I had a terrific Labor Day lunch experience at Laxmi's Indian Grille, 4425 Main Street in Manyunk: 215 508 2120 with my partner and two sisters-in-law. While they don't yet have a physical gluten-free menu, Manu Dutt, the owner and the person who took care of us during our meal, said it would be available soon. He was very knowledgeable about gluten, and volunteered appropriate information in a very accommodating way. He was also very hip to vegan concerns, noting that one of the bowls of rice he brought to the table was made with butter, the other without. I ordered the Kadhai Paneer -- Indian cheese cubes in a sauce with vegetables and spices -- and ate every bite. I also ate several slices (pieces?) of papadum, the peppery crackery bread that came as an appetizer before the meal. Manu noted that it was made entirely of lentil flour, and that all of the sauces and chutney that came with it were gluten free as well.
I found the nicely appointed, small restaurant by searching on UrbanSpoon for gluten-free places in Philadelphia. I usually stay away from Manayunk, which tends to be a little to crowded, hip and trendy for me, but on Labor Day at 2 pm, we had easy parking right near the place. The service wasn't speedy, but we were looking for a relaxed atmosphere to chat and catch up. It was a great choice all around, and all us gals were pleased with our meals. I highly recommend Laxmi's and will look for opportunities to return!
9/8/2011 02:26:20 am
I agree! It was a FABULOUS meal. Our host clearly knows his stuff and it was nice to feel confident about Claire being served appropriate food.
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