When I made my way to Black Ruby Bakeries in Thornbury, earlier this year. I decided to stop by another well-known gluten free eatery that just so happens to be on the same tram line. Sweet Salt in Northcote can also be reached on the 96 tram and serves up delicious gluten free fish and chips with a strong knowledge of cross contamination. When I spoke with them via Facebook the owner let me know that they pride themselves on their care and that to always mention you have Coeliac Disease when ordering.
At 296 High St, Northcote the store is open 7 days a week from 11 am to around 9 pm. It would be hard to miss their happy bright yellow marketing that proudly displays “We are gluten free, Coeliac dedicated fryer”.
The interior continues with the happy grunge theme with an arcade machine, tables and their display of beautiful fresh fish. With take away or dine in options available, let them know that you have Coeliac Disease and they will happily use their dedicated fryer for your order.
The biggest concern you’ll have is what to order. They even have gluten free fritters and a fried snickers bar for those who can do wheat glucose syrup. Sweet Salt doesn’t forget about those little Coeliacs either. Their kid’s meal has the choice of fish bites, chicken nuggets or crumbed calamari all served with chips and tomato sauce and of course all gluten free.
After spending a large amount of time taking it all in, I decided on a gluten free battered calamari pack ($15.90) with a battered flake ($8.90) as well. In addition to the Calamari and Chips, the pack includes a side salad and sauce. I went with the chilli mayo and decided on the super salad with the pumpkin in it. On its own, the side salad would cost $5.90 for the small or $9.90 for a large.
The batter is absolutely delicious; it was light and extremely crunchy. The fish was cooked perfectly and worked well with a squeeze of lemon. The flake was a decent size, although I have received bigger, however, I definitely won’t complain at that the price.
The Calamari likewise was well cooked and coated in the same batter. I did have a bit of an issue with the coating sliding off. However, this was mostly because of how hot the calamari was. I wouldn’t mind trying their grilled calamari as well. Finally, of course, there were the chips, like I say in all my gluten free fish and chip shops review. Chips are chips, these were crunchy and didn’t have the old oil flavour which I liked.
For a quick feed, the packs are definitely the way I’d go. The salad added the perfect amount of freshness to combat the oily main meal. The pumpkin was tender and all the flavours worked well together. The rice in the salad was so filling, I had to take some home, to share with Brody.
For those who aren’t a fan of chips – like my mum- Sweet Salt also offer brown or coconut rice and salad with their fish for a lighter meal. They do have gluten free buns available for their burgers as well. Between the customizable options and the sheer amount of gluten free on the menu, Sweet Salt definitely has gluten free in the bag. Oh, and did I mention that they are fully licensed with a happy hour every day from 3 until 6 pm. It might just be time to convince some friends to head down for a drink and delicious gluten free fish.
If you enjoyed this review but aren’t in the area be sure to check out my gluten free fish and chips page for more. Please ask all questions yourself when ordering just in case owners, processes or ingredients have changed.
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Until Next Time;