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Gluten Free Options at Big Easy, King’s Road Chelsea

Big Easy brings a taste (and the portion sizes) of the USA to London town. The crab shack was born on the King’s Road in Chelsea, but they’ve now opened a newish version of the same thing in the tourist wonderland that is Covent Garden. We traipsed along the alarmingly fancy King’s Road to try out the very first Big Easy for a girls dinner one evening in February. We could never have fully prepared for what was about to happen. On first impression the restaurant looked great; buzzing, lively and fun. It smelt of fried food and calories. People were smiling, some were wearing bibs. All was good.     We wandered downstairs to find a table before ordering all the margheritas. When in Rome etc.   The waitress gave us our menus, we were pleased to find the Big Easy team had good gluten free knowledge, and can provide a menu which clearly marks which dishes are suitable for gluten free diets. You can view the Big Easy gluten free menu here.   …

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Gluten Free Steak at Hawksmoor, Air Street

Hawksmoor is a proper British steakhouse. The food is to die for (many cows have, in fact), the interior is super plush and the service is quick, friendly and efficient. We will not beat about the bush here; we are obsessed with steak. And steak doesn’t get much better than Hawksmoor’s 400g ribeye of wonderment and glory. It’s an experience. A good one. We visited the Air Street (just off Regent Street) Hawksmoor of a winter’s evening, and what awaited us did shock and amaze. Upon arrival we were guided upstairs by a waitress who seemed determined to escape us. She quickly did this, depositing us with another lady entirely, whose job it was to show us to the table. We then walked for about 18 miles through the gigantic restaurant, the aromas of all the world’s meat filling our brains with a sort of happy steak-fog. Having been seated and presented with wine, we made the correct decision of ribeye, times two, with chips and béarnaise sauce. Not long after, a life changing plate …

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Gluten Free BBQ at Bodean’s, Soho

If you haven’t visited Bodean’s BBQ, you need to. The chain of restaurants has taken London by storm, and now there are branches all across the capital. Back in 2002 Andre Blais had a dream – to bring the taste, the style, the soul of his beloved Kansas City barbecue to the UK. 10 years later, the Bodean’s family of diner-delis has branches all across the capital. And it’s totally gluten-free friendly – hip hip (hooray). You’ll find Bodeans BBQ in Soho, Fulham, Clapham, Tower Hill and Balham. We visited the Soho branch, after a traumatising trip to Oxford Street to attempt the ultimately unsuccessful purchase of a new sofa. On arrival we were asked whether we wanted to sit in the deli, which is a much more informal café style atmosphere with food in baskets and so on, or the downstairs restaurant which is a little more formal, but still quite relaxed. We went with the latter. There was a waiting time (there always is) but they add your name and number to the …

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Gillray’s Steakhouse, Southbank

The Southbank’s Marriott County Hall is home to Gillray’s – a rather swish steakhouse with some of the most impressive views you’re likely to find in London Town. The prices are eye-watering to say the least, but they offer a set menu which gives you three courses for £29 and a gin cocktail from their adjacent bar – where you’ll find an incredible variety of gins and some totally delicious cocktails. These are also eye-wateringly expensive, though, so please dear god do NOT get drunk here (unless you’re loaded, then you can do as you please). The main restaurant is cloaked in wood pannelling and marble floors, I presume this is an attempt to warn unsuspecting tourists that dinner here will cost you an arm and a leg, giving them one last chance to run for their lives. The wine list isn’t even a real wine list… it’s AN IPAD. Also the waiters wear bow ties – important fact. The menu is nice, but the set menu as usual doesn’t offer a lot of choice, …

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MASH, Soho

MASH stands for ‘Modern American Steak House’, which is odd because this one’s from Denmark. The brand has a few steakhouses in native Copenhagen, and has recently opened its first London restaurant beneath Brewer Street in the depths of Soho. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming entrance, MASH is an absolute monster of a restaurant. Toddle down its spiral staircase and you’ll be confronted with a vast art deco room that just seems to go on and on. Despite this they have managed to make the space relatively cosy, dividing it up with booths and such. Everyone loves a booth. Starters cost £10 and include all the obvious ones (charcuterie, smoked salmon, Ceasar salad) as well as a few more adventurous choices (veal sweetbreads, foie gras terrine, MASH tartare). We went for the veal sweetbreads, smoked salmon and tartare. Tartare is served with homemade crisps, much to little brother’s delight. There’s no table theatre, however, so if you like it how you like it you may be a little disappointed. Veal sweetbreads were met with …