Viena entrepans: to eat good, well, fast and gluten free!
For people with celiac disease, eating a sandwich has always been complicated. For us, this is due to two main reasons: gluten-free bread is usually not good; the risk of cross contamination when you try to eat a gluten-free sandwich outside of home.
Since some years, this is no longer happening in the restaurant chain Vienna, which is a benchmark for hamburgers and warm and cold sandwiches, especially in the area of Catalonia, which is where you will find most of their establishments (below we indicate all the cities).
When you enter the restaurant, forget about the list of options above the counters and look directly for the gluten-free menu. You will see that the offer is quite reduced but even so, the sandwiches that we can eat are very good. In the menu you will find three types of salad (with 4 types of dressing), fried potatoes, 3 cold sandwiches with “pa amb tomàquet” and 4 warm sandwiches.
As for the sandwiches, you can only prepare them with a single type of gluten-free bread type (like a small baguette). This excludes hamburgers. If you are looking for a good gluten-free burger, you can always go to La Sandvitxeria, Foster’s Hollywood or Tommy Mel’s.
In the same menu, you will find an allergen table with all the options. With an “I” indicating that the allergen is present as an ingredient, and with the “T” indicating that there may be traces.
In this same sheet they include a brief explanation about how they work and the courses they offer to all their employees so that they all know how to treat gluten-free products. In fact, apart from the training they have received from the Association of Celiacs de Catalunya, this is the first restaurant I see that indicates that it complies with the ISO 22000 standard that guarantees the integrated and coherent management of food safety.
Upon ordering, the person who has taken your note will probably turn around and yell into the kitchen: “CELIAC!” Then the gluten free protocol is activated.
From where you’ll wait for food delivery, you can see the kitchen. After the “magic” shout, you will see that someone stands out, washes well his hands, change the apron and takes out an electric grill and all the ingredients to prepare your sandwich, in another area of the kitchen that is designated for the gluten free.
Once finished – if you go with more people, keep in mind that it will take a little longer than regular sandwiches – they will give you the sandwich with this red sticker that says “ENTREPÀ PER A CELÍACS” (sandwich for coeliacs). In case you want sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard), ask that they give it to you in individual stick packs, since if you take it from the big pots it is possible that you are contaminating yourself. They have been used by all people who eat with gluten.
We always order hot sandwiches. We usually order the Viena, which is the most complete, as it has frankfurter, bacon and emmental cheese. Sometimes, if I have little time to eat at work, since I can not go home to Can Perico (a restaurant in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda that offers a wide variety of gluten-free dishes), I go to the Viena Restaurant and ask them to prepare me a loin-bacon-cheese.
And if I have little hunger, then a salad that is also very good. Always remember to say “GLUTEN FREE”!
IMPORTANT: always check the gluten-free menu and, in case you ask for potatoes, ask the person who answers you to confirm if they are suitable for coeliacs or not. Normally they are, but there was a season when they offered other potatoes that were breaded and, as they fry them in the same fryer as normal potatoes, the celiacs ran out of potatoes until they stopped making the others. It never hurts to make sure!
You will find their restaurants in Spain and Andorra:
- Barcelona (there are 8 restaurants).
- Cabrera de Mar.
- Castellar del Vallès.
- Cornellà de Llobregat.
- Granollers (there are 2 restaurants).
- L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
- Mollet del Vallès.
- Montcada i Reixac.
- Platja d’Aro.
- Reus (there are two restaurants).
- Sabadell (there are 6 restaurants).
- Sant Boi de Llobregat.
- Sant Cugat del Vallès (there are 3 restaurants).
- Tarragonga (there are 3 restaurants).
- Terrassa (there are 3 restaurants).
- Valencia (there are 2 restaurants).
- Vilafranca del Penedès.
- Vilanova i la Geltrú.
- Andorra La Vella.
- Santa Coloma.
BY CLICKING ON THE MAP OF GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS YOU FILL SEE ALL RESTAURANTS WE DESCRIBED IN THIS POST LOCATED IN THE MAP OF GLUTEN-FREE PLACES:
AND HERE WE LEAVE THE CELIAC TRAVEL CARD IN SPANISH:
AND HERE WE LEAVE THE CELIAC TRAVEL CARD IN CATALAN:
P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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