It is a funky, relaxed restaurant and tea house on Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto. It is a nice place to hang out. The mismatched furniture and large array of different tea pots adds charm to the place. If you’re in a casual mood, you would probably want to eat here if you’re in the area.
But when it comes to gluten-free food, they fall short. The mousaca was a disappointment, because while some recipes call for flour, others do not. There is no reason to ruin a perfectly good gluten-free dish by adding flour to it. Such needless glutenizing of what could be a safe choice for those with a gluten allergy is very frustrating.
There are few other choices, as most of what’s on the minimal menu contain gluten.
The good news is that the baba ghanoush is excellent (order it without pita bread). The one gluten free option that I was able to find when I ate there was Bul go gi, a stire fry made with Korean marinated beef. It was a little on the sweet side for my taste, but never the less very good.
The Butler’s Pantry has good food at a reasonable price and in a relaxed atmosphere, but it is not very suitable for a gluten free diet. But there are some options so you don’t need to avoid it completely.
The Butler’s Pantry has two locations:
371 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, M6R 2M8 (above review based on this location)
591 Markham St, Mirvish Village, Toronto, ON, M6G 2L7
Do you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease? What is your experience with the Butler’s Pantry? Please leave a comment.