While labeling laws for food and medicine are significantly easier to follow when it comes to gluten free foods in New Zealand, it is actually quite hard to rind a restaurant that is 100% gluten free. That’s where the Lime Room comes in. Unlike the Ancient Mariner, this restaurant is a bit off the beaten track. In fact, it’s probably at least an hour or two detour from wherever you’d like to head in the beautiful town of Pauanui.
This coastal town seems to be a bit of a tourist town with lots of second homes. There are stunning beaches, and apparently quite a few opportunities for surfing in the area.
But, we’re all here to learn about The Lime Room. The chef and co-owner, Cristy, also happens to have coeliac disease, which is why the restaurant is 100% gluten free. While the kitchen is 100% gluten free, there are gluten filled drinks (aka: beer) served at the bar. The restaurant also prepares food suitable for other dietary restrictions. They label dairy free and vegetarian options on their menu. Additionally, the pizza base is dairy and egg free, and they offer a vegan cheese!
As a smaller restaurant, the hours and menu vary by season. They were actually closed for quite a bit of May, so it’s important to check the hours on their website to see when they will be open during your visit to New Zealand.
My favorite course was my first one- salt & lime pepper squid. This dish is also dairy free and features chunks of squid with a crispy lime pepper shell. It’s served with a side of homemade tartare sauce, which I didn’t try (despite the photographic evidence above).
I love how the crunch on the outside compliments the slimy squid inside. Additionally, there is plenty of seasoning, so each bite has you craving another. You can also order this dish as a takeaway option. Awesome!
One of my favorite things about 100% gluten free places is that I’m not on a hunt for a dedicated gluten free fryer- everything is gluten free, including the fries (or chippies or chips or whatever you call them). The french fries were prepared well, crisp and filled with plenty of potato. Once again, I only had tomato sauce/ketchup, and didn’t try the accompanying sauce. (I know I’m pretty boring.)
I didn’t actually try the pizza, but here are some shots of this tasty option as well. Overall, if you’re nearby (or visiting Pauani), The Lime Room is a spot I’d recommend checking out whether you have coeliac disease or not. The food is tasty. The atmosphere is chill. And, it’ll make for quite a good meal. Just remember to look up their hours on their site first!
Alright, that’s about all from here. I have one more post on New Zealand coming out next week, all about South Island! 🙂