Café Lotus in Fairfax has done it; They’ve come up with a perfect recipe for gluten free naan. This unassuming little Indian restaurant serves organic, gluten free, and vegan friendly food that’ll leave you wanting to drive up to the quaint town on a regular basis. Naturally, the most exciting part of their menu is the naan: an oven baked flatbread that is usually off limits for celiacs. I opted for the garlic version and was not only delighted by the flavor and texture, but also the pure novelty of being served a basket of bread. The rest of the menu is covered with the label “Gluten Free”, leaving only a few dishes unmarked. Highlights were a potato chickpea dish served with yogurt mint sauce (aloo tiki chat) and the organic chicken tikka masala.

1912 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 457-7836

 

If you are tired of eye-ing that basket of naan when you’re out eating indian food with your gluten-friendly friends, look no further then Udupi Palace. At this South Indian vegetarian/vegan restaurant on Valencia Street, you will enjoy a variety of lentil based bread-y items that are naturally gluten free. Although the menu does not include gluten free naan bread or any actual (gf) notations, the manager has assured me on several occasions that their dosa and papadams are gluten free. These two items are made with lentil and/or chickpea flour. Many, if not all of the curries are also gluten free, and can be served with a dosa shell upon request. A dosa is a crispy crepe made of lentil flour and stuffed with spiced potatoes and vegetables, served with several dipping sauces. Oftentimes there is a line out the door for this restaurant. If you don’t feel like waiting, try Dosa, a restaurant half a block up Valencia St. with a swankier atmosphere, slightly higher prices, and a little (gf) note on the menu. (Future post to come.)

Featured Dishes: Masala Dosa and Papadum

1007 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-8000

1901 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-6600