studying abroad in Dun Laoghaire in the summer, and have been slightly freaking out about how I will get by :).

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      kelly says:

      Well, have fun! Christine is super sweet and friendly…so I’ll tell her to leave a comment here so you can contact her. There is a lot of info for eating gf in Ireland via the celiac society there.

      Kelly

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    Christine says:

    Hi Hannah
    Sorry, just saw Kelly’s comment now.. do drop me a line :(

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    no1fan says:

    hi,

    in relation to dun laoghaire, ITSA bagel eaterie at the pavilion over looking the harbour sell each of their menu bagels in a gluten free bagel. i think it may only be a lunchtime special offer where you get your filled bagel and tes or coffee for about €6.50, which is approx 3euro cheaper than outside this offer. very tasty, but i think quite often, gluten free breads are made of god knows what, so they can cause thier own problems.

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    Valerie Willis says:

    I’m a New Zealander and planning a trip to Dublin & Ireland in a few weeks, having seen this web page, know for sure I’m “Irish in the blood”. Hadn’t thought about the Coeliac connection, was diagnosed in 1952, have been treated like a hypochondriac for 50 years – now am VERY fashionable!!! exploring Dublin’s eateries is going to be fun, an unexpected bonus to this long awaited trip to the ancestral homeland.

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    Paula E. says:

    To keep life interesting, I am GF and dairy free and was afraid I’d be relegated to potatoes and tea for my week in Ireland(Dublin-Kilkenny-Galway). I just got back and must say I was impressed that many pubs and even Asian eateries had excellent GF manus. In Dublin, had excellent meals at The Farm (they made me a fruit filled merengue for dessert) and The Pig’s Ear (3 words–fresh, hot bread). In Galway I was able to enjoy excellent spring rolls and soup at Asian Tea House, fantastic stuffed potato at King’s Head and a gorgeous GF/DF dinner at Ard Bia. Supermarkets had a better selection of GF/DF snacks than I do here.

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    ANDL says:

    Hello,

    I am a newly and wanted to thank you for this website it is a good lead to good food for Ceoliac’s. I want to tell you about the two lovely ladies who baking incredible Glutenfree sweets and sorts. I have met them Merrion Square on St. Patricks weekend check it out
    http://www.purefood.biz. See ya!

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    Krista says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will be going to Ireland in 2 weeks, so I am very thankful I found this site!!

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      Hi Krista, you could also take a look at our web site http://www.glutenfreeireland.com where you’ll find over 600 places in Ireland who claim to be Coeliac Friendly (including lots in Dublin)!
      Have a safe trip. (Ps. We are also on Facebook & Twitter so why not let your Celiac friends know about your experiences?)

      Derek & Tina Thompson

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    Cristina says:

    Hello!
    I was so glad to find this site. i’ve been struggling with digestive problems for almost 5 years now, and like some of you I started to believe it was a”ll in my head”, as i was tols all the time. Did a bunch of tests, medical exams and nothing…changed my GP as I think i’ve reached my limit of pain and disconfort these last couple of months. this new GP told me for the first time that he believes i might be celiac. i did the blood test and it was negative! He still told me to try a diet and see if i feel better. i am feeling better, as the symptons are milder and others are gone. but i was hoping that after a couple of weeks i would be 100% better, and it’s not the case. wonder if any of you out there could help me with your own experience? are many of you celiacs with negative blood results? does it take a long time to feel “normal” again? I feel very lost at the moment….

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      Kelli Kamph says:

      Hello,
      My entire family is gluten intolerant. Just getting off the gluten ended up not being enough though. There are also tests that you can take for allergies and things that your body reacts to like gluten. For my daughter, she had to get off of milk, chocolate, most grains and potatoes before she started feeling normal again. Now she is doing great and eats everything, except gluten, in moderation and has no problems. I would suggest that you start with finding out what your allergies are and go from there.

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    Simon says:

    Hi there, this is great – my wife and I are off to Dublin in a couple of weeks and this has been really helpful – she is gluten free and we always have to pre-book our dinner! Cheers, Simon

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    Judith says:

    Hi, there is a new website that is Dublin based but lists restaurants,shops, farmers markets and pubs throughout all of Ireland that can cater for gluten free diets. Check http://www.coeliacpages.ie We are on facebook and twitter and will gladly assist you with any queries.

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    gerry says:

    The News Cafe in Blackrock does a great glutin free breakfast and sandwiches

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    Eimear says:

    I found out I was coeliac 6 months ago but my father has been a coeliac since I was young and it wasn’t too much of a shock to switch to a GF lifestyle.

    In Dublin, I’d recommend the following restaurants:
    1. Herb Street – Grand canal dock – amazing brunch and bake their own fresh gluten bread
    2. Koh – everything gluten free is marked on the menu. Really nice thai food.
    3. Credo – Montague street – have a seperate gluten free kitchen – really good pizza and deliver to south dublin too.
    4. Beshoffs- they do great gluten free fish and chips, there are a few of them around dublin, O’Connel St and Mespil Road the most central ones!

    Again a lot of restaurants actually have GF bread on request even if it isn;t marked on the menu. Just ask!

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    Julia says:

    That is awesome!!

    I’m just looking around to check out gluten free possibilities and look what I found!
    We will definetly check out some of your adresses!
    Thanks so much!!

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    Sue says:

    Hi! So happy to find this info! I will be visiting Dublin in June, so this will help a lot:) I was wondering if you know any gluten free restaurants out in Blanchardstown area?
    Really appreciate all this!
    Thanks!

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    Jason says:

    I would also strongly recommend Vaughan’s Eatery in Terenure, Dublin 6. Amazing fresh, locally sourced ingredients and they go out of their way to adapt (almost) everything on the menu to a gluten free diet.

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    USF1970 says:

    Yahoo…..so happy I found this before my trip to Ireland next week. Thanks so much.

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    Leslie B says:

    My husband is being transfered to Ireland through his work. We will be in the Maynooth area for about a year and a half.
    I was diagnosed with celiacs after a biopsy last year.
    We are coming from Portland, Oregon, USA which is great a great city for gluten free resources. We are not able to ship any food along with our household goods and am a bit worried. For a bit of a twist, I am also a vegetarian that doesn’t eat soy. I tend to cook a lot of south Indian food which is based on lentils but also like pasta. I do eat the occasional shrimp, lobster or crab but no fish.
    Any suggestions for groceries?

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      Judith says:

      Hi Leslie,
      Good luck with your move to Ireland. Exciting times! Ireland is pretty clued into Coeliac Disease as on average 1 in 100 are thought to have it.
      Maynooth is a lovely part of the world, small town, but close to Dublin and on the trainline straight to Connolly station. There is a huge Tesco Superstore that you’ll have no problem sourcing your gluten free and vegetarian food choices. Donatello’s Italian Restaurant in Maynooth have Gluten Free Pasta and Vegetarian Options.
      If you venture into Dublin there is Cornucopia which specialise in vegetarian and offer gluten free. There is a new restaurant in Temple Bar called Sseduced which serves Raw Food, suitable for both Vegetarians and Coeliacs. Those, along with plenty other options are listed on http://www.coeliacpages.ie If you need any further help, contact me via the coeliacpages website. Good Luck with your move :)

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    Hi Leslie, As Judith has said Ireland is quite a good place to live as a Coeliac so you should not have too much trouble living over here.

    If you travel anywhere in Ireland, North or South, you will find lots of places that can accommodate your dietary requirements. Check out our website for more help – http://www.glutenfreeireland.com and feel free to drop us an email if you have any queries.
    Kind regards,
    Derek


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