When a good friend recommends a restaurant to you, you most likely go there at some point. The chances are that the restaurant’s offering will match your needs and tastes. A friend of mine said I must check out the gluten free food offering at WieloPole 3, a restaurant in Krakow. So I did – a couple of times! I will definitely go back.
A hotel’s gluten free restaurant – a good spot for travellers.
The WieloPole 3 restaurant can be found in the three-star Wielopole hotel. This makes the hotel a convenient place for gluten free travellers, especially if you don’t have time to look for other gluten free friendly establishments.
The restaurant is located in the hotel’s basement, so without the benefit of natural light one has the impression that it’s bit dark inside. But don’t worry – you’ll quickly forget about this when the food arrives.
As with the other vegetarian restaurants reviewed in gluteno.eu (eg. Greenway, Cafe Młynek), WieloPole 3 is a destination spot for a daily visit, lunch or early dinner. Go and have a quick bite, but you probably won’t stay for a three-hour dinner. I have dined there several times, usually around lunchtime, and empty tables were a rarity. I think this is a good sign.
The menu full of “gluten free” marks – I love it!
WieloPole 3 has been certified by the Polish Coeliac Society – be sure to take a look at this website and read the details connected to their program “Menu bez glutenu” . The majority of the dishes served by the kitchen staff at WieloPole 3 are gluten free. Non-meat eaters definitely have plenty of choices: salads, soups, main dishes and five different desserts to chose from! That’s a very good score.
A lunch set is available: soup plus the main dish of your choice for just PLN 13.50. The portions are average in size, neither too big nor too small, and the quality is absolutely there. The restaurant gets high marks for their presentation of their dishes. The price-to-quality factor at Wielopole 3 is high.
Anything to improve?
Can WieloPole 3 improve? I would suggest that the wait staff put a bit more effort into explaining how gluten free food is made. For example, how do they prevent cross contamination? I know – the certificate is there, so why bother? But that’s exactly why it would distinguish the certified restaurant from other not certified locations. I would expect to hear about the ingredients, the processes, and precautions cooks take to maintain a gluten free environment.
All in all this is a fantastic place for gluten free diners. Lot’s of choices, good quality and decent prices. I will definitely be coming back, as I want to try each and every gluten free dish on their menu.
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