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Gluten Free Chicken Goodness at Clutch, Hackney

Free-range fried fowl – hold the gluten.   Clutch, which we’ve just learnt can refer to a group of female chickens, is a fitting name for this East End restaurant, which serves all things chicken (and sides). Of course fried chicken is usually a no-no due to it always being slathered in that ungodly gluten, but at Clutch all is not lost! You can get gluten free chicken tenders (boneless pieces of chicken) in two different flavours. If you’re gluten-intolerant and not a coeliac you may be ok with the sweet soy garlic tenders, which contain small amounts of gluten from the soy sauce, but if you’re coeliac your choice is lemon and parmesan – this flavour is totally gluten free and so tasty. Clutch uses free-range poultry, each limb is firm and succulent (no bingo wings here). Portions are enormous; there are sides, such as double-cooked fries and a few salads, but you won’t need those! This is not refined or subtle cooking, it’s the kind that goes brilliantly with a beverage or three …

Gluten Free Dining at Blixen, Spitalfields

Blixen is a new opening just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It stands on the site of an old bank, two walls house huge windows with metal fanlights to let in acres of natural light.   The interior décor is all rough brickwork, whitewashed and surmounted with walnut wood. The ceiling’s a beautiful construction of pale floorboards. The bar’s a white shrine, cunningly lit, with bottles of spirits in glass-fronted cupboards, and globe lamps on stalks. Beside the kitchen is a cute pergola hung with vines, past which you’ll find an outdoor terrace for drinks. Downstairs there’s a little cocktail bar that takes up to 45 drinkers and a private dining room for 18 in the old vaults.   The owners are Clive Watson, who’s spent a decade doing up London pubs (notably The Garrison and The Riding House Café) and Justin Gilbert, a designer of immense style and swishiness. Their first restaurant is perfectly proportioned, cosy, bustling and instantly appealing to walk into.   Gluten Free Food at Blixen: Gluten free options on …

Gluten Free Fried Chicken at Bird, Shoreditch

Rejoice, one and all! Gluten-free fried chicken exists! Head to Bird in Shoreditch (42-44 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA) to stuff your face with enough fried chicken to make the Colonel jealous.   The chicken is fresh, free range and comes from Yorkshire farms. Bird’s gluten free honey ginger wings in particular are truly finger lickin’ good.   Accompaniments include chips cooked separately, punchy sauces (such as gochujang Nashville hot and buttermilk ranch), salads, padron peppers, slaws and giant ice cream sundaes. Who wants fried chicken? We want fried chicken!   Bird, 42-44 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA birdrestaurants.com

Yalla Yalla, Shoreditch Pop-Up

These days Londoners love a good pop-up. Nothing makes a London dweller happier than the thought of eating food in a converted shack, out of a van or on a street corner. It is a very cool thing to do, you see. Very chic, as they say, before, all being well, they are punched squarely on the nose. Anyhow I digress, here’s a pop-up and it’s actually quite good. It’s called Yalla Yalla, an annoying name if ever there was one.     Yalla Yalla serves Beirut Street Food. And it’s in Shoreditch. And it is indeed housed within what looked to me like a warehouse of some sort. There is also shisha, and a wine stall. I know, so far it sounds positively hideous but do bear with – it’ll turn out alright in the end. The menu is a condensed version of Yalla Yalla’s full grown restaurants, with a few mezze bits and bobs and main meaty dishes of what are essentially poshed up kebabs. There are also wraps and lemonade, which a …