One of the hardest things to manage is a last minute lunch. Especially when you haven’t organised it and there is no time to ask questions before the event. This is what happened when we got back from our trip away back in May. Our families naturally wanted to go out to celebrate Brody’s birthday and with it being the next day we planned the lunch for Stone’s Bar and Grill in Melton. This, of course, left me with no time to contact the restaurant.
Thankfully their menu did mark a few things gluten free, but of course, there was the dreaded statement at the bottom. You know the one, the one that states that due to the nature of the kitchen no food could be guaranteed to be 100% allergen free. It’s true of course, but it always means I need to ask quite a few more questions. My game plan going in was to choose a meal that looked appealing, collate my questions and then decided what an acceptable answer would be. This way I could be as quick as possible while ordering.
After going around the table and taking orders, it was finally my turn. I let the waitress know that I had Coeliac Disease and then asked what she thought the safest thing on the menu would be. She gave me a blank look that filled me with a bit of worry. Once I reworded the statement to what would have the least amount of cross contamination she gave me a small smile and discussed the clean down processes, washing hands and changing of gloves and utensils. We were off to a good start. Finally, I settled on the Chicken Portofino ($30.9), however, I knew that traditionally the Veloute is thickened with flour. A quick check with the chef confirmed that the flour was non-wheaten corn flour and the meal would be safe for me.
The meal was presented well. The Chicken had a lovely crispy skin, set atop the large field mushroom filled with Avocado Mousse. This was all served on top of sweet potato mash with the sauce on the side. Everything paired together well, the earthiness of the field mushroom and creamy avocado mousse was my favourite part of the dish. The chicken was moist and everything was tied together with the rooty taste of the sweet potato. The portion size is good for the price as well. I’m not usually one to go for expensive food but it certainly filled me up.
While they are definitely not experts in Coeliac Disease, they did understand cross contamination and didn’t make me sick. Of course, despite how sensitive my outward reactions usually are, we can’t know for sure there was no internal damage. I definitely recommend eating here at your own discretion and as always asking your own questions. However, it’s good to know that if you’re out of options, they are able to offer us a meal.
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