Yet another Restaurant Week try-out. This time we set our mind on Mchi, an Asian style restaurant on Amsterdam IJburg. We (husand and I) looooove Asian food. After last week's gluten scare in another restaurant, I rang them the day before, to make sure they cater for gluten free customers. Yes, they certainly did, they said. Upon arrival, our host confirmed they knew about the gluten free requirement. Good start! There were prawn crackers on the table, I did not touch them, just in case. During Restaurant Week, you don't get to choose, there is a set menu. We happen to love pleasant surprises :o)
The tricky bit was: both gluten free and gluten containing sushi were together on the same 'boat', not touching the other though. People with coeliac disease would, ofcourse, freak out and not be able to eat it. But for me it was fine. And this is what I was really happy with: they had tamari! Strangely enough, most Asian restaurants don't have tamari, the perfect gluten free alternative for soy sauce. Really, how easy is this? Small investment, great joy to the gluten avoiding customer. The other dishes were meat dishes, also very nice. And out of 5 desserts, there was one gluten free version, a panna cotta, also very tasty, and not too sweet, which I love.
Besides the gluten story, this restaurant was just very pleasant in many ways: nice, modern, warm Asian style gezellig interior, all staff very friendly, just the right amount of attention from the staff, good price also outside of Restaurant Week, the noise level was good (yes, I have very sensitive little ears). But from a gluten perspective I would give this restaurant a gluten friendly rating of 8 or even