Franchia Vegan Cafe

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  • Franchia Vegan Cafe

Contact Info

Address: 12 Park Ave (Map)
Neighborhood: Murray Hill
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Vegan
Website: franchia.com
Phone
: (212) 213-1001
Price: $$

NoBread Facts

Gluten Free Menu: Yes

Cross Contamination: Yes

Malted Rice: Yes

Gluten Free Pasta: Yes

Gluten Free Bread: No

Gluten Free Taco Shells: No

So here's what we think...

You gotta love a place that offers a gluten free menu. However, it’s hard to love a place that offers such a LIMITED gluten free menu. Before I knew about the GF menu here at Franchia, I checked out the regular menu and saw countless small plates and entrees I wanted to try! Bibimbap & stone bowl rice dishes, a GUACAMOLE roll as well as several other sushi rolls, ANDDD it seemed as though all dishes were served nobread. I thought ordering here would be easy! Unfortunately, my menu of ~75 items shrunk down to only 13 options when I was given the GF menu…

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Of the 10 or so bibimbap & stone bowl rice dishes only 2 are gluten free; of the 10 or so main entrees only 4 are gluten free; of the 15 or so noodle dishes only 3 are gluten free; lastly, NONE of the 10+ small plates and sushi rolls are gluten free. Quite disappointing! Franchia’s gluten free menu features dishes that are prepared with organic gluten free and wheat free tamari sauce and noodle dishes feature gluten and wheat free noodles made of brown and white rice. And as noted on the menu, all orders are subject to cross contamination. I recommend the pad thai or the avocado bibimbap; several of the GF dishes are tofu based, and I’m not a huge tofu fan.

I give Franchia credit for having a gluten free menu, noting that orders are subject to cross contamination, and explaining to patrons the ingredients used in their gluten free dishes, BUT many of the items on the main menu can be done with gluten free substitutes and I feel as though more can be done to cater to the nobread crowd. NOTE – beer and wine only, so come prepared!