It’s a rare occurrence for all of the elements of eating out come harmonize into a wonderful dining experience for me. Usually there’s something that goes awry and that stems from having to modify my order because of my allergies. That might make me a high-maintenance restaurant patron but it’s not all out of choice.
A few weeks ago the stars aligned and I had was the best restaurant experience I can remember in a very long time. We ate at Roy’s Restaurant in Baltimore and from start to finish the experience superseded our expectations.
When we called to make the reservation for our group we noted the event we were celebrating and that there would be one gluten free member of our party. This gave the restaurant advanced notice which I’m sure they appreciated.
When we arrived the maitre ‘de took a picture of our group while we waited just 2 minutes for our table to be prepared.
Upon being seated we first noticed this sign on the table, welcoming us! Then, I asked the waiter for the gluten free menu which he delivered promptly and without question. As my turn to order arrived, the waiter confirmed that I was gluten free, wrote it down, and asked if I had any other allergies. I did and rattled them off and he said that I shouldn’t have a problem but he wanted to confirm my order with the chef to ensure I would be able to eat safely. Umm, wow. Then only a few minutes later, the chef arrived at our table with the maitre’de to confirm that my food would arrive safely. It was exactly what should happen anytime someone mentions food allergies in a restaurant.
We all ordered off of the prix fix menu which was delicious. Our starters (I had the beet salad and traded half for a lettuce wrap – it was all GF!) included the beet salad, chicken lettuce wraps, and a bibimbop.
My main course was the grilled hangar steak with brown rice futomaki roll and a chimichurri sauce that was fabulous.
And dessert – good lord, it was fabulous. A warm, luscious melting souflee, served warm. O.M.G. The cake and I had a moment it was that good.
In addition to the attentiveness regarding the food, midway through our experience our waiter came over with a digital camera, took a picture of our group, and before dessert had replaced our welcome sign with the group picture as a souvenir for us to take home!
From start to finish I was impressed with our experience at Roy’s and their attentiveness to serving safe, gluten free food made my night even more memorable! There were things I did to ensure my safety and at no point in the meal did I ever feel bad or burdensome for asking questions, etc. I still had to be vigilant which is something to remember when restaurants cater to gluten free diners. Trust is okay on many levels but you still are your own best guardian in any dining situation!