Yes, I realize I just complained in a big whiny way about not being able to eat out anymore, and wow, do you guys also have some stories!!! I’m feeling for all of us right now. Which is why I’m kind of digging this new way of thinking about dining out up in here. Up in my belly.
We all know you have to rely on your server, the chef, and anyone else who comes within spitting distance (nice visual, yes?) of your food. The more ingredients on your plate, the more opportunities for a lil’ gluten to slip in. Which is why I’m thinking when I dine out from now on, I minimize my chances of getting an extra serving of gluten in my meal by going simple.
Sugarfish is one of these amazing fresh sushi joints in Los Angeles that has expanded because, well, it’s super delicious. While sushi can be dicey, I’m now so in love with with the very simply prepared, easily made safe, Sugarfish sushi that I just suggested it for dinner tomorrow night with a friend. I kind of can’t get enough. But Sugarfish isn’t one of these “everything is gluten-free!” joints, it’s 100% on you to keep your meal safe, and delish. As a control’ish freak, I actually prefer this setup.
As you can see here, if you let your server know you’re gluten-free, your sushi arrives sans sauce. The quality of Sugarfish is so amazing that you don’t even need it. Some pieces have a little lemon salt or scallions, which add the right amount of flavor. Other pieces are enjoyed with a traditional wasabi/ginger/soy sauce combo, which is where you, the gf’er come in.
You have to bring your own wheat-free tamari. Sugar fish does not supply the gluten-free option, so do not arrive without your own bottle of safe soy. I only forgot once, and while I missed it on one or two pieces of fish, I was very happy eating my tuna belly straight up. Very.
With everything that can go awry in a kitchen you don’t own, I really love this simple way of preparing and serving my food. I feel safe dining at Sugarfish, and it’s truly one of the best joints in the area to get your fresh fish on. For a girl who doesn’t always choose to eat in the healthiest manner, ahem, this is a dang good way to eat.
Do you have a favorite safe place to dine out?