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A gluten free and low FODMAP Christmas in Melbourne

By on December 31, 2017 in Melbourne, Restaurant Review Aus with 0 Comments

When I discovered that Coeliac Australia accredited restaurant, Mediterraneo in Albert Park, Melbourne were open on Christmas Day and could also cater for my low FODMAP brother (off menu if need be), we were booked in nearly six months before Christmas!!  It was amazing to eat out safely and not have to do all the prep, shopping and cooking!

The set menu had a selection of four items to choose from for each course, with only one item on the whole menu not available gluten free.  As the menu photo may be hard to read, the options will be described with the food photos below.


We were brought bread with dips and olives to start, with staff making sure to have a dip plate for the gluten free bread and the normal bread.

Starter options were:

  • creamy butternut pumpkin soup
  • crackling pork belly on a rocket, fennel and mango salad
  • calamari stuffed with barramundi on a Balkan style potato salad
  • cevapcici (Balkan style skinless beef sausage) with relish and sweet potato crisps

My parents both chose the barramundi and were very impressed with the combination of flavours – after the first mouthful they were both singing its praises!   My husband and I both had the pork belly which was delicious and I loved the Aussie touch with the mango in the salad.   My brother chose to have the polenta chips off the low FODMAP menu and enjoyed those.

Main options were:

  • turkey involtini – turkey fillet stuffed with pan-fried chorizo, tomato, olive and shallot, wrapped in pancetta, on mashed potato and grappa glazed nectarine.
  • steak (eye fillet or scotch fillet) with red wine jus on roasted potatoes with summer squash salad
  • atlantic salmon fillet on prawn bisque paella rice, steamed vegetables and chimichurri
  • vegetarian stuffed pepper, portabella mushroom, grana padano and arborio rice, served on wilted spinach and mashed potato

gluten free steak Melbourne

I so enjoyed the steak at my first visit to Mediterraneao, I chose that as did most of the rest of the family.  It was cooked to perfection and the sides were just right – lovely roast potatoes covered in the jus and the ribboned zucchini had been marinated in something delicious.  It is something I am going to try and home as I hadn’t thought about using it as a salad item.

The dessert options were:

  • lemon lime panna cotta with cinnamon poached pear, raspberry coulis and almond brittle
  • chocolate flourless chocolate cake with Belgian chocolate Grenache and double chocolate ice cream
  • warm sticky date pudding with Persian tea date, butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream
  • Balkan style walnut baklava with honey syrup, candied zest and lemon sorbet (the only item not gluten free)

gluten free Sticky date pudding Melbourne

Having discovered sticky date pudding when living in the UK, I find it hard to pass it up and three of us chose that for a dessert and I managed to clean the plate even though I was already pretty full!  My dad enjoyed the chocolate cake and my brother preferred just to have a selection of sorbets to end his meal.

As with my previous visit, I couldn’t fault the service or the food. The owners were all over the gluten free and low FODMAP requirements without us having to say anything, which gives great comfort.

If you are looking for a gluten free Christmas in Melbourne for next year, get in touch with them to go on the booking list.  The Christmas menu is released around September.    For the normal menu, read my review of Mediterraneo.

116 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria 3206   Ph: 03 9690 5155
Open for dinner Tues-Sun 6-10pm and lunch Thurs-Sat 12-2.30pm


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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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