Visiting my gluten eating teenager in Aberdeen is a good excuse to check out some gluten free delights. Moonfish cafe, tucked away from the main streets, was a great place for a relaxed but high quality Saturday lunch.
This little brasserie caught my eye as it described itself as casual, relaxed and unpretentious – my kind of place! The food is anything but casual, however: it’s just brilliant. For the gluten free eater pretty much the whole menu was available and the really helpful and fantastic staff just said they could adapt things and were very onthe ball about dietary issues. The small, but varied menu focuses largely on fish and vegetables, with a real leaning towards vibrant colours, beautiful plates and organic produce.
Naturally the gluten eating teenager troughed a tub of gorgeous looking bread to start, but I was not left out. My beautiful plate of market fish and roasted vegetables in a glossy bisque came with two slices of the excellent Burgen bread (one of which was pinched by the GET, of course). This starter was generous and seriously colourful and was packed with mussels, smoked fish and salmon in moist little chunks. It was fragrant and really tasty. I could have chosen other starters, including a fantastic looking butternut and sage risotto.
For mains, I had an incredibly tender and moist smoked chicken with pancetta and mushroom, while my son had hake with really bright beetroot and horseradish. On a frosty November day, these colours are like a burst of sunshine – bound to beat the winter blues.
I enjoyed a great glass of Spanish organic Barradero Blanco – there is a real focus here on organic and low sulphite wine – bring it on! It was delicious. We didn’t need pudding, but I could see there were good choices for the coeliac and I spied some great looking plates on other tables.
So if you are in Aberdeen and seeking out a really good meal with bags of GF choice and colours with a kick, this is the place for it. I will definitely add it to my Gluten Free Aberdeen list – a good excuse for another trip north.