DINERS with coeliac disease won’t need to scour the menu looking for a gluten free option at new Ivanhoe restaurant, Delhicious.
The Indian and modern cuisine restaurant is Australia’s first accredited gluten free restaurant, with 100 per cent of what’s on the menu, fully gluten free.
Chef and owner Raman Nakul said while he didn’t have coeliac disease himself, he appreciated the struggles of those who did and how they had to follow a strict gluten free diet.
He said he wanted to make the fun of a nice meal out in a restaurant a fun and accessible experience for everyone.
“After being in food service for many years our vision was to open a restaurant that allowed every person to be able to join in and taste delicious food,” he said.
“It makes us so proud to be able to witness a customer have an emotional journey as they realise that our food is gluten free, even the naan bread.
“I’ve had customers in here crying as they were able to eat something like naan bread, which they hadn’t eaten for 40 years,” he said.
Coeliac Australia president Michael Bell said eating out was a challenge for those with coeliac disease.
“While gluten free options are available at many food businesses, some of those meals may be compromised by cross contamination,” he said.
One in 70 Australians have coeliac disease, but 80 per cent are undiagnosed.
Raman said all ingredients were 100 per cent gluten free, and lab tested to make sure.
He said suppliers were also made aware to take extra care with deliveries, to ensure there was no cross-contamination.
Staff also undertake training to learn about coeliac disease and the importance of a gluten free diet for those with the condition.
“We pride ourselves on making our food from fresh ingredients and our customers tell us we haven’t compromised on taste,” Raman said
Raman also said diners who wanted a beer to wash down their curry didn’t have to worry, as the beer they sold was gluten free, too.
While there are gluten free cafes in Melbourne, this is the first restaurant. It is open for breakfast lunch and dinner and not all offerings are strictly Indian.
Delhicious is located at 91 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe. For details, click here.