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Hemp Kitchen – 100% gluten free St Kilda

Hemp Kitchen is a modern eatery in St Kilda with hemp flour at its heart.  Open day and night, you can have brunch, lunch and dinner that has an Italian twist. Everyone’s first reaction is a joke about getting high, but there is a difference between hemp and marijuana (you can read more about this on their website).

hemp kitchen St Kilda

Hemp is naturally gluten free and quite nutritious, being a good vegetarian protein source with and vitamins and minerals and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Hemp Kitchen is Coeliac Australia accredited and one of the many great venues on the 100% gluten free Melbourne listing with an all gluten free food menu and gluten free beer is available.

Located near to popular Acland Street, there is a large menu to choose from, with vegetarian and dairy free options clearly marked. See the full menu on their website.

Pizza and pasta

Pizza is one of the things I think most coeliacs visit Hemp Kitchen for as it is so hard to get a gluten free pizza free from cross contamination.  Please note, pizza is only served at dinner time on weekdays and from midday on weekends.

There are a number of entree focaccias to choose from. The garlic one below was delicious but I would call it a pizza rather than a focaccia due to it being flat.  It has 8 slices, so only order if you have enough people to eat it (our table of five managed to demolish it).

gluten free garlic pizza

I was the only one needing gluten free and the ‘normal’ eaters wouldn’t have known that the pizza was gluten free – this is a great endorsement!  All the pizzas below had a hemp base for $3 extra, except the Margherita on the bottom right.  I think the hemp gives it a nice full and nutty taste.

gluten free pizza St Kilda

The other pizzas above are: Positano with ham, eggplant and cherry tomatoes (top left), Vittoria with hot salami, goat cheese, red onions and cherry tomatoes (top right), Capricciosa with ham, mozzarella, artichoke and mushrooms (bottom left).  Price ranges from $19.50 to $25.50 on a non-hemp base.

One of our party choose the starter of slow cooked lamb with a side of hand cut chips as her meal and thought it was delicious.  I tried a chip and they were yum!

gluten free St Kilda

I am yet to try the pasta, but it is all freshly hand made and also has hemp options.

Ask staff about daily specials and there are also week night specials: Monday night – pizza night, Tuesday night – pasta night, Wednesday night – steak night, Thursday night – parma night.

Brunch

Brunch is served until 3pm.   The options are varied, from toast, granola, eggs, fritters and pancakes to burgers.  Below is the scrambled eggs on toast with extra avocado and the grilled vegetable burger (which is served with chips).

Dessert

I haven’t had the opportunity to try dessert yet, but the nutella pizza has got my name on it! Also on the menu is cake, hemp cannoli, a cheese platter and affagato.

Gluten free beer and drinks menu

Wilde gluten free beer is available which is an Australian beer made from Sorghum.  NB: non gluten free beers are also sold, including hemp beer on tap.  There is a good wine and spirits list as well as the usual teas and coffees (nut and hemp milk options), fresh juices and kombucha.  Hot chocolate isn’t listed on the menu, but they have it!

gluten free hot chocolate st Kilda

Bakery products

These can be purchased to use at home, such as hemp bread, pasta, pre-baked pizza base and muffins.

gluten free bread St Kilda

Source: Hemp Kitchen Instagram

Both times I have visited (weekend day-time), the restaurant was not very busy, so I encourage you to give them a go.  On my first visit they had only just opened and had a number of teething problems but the second visit was great and I will definitely be going again.  They like to have bookings, which you can do via their website.

They also have a small court yard area at the front where you can sit in the sun and have your dog with you.

If you can’t visit, they deliver via Deliveroo.  You can also hire the restaurant for functions.

 

1/173-177 Barkly Street, St Kilda VIC 3182 Tel: 03 9537 5300

Monday to Thursday 10am – 3pm&5pm – 9.30pm, Friday 10am – 3pm&5pm – 10pm, Saturday9am – 10pm, Sunday 9am – 9.30pm

www.hempkitchen.com.au

 

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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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