Elliot’s Cafe is a delight for foodies and a particular gem for gluten free foodies. Perhaps not a hidden gem but at least a little obscured. Whether thanks to the chef and co-owner Brett Redman being coeliac or emphasis on fresh whole food ingredients sourced from Borough Market most of the menu is naturally gluten free, staff are allergy aware and cross contamination is managed.
Elliot’s Cafe for Coeliacs and Gluten Free
I strongly prefer to have a good indication of how much of a menu is gluten free or can be adjusted before visiting. Therefore I want to see a menu online. I especially want to have menus clearly indicate allergens. Lots of restaurants and cafes in London satisfy all these preferences. Elliot’s satisfies none! It has a website. That website has a page called “Menu”. There is no menu there though. In addition to not having an online menu the Elliot’s website makes no explicit mention of how coeliac and gluten free friendly it is.
Elliot’s Café is one of few places I very happily go to without these things. I know that when I ask at the table my server is going to quickly and confidently mark up more than half the entire menu as safe for me and if they are in any doubt, check and confirm. See here a picture of the Elliot’s Cafe menu for evidence from my most recent visit. Both the ticks and the crosses indicate gluten-free dishes. We ordered them all.
The Elliot’s Cafe Facebook page does *sometimes* post information about the current menu. However I may not have discovered that Elliot’s Cafe was a gluten free treasure if not for review from fellow blogger Kim at Naturally Gluten Free. Thanks Kim!
Elliot’s Cafe, Small Plate Delights
Beyond the allergen safety, what is to like? A lot. The menu changes frequently to reflect food in season. There are many small plates ideal for sharing. Also ideal for not sharing. More small plates means more delicious variety. More opportunities to be delighted. Variety helps make a meal far more enjoyable assuming the food is good. It avoids food specific satiety that develops after more than several mouthfuls of any one thing, no matter how good that one thing is.
The large fish and beef dishes are probably very good but I have only ever taken the small plates. Highlights from my last visit included succulent grilled peaches paired with gorgonzola and sorrel for a wonderful combination of flavours. There was also a peas, spinach, crème fraiche and Berkswell Sheep cheese bowl that I struggled not to inhale after taking my first bites.
Elliot’s Cafe Recommendation
On every occasion I have eaten at Elliot’s the café has been full and buzzing. The intimately lit interior has earthy real wood and exposed brickwork decor. This is a great match for the wholesome dishes.
The combination of fresh seasonal ingredients, frequently changed menu and friendly service surely help. Gluten free and coeliac diners can be sure to have plenty of safe and appealing choices. Vegetarian options are also plentiful. Vegans will not find very much however since butter, cheese and seafood feature prominently.
If you love great tasting, in-season food prepared skilfully and served with pleasure, add a visit to Elliot’s café to your plan.
For a fantastic food experience, try and combine a visit to Borough Market whilst the stalls are open with dining at Elliot’s. Many of the stalls inside Borough Market are selling gluten free produce. Particular highlights include the fabulous Free From Bakehouse selling free from bakes and a wide range of gluten free fine chocolate at the flagship Hotel Chocolat Rabot Estate store.