Indigo Restaurant in London Cuts Out Dairy & No One Notices!
Whether restaurants have incorporated vegan alternatives into their existing menus, or decided to make their menu completely vegan, the initial reactions are always varied, with a large dose of skepticism from regulars.
However, at a top restaurant in London called Indigo, customers had no reactions to the removal of gluten and dairy from all lunch and dinner menu items whatsoever. Why? Simply put, they did not know.
Dominic Teague, the executive chef of Indigo, located in Covent Garden’s One Aldwych hotel, stated that after months of planning, he made his à la carte lunch and dinner menus completely gluten and dairy-free, and not a single customer has noticed. His reasons for doing so were two-fold. First, Teague had been getting many requests from guests for gluten and dairy-free dishes, and second, he had first-hand experience seeing how difficult it could often be for those with intolerances or allergies dining out, as his mother was intolerant to dairy, and his wife was intolerant to gluten.
As a result, the restaurant’s new menu was implemented three months ago, and made Indigo one of the first restaurants in the city to have all of the items on their lunch and dinner menu completely dairy and gluten-free. Teague stated:
“No one has said anything. We have regulars who have all given great comments about the new menu but not about it being gluten or dairy free. A few people have been told after, or when they ask for gluten-free food. Most can’t believe it. We have had loads of people coming back.”
Even the menu items Teague stated were the more difficult ones to make dairy or gluten-free ended up being success stories on their own:
“The most challenging items were the bread, the fish and chips and the chocolate mousse. But they get the best comments — especially making a chocolate mousse dairy-free. It is made with coconut oil instead.”
The reason Teague didn’t announce his decision was not to fool diners, but rather to avoid having the choice be seen as a publicity stunt. He added:
“One of my priorities was not to make it out as a fad. We didn’t want people to think I was doing this just to be different. I did this for real reasons.”
A top restaurant in London going both dairy and gluten-free is a huge deal itself, but the fact that guests could not tell the difference, and seemed to have even preferred the new menu, shows these alternatives are not only possible, but may even become the more popular choice!
Photo Credit: http://www.onealdwych.com/