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Foddies Cafe Melbourne – gluten free & low FODMAP

By on March 31, 2016 in Restaurant Review Aus with 1 Comment

Foddies Cafe  is one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne as both the gluten and non-gluten eaters get to really enjoy their meal! I am comfortable I am getting a safe gluten free meal and if you’re not gluten free you can still get ‘normal’ bread!

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“Foddies’ mission is to unite and bring people together through freedom of food choices”.  The entire menu can be made gluten free and all food is low FODMAP.  This is a boon for people struggling with onion and garlic in particular, as these form the basis of so many dishes in mainstream restaurants.

Most of the food is made on site, so they know exactly what is in the food so are also able to cater for other dietary issues.  On being seated, the wait staff check for any allergies and explain that there are separate areas in the kitchen for gluten free, two toasted sandwich makers etc.  For more information just ask!

Coffee and Cake

In the display cabinet and on the counter there are some sweet treat options to have with a coffee. Believe me, you will soon become addicted to the amazing chocolate mud cake! Big enough to share, but you probably won’t want to 🙂    It is gluten free and dairy free.

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I always have a hot chocolate too, as I really miss just being able to have hot chocolate when out at other cafes (due to barley being in most mixes and gluten can also lurk in the chocolate sprinkled over the top!).


Foddies baked egg_optThe breakfast menu is available from opening until the afternoon close.  You will find a traditional fry up, pancakes, toast, a variety of egg options as well as a quinoa power bowl, pumpkin & zucchini (courgette) fritters and my favourite, the spanish baked egg with your choice of bread.  It is pictured to the right with the gluten free vienna bread.  It has potato, herbs and a tomato sauce that has a hint of spice.

The fry up below is with non gluten free bread, which is what makes the cafe a favourite of ours, as my non coeliac husband doesn’t like gluten free bread!

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If you are after something sweet, the French toast with blueberry compote and maple syrup was delicious.  There are also a variety of pancakes available and around Australia Day they had lamington pancakes which I was sorely tempted by!  There are no fresh juices, but Parker’s organic bottled juices.  You can also order a milkshake throughout the day.

Foddies - French toast_opt  Foddies juice_opt

The breakfast menu we chose from is below, but for the most up to date menu, please see their website (link at bottom of post).

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Main Meals

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My first ever meal at Foddies was the lamb koftas, with the best flat bread I had ever eaten.  House made and warm, it was amazing to have bread with a meal!  The koftas with the dipping yoghurt and salad make a lovely light lunch.

If you are after something even lighter or to take away, there are a range of sandwiches available in the display cabinet (gluten free on the top shelf).  Below is the chicken & avocado on dark continental gluten free bread.  It was so good to feel ‘normal’ having a toasted sandwich for a quick lunch.

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There are also a variety of salads, such as the very healthy quinoa and vegetable salad or the more filling calamari salad below.

Foddies Quinoa salad_opt Foddies - Calamari salad_opt

Another popular meal from 2016 was the onion free moussaka with Greek salad and chips.  My English cousin declared it the best moussaka she has ever eaten 🙂

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If you are also needing a starter, you can have herb and garlic bread (see picture in dinner section) or the very tasty sweet potato and eggplant fries.  What a treat to be able to have bread while waiting for your meal and not watch everyone else with envy!  Only garlic oil is used so that it is suitable for the low FODMAP diet.  The serving is huge, so great for the table to share.

Foddies sweet potato chips_opt    Foddies garlic bread_opt

 Pizza, Burger, Kebab!

Below is the herbivore pizza, which was scrumptious with the basil pesto lifting all the veggie flavours.  Having a burger with a bun is also a treat – this burger with sweet potato fries (inside the burger!) tastes great but is rather messy eating, so not recommended for a first date!

Foddies veggie pizza_opt Foddies Burger & crisps_opt

I haven’t tried the souvlaki yet, but both a gluten free and gluten eating friend have enjoyed it.

Foddies Souvlaki_opt

Salad, risotto, meat mains

Below is the lamb salad, pesto chicken and saffron risotto – all enjoyed!  Also look out for specials, such as fish and chips.

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Foddies chicken_opt Foddies risotto_opt

The main menu we chose from is below, but for entrees and the most up to date menu, please see their website (link at bottom of post).

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As you can see, there are so many options available for the gluten free and low FODMAP diner at Foddies,  providing meals that people on a special diet often miss out on.  I have had many meals at Foddie’s and have enjoyed all of them and so have my companions, whether gluten free or not.

There is some outside seating (see picture at the top), so in the summer we go with our dog and sit outside and then go for a walk along the beach as it is just a few steps to the beach.  In typical Aussie style, you also see people in their bathers come in for breakfast after a swim.  St Kilda is also just down the road, so if you have been lusting after cakes on Acland street, you can get your make up for your loss at Foddies!



Albert Park – 181 Victoria Avenue  Phone:  (03) 9696 9389. NB This location is closing on Sunday 24 June 2018.
(at the end of the No.1 tram from the city)

Camberwell – 393 Camberwell Road Phone: (03) 9882 7510
(on no. 75 tram route and 612 bus route or walk from Camberwell station)

Moonee Ponds Donut Store – 28 Hall Street  Phone: (03) 9077 8951

Open Tuesday to Sunday, early until mid afternoon (slightly different for Moonee Ponds & Camberwell) – check website for details.    NB kitchen closes 1/2 hour before closing time.


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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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  1. Issi says:

    It is so great to see a place that caters to the low FODMAP diet as well as gluten free. I struggle to stay completely low FODMAP when eating out – onions and garlic really are in everything. If I’m ever in Oz I’ll be sure to visit, and cross my fingers that someone opens a similar place in the UK in the meantime! Thanks for the review, Issi

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