Thursday, 31 March 2016

GLASGOW DINING FOR VEGANS & ALLERGY SUFFERERS

Zizzi Coconut & Mango Swirl Gelato

Whilst I am not a vegan, vegetarian or an allergy sufferer, I do appreciate that it can be really difficult to find places to eat where you can be confident that your needs are catered for. I visited three Glasgow restaurants recently where I noticed that there were a lot of vegan menu options, vegetarian choices and various gluten and dairy-free ones too. I thought it would be helpful to round them up in a post for you so that you have them all in one place if you are struggling with the decision of where to go for lunch or dinner.

Byron Glasgow
Byron Courgette Fries
Byron Bean Patty

Byron, West George Street

The much loved burger restaurant Byron has just opened a branch in Glasgow and I had to check it out. They use quality-sourced British beef to make juicy US-inspired hamburgers, but also have a great range for vegetarians and vegans. Their Bean Patty (£7.95) is amazing and is served in a soft bun with roasted red pepper, spinach, tomato, onion, aioli and Byron sauce. Team this with their delicious Courgette Fries (£3.50), which are crispy and lightly battered thin courgette strips. I recommend that you skip dessert and go for one of their amazing milkshakes instead. I had the Oreo Cookie Milkshake (£4.75) with a shot of Baileys (£2.75) in it and I've been dreaming off it ever since. You can really taste the Oreo and there is a massive five scoops of ice-cream in every one.


Sugar Dumplin Glasgow
Jamaican Mojito
Glasgow Caribbean Food

Sugar Dumplin, Princes Square, Buchanan Street

Sugar Dumplin is a fantastic realistic Caribbean restaurant in luxury shopping mall Princes Square. The place is decked out with rum kegs, wooden boats and other beach paraphernalia and really evokes a laid-back island spirit. Their cocktails are amazing and I would really recommend the Jamaican Mojito (£6.95), which is a twist on a classic Cuban mojito using rum, fresh passionfruit, lime and mint. It really packs a punch and is so refreshing. Sugar Dumplin has great offerings for vegetarians. For a starter, their Fried Dumplins (£4.50) are amazing and deliciously stodgy fried balls of seasoned dough that are served with the Sugar Dumplin' sauces of varying strengths of spiciness.
For main course I'd recommend their Butternut Squash, Chickpea, Spinach & Coconut Creole served with Rice & Peas (£7.75)- it's very tasty and traditional.

Zizzi Margarita Rustica
Zizzi Polpette Rustica Pizza

Zizzi, Silverburn Shopping Centre

Zizzi have just launched new spring menu options that are full of things for vegans and allergy sufferers. I tried a Margarita Rustica Pizza (part of £10.95 two course Fisso lunch menu) with their new vegan cheese substitute Mozzarisella, which is made with organic rice milk. It's completely free from soya, gluten and lactose too; making it a great way for those with a dairy allergy to enjoy pizza as I couldn't tell the difference. They also have a sweet and refreshing new Coconut & Mango Swirl Gelato that is vegan-friendly and dairy-free too. If you require a dairy-free pizza but are able to eat meat, Zizzi's new Polpette Rustica Pizza (£12.95) has tasty lamb & red pepper meatballs, anchovies, Fior di Latte & smoked mozzarella cheeses, spinach, olives, sunblushed tomatoes, crushed chilli peppers, roasted garlic cloves & smoked garlic oil on it and is a real feast- just ask for it without the dairy cheeses and with their special Mozzarisella instead!

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Top Image Photo Credit- Zizzi
Byron Glasgow Exterior- Sheri Scott / Forever Yours Betty
Byron Courgette Fries Image Credit- Su Lin via Flickr Creative Commons License 

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