Monday, January 28, 2008

Elixir in Cambridge

This weekend I visited Elixir Restaurant in Cambridge. It's an Italian restaurant, so when my wife booked the reservation she asked the staff if they had options for Celiacs.

Indeed the said they had plenty of naturally gluten-free options, and all sauces and soups are made from scratch. In addition, if we ordered in advance, they would be able to provide some of their pastas gluten-free (using rice noodles).

I was impressed already, and we hadn't even stepped foot in the restaurant!

I ended up not pre-ordering any pasta, but when we got there and viewed the menu, indeed there were quite a few items that appeared gluten-free (meats, fish, etc.) The waitress seemed to know a little about Celiac disease, but seemed to be very careful and asked the kitchen staff about my whole meal.

In ended up ordering their famous lamb shank (served on mashed potatoes), with their red lentil soup to start. (It's almost a rule for me to order the soup if it's gluten-free, and especially if it's made from scratch. Most often Celiac's cannot have soup at restaurants due to the possibility of gluten in the stock or the use of wheat as a thickener.)

The soup was very tasty, and the lamb shank was very tender - the meat just fell of the bone.

The biggest disappointment of the meal was dessert. They only had two options, neither of which were gluten-free. I asked if they had ice cream or something simple, but no luck. Elixir is a small restaurant, and the main meal was quite good, so I suppose I shouldn't complain on this point. But it is nice to have a least some simple dessert option for Celiacs.

But overall if you don't have a big sweet tooth, as a Celiac you will probably enjoy Elixir.

34 Main Street, Cambridge



Anonymous said...

We went to Wildcraft (on King north of University)for a business dinner. Husband is celiac and his partner's wife can't have wheat or dairy. They were great with us. The executive chef, with whom we spoke when we made the reservations and when we arrived for dinner, explained that all of the sauces are made fresh and are gluten free. They don't use any thickeners or store bought stocks.

While they did take very good care of us at Wildcraft and the building is very beautiful, I found it very expensive and the wine list was ridiculously over-priced. The meals cost the same as (but are not nearly as fine as)Verses. I have to say that if you're going to spend that much money - go to Verses.

SafeCeliac said...

I agree with you 100%. Wildcraft is nice, but I found it overpriced and the food really not outstanding.

Verses is one of the best restaurants in Kitchener, hands down.