I’ve been in the hunt for a trust gluten-free sushi bar ever since I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003.
Victoria is certainly the land of plenty when it comes to authentic Japanese restaurants with chefs direct from Japan however therein lies the problem. The language barrier made this celiac a nervous nellie, never sure that what I was saying about needing an absolutely gluten-free meal was being understood – and vice versa. Delivering on a gluten-free promise is more than swapping the wheat soy sauce for a gluten-free version. There are vinegars with barley enzymes to worry about, wheat noodles, items fried in a shared deep fryer. How to explain?
Fortunately, one of our intrepid GF Foodies, Maureen – a Celiac’s Celiac – was also in the hunt for something raw, delicious and gluten-free. Luckily for us, she discovered Itami Sushi on View Street near Douglas.
I popped by Itami recently and Manager Allan withstood my very best Gluten-Free Grillers! He had the soy sauces, the vinegars and the deep-fried challenges correctly identified and could run though the entire menu pronto to tell me what celiacs could and could not have. Itami even has special Allergen cutting boards that the chefs put into action. Tears of joy pricked my eyes!
I hope you will join us for our very first Japanese GF Foodie Meet Up! We will be able to confidently order from the Nigiri Sushi, Sushi Rolls and Sashimi sections of the menu and our servers will walk us through the Appetizer, Soup & Salad and Donburi sections to assure our safety and enjoyment!