Gluten intolerance is rather uncommon in Japan, so if you suffer from coeliac disease or are sensitive to gluten, you might know how difficult it is to come across gluten-free food in the country. Sure, bread isn’t such a staple here, but wheat-based dishes are everywhere: noodles like ramen and udon and even classic street food such as gyoza and okonomiyaki all contain gluten.
You’ll also have to watch out for the seasoning and condiments too – things like miso, soy sauce, ketchup and even some vinegars also contain gluten. When eating out, it’s a good idea to carry some tamari (Japan’s wheat-free soy sauce) with you as a substitute for the regular soy sauce. And in a pinch, you can always use salt for seasoning instead.
If you’re tired of missing out on the full menu, try these restaurants and cafés instead. They offer gluten-free dishes that don’t compromise on flavour. No need to settle for a plain bowl of rice here – these are the best gluten-free restaurants in Tokyo.
Note: these venues may be operating on reduced hours due to the state of emergency in Tokyo. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.
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