Are you looking for a bit of gluten free heaven in Melbourne? Then you need to visit the dedicated gluten free bakery Gluten Free 4U and you will be like a kid in a candy shop!
They have a created a huge range of baked goods and breads that you will not believe are gluten free. There are also options for dairy free, yeast free, egg free, low FODMAP etc. Missing a baguette? A pie? A danish or slice? You will find all of these and more at their two locations in suburban Melbourne.
They also have a small range of grab & go lunch items that are pre-heated (eg pie, sausage roll, mini quiche). Unfortunately there is no cafe attached, so it is takeaway only. If you are not able to visit in person, you can also order online or via phone for delivery in metropolitan Melbourne.
This post barely scratches the surface of what is available, but will hopefully whet your appetite. I am starting with doughnuts, as doughnuts regularly come up as something coeliacs desperately miss. How many times have you walked past the amazing smell of a doughnut van at a show or seen a Crispy Creme box turn up at work and you just watch on with envy?
For me, both the cinnamon and the jam doughnuts give me that feeling of being a kid at Moomba. The cinnamon doughnuts photo shows them in their bag – they went straight from there into my mouth :-). The iced doughnuts are also good, but for me nothing beats the cinnamon and sugar.
The jam doughnuts need a zap in the microwave so the jam is nice and hot and gooey!
As amazing as the doughnuts are, for me the best thing to come out of Gluten Free 4U is their vanilla slices! I absolutely love, love, love vanilla slices and they taste exactly as I remember them. There is also a dairy free/egg free variety.
Whenever I am there, I also usually buy a treat for my non GF husband and below is the lemon tart that recently got the tick of approval.
For those missing pastries, there are a selection of danishes and other French items like croissants and chocolate croissants (pain au chocolat) and they do taste like light pastry! The chocolate croissant is nice ‘as is’, but I really enjoyed the half I put in the microwave to melt the chocolate.
The danishes are large and big enough to share. As an easy dessert, I have bought a variety of danishes and warmed them slightly through in the oven before halving and serving.
There are plenty of other sweet treats to choose from and if you are from overseas don’t forget to try a lamington :-). If you have a special occasion coming up, you can also order celebration cakes. You can see the full range and prices at Gluten Free 4U.
As well as the cakes, there is a wide variety of breads (loaves, rolls etc.) and savoury options. Some of the breads stocked are by Black Ruby which has a great reputation around Melbourne and will be the subject of a future post.
My favourite savoury option is the mushroom and fetta quiche. This is available as an individual serve or as a rectangle family size. It tastes fantastic to both gluten free and gluten eaters. The family size cuts into four good size portions for a meal with some salad.
There is also pre-prepared garlic bread if you would like to add that as a side dish. Garlic bread is a real treat for a coeliac!
You will also find a good range of frozen pies and sausage rolls (including party size) and many other items in the freezers, such as ready meals, ravioli and gnocchi etc.
If you need a lunch on the run, you can buy a warm pie, sausage roll or quiche. The sausage rolls above are the fructose friendly carrot ones, and the one below is meat with onion.
At my last visit I saw these raw vegan wraps and tried a sample with a little bit of dip – they taste just like the fruit flats/wraps you have probably tried, but a savoury version. They have a long shelf life and I’m going to try them as a packed lunch option.
It is a good idea to follow Gluten Free 4U on Facebook so you can see their latest creations.
Note: I have no association with Gluten Free 4U and purchased all food reviewed.
Moorabbin (15km south east of Melbourne city centre)
Factory and shop – 5 / 1-3 Bignell Road, Moorabbin VIC 3189 Phone: 03 9555 5175
Open Tuesday – Friday 8am – 4.30pm and Saturday 8am – 2.00pm
Kew (6km east of Melbourne city centre)
Shop – 1345 Burke Road, Kew VIC 3101 Phone: 03 9817 6981
Open Tuesday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Saturday 8:30am – 3pm
Both stores closed on Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays.
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For more Melbourne dining options, please check the following links:
- 100% gluten free cafes and bakeries around Melbourne
- Melbourne – plenty of gluten free options!
- Hooked fish & chips (Fitzroy, Windsor/South Yarra, Hawthorn)
- Melbourne Airport
- Reviews of Australian restaurants
- If you travel, the London 100% gluten free post might also be of interest!
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