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

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