I’m pretty sensitive to cross contamination and I’m pleased to report that I’ve never felt ill after any of my trips to Le Monde, so it seems like a pretty safe place to eat.
The menu is quite large, with a variety of dishes from different countries, but unfortunately each time I’ve been there the gluten free choices have been very limited. The serving staff never seem to know what is gluten free and what isn’t, but they always go and check with the chef and come back to let me know what my options are. Some of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they’ll provide the option of taking away part of a dish that isn’t (e.g. removal of the bread, the sauce, the croutons etc)
On my last trip for dinner I had the choice of either paprika prawns (without the crusty bread), french onion soup (without the crouton) or chicken satay (without the satay) for starters. I opted for the paprika prawns and they were nicely cooked and flavoursome, but nothing special. For main courses I had the choice of either pan fried chicken supreme, or a burger (without the bun) or sea bass. I went for the sea bass, which was very simple, but perfectly cooked. The portion of seabass was very generous and came with spinach, new potatoes and a poached egg florentine. My friend had a salmon tart for starters and a tiger prawn & mussel laksa with noodlesfor a main. She enjoyed this, but I didn’t sample it since it wasn’t gluten free.
For dessert I had the choice between either vanilla creme brulee (without the shortbread) or Eton mess. I went for the Eton Mess, which was a little disappointing as the fruits had that taste of frozen fruit – very bitter tasting. My friend went for sticky toffee pudding, which looked lovely – a dessert that I have missed since being on a gluten free diet.
The price of the food is fairly reasonable at around £4.50-7.50 for starters and £7.50-18 for main courses on the a la carte menu at dinner.
Both of the times I visited here for lunch I had a thai style surf and turf salad – this was a really nice salad with beef and prawns with a thai style marinade.
So overall, I feel that Le Monde is a safe place for coeliacs to eat, but check first what is available to you on the menu just in case you don’t fancy any of the gluten free dishes. If you are looking for a restaurant with more choice take a look at some of my other Gluten Free Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews for some other ideas.
I hope you find this gluten free review of Le Monde to be helpful and please feel free to comment below if you have experienced this restaurant as a gluten free diner.