When I noticed the sign in the window last summer proclaiming that a gluten-free bakery shall rise on Upper Street, I let myself get a little bit excited. It seemed like MONTHS before there were any signs of life at Romeo’s Gluten-Free Bakery. And rise from the ashes it did. But it was worth the wait for gluten-free bread that actually tastes good! I’m truly amazed. The texture of gluten-free bread is usually rock hard or overly chewy, never an in-between. And never that lovely springy spongy soft breaded goodness that makes you want to use the loaf as an edible pillow. Went for a quick lunch on a rainy Saturday and had the avocado sandwich with an almond milk latte. Almond milk! I am no fan of regular milk and tolerate soy but I’ve found it almost impossible to find any decent coffee places in the area that offer almond milk as an alternative.
The service was a tad slow so they brought over a complimentary gluten-free brownie that we obviously devoured. I love when people make little gestures like that – it shows they actually care about their customers. They sell fresh loaves everyday but I imagine they go quickly. I’ve had the carrot cake here as well and it tastes like proper cake. I mean, can you get more ‘Islington’ than a gluten-free bakery? Am patiently waiting for the dog bakery to open. Not because I have a dog but because I look forward to the day when I can walk by and scream “HAH!”.
Romeo's Gluten-Free Bakery
167 Upper Street
London N1 1US