Restaurants on Brick Lane: best for gluten-free dining

Cooking in different pans for gluten-free requirements, Indian restaurant, Brick Lane.

Brick Lane’s Indian and Bengli restaurants have many gluten-free options and use separate cooking equipment to avoid cross-contamination. 

Eating out in restaurants is a great opportunity to explore different cuisines, connect with friends and family, and enjoy beautiful decor and professionally crafted dishes. But for people with celiac disease, wheat allergies or gluten intolerance, navigating a new menu can be a stressful experience.

Luckily, Brick Lane’s restaurants have a lot of gluten-free options, since most curries are served with rice which is naturally gluten-free.

While some curries served with naan, roti, chapati or paratha breads that are not gluten-free, these can be easily substituted with rice at a diner’s request. 

For some people even the smallest trace of gluten can cause unwanted symptoms. To avoid this, all of Brick Lane’s Indian and Bengali restaurants wash their pans before cooking for gluten-free customers or use separate pans to avoid accidental cross-contamination. 

Cooking in different pans to cater for gluten-free dietary needs, at an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, London.

“My daughter was allergic to gluten when she was a child so I know the struggle,” Nuraj Jaman, manager of The Standard Balti House, says. “When a customer prefers gluten-free, we use separate pans for their food.” 

At Indian and Bengali restaurants, gluten-free customers can enjoy all the bestselling mains. Try Sheba’s authentic lamb shanks slow-roasted with carrots and saffron, or go to Brick Lane Tandoori for a zingy green chicken curry cooked with fresh herbs and lemon juice. 

For a creamy curry, try Aladin’s traditional lamb moducash cooked with honey and cashew nuts, or The Famous Curry Bazaar’s lamb bhuna cooked with shatkora, a tangy citrus fruit native to Bangladesh. 

Head to Preem to get a masala dosa, a naturally gluten-free crispy pancake filled with spiced potato curry, or dare yourself to try Bengal Village’s hottest curry in London. 

If you’re intolerant to gluten or dining with friends who need gluten-free options, Brick Lane’s Indian restaurants with their rice-based dishes and lentil or chickpea sides are a great option.

Search Brick Lane’s Indian restaurants here.