Eating Out

I am a huge advocate for home cooking, but I also believe we all need to treat ourselves and experience the wonderful food our cafes and restaurants have to offer! Over the years I have compiled a list of places I have eaten around Melbourne, which I share with you below.

As much as I would love to say this is a low FODMAP, fructose friendly, gluten free restaurant list, I am afraid it is not! I am not saying places like this do not exist, but they are few and far between, and understandably so, because we all know how difficult a diet it can be. This is a list of places I have eaten at, where I have enjoyed a meal and had my dietary requirements taken care of. It is purely my experience that I am sharing. We all have different food sensitivities, so always remember to call ahead to inquire about menu options or alert staff when you arrive. I've grouped them into Cafes or Restaurants, though some fit into both categories, and there are also some handy tips at the bottom of the page. Happy eating out!

Cafes
Admiral Cheng Ho - Abbotsford
Adeney Milkbar Cafe - Kew
Apte - Alphington
Barry Coffee & Food - Northcote
Bluebird Espresso - Collingwood
Boundary Espresso - Preston
Caffe Strada (Gluten Free) - Ivanhoe
Cheshire - Preston
Crate Specialty Coffee - Heidelberg
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery - Abbotsford
Farm Cafe - Abbotsford
Foddies Cafe (Low FODMAP) - Albert Park
Fruits of Passion - Kensington
Green Park Dining - Carlton North
Grub Food Van - Fitzroy
Gypsy Hideout - Northcote
Il Fornaio - St Kilda
Lady Bower Kitchen - Reservoir
Lip Cafe - Ivanhoe
Little Big Sugar Salt - Abbotsford
Little Byrd - Ascot Vale
Luncheonette - Kensington
Miss Marie Cafe - Rosanna
Mister Nice Guy's - Ascot Vale
Mixed Business - Clifton Hill
Penny Farthing Espresso - Northcote
Pomona Cafe (Gluten Free) - Preston
Proud Mary - Collingwood
Red Door Corner Store - Northcote
Red Robyn (low FODMAP) - Camberwell
Seratonin Eatery - Richmond
Slowpoke Espresso - Fitzroy
Snow Pony - Balwyn
Snow Road Produce - Milawa
The Glass Den - Coburg
Three Bags Full - Abbotsford
Tomboy - Collingwood
Touchwood - Richmond

Restaurants
Bangpop (Thai) - South Wharf
Bar Idda (Sicilian) - 
Benjamin's Kitchen - Alphington
Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew - Fitzroy
Chew Burgers - Preston
Chin Chin - Melbourne CBD
Coda - Melbourne CBD
E-Lounge Pizzeria - Richmond
Fina's - Richmond & Fitzroy
Feast Of Merit - Richmond
Fox in the Box (low FODMAP) - Brighton
Gazi (Greek) - Melbourne CBD
Gingerboy - Melbourne CBD
Hellenic Republic (Greek) - Kew & Brunswick East
Jinda Thai - Richmond
Kao Thai - Brunswick
Ladro (Italian/Pizza) - Fitzroy
Longrain - Melbourne CBD
Maha - Melbourne CBD
Mama’s Buoi - Melbourne CBD
Mamasita (Mexican) - Melbourne CBD
Matsuya (Japanese) - Fairfield
Oriental Spoon (Korean) - Melbourne CBD
Patee Thai - Fitzroy
Pizza Farro - Northcote
Red Spice Road - Melbourne CBD
Rita's Cafeteria (Pizza) - Abbotsford
Saint Crispin - Collingwood
Seoul Soul (Korean) - Northcote & Abbotsford
Shoku Iku (Vegan/Raw) - Northcote
Sister of Soul (Vegetarian/Vegan) - St Kilda
Super Bowl Pho - Richmond
Taggarts - Frankston
Thai Tiki Hut - Northcote
Trotters (Pizza) - Carlton
Umberto Espresso Bar - Thornbury
Vegie Bar (Vegetarian) - Fitzroy
Wabi Sabi Salon (Japanese) - Collingwood
Warra Warra Kitchen (Korean) - Melbourne CBD
Yim Yam Thai Laos - Collingwood


Tips for Eating Out
- Call ahead to enquire if there would be anything on the menu (or that can be adapted) without onion or garlic , hich we all know are the trickiest of FODMAPs to avoid when eating out.
- Check Zomato or restaurant websites to view the menu before you venture out.
- Rice paper rolls and sushi are great for an on-the-go lunch or snack (just make sure to check the sauces are ok to eat).
- Pizza: There are a growing amount of restaurants who make their gluten free or spelt pizza dough fresh, so if you can, don’t settle for frozen bases. Also check there is no onion or garlic in the tomato sauce, and if there is just ask for fresh tomato instead.
- Thai: Pad Sew Ew is my go to dish because it almost never contains onion and garlic. Generally, I stay away from curries, and ask what stir fries are onion and garlic free, and there's almost always a few options to choose from.
- Burgers: Check the restaurant has gluten free buns, and that there is no onion or garlic in the patties or sauces.

36 comments:

  1. Thanks Steph!
    Cathy

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  2. At SeoulSoul I was literally served a plate full of onions...annoying how experiences seem to differ at the same place depending on who is working!

    This is a helpful list though

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    1. Oh that is such a shame! I often find myself double confirming with staff about onion and garlic just to be on the safe side.

