If You Want A Seriously Good Gluten-Free Feed, Look No Further Than This Ranelagh Café

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Er Buchetto in Ranelagh – or the 'purple Italian place' as it's widely known – is easily one of the unsung heroes of the Dublin café scene.

Top-notch coffee, sound staff, the best panini in the entire city and an absolutely gorgeous location – one they surely won't mind us calling 'shabby chic' – it's a hidden gem amongst the major players in Dublin's foodie hotspot.

We've shouted before about its amazing avocado salad, and its eclectic brunch menu; both of which remain reasons to travel south for a visit if you haven't already been. But there's a whole other string to its bow that even its regular customers won't have noticed before: it's got quite possibly the best gluten-free sambos in all of Dublin.

Game on

Of course, the restaurants and cafés here have seriously upped their gluten-free game in the last couple of years – not just because it's become something of a dietary fad, but because coeliac disease is finally being identified and diagnosed properly in Ireland.

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Still, though, too many places in this city cut corners when it comes to 'alternative' options, and it's not unusual to be apologetically told that you'll have to settle for a salad if you're unable (or unwilling) to eat regular bread.

Not in Er Buchetto, though, where we checked out the gluten-free pollo supreme this morning – and quickly realised that it's a cut above the usual standard for this kind of food.

The secret to this success is largely down to their selection of a seriously good GF bread – loaded with seeds, and with a texture that (unusually) you'd find hard to distinguish from the 'normal' stuff – but it's not exclusively down to that.

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It's also down to the quality of the sandwich menu in general – a prime example of simple things done right, which in itself is a fundamental principle of great Italian eating, and a versatility in adapting that menu to the practical constraints of gluten-free eating.

Will it change the world? No. Is it the most exciting thing to happen in Dublin this year? Again, nope.

But if you're in need of a serious feed, and are bound by the restrictions that come with being gluten-free, then this is definitely a place you need to check out.

Written By

Aidan Coughlan

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