Here’s a quick review of A Room in the Town from the perspective of a gluten free diner!
The menu in A Room in the Town is printed on paper and seems to change on a regular basis. All you need to do is tell the waiter or waitress that you are on a gluten free diet and they will highlight all the items on the menu that you can safely eat.
Every time I have been to A Room in the Town I’ve been able to have a choice of around 5 starters and 6-7 main courses. Sample starters from one of my recent visits included poached sole fillet & prawns with a sour cream tartare, goats cheese, courgette & piquillo pepper terrine, soup of the night or chilled smoked salmon, cream cheese & caper parcel with petit pois puree. These typically range from £4.25-£5.95 per dish in the evening.
For main courses choices included grilled salmon fillet with roast garlic & sunblushed tomato caponata, slow braised ox cheek with shitake mushrooms, sesame seeds & carrot puree, seared monkfish fillet & sauteed leeks with a crayfish scallion & sweetcorn butter or chargrilled lamb rump with sauteed spring cabbage, chestnuts, butternut squash & a Madeira gravy. Yum! The main courses range from £11.95-£18.95 in the evening and include some lovely potatoes and vegetables on the side. On my last visit I had a perfectly cooked monkfish dish, which was delicious, and overall I’ve never been disappointed in the quality of the food.
For dessert there is always a selection of gluten free ice cream and on occassion they do have gluten free cake as well. I had a lovely lemon cake made from polenta on my last visit.
Another bonus to this restaurant is that you can bring your own bottle. They have a corkage charge of £3 for wine or £4 for bubbly or you can choose wine from their own wine list.
Each time I’ve eaten at A Room in the Town I’ve never had any gluten symptoms, so I can only assume that they are careful in the kitchen with cross contamination. I’m pretty sensitive to cross contamination and have very specific symptoms that I get only from eating gluten, so I usually know if there has been an issue with this.
If A Room in The Town isn’t convenient for you, there are a few other restaurants in Edinburgh owned by the same company. There’s A Room in the West End, A Room in Leith and Teuchters Landing. You can find out more on the A Room in… website. I’ve never been to any of these since starting my gluten free diet, but I have heard that they also offer a good selection of gluten free options.
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