Ever since going gluten free, Oliver and Bonacini has been a staple restaurant of mine. I have been to three different locations: Bayview, Front and Blue Mountain. Needless to say, I have narrowed down some of my favourite dishes – mac & cheese and lemon posset being top of the list.
The gluten free macaroni and cheese with chicken and green peas is comfort food at it’s best! Like most kids, I grew up on Kraft Dinner, so it’s always a nice treat to eat this grown up version made with goat cheese, Fontina and aged white cheddar. The staff are always very knowledgeable about allergies – which is what is expected at such a nice restaurant. They always have gluten free pasta on hand. When you order the mac & cheese gluten free, the kitchen skips using flour as a thickener to the sauce and doesn’t add breadcrumbs to the top. This makes the cheese sauce a bit more runny, but hey you’ll never hear me complaining – it’s delicious!
For dessert I LOVE the lemon posset – a naturally gluten free, creamy lemony dessert! It is so light that I can always make room for dessert! It has such a wonderful texture and the lemon flavour just tops off any meal so perfectly. Plus, the candied lemon peel as a garnish always reminds me of Positano, Italy.
I should also mention that their soups are very good too! Ryan and I shared the pumpkin soup and an intense and meaty mushroom soup during our visit to the Blue Mountain location. They were so flavorful, it’s crazy looking back and realizing that I used to never like soup. Now I need to make it a goal to make homemade soup.
We also ate breakfast at O&B one morning and I was so pleased with all of my choices. Often breakfast out for a Celiac means plain eggs and fruit. But at O&B I was able to safely eat bacon, sausages, fried mushrooms, poached eggs and a delicious fruit bowl. It was a very happy start to my day!!
Overall, O&B is a wonderful place to eat out for someone with Celiac disease or a severe gluten intolerance.