A trip to Leith found us some great gluten free food at the fantastically quirky Roseleaf bar near the Shore. With hats around the walls, a huge booze list and good fun styling, this was an excellent choice for a Friday family lunch.
The first standout was the friendly service – we felt very welcome. The second was that the menu is clearly marked for gluten free and other allergies, and the third is that there is plenty of really tasty choice!
Top of the menu is an all day breakfast/brunch range. From several Eggs Benedict options, which can be on GF bread, to the full works, you can have a good hearty breakfast all day, without having to leave too much out. I spotted a gluten-eater on another table with a cute enamel mug of beans on his breakfast and some great looking crispy bacon. There are good vegetarian options too. The main menu has some really interesting choices including ShakShouka, a mediterranean pile of vegetables, which my gluten-eating husband had, but I could have also enjoyed with minimal changes. Instead I had a large (actually huge!) bowl of homemade Cullen Skink. With a side order of some little triangles of GF toast and big chunks of potato and smoked haddock in it, this was a seriously delicious choice.
I was defeated by the amount of soup – it really was a hearty portion! My gluten-eating daughter who felt slightly fragile, had the Burger Royale – a mountainous burger, which I was told I could have had with slices of GF bread to replace the bun. It came with salad and chips, which sadly as usual, were fried with gluten containing items. A shame, but as it was lunch I had not been planning to eat chips – though I am sure the inventive cooking here would have offered a tasty alternative had I wanted to.
Other amazing looking menu items included the “Oh my Cod” (they do have a sense of humour in this place), “Skip to the Beet” and the daily specials. Roseleaf is also open for dinner and there is an expansive list of drinks. My only gripe is the non GF chips and that the pudding options are pretty restricted for the gluten eater – not things that worry me at lunchtime, but might if I was going for dinner.
I really recommend Roseleaf though – I just loved its vibe, but it’s really popular, so make sure you book.