Excited about all the sightseeing options in the city of light, I worried initially about food options, as gluten and dairy are predominately featured as a cornerstone of French cuisine. Luckily, in sifting through many gluten-free blogs and websites devoted to dining out sans gluten, my confidence that I could get a good meal or two grew exponentially.
Yummy & Guiltfree was listed on several of the websites I consulted because they not only are gluten-free friendly, but also mark dairy-free items on their menu (sans lactose). With sweet and savory options waffle creations on their menu, I didn't need much persuasion to make this my first stop in Paris for lunch once arriving via Eurostar midmorning.
Stepping foot inside the cozy shop, I was greeted by the friendly staff, who immediately switched to speaking English when they realized I couldn't get past a precursory hello in French. They gave me an overview of the menu, pointing out lactose-free options, and I definitely needed a moment to mull them all over. There were so many tantalizing and tempting options! Arriving with a big appetite, I decided to pick one savory and one sweet waffle to taste Yummy & Guiltfree's full flavor range.
The first waffle to come out was the thai chicken waffle, which comes topped with a colorful array of vegetables, crunchy peanuts, and a thai coconut curry sauce. The waffle was wonderfully light and airy with the a crispy, golden brown exterior from the waffle iron. They totally reminded me of the Belgian waffles that I used to eat in hotel buffets growing up before I went gluten-free. Because of the weight and messiness of the toppings, I ate the waffle using a knife and fork.
The flavorful and rich curry sauce combined with the chicken and vegetables made this waffle protein-rich and filling. I loved the variance in textures of the waffle and its toppings, and the portioning was perfect for a light lunch (or paired with a second waffle for an extra-filling lunch).
The real showstopper though was my dessert waffle, their crème de citron waffle. This waffle was served with a supporting stick so it could be consumed popsicle-style. With the same style waffle as a base (crispy exterior and fluffy interior), this sweet take on Yummy & Guiltfree's waffles starred the most delicious lemon curd. Sweet, yet refreshing with a strong, tangy lemon flavor, the curd reminded me of key lime pie.
I absolutely savored each and every bite, and was sad when all too soon I was polishing it off. It definitely is one of the best things I've eaten this year, and ranks among the best things I've eaten since being gluten-free. I will dream of this waffle for a long time coming, and couldn't have imagined a better way to start my morning on my first visit to Paris.
With three locations around the city, Yummy & Guiltfree should be a priority stop for any gluten-free foodie, whether tourist or local. Not only is the shop a dream to begin with, serving an 100% gluten-free menu starring waffles, but it has plenty of dairy-free options to choose from as well. It's hard to imagine anyone walking away without a smile on their face after dining here, and I applaud the culinary geniuses behind Yummy & Guiltfree (as well as the friendly employees at the Montmartre location) for making magic in the form of waffles each and every day.
|I really enjoyed this view of Montmartre |
from my table!