Just after my diagnosis I began emailing around my favourite restaurants here in the West End of Glasgow asking them whether they could still accommodate me. I thought it might be useful to post their replies (I asked about gluten free options and the steps the kitchen takes to prevent CC) to help anyone else in the area (and maybe save them a little legwork ) I'll update the post when I've tried the ones whose answers I liked
The Oran Mor, Byres Road:
Thank you for taking the time to write to us to inform us of your recent diagnosis. Please rest assured that our chefs here at Òran Mór can cater for all kinds of dietary restrictions. Should you wish to make a reservation in the future please mention that you suffer from Coeliac Disease, we shall make note of it in our diaries so that your server & our kitchen is aware of it on the night.
We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The Richmond Brasserie, Gibson Street:
Thank you for getting in touch- we're glad to hear you like The Richmond so much and would love to try and accommodate your new dietary requirements.
As I'm sure you've noticed, we're quite a small place and there isn't much demand for gluten free products so we don't routinely have them, but if you gave us a little bit of notice we'd be more than happy to get them in for you (gluten free bread, pasta etc). Otherwise, our chefs are very flexible and so we could modify most of our dishes to suit your needs.
In terms of cross contamination, the chef has said that he would do everything he could in terms of making sure utensils, the preparation area, the grill etc are thoroughly cleaned before preparing your food, and using fresh butter and things to avoid the spread of crumbs (again, it would be ideal if you were able to call ahead, so that the kitchen could have utensils etc ready, otherwise your food might take a little longer to prepare than usual). However, we only have one fryer and wouldn't really be able to change the oil during service which would obviously rule out fried foods for you.
I hope this is of some use to you, don't hesitate to get back in touch if you have any further questions."