It’s everywhere: gluten free. Is it just a trend? No, the number of people diagnosed celiac is increasing and restaurants are taking it upon themselves to offer them options. And there’s more good news: the places with menus for celiacs are cool. The gluten-free distinction is over and now we’re talking gluten-full. The uninspiring days of kale and rice cakes are in the past and having an intolerance to gluten in wheat, barley, rye and probably oats no longer condemns you to a life without the best that these ingredients offer, in other words, pizzas, burgers and ice cream. There are all kinds of options that are also healthier. Here’s our restaurant guide to a gluten-free Costa del Sol.
Aire Gastrobar is located in an early 20th century building that has been completely restored and decorated to make way for Mediterranean food that is literally a breath of fresh air in Málaga.
The place stands out for its original, exquisite recipes and the care and good taste that have gone into its rooms and dining areas. If you’re told there is an Angus sirloin steak with papa arrugá and mojo picón sauce, believe it… and eat it.
This gastrobar has three different offerings: gastrobar (tapas), formal restaurant and lunch box (takeaway). All of this is aimed at giving the customer top quality at a reasonable price. Depending on the season, availability and preference, the customer can choose from three spaces: bar, rooftop, ground or top floor, where the service is exactly the same. All that remains to say is that this restaurant has eliminated the risk of cross contamination in its process of preparing dishes for celiacs.
Five minutes from the historic centre and just three minutes from the high-speed train station, Candamil has for locals become synonymous with value for money.
Its offer comprises a set menu and seasonal dishes. Pulpo a feira, turnovers, pork shoulder, Galician style cod and Galician broth are just some of the dishes that make up its set menu that can be ordered as full or medium portions, or tapas. Each day, depending on the season, you can order roasted peppers, cockles, cabracho fish cake, home-made croquettes, bean stew with Spanish sausage, Galician broth or cod stew. There is a bar, three air conditioned dining rooms and the new terrace on calle Cuarteles (at night during spring and summer). Its entire menu, with the exception of the turnovers, is suitable for celiacs.
Ecological, gluten free, delicious and tasty dishes comprise this restaurant’s menu, where you will find salads, hot soups, chilled almond soup, cous cous, chick pea and mushroom stew, delicious apple and pine nut croquettes, a wide range of pasta and rice dishes, natural juices, ecological wines, teas, infusions, home-made desserts such as tiramisu… and a daily healthy and economical menu.
Vegetarians, non-vegetarians, vegans and celiacs will all find a dish they will enjoy, since variety is what distinguishes Cañadú.
La Mafia se Sienta a la Mesa
This is a restaurant where the creation of its menus and gastronomic offer very much take into account the requirements of a celiac clientele. It is committed to offering a gluten free menu for celiacs. La Mafia has removed the risks of cross contamination in its process of preparing dishes for celiacs.
La Mafia se sienta a la mesa’s menu offers a wide range of gluten free dishes: salads, scrambled eggs, risottos, pasta dishes with a choice of 16 different sauces and gluten-free bread and beer. A total of 34 gluten free dishes adapted for celiacs provides a wide gastronomic range.
This restaurant’s main feature lies in being the only one on the Costa del Sol to offer dishes that are 100% suitable for celiacs. It is located in the middle of Milla de Oro in Marbella. Celicioso offers delicious food suitable for people with a gluten intolerance, from breakfast, lunch and dinner to cocktails on its amazing rooftop that is open from 10.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m. You can also order takeaway or have food delivered.
Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 29602 Marbella, Málaga
If you visit Marbella, like tapas and are also celiac, be sure to visit La Trilla, a tavern offering signature tapas with gluten free options. Conceived as a gastrobar, La Trilla’s cuisine is distinguished by fusing traditional flavours with the latest cutting edge techniques in gastronomy.
Decorated in a minimalist, but cosy style, La Trilla offers a very extensive menu with a wide range of over 100 different dishes: Iberian ham croquettes, Asturian cabral cheese, manchego cheese plate, crostino and cannelloni, seafood dumplings and mushrooms with leaks are just some of the tapas worthy of mention. Do try the scallop sushi and selection of fish fried in batter.
All that remains to say is that almost all the dishes are suitable for celiacs and are prepared by Matías, an expert in this field, since he also suffers from this intolerance.
It’s no secret that the food at Areté is healthy and varied. It also offers something rather unusual: the chance to enjoy a careful and appetising menu, even if your health is compromised by a problem such as diabetes, cholesterol, uric acid or gluten intolerance.
Certain dishes from the extensive menu bear a discreet symbol (a clover for vegetarians, an ear of wheat for celiacs, etc.), which informs us that this dish can be ordered with an absolute guarantee that it has been prepared following certain guidelines.
The nutritional input that has gone into the refined selection of dishes is combined with their simplicity and careful presentation, and all at very reasonable prices.
La Fuente is located right in the centre of Nerja, Málaga at Plaza Balcón de Europa, 9. Here you will find an exquisite menu combining two incredibly tasty and special cuisines: traditional Spanish and Italian. It has a very varied menu and you can choose from hand-made pasta dishes and pizzas, gluten free recipes especially prepared for people with a gluten intolerance, traditional Italian desserts and authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a variety of the day’s fish, meat and fresh vegetables.
Here you will find a cosy ambience, exceptional service and professionals who will ensure that you hugely enjoy the experience.
In Estepona you can find another of the Costa del Sol’s most picturesque restaurants that are suitable for celiacs: Elemi Vegetarian Restaurant. Its catch phrase is “You are what you eat” and it takes great care with the produce and food it serves. Elemi’s menu includes gluten free dishes for celiacs from all over the world, prepared at a high nutritional level.
Tikitapi offers a wide range of tapas conceived in a most creative way. It specialises in gluten free food for celiacs. It stands out for its tapas and small plates and is the ideal place for all manner of celebrations and family get-togethers, accompanied by local wines. Prepare to enjoy the flavours of its meats, fish, vegetables…
WHERE TO STAY
The best accommodation option if you are looking for the best beaches is Fuerte Hoteles. This chain has establishments where you can enjoy it services and the best of each part of the Andalusian coast. With over 50 years’ experience, its hotels are the best place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Marbella, Estepona and Torrox are just some of the enclaves where you can find these amazing hotels on the beach and enjoy the best views.