Whether by choice or because of an allergy or intolerance, more and more people are looking for restaurants which offer items that cater to their needs.
From vegetarian and vegan food to gluten and dairy-free options, trying to find somewhere in Courier Country that provides not just great food, but friendly and helpful service to avoid any mis-steps, can be tricky.
These restaurants are among the top for offering not just one or two dishes, but sometimes entire menus, to accommodate their customers’ dietary requirements.
In Residence Cafe, a new store opening on February 5, will be a haven for vegetarians and vegans, as well as health conscious eaters and foodies.
The upper level will host a vegetarian and vegan delicatessen with exceptional artisan breads and pastries by Wild Hearth Bakery. Local chef Gillian Veal will be creating exciting and modern vegetarian and vegan dishes and deli specials daily, with a focus on creating the very best food from the wealth of local producers and growers in the area.
In Residence will host pop up restaurant evenings with Gillian and visiting chefs and food creatives.
There are also collaborations with retailers and Lovely Things and Nice interiors will be showcasing and curating contemporary homeware for sale.
In Residence Cafe will be the place to shop, eat, drink in beautiful surroundings within the heart of the city centre.
For the past four years, the team at the North Street Chip Shop has been offering a regular gluten-free event with a gluten-free lunch service.
The event has grown in popularity, with customers travelling from all over Angus and the surrounding area for the chance to enjoy a fish supper cooked without gluten.
Customers can feel confident that their food will be prepared by staff who are fully trained in the Coeliac Awareness catering module – the North Street Chip Shop’s Haddock and Cod are MSC-certified ensuring that the fish has been responsibly caught from a sustainable source – and they are the only takeaway in Angus to hold the Eat Safe Award.
It’s not just fish and chips – there is a full gluten-free menu offering all those treats that coeliacs and gluten intolerant customers usually can’t eat including sausage, gravy, curry sauce and homemade onion rings.
The North Street Chip Shop holds a standalone gluten free event on the last Saturday of every month from 12noon to 2pm.
For a curry that fits in with your dietary needs, it has to be Jahangir – one of the city’s most popular restaurants.
The Jahangir specialises in Balti and tandoori dishes and has won many awards for quality and excellence. The staff – from the chefs to managers, waiters and bar staff – are dedicated to bringing the highest possible standards of service, quality and value to their valued customers.
At the Jahangir the welcome is warm and genuine. Relax in the lounge, order a drink and browse the menu before moving through to the opulent dining area.
But all this just sets the scene. The star of the show is the food.
Everything is prepared by the team of talented chefs, many of whom studied their craft in India. The freshness of the ingredients, the richness of the flavours and the subtlety of the spices creates that essential, authentic culinary experience.
The Post House Coffee Co is an award-winning, licensed, coffee shop/ cafe, set in the village of Invergowrie.
The café has won the ‘Cafe of The Year’ accolade in the regionals of the recent Scotland’s Business Awards, and despite changing ownership since opening in November 2016, one thing has always stayed the same – the dedication and passion for providing first class food and drink that is always freshly prepared in-house by the team of fully trained chefs!
The Post House’s breakfast, brunch and lunch menus are designed to be easily adaptable to be vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly! The soups are always suitable for everyone, no matter what! Smashed avocado on sourdough toast (v,gf,df,ve) chickpea and salsa burgers (v,df,ve) and the chef’s frittata of the day (v,gf) are just a few examples of what is on offer!
Their cheesecakes are always gluten-free, as are the oaties, chocolate cake, muffins and the ever popular triple chocolate brownies! The carrot cake is always dairy-free as are the muffins and blueberry cake!
They also offer afternoon tea (as well as a prosecco version for those who enjoy some bubbles!).