Friday, April 26, 2013


As promised I went back to Noglu this past Wednesday for their burger special.  Overall it was another well prepared and inventive meal.  

The Wednesday offerings.

The lightly grilled squid with caramelized onions and celeriac purée.  The squid was cooked perfectly, the onions pleasantly sweet and the purée smooth but lacking in seasoning.  The portion was large for a starter, which my dining companion happily benefited from.

The GF bread really is that good.  The texture is soft without being gummy.  

The Burger Noglu.  The bun was better than I expected.  It's factory produced, which I found out when I saw them for sale downstairs, with a light neutral crumb and crispy crust.  It stood up well to the juicy burger.  The quality of the meat was obvious, but again, needed seasoning, particularly salt.  The cheddar was melted on top, and was darn tasty.  The patty sat on top of some grilled sweet potatoes which my dining companion liked, and I decidedly did not.  When I want a burger I want to taste meat.  The sweet potatoes were so overwhelmingly sweet the meat faded into the background.  I took them off and all was forgiven.  The rocket salad on the side was minimally dressed and needed acid, salt and pepper.  The potatoes were good, and I'm pretty sure they were fried in duck fat.  Yum.  

Perfectly saignant as requested. 

On to sweets.  My dining companion had the Café Noglu.  On the left is a slice of lovely pineapple upside-down cake.  The pineapple was nicely caramelized, and the cake tender.  The chocolate mini muffin in the middle was the highlight.  Moist and full of dark chocolate goodness.  The blueberry muffin had a great lemony kick, and I could see those at my next brunch.  A great introduction to GF pastry.

I really like what they're doing at Noglu.  I will be back.

Friday, April 19, 2013


It seems appropriate that I should make my first Gluten Free restaurant review about Noglu, Paris' first dedicated Gluten Free restaurant.  

I've only eaten there once, but I'm planning on going back next Wednesday to try their burger special.  I was fortunate enough to speak with the owner, Frédérique Jules, and I really like what she's doing. 

You want to safely eat Gluten Free in Paris?  This is your place.  Everything in the restaurant is GF.  There is also a nice bonus that they clearly mark all dishes containing Lactose. 

I was there in January for lunch, and I chose the Formule Midi (the plat of the day plus my choice of entrée or dessert for 23 euro), and my dining companion ordered off the Menu.  Overall the meal was good, with some small forgivable missteps.  (Disclaimer: I am really really picky.  It's one of my many faults.)  This is perhaps the safest restaurant choice for anyone with Celiac to eat while in Paris.  

The lovely Passage des Panoramas.

The Velouté de Potimarron.  A flavorful, thick, creamy (yet Lactose Free) pumpkin soup.  The garnish was duck lardon, which could have been crispier.

Pieds de cochon croustillant, chou braisé.  Crispy pigs foot with braised cabbage.  Crisp it was, but the pied itself could have used a few more hours of braising as it was a bit toothsome.  It was also a very large portion for a starter of such a rich nature.  The cabbage was delicious, though both it and the Jerusalem artichoke purée needed salt.

Their soft Gluten Free bread.  One of the better GF breads I've had, and it's made in house so there is no chance of cross-contamination.  

Lieu jaune poêlé, riz noir et purée de celeri rave.  Pan fried skin-on Pollock filet, black rice and celery root purée.  Again, everything including the mushrooms needed seasoning.  The purée was nice, but the fish was a bit overdone, and the skin wasn't very crispy.  The black rice, cooked risotto style, was a bit underdone.  There was a dusting of orange zest that was a bright, inventive and unexpected touch.

Pizza Noglu.  Three cheeses, coppa and caramelized onions.  My companion had absolutely no complaints about this crispy flavorful pizza.  

The delightful side salad that came with the pizza.  Wonderful winter vegetables, arugula, pine nuts and a perfectly acidic vinaigrette.  Excellent. 

The market based menu of the day.*

And sorry about the lack of dessert reviews, neither my dining companion or I are sweets fans.  But all the other diners around us licked their plates clean if that is any indication of the quality.

I know I had a lot of critiques of my meal, but really, it was good.  The fact that I can walk into a restaurant that I know is safe for me is HUGE.  I am willing to forgive those missteps, and look forward to eating there again next week.

*I should probably go ahead and give the disclaimer that I am in no way a photographer of any skill.  I take pictures on my iPhone exclusively, so please forgive the sometimes grainy images.  I hope the pictures I include can give you a good idea of what you can expect when you order Gluten Free in Paris.

16, passage des Panoramas - 75002 Paris
Métro: Richelieu Drouot - Exit rue de Richelieu (Lines 8 and 9)

Hours (as of April 2013):
Lunch 12h00-15h00 Monday-Friday
Brunch 11h00-15h00 Saturday
Salon de Thé 15h00-18h30 Wednesday-Friday
Dinner 19h30 to 23h00 Thursday-Saturday

Thursday, April 11, 2013



If you've stumbled upon this page I'm guessing you probably entered the search terms...

Gluten Free in Paris
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When I moved to Paris almost two years ago I didn't worry about Gluten.  I ate a crisp warm baguette every day, feasted on the finest pastry, chose anything from every glorious menu placed in front of me, and felt like crap every morning.  I can't believe it took me so long to figure out Gluten was responsible for how out of sorts I felt.  (I blamed it on the general excess of moving to a country famous for their heavy food, ridiculously amazing cheese and glorious wine, all of which I consumed in excess.) 

It took going to cooking school to figure out what was ailing me.  A month into the Basic Cuisine Course at Le Cordon Bleu something clicked and the light bulb went off.  After Basic I got rid of Gluten cold turkey and almost immediately my head cleared, my symptoms were gone and I dropped 10 lbs.  Wow.  (At this point I don't have a Celiac diagnosis, more on that in a later post.)

It was hard to give up the things I love, and I secretly have a pity list of everything I'll never be able to eat again, but I'm slowly coming to the realization that this is the New Me.  I just have to grin and bear it and make living Gluten Free as good as I possibly can.

Finishing cooking school was a trial since I couldn't taste many of the dishes I had to prepare, but it didn't kill me.  And I managed to stay healthy.  Now that I've graduated I have no freaking idea what I'm going to be when I grow up, but I do know that I'm going to live in Paris for another year and during that time I will have to eat.  And I like eating out.  And because I live by the motto Cook or Die, I will have to cook too.  Come join me as I live and eat Gluten Free in Paris.