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You know you’re in good hands when a cafe selling gluten free goods is founded by a coeliac.
Fiona Wilkinson opened ‘Brioche’ in Balmain just this year and diners will happily munch through the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re here for the freshly baked gluten free bread, you can choose from a crusty high-GI loaf (pictured above), or a squarer low-GI loaf made with chickpeas, brown rice and almond meal. Gluten-full bread is also for sale.
I visited at lunchtime and the range of gluten free savoury pastries was exciting:
Not everything sold is gluten free, but the daily specials always include a gluten free option, be that risotto, pasta or soup. Regular gluten free items include a quinoa/beetroot slice and this wonderfully sharp tasting sweet potato and polenta number:
Having been a coeliac for 20 years, Fiona has dodged the ubiquitous ‘flourless chocolate’ and ‘orange and almond’ cakes (I’m very grateful for these, but it’s nice to have other options!). Brioche cakes are baked with thought and imagination.
Brioche is a food haven whether or not you’re gluten-free – ingredients are carefully considered and preservatives kept low. My only quibble is that the ambience is more brusque bakery than loungy cafe, I’m sure many customers would loll for hours if it were cozier.
Brioche has all meals covered – eat in or take-away – fingers crossed it flourishes.
349 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041