6 Places to eat Gluten Free in Albufeira
Our recent visit to Abufeira was our first trip abroad for three years due to covid restrictions
Being a coeliac eating out safely is an important requirement. Albufeira on Portugal’s Algarve coast was chosen as the destination, a little research via Google for “Gluten Free Albufeira” revealed a host of restaurants and cafes. A perfect starting point for finding where to eat gluten free in Albufeira.
We were based in the Paraíso de Albufeira this was chosen for it’s location not it’s menu and we never ate at the hotel.
The location however was perfect, bang slap in the middle of the two main areas of Albufeira, Albufeira Old Town is 20 minutes walk in one direction and Rua Dos Bares better known as “The Strip” is a 15 minute walk in the other direction.
Senhor Frog’s Pizzaria
Positioned just off The Strip on Avenida Sa Canario.
This is a must visit restaurant if you require gluten free pizza.
There is a massive choice of pizzas and the size is note disappointing either.
So if you find yourself in Albufeira and fancy Italian get down to Senhor Frog’s Pizzaria for a pizza washed down with a few cocktails.
They also have gluten free pasta.
On talking to our server he mentioned that the owners daughter is coeliac because of this they are well aware of cross contamination issues.
The Cottage Restaurant
Located on “The Strip” we chose to experience a full English breakfast at the Cottage Restaurant which we visited after an enjoyable stroll along the Praia Da Oura with its beautiful beach, rocky outcrops and sandstone arch, all that ocean air set us up for what was to come.
The Cottage provided us with a very satisfying gluten free full English breakfast complete with gluten free toast. The only downside was that the sausages were vegetarian. When we queried this we were told that in Portugal not many understand gluten free and you cant get regular sausages anywhere.
We decided to do our own research and visits to Aldi, Lidl and an independent supermarket all within a mile of our hotel proved otherwise, very few sausages we found had wheat in them.
Don’t let our sausage rant put you off The Cottage Restaurant the meal was good and if we had fancied another fry up we would have returned.
Just a 6 minute walk from where we were staying Uzonj Restaurante-Grill on Rua Dunfermline proved to be a little gem.
While not actively advertising gluten free we had seen reviews from satisfied customers and were confident that it would be coeliac friendly and so it proved.
Our server delighted in telling us that most of the menu could be made gluten free.
We both chose the fish with prawns and were not disappointed as the portions were ample.
A few days later we visited Uzonj a second time I feasted on a chicken and beef skewer while my husband chose the stuffed pork.
Disappointingly the only pudding choice was ice cream but that was more than compensated for as on both occasions we ended the meal with the most beautiful Irish coffee.
IL Brigante Ristorante Italiano
Billing themselves as an Italian restaurant doesn’t really do Il Brigante justice. Located on the corner of the busy Rua Alves Correia in Albufeira Old Town.
The menu is wide and varied and on top of the traditional Italian fare of pizza and pasta there is seafood, tapas, and a wonderful selection of meat dishes. We never asked if the Pizza or Pasta could be provided gluten free as our eyes were elsewhere.
My husband plumped for a Wild Boar Stew with Mashed potato which looked fantastic.
I went for a sizzling steak with fries (they were too thin to call them chips). The steak arrived raw with an extremely hot stone to cook it on myself, this is an amazing novelty way of presenting the food and I was able to cook it exactly to my liking.
If we hadn’t discovered so many other amazing places we would definitely have visited again.
Yes your eyes are not deceiving you, McDonald’s in Portugal is very coeliac friendly with a wide range of burgers available in a gluten free bun (why oh why can’t we have these gluten free buns in the UK I will never understand). A cheeseburger with fries followed by delicious m&m ice cream was the perfect midday meal before an afternoon by the pool.
We visited two McDonald’s restaurants during our stay in Portugal one was at the nearby town of Vilamoura on Av. da Marina which as you might guess is not far from the marina.
The other was perfectly located a short walk from our hotel on Lugar da Corrieira, Quinta da Bela Vista.
Indian Ocean Restaurant
Leaving the best till last. The meal here was so good we visited twice.
Located on Rua Latino Coelho in Albuferia Old Town the Indian Ocean Restaurant is a little past the busy area of the old town but well worth the extra steps it takes to get there.
We consulted with the owner about what we could eat and apart from the obvious such as naan bread a great proportion of the menu was naturally gluten free.
On each occasion bottle of house red was ordered and we feasted on wonderful onion bargees, poppadum’s and amazing curry, the lamb bhuna is particularly good and don’t miss the chicken korai.
The Indian Ocean Restaurant was the highlight of an amazing gluten free culinary break in the wonderful city of Albufeira.