I know what I said about mindfulness and well taking photographs of dishes and drinks isn’t exactly what you call ‘being in the moment’, being gluten-free, vegan and alcohol free when going for lunch and drinks with friends isn’t exactly easy and it is totally worth sharing with you.
This was my first visit to Carluccio’s and it will be the first of many, my friends and I visited the Italian restaurant in Chester, do not worry they seem to have many restaurants in the UK. The service was wonderful, the food was delicious and I felt completely at ease and comfortable when ordering, which is very rare indeed.
To start I had ‘MISTO DI VERDURE’ (Green beans, cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes and rocket all tossed in pesto, minus the pesto for vegan reasons) this dish is usually a side but it made the most perfect starter. For main I had ‘TO SHARE ANTIPASTO VERDURE’ (A selection of roasted peppers, semi-dried tomatoes, chargrilled vegetables, balsamic onions, olives, green beans and caponata with gluten-free bread) as you can see this is made to share although I had it as a main and it was just right. Both dishes were fresh, light and very satisfying, even the gluten free bread!
To drink I had ‘SUMMER GARDEN’ (Apple juice and elderflower topped with sparkling Limonata infused with mint and served with a slice of cucumber), the name says it all. If I were in the most beautiful summer garden, with the sun shinning, clear blue skies, surrounded by beautiful summer flowers this is the drink I would like to have.
I can not praise Carluccio’s enough and I am already looking forward to my next visit. Oh and for you non free from, non vegans my friends also enjoyed their dishes and drinks. I have heard nothing but good about Carluccio’s although I did not know how great their free from menu was. They offer gluten free, dairy free and vegan menus (they even have pasta!), I have also heard their coffee and breakfast is a must.
Now I am left day dreaming about the most beautiful summer garden and wanting breakfast.