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!
“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.
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!).
The 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!
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.
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).
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.
There are also a variety of salads, such as the very healthy quinoa and vegetable salad or the more filling calamari salad below.
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 🙂
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.
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!
I haven’t tried the souvlaki yet, but both a gluten free and gluten eating friend have enjoyed it.
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.
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).
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!
181 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park (inner Melbourne) Phone: 03 9696 9389
(at the end of the No.1 tram from the city)
Open 7 days (NB kitchen closes 1 hour before closing time)
Mon-Fri 7:30am – 2:30pm, Sat 8:00am – 3.30pm, Sun 9:00am – 3.30pm
For more gluten free Melbourne options and travel ideas, please check the following links:
- 100% gluten free Melbourne
- Mamasita, Melbourne CBD
- Melbourne, Australia
- Melbourne airport
- 100% gluten free London
- London Heathrow & Gatwick airport gluten free options
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