7 best restaurants in Moscow with menus for allergy sufferers
TOBeautyHack olumnist Alexander Ivanov on the best gluten-free restaurants in Moscow.
Food intolerances are emerging as a new challenge in the 21st century and a popular topic of conversation among health and nutritionists. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is of particular concern in this matter.
Not only does gluten make it impossible for many people to enjoy baking, it is also a strong allergen! So after a harmless bun, problems with the skin, digestion, or even chronic fatigue syndrome may appear.
In this article I will try to add color to the food basket of those who are not friends with gluten, picking up 7 places with European cuisine, as well as a non-standard and unbeatable approach to gluten-free dishes.
“City-Garden” is an unusual format of a cafe combined with a modern supermarket of farm products, author’s cookery and a smoothie bar. The restaurant serves gluten-free breads, detox juices and healthy organic meals.
You can order one of several gluten-free treats with a cup of coffee at the establishment. Especially it is worth paying attention to the two-layer blueberry dessert with green Japanese tea “Matcha”. In addition to the key ingredients, fresh raspberries, dates and agave syrup are added to it. The simple yet delicious Banana Brad Rice Flour Pie makes a great addition to lunch or dinner.
Address: Sivtsev Vrazhek, 6, bldg. 2
Phone: 8 (495) 120 03 30
The family cafe with the unusual name “Interesting” offers guests a special menu with dishes without sugar, chemical additives and refined products. The institution refused to use wheat flour and vegetable oil. The dishes use healthy organic products: directly pressed flaxseed oil, premium Criollo cocoa, almond milk and gluten-free flour.
Here you can also taste natural dried fruits brought from Armenia, which are not heat-treated before packing.
The specialty of the establishment is not only organic products and the rejection of gluten, but also interesting flavor combinations. For example, in a cafe you can try avocado and banana mousse or turkey cutlets with fennel. A large playroom will be a pleasant bonus for guests with children.
Address: st. Kutuzovskiy prospect, 57, SEC “Oceania”, 4th floor
Phone: 8 (499) 404-13-22
In Italian cuisine, most of the dishes contain gluten, but the il FORNO restaurant chain has found a reasonable compromise! Protein-intolerant guests can now easily enjoy one of the most popular Italian dishes, pasta, with gluten-free spaghetti and miniature penne tubes.
High quality pasta is made on the basis of corn flour. In taste and color, it does not differ from the usual one. At il FORNO you can order gluten-free pasta with shrimp carpaccio with truffle sauce and sun-dried tomatoes, seafood in a light tomato dressing, Kamchatka crab with tiger prawns or classic carbonara with hearty bacon.
The restaurant’s interior is seasoned and laconic: light furniture, soft lighting and brick walls. Each of the il FORNO restaurants has an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven in the center. Pizza is offered here not only traditional, but also healthier on rye dough.
Address: Kutuzovsky prospect, 2/1
Phone: 8 (495) 785 85 25
Burger & Pizzetta
Burger & Pizzetta can easily become the headquarters for the fight against gluten, as its founders focus on plant-based products. So the dough for branded pizza is prepared according to the original recipe without adding eggs and milk, and brioche buns for burgers are exchanged for fresh salad leaves at the request of guests.
By the way, pizza is a new format of pizza on the thinnest dough with a lush crispy edge. In the restaurant they are prepared with a spicy kimchi sauce, as well as the original “4 cheeses” with mango chutney. Burger & Pizzetta serves hummus focaccia with eggplant pate, stracciella and olive pate, cauliflower with miso and oriental tabbouleh salad with yoghurt-mint sauce.
Address: pl. Kievsky Vokzal, 2, SEC “Evropeyskiy”, 2nd floor, atrium “Berlin”
Phone: +7 (495) 968 53 73
The priorities of the family restaurant Gayane Breyova are not only preserving the traditions of Armenian cuisine, but also following modern trends. Food at Gayane’s is like a religion, without borders and conventions, uniting around the connoisseurs of Armenian cuisine from all over the world.
They are looking for new interesting combinations and interpretations of popular dishes of Armenian cuisine. The use of Armenian farm products is also an important condition. Despite the fact that the basis of the menu is made up of national dishes with a centuries-old history, among them it is possible to find those that do not contain gluten.
Among these items you will find: cucumber rolls stuffed with Armenian cheeses and fried pumpkin seeds, eggplant caviar with tahini and aveluk – “horse sorrel” cooked according to an old recipe with nuts and onions.
Address: 2nd Smolensky lane 1/4
+7 (499) 795-11-60
+7 (495) 741-91-92
The right balanced breakfast is always the key to a good day. That’s what Brasserie Most thinks, and it’s hard to disagree. As a healthy breakfast, they offer Fontainebleau cottage cheese with fresh berries, herbs, fruits or seeds to choose from, and pancakes made from wheat or rice flour. Also, especially for guests with gluten intolerance, the sous-chef of the restaurant Yevgeny Utkin prepares healthy oatmeal.
The special bread basket of three gluten-free buns is also noteworthy. Instead of wheat, there is millet and corn, an additional taste to these healthy buns is given by the author’s butter coated with gold leaf and the restaurant’s signature stamp.
It is not only useful to start your day here, but also beautiful. In France, they believe that in addition to suitable dishes, you also need an “ambiance” – the right environment, entourage. All this is in the Brasserie on Kuznetsky Most: the author’s cuisine of the regions of France in the interiors of the Parisian salon.
Kuznetsky Most, 6/3, building 3
+7 (495) 660 0706
In the restaurant of the new Russian cuisine LavkaLavka, only domestic farm products are used in the preparation. In order to preserve the usual tastes of vegetables and berries in winter, Elena Sevchuk, the restaurant’s new chef, prepares a palette of rich and bright powders from tomato, pepper, basil and even berries.
On the menu you can find dishes of Russian cuisine with Asian or Nordic influences. However, adherents of a gluten-free diet will also find dishes to their liking. Among them: tomato kimchi salad with Romano lettuce from Olga Korogodina and Stracciella cheese from Giuseppe Pelikoro, baked cauliflower with Kamchatka crab sauce and kale powder, and cucumber tartare from Kuban farmers with ginger Greek yogurt and salmon caviar … A real Russian expanse, no one will be hungry here.
Address: st. Petrovka, 21-2
+7 (495) 621-20-36