      Maybe next time ;)

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  3. Hi Steph, i'm wondering if you (or anyone else reading this) have come across a cafe that serves lactose free milk coffees? In Fitzroy/Collingwood? Thanks

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    1. Hi Niamh! Unfortunately I can't recall any because I drink soy milk. I know there would be some out there so I'll keep my eye out for you :)

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    2. Thanks Steph, i've since resorted to bringing my LF milk to a local cafe near work & they're happy to make my coffee. Don't have to give up my morning coffee = happy lady :) :) i've also bought the lactase tablets for emergencies..

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    3. Great solution!! I love it. Can't be giving up morning coffees ;)

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    4. Niamh - Piccante in North Fitzroy opposite Piedemonte's has lactose free milk! The only place I've come across around this area :)

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  4. This list is AWESOME!
    I've been diagnosed with this less than 2 weeks ago and am in a bit of despair with eating out, but this has given me hope! Also, today, found a café in Camberwell (if you ever get out that way), called 'Red Robin'. Its ALL allergy friendly (Lactose, Fructose, FODMAP, Vegan, Gluten) and can modify their non FODMAP dishes to be FODMAP friendly if you want. It was SO delicious. Might be worth a trip to the 'burbs? Thanks for the list, you've given me hope!
    Sasha

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    1. Hi Sasha, I’m so glad to hear I’ve given some hope ;) thanks for the tip on Red Robyn, I’ve heard so many great reviews about it but I am yet to get there! I will one day soon for sure.
      Steph x

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    2. I finally went to Red Robyn - it was amazing! It's now on the list ;)

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  5. Not exactly a restaurant or cafe, but the Muffin Break chain has lactose free milk available for coffee - handy if you are out shopping.

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  6. Finding this post has made my day! Thanks so much for sharing, I've just discovered my FODMAP intolerances and eating out is so difficult. This well help immensely :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear! It's my pleasure, as I totally understand how difficult it can be in the beginning. All the best and feel free to email me if you have any specific questions :)

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  7. I'm curious to know how you went with the two pho places... I emailed I love Pho awhile ago, and they told that there stock was okay for people with fructose malabsorption because the onion was cooked. Pretty disconcerting!

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    1. Hi there, I've only had rice paper rolls from I Love Pho and they were completely FODMAP friendly. I added it to the list because I grab them often when I'm around the city because they make such a great light meal. I'm sorry to hear about the pho from there though, I haven't had it before and I wouldn't call cooked onion okay for us frucmalabsorpers! But I can assure you I have eaten pho numerous times from Superbowl! I ask every time and they assure me their stock is not made with any onion and if you ask they omit the added onion. I hope that helps!

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  8. i went to Warra Warra kitchen today, I asked the waitress and the orderer, they did look at me as though I was insane .. I did manage to get no onion on my dish, but i've had a HUGE reaction to whatever else was in the food. i am new to this, and that wasn't ideal. Wonder what you order there or what you ask for?

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    1. Hi there,
      I am so sorry to hear you reacted to the food. I have found that most people do not know what low FODMAP is so I don’t actually request this when going to a restaurant, instead I request ‘gluten free, no onion, no garlic’ because most other ingredients are stated on a menu item so I can usually file through until I find some dishes that look more suitable. I usually have the salmon or tofu bibimbap at Warra Warra and just ask for ‘no onion, no garlic’ as I know there will not be significant gluten in this dish, it has always been great!
      Good luck and feel free to email me if you’d like any help :)
      Steph

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  9. I'm currently sitting in Gingerboy, and while the menu looks wonderful, I caught a glimpse of the allergen table the waiters have, and it's basically all got onion and/or garlic in it. Talked to the waiter and there was basically no room for dishes to be altered. May be worth taking off your list :(

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    1. Hi there,
      I've eaten at Gingerboy twice now, and both experiences, while the choices were limited, were fantastic. This was over a year ago now so I understand the menu may have changed so I will take this off this list just in case. I'm curious to know if there was anything they could accommodate to make you in the end?
      Many thanks,
      Steph

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    2. Yeah they ended up doing the pork belly, and they made a simple soy sauce based dressing instead of the plum one. And they put the apple slaw on the side. I also had a couple of bites of my sister's "soy cured ocean trout, green chilli relish, avocado, pickled ginger, puffed rice crisp", just avoiding the nasty bits :)

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  10. Hi Steph!!

    Thanks for creating this blog to help people like myself (ibs sufferer) to find places to eat which are more friendlier towards us who are on a 'limited' diet!

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    1. Hi Linkin!
      You are very welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have found some delicious places to eat :)

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  11. There is a great restaurant in Frankston called Taggarts & they have a separate FODMAP menu to the regular restaurant menu. It really caters for everybody, it's fantastic! www.frankstoninternational.com.au/taggarts-cafe

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I can't wait to try it. I've added it to the list :)

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  12. Red Robin was so delightful! a Lactose Free Latte and their FD Friendly Waffles with Burnt Pineapple made for a great breakfast! Thanks for the recommendation

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    1. You're very welcome! That sounds delicious. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. Hi, just wondering if anyone has come across any fructose friendly restaurants that serve butter chicken? I know, tough asks!

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    1. That'd be amazing! I haven't but I sure hope someone responds to your comment!

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    2. Hi anonymous. ...you can make your own butter chicken as coles has a fodmap section and has butter chicken sauce. My pridicament is my b day on Thursday. .....what cake??

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  15. Hi,
    Also work trying Fina's Café in Victoria Street Richmond and Shakahari in Farraday Street Carlton.

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    1. Thank you! I have heard they are both great, I'll add them to my list.

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  16. Hi Stephanie!! Your journey is definitely remarkable and seems like your food is delicious too. Carry on!
    For more info - http://uthongthairestaurant.com.au/

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