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Café Free

This lower north shore diner's menu is 100-percent gluten-free and-dairy-free — including its waffles, doughnuts and pasta.
By Marissa Ciampi
June 09, 2019
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Café Free

This lower north shore diner's menu is 100-percent gluten-free and-dairy-free — including its waffles, doughnuts and pasta.
By Marissa Ciampi
June 09, 2019
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Life for Sydney's ever-growing gluten-intolerant community has gotten a whole lot easier thanks to Café Free. It's a lower north shore diner slinging a 100-percent gluten-free and-dairy-free menu. Owner Zoe Doyle has spent 15 years developing her recipes, featuring an eclectic mix of GF dishes that are hard to do well — including waffles, doughnuts, pasta and burgers, to name a few.

The cafe spent three years in Mosman before recently moving over to larger digs in Neutral Bay. Fans can expect the same quality, house-made eats and a regularly changing menu to boot. The all-day breakfast includes cinnamon waffles with bacon, peaches and maple syrup, as well as a free-range bacon and egg roll covered in smoky Texas barbecue sauce ($12 each). A wide range of gluten-free toast is also on offer, including white, seeded, chia-teff, Turkish and fruit breads.

For lunch, the gluten-free (and dairy-free) fish and chips is hard to pass up ($16), as is the prawn penne with zucchini and basil pesto ($15), the Portuguese chicken sliders ($14) and the sliced beef fajitas with avocado ($15).

Those with a sweet tooth should tuck into the cakes and pastries, with lemon meringue tarts, cinnamon scrolls and even gluten-free doughnuts up for grabs. To top it all off, Café Free is also slinging dairy-free loaded shakes ($14) in salted caramel, mint chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavours — topped with a GF doughnut and marshmallows, of course.

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