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Gluten-free tea in Bundy

GLUTEN-intolerant foodies should fear no more, with a range of delicious options available in the Bundaberg region to eat out or takeaway.

Zest at Moore Park Beach, Slim Jim's at Hinkler Shopping Centre, Creative Catering (both their new restaurant 55 and Putters bistro at Bargara Golf Club), Teaspoon cafe in the CBD and Les Chefs restaurant all offer gluten-free options.

“We make everything from scratch,” Zest owner operator Wayne Bryans said.

“It's real food, real flavour.”

Head chef Mr Bryans said he can tell customers exactly what they are putting into their bodies because they make everything from the mayonnaise upwards themselves.

“It's partially on purpose,” he said.

“My wife is now gluten-free, but we have a very high selection of gluten-free products because we make everything ourselves.”

Although the menu changes every month or two, Zest's gluten-wary customers can enjoy dishes such as prime black angus rump steak served with fresh local crab in garlic butter, with salad and handcut chips, or slow oven-baked lamb, coconut and almond curry served with pappadums, red basmati rice and chutney right now.

The restaurant also has its own label, Welcome Creek, of which the products are all gluten-free.

The range includes flavoured ground coffees, dressings, relishes, marmalades, chutneys, butters and jams, and are available at Red Capsicum, Beemart, Bundaberg Cold Stores and the soon-to-open Bedrock Berries.

At Hinkler Shopping Centre, Slim Jim's owners Jim and Genny Stone said they took the gluten issue seriously at their healthy food take-away shop.

“Half of what we sell is made without gluten,” Mrs Stone said.

“We're very careful about it.

“It's all clearly labelled.”

Slim Jim's offer sandwiches, wraps, sushi, salads, hot food, steak, chicken breast and cakes to gluten-intolerant customers.

Bundaberg operator Creative Catering also offer a large array of gluten-free options.

“All of our catering menus have gluten-free items,” Creative Catering owner Nicola Smith said.

“In fact a large amount of our dishes are prepared gluten-free as a matter of course, due to fact that gluten intolerance is becoming quite prevalent in today's world.

“We also prepare special-occasion cakes which can be gluten-free on request.”

Ms Smith said their new restaurant, 55, has a selection of gluten free dishes, and their bistro, Putters @ Bargara Golf Club, is listed on the Queensland Coeliac Society website as a gluten-free friendly place to dine.

In the CBD, Teaspoon assistant manager Luke Williams said the cafe offers a selection of cakes, chocolate fudge, risotto, sweet corn fritters, and scones available for gluten-intolerant customers.

He said part of their decision to have gluten-free items on offer was the amount of interest from customers.

“There's a lot more coming out of the woodwork (gluten-intolerant people).”

Teaspoon also have gluten-free bread, and Mr Williams said everything was clearly labelled.

In Bourbong Street, Les Chefs restaurant also offers a whole variety of gluten-free meals to diners, including mains and entrees.

They have about 25 items either already gluten-free or that can be altered to be gluten-free.

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