We're getting a bit bored of trying to come up with new meals to suit our free-from diets so this week we thought it would be a great chance to explore and get someone else to do all the hard work! Here's what we discovered...

 

Anna's Gluten-Free Quest:

There were a few options that I had read up about that were meant to be great for the gluten-free seekers amongst us, but I decided to opt for the newly opened Beyond Bread in Charlotte Place. Maybe I was tempted by their delish branding...

 

 

The café serves a selection of breads, cakes and sandwiches to grab on the go as well as a range of Beyond Bread merchandise.

 

 

 

I opted for the hot cross bun and a seeded loaf to take away but, at £4.25 for the loaf of bread alone, it’s certainly not cheap!

 

 

Like you should always enjoy a hot cross bun, I had mine toasted with lashings of proper salted butter. I’m sure Mary and Paul would agree that it had “a good crumb” but if I’m being picky it could have done with a touch more spice to make it as authentic as possible!

 

 

The loaf of bread, however, was incredible! It was packed full of loads of delicious seeds and had a texture identical to normal bread. There’s no way that I would be able to tell the difference. Unlike a lot of gluten-free breads, this one is delish as bread for sandwiches or as toast too, a sign of a good bake! My overall verdict would be a 7/10 – a nice selection of baked goods that all look like the real thing but the cost makes it a bit more of a special treat than a regular spot to munch at. I’ll have a seek out the others to see how they compare…

 

Richard's & Ed's Sugar-Free, Vegan Feast:

 

Richard and I were feeling pretty lazy (not out of the ordinary) so we decided to stick close to home. We walked to The Good Life and as usual the queue was coming out of the door so we decided to continue on to Tanya’s in South Ken. The Good Life is absolutely delish but you have to wait for ages for a seat - open a bigger one por favor!!

Anyway, Tanya’s Cafe is a raw, sugar-free vegan and organic restaurant in myhotel in London. You might think their limitations would make the food taste gross, but you’d be wrong. After gasping at the prices on the menu, I skeptically asked for the biggest meal they had and Richard ordered the Key Lime pie and ‘cheesy’ kale chips. I received my vegan tacos:

 

 

They had done a really good job of making it look like the real deal and I was surprised when I tasted it - it was delisssssshhhh. It didn’t taste like tacos but the mushroom-based ‘meat’ was fresh, light and tasty alongside the vegan sour cream and guacamole.

Richard’s Key Lime pie was outstanding. To achieve something that tasted that good and was still raw, organic, vegan and sugar-free is very impressive (round of applause). The cheesy kale chips were good, although I’m not sure what they used to achieve the ‘cheesiness’. All in all a great foray into the world of raw, organic, vegan and sugar-free restaurants, but I’m pretty sure I’d be broke after two meals there...