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November 10th, 2011

Eating out with a food allergy at El Pirata

El Pirata dishEl Pirata dish 

To celebrate our friend Evie’s birthday last night, we headed for El Pirata in London’s Mayfair a Spanish tapas restaurant bar.

A big group of us gathered to wish her many happy returns. As someone with a gluten free or dairy free allergy, it’s always problematic when you dine out with a crowd at an unknown restaurant. Will there be something I can eat is the big question and you don’t want to make a fuss!

El Pirata did not disappoint; they couldn’t have been more helpful. There was a set party menu, but one of the waiters and I went through it and worked out that I (the gluten free one) could eat Jamon Serrano (cured serrana ham), Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos Ensaladilla (Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Russian Salad) as started and for the main course Tortilla (Spanish omelette with potatoes and onions) and Patatas Bravas (Deep Fried potatoes in chilli and garlic sauce). I could have ordered additional dishes from the main menu, but I’m glad I didn’t as the food was filling and I enjoyed large portions of tortilla.

Ray, with his dairy free allergy, had Jamon Serrano (cured serrana ham) to start with followed by Grilled steak and rocket, without cheese accompanied by Patatas bravas. Food was about £18 a head.

A fun filled evening was had by all!



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