A girls’ get together and a special birthday, what better excuse than to go to a restaurant I’ve been dying to try out ever since I heard about it.
Niche is a 100% gluten free restaurant near Sadler’s Wells theatre and Angel tube station in Islington. I’ve seen so many lovely reviews about this place and wanted to try it for myself and as one of our party also has a gluten free diet, it seemed a perfect opportunity.
As the Niche owners say on their website, it’s gluten free but you wouldn’t know it and they are right. There was no compromise in quality, size and certainly no bread with holes in it! The restaurant is small, with a cosy and quaint atmosphere – cafe style and relaxed.
There were six of us and we had a long table in the front part of the restaurant, which was like a private area. The staff were friendly and we couldn’t have asked for better service.
We ate burgers, steaks and homemade quiche, served with salad, fries, onion rings, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. All were delicious and washed down with some Prosecco, made for the perfect start to the weekend.
Of course you don’t have to be gluten free to eat at Niche and for those in the party who weren’t, all agreed that you would never know the difference. For those who have a hard time finding a restaurant that caters for their needs, it’s comforting to know that you can go somewhere like this and feel completely at ease. You don’t feel at all awkward or fussy and the staff and management fully understand. That’s a huge weight off your shoulders when you are eating out, I can tell you.
Not everything was dairy free, but they are working on offering more choices that are, recognising that dairy and gluten intolerance often go together.
I think that Niche is doing a great job and I sincerely hope that it gets to stay the distance. If you are ever in London, I recommend you check it out and show them your support.