Gluten-free dining in Wrocław
Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:43:25 PM
Anyhow, I wanted to share the research I had to do in regards to keeping my gluten-free diet while on this trip. Maintaining my diet used to be inconvenient in Norway. But in recent years I can pick up bread, pasta, and basic pastries in every grocery store. Almost every restaurant waitress have had to answer for the gluten contents of their menus at least a few times.
Walking into a restaurant and asking for gluten-free dishes (or even
potrawy bezglutenoweas suggested by Google Translate) in Wrocław is not really a good idea. The poor level of English when it comes to the exact detailed ingredients of the dishes and virtually non-existent awareness of coeliac disease made this a hopeless venture. I needed better alternatives.
After some research, I found the following restaurants near the city center that have guaranteed gluten-free dishes on their menus:
In addition to restaurants I visited a salad bar and a sushi restaurant. Those are universally gluten-free when you know to ask them to hold the pasta and croûtons, and keep to sashimi. A colleagues also accompanied me to a Greek restaurant; where the waiters absolutely refused to look at me when my colleagues explained my dietary needs to her in polish for me.
My hotel, Best Western Hotel Prima Wrocław, did offer gluten-free bread for the complimentary breakfast. However, the taste was enough to put me off breakfast for the rest of my stay. Checking out reviews that mention ‘gluten-free’ for other hotels in the area quickly reveal that gluten-free hotel breakfasts was nothing to cheer for in Wrocław.
If you’re looking for restaurants in other cities in Poland, you can visit Gluten-Free Menus. A directory by the Polish Coeliac Society that lists restaurants that have been approved for their Menu Bez Glutenu program.
Update 2012-11-13: I was just sent a link to a new resource at wroclawglutenfree.pl that would have been very useful.