The famous Hard Rock Cafe that we know and love across the globe now offer a dedicated gluten free menu – fully accredited by Coeliac UK. Recently we visited the original of the Rock & Roll themed cafes in London to test out the GF menu.
Before we discuss the food let’s take a moment to appreciate the whole experience that comes with dining at a Hard Rock Cafe. As you walk in you are bombarded with epic musical memorabilia – all kicked off by one man; Eric Clapton. As a regular customer Clapton asked if he could hang his guitar on the wall to mark his favourite bar stool as “his spot.” This then led to other famous musicians wanting to get in on the action – the next in line was The Who’s Pete Townshend who sent a guitar and a note saying, “Mine’s as good as his! Love, Pete.”
You could probably spend just as much time exploring all the famous memorabilia as eating and drinking, so if you do visit don’t expect it to be a short one! Anyway, on to more important stuff – the gluten free food…
Our experience of the Hard Rock Cafe Gluten Free Menu
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the Hard Rock GF menu is full of mouth-watering American classics such as Wings, Ribs and Burgers. Don’t expect small portions either! Hard Rock has worked very closely with Coeliac UK to ensure its new GF menu is safe for those with Coeliac Disease without sacrificing any of their signature flavours. They have a dedicated gluten free area as well as gluten free flyers in each of their two kitchens.
We were energetically greeted by our waitress, who happily explained the gluten free menu and put our minds at ease about our upcoming meal (I wish I could remember her name to give her some credit!). I was over the moon to see that Hard Rock offered a Gluten Free Beer and was straight on this – on the day it was Daura Damm but they are always changing it so don’t be surprised to receive something different.
So for starters you are looking at Potato Skins, Nachos or Wings. They call them “Appetisers” but jeez Louise was I glad we ordered the Bacon & Cheese Potato Skins to share! My ‘appetite’ would have all but gone had I ordered one to myself. Even so, the dish was incredibly tasty – a classic with plenty of sour cream dip. Great start!
Now for the main event…
As we were there to review the Hard Rock’s menu, my wife and I decided that we had to both get something different and then share again. To be honest, we do this anyway because neither of us can handle when one’s meal is nicer than the other’s! The menu offers a selection of Burgers in a Gluten Free Bun, Rib-Eye Steak, New York Strip Steak, Hickory-Smoked Ribs, Grilled Salmon, or a couple of Salads – so not much less than the main menu which is great. We thought we’d try the Ribs and their Original Legendary Burger (Bacon & Cheese). The Ribs were amazing and sticky, and the bean sauce that came with it was delicious. The Burger was also decent with a good-quality bit of beef in there – although I expected it to be a bit bigger based on the size of the other dishes. The gluten free bun wasn’t bad but did feel a bit like an ever-so-slightly-improved version of a Genius bun – a little dry and crumbly at times, but we Coeliacs have become used to that. Still, can’t complain because the combo of the beef, bacon, cheese, and sauce with the bun was tasty stuff. Here they are in all their glory…
After the “Appetisers” and now a beast of a main we were pretty stuffed. Nevertheless we had a duty to fulfil which meant next minute we were ordering a Gluten Free Hot Fudge Brownie! Unfortunately we must have visited on a bad day as they were out of the other desserts except Ice Cream – the Hot Fudge Sundae and Creme Brûlée seemed to have done a runner. If you look at the picture of the Brownie on the menu earlier on it gives you a deceiving perspective of the size of this dessert – it was blooming huge! It was also blooming tasty. Take a look…
We got through most of the Brownie but by that point we were ready to burst. We’d indulged in an epic meal of some firm favourites from before the days of being gluten free, and you wouldn’t have been able to tell any different! That is one of the most important things when eating out gluten free – that you can enjoy your meal and completely forget you have Coeliac Disease. Happy days!
So the food went down very well. The service was extremely good and I still can’t remember the name of our waitress annoyingly. However, you may have noticed already from the menu pictures that it’s not exactly the cheapest of meals out. I know it is in London so a bump in price is expected but I think you are also paying for the experience too. It’s probably not a regular visit but nonetheless it is well worth it when you do.
If you would like more information about the Hard Rock Cafe’s gluten free menu then visit their site here: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/london/menu.aspx
If you’ve visited the Hard Rock in London then please leave your own review here: https://www.glutenfreereviews.co.uk/listings/hard-rock-cafe-london/