Choosing a FODMAP friendly restaurant


I recently wrote a blog post on how to safely eat out on a low FODMAP diet. The post includes a bit of a step-by-step guide, but I wanted to provide a bit more detail on step 1 “do your research”.

Choosing the right place to eat can be quite time consuming, and sometimes frustrating. However if you get it right, you can avoid a lot of awkwardness when you actually get there, plus the even more importantly avoid the possibility of getting it wrong and suffering with the consequences.

So, here’s my winning formula for choosing a restaurant…

Hi Restaurant Name,

I have just found your restaurant online and after looking at your website and reading the reviews it looks I would really love to visit

However, unfortunately I have a few allergies and intolerances; being gluten, garlic and onion.

I have taken a look at your menu and really like the look of x, x and x and was wondering if there is a way that these dishes can be adapted to avoid the foods mentioned – and if not, is there anything else you can recommend?

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hopefully dining with you soon!


*note: I personally often say allergies as my reactions are fairly severe so I feel that they may be taken more seriously. Potentially controversial but I have to put my health first

Following these steps really does help me when eating out, and speaking to the restaurant beforehand really limits the anxious feeling I get when making food not prepared by myself!

Also, if you don’t have the luxury of being able to research ahead of time then you can still carry out the same process but whilst at the restaurant.

I hope this helps and would love to hear your stories on eating out too!

Lottie x


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