Despite the controversy over gluten-free dining as a diet, the number of gluten-free restaurants has been increasing in Beijing of late, which is certainly good news for people who are allergic to gluten proteins. Below are our picks of the top gluten-free restaurants in Beijing.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, Gluten-free, $$$
This contemporary Vietnamese restaurant provides a gluten-free friendly menu, especially for brunch. There are gluten-free pancakes, and eggs Benedict served with gluten-free English muffins. Since pho is made primarily of rice noodles, it should be gluten-free, too. (Remember to double check with the waiter before you order, though.) Located in a hutong alley in the Shichahai area, a visit to 4Corners is a treat for the senses.
Gung Ho! is a Beijing-based New Zealand pizza restaurant chain that provides a gluten-free crust choice on its menu, which means that you can feel free to order any pizza, whether you are eating in or getting it via delivery. The restaurant also currently has a Meatless Mondays promotion running, which offers 20% off of all vegetarian items on Mondays.
Tribe is a restaurant and catering service that focuses on healthy dining. A firm supporter of local organic farms, it is devoted to providing the best organic food to Beijingers. It has three restaurants in Beijing, at which plenty of gluten-free dishes are served; it also has six-day-a-week (Saturday is their off-day) home delivery service of customized meals. Customers may tailor the meals to their own diet (gluten-free is, of course, an option), and all you need to do is to click on a few buttons on the website and wait for the meals to be delivered to your doorstep. The longer the plan you order with Tribe, the bigger the discount you can get.
King’s Joy is the mecca of vegan restaurants in Beijing. Its legendary status lies in not only its vegetable and mock meat Chinese dishes, but also the bamboo forests in their heaven-like traditional courtyard, whose ambience is accentuated by the use of dry ice. The restaurant offers gluten-free options.
Formerly known as TRB Bites, this European-style restaurant is known for its exquisite dishes, appropriate service, and exceptionally good view – the restaurant is located right across the river from the Forbidden City. Although TRB Forbidden City’s online menu doesn’t specify the gluten-free dishes, it does have gluten-free options, so customers should check with the restaurant when ordering.
Moka Bros is one of the most famous restaurant chains in town that features healthy dining. It has multiple gluten-free options, including the restaurant’s signature main dish, the Red Rice Bowl, which contains red rice, shrimp, and avocado. (Speaking of avocado, Moka Bros is definitely heaven for avocado fans, thanks to its wide selection of avocado dishes, from salads to burritos and even smoothies.) The restaurant’s characteristic hip décor has a magically calming effect, and that’s probably why it’s always full of diners.
Speaking of choosing freely what to eat and what not to eat, is there a more ideal type of restaurant than Chinese hotpot restaurants? You simply need to avoid putting what contains gluten into that boiling pot in front of you, and that’s it. The basic rule is to stick to vegetables and meats, and to stay away from noodles and fish balls; however, since it’s sometimes difficult to tell if the ingredients contain gluten or not, you should stick with the hotpot restaurants with the highest standard of service, something for which Haidilao is known.