The Anonymous Widower

A Delicious Meal For A Coeliac In A Fast-Food Restaurant

When I was diagnosed as a coeliactwenty years ago, fast-food restaurants were all gluten-full and alcohol, especially beer that I prefer was absent.

But look at these pictures of my lunch.

I ate in Leon in Leadenhall Market.

Gluten-free food has certainly changed for the better.

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Fast Food Restaurant With Gluten-Free Beer In An Iconic Location

Leadenhall Market is one of the City of London’s iconic locations.

Leon have an outlet and I was surprised to find that it sells Estrella Damm Daura, a very reasonable Spanish gluten-free beer.

I’ll experiment one day, to see how a beer goes with Lean’s excellent gluten-free chicken nuggets.

The restoration of the market was done in 1990 by students, as I posted in No Budget; Employ Students.

I actually walked through at eleven o’clock on a Sunday morning, and it was good to see the City more open at that time.

In a couple of years, the City will become one of the must-see places to go in London and the best time will be the weekend.

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , , , | Leave a comment

What Are These Guys Watching?

This group of mainly men, reminded me of the scenes you get in pubs with football on the big screen or in betting shops.

But it was in the Leon in Moorgate.

The wait for my gluten-free chicken nuggets was worth it!

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment

My First Chicken Nuggets

I am seventy and I’d never eaten chicken nuggets, until yesterday.

They didn’t really exist before I was diagnosed as a coeliac twenty years ago and I would now never buy anything like that from a fast-food shop, as I don’t want to be glutened.

However, yesterday, I received an e-mail from Leon to say they had finally cracked gl;uten-free chicken nuggets.

So I just had to go and try a few.

They were delicious!

August 3, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | 2 Comments

Leon’s Black Bean Chilli Con Carne

This was my lunch on the way to Leeds in Leon in Kings Cross station.

Leon's Black Bean Chilli Con Carne

Leon’s Black Bean Chilli Con Carne

It’s a new addition to the menu and this was certainly worth eating. I think customers felt that too, as I had to wait as they’d run out and were cooking the next batch.

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Food | | Leave a comment

Food Tasting At Leon

C always used to say about me, that I couldn’t handle bones. Whereas a good part of the population like to eat spare ribs, I tried them just once and haven’t tasted them in perhaps thirty years. If we had chops for supper, she would always take mine after I’d finished , and then strip any spare meat. In fact, when I have chops now, I always buy them without the bone. I also am one of the few men, who can’t carve.

It’s not a phobia or anything like that, it’s probably down to a problem with my hand and arm.

It’s also not just meat, but I really can’t fillet fish on my plate. Although, I’m getting better at that, if someone presents me with a plaice or sole on the bone. I’ve also got form about getting bones stuck in my throat, as this post shows.

I had been asked to taste a new gluten-free chicken by Leon, so I went with a friend to their restaurant in Spitalfields.

Gluten Free Chicken At Leon

Gluten Free Chicken At Leon

The chicken unfortunately was on the bone. It is cooked in a herb crust and is served with a dip of choice.

Despite the bones, I quite liked it, although of the dips I tried, some of them were more to my taste than others.

I might try one again, but now I know it has bones, I would probably stick to one of their bunless burgers.

I’ve asked my companion for an opinion and I’ll post it when I get it.

But you have to admire Leon for being upfront with calling a product Gluten Free Chicken. How long before this initiative is copied?

And how long before we get Gluten Free Lamb etc.?

Ten years ago, coeliacs like me had a problem finding good food in a restaurant. Now in the average town or city centre, this choice has got a lot easier in the UK. But like the Tap on the Line, there are still restaurants trying to do good food, who don’t have a clue!

Recently Carluccio’s have changed their bread from an excellent brown one, to something best described as a crap white.

Restaurants that don’t cater for coeliacs and the gluten free, now have a problem, in that there are now several restaurant chains, who take gluten free meals seriously!

I once asked Gordon Ramsey about his attitude to those who asked for gluten-free food in his restaurants. He said that if when you book, you say you’re gluten-free and they say they can’t handle it, then the establishment is not a good restaurant.

I would take this further. And restaurant that thinks it’s at the top of its class, that doesn’t say what dishes are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegetarian or vegan etc., is definitely not at the top.

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | 1 Comment

Leon Now Does Kedgeree

I had to leave early to get to the Burnley match for the 12:15 start. So I had this breakfast of mackerel kedgeree in Leon at Kings Cross station.

Leon Now Does Kedgeree

Leon Now Does Kedgeree

Very nice it was too!

I always think that kedgeree should be cooked more often!

You might wonder what this has to do with my trip to Gdansk!

I will be flying out of Liverpool Airport to Gdansk after seeing Ipswich at Burnley.

 

April 26, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

A Leon Built Like A Tardis

This Leon in Carnaby Street looks very small.

A Leon Built Like A Tardis

A Leon Built Like A Tardis

But inside it is rather spacious, with seating for a hundred or so. So it’s a true tardis, which of course we know is larger on the inside than it looks from the outside. i had gone for breakfast before I did some shopping.

My Leon Breakfast

My Leon Breakfast

This restaurant is ideally placed for Oxford Circus, so like today is a good place to start your shopping.

Note the tea mug, that would satisfy the most fussy builder.

leon may do real food, but they also do real mugs in quite a few of their restaurants.

April 18, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , | 2 Comments

Breakfast At Leon

I left home to do some photography without having any breakfast, so in the end I went to Leon in the depths of Canary Wharf to have one of their poached egg pots and a cup of tea.

A Proper Mug Of Tea

A Proper Mug Of Tea

How often have you had tea in a fast food restaurant in a proper china mug, that was virtually full-up? Especially, when the two items cost just £3.75 together. I took a picture of the poached egg pot in this post.

January 23, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

Leon Restaurants

I had lunch in the Leon restaurant in Spitalfields today.

I had a mackerel and beetroot salad with a home-made lemonade.

The restaurant is definitely worth a return visit.

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Food | , , | 2 Comments