I'm eating here tomorrow night and just curious, if you were faced with this menu, what would you order? http://origintoronto.com/menu It's not really the kind of place where I'd want to ask for a bunless burger, but I don't mind making a request or two. I'm not great with onions (and to a lesser degree, garlic) and I suspect some of these dishes contain them so that's something I'd have to ask about.
I'm thinking the beef handroll to start, followed by the miso black cod ,which I love. It comes with soba noodles - from what I know, most are not 100% buckwheat, they also contain wheat. Do I actually ask the server if they are gluten-free?
I'm eating with a colleague who I'm not totally at ease with, so I want to be as least weird as possible. But she knows I'm Paleo.
Ooh. Raw oysters would be a serious treat. Tostones and guacamole, bacon and brussels, olives, fries, manchego (if you do dairy). I'm spanish and have had excellent chorizo, but it's hard to know what's in a sausage without asking. Cheese! Again if you do dairy. Chilled stuff! Lots of options here. Whoa, the ribeye - could they cook it in butter?
If I don't want to make a fuss, I'll call ahead so I know what is safe when I get there.
Well, this is obviously a nice place. I might call ahead to see if they'd work with me to serve a dish within my restrictions. Otherwise, I'd eat meat before I left home and I'd probably get the brussels sprouts and bacon appetizer.
The beef handroll contains grain (amaranth), but I don't think it is a gluten grain. I don't know if that matters to you or not.
I thought soba noodles were just buckwheat flour, but you should ask just to be sure. You could always call ahead and ask about the noodles if you don't want to do it in front of the person with whom you are dining.
Where on the tolerance to gluten spectrum do you land? Are you gluten-free out of necessity (i.e. celiac or serious anaphylaxis) or gluten-free because you're "paleo"? Unless you're on the far-side of extreme gluten reactions, just suck it up and don't concern yourself with what is "paleo" or not or what is the most optimal or least detrimental. The fact that you're considering eating foods that potentially contain wheat and gluten tells me that you're rather gluten-tolerant.