For a big city there isn't much gluten free variety, however Dough is one place I have heard about time and time again, so when I was in Manchester with my Mum before going to the Arena we decided we should give this place a try.
The restaurant is situated within the nightclub district, or at least a district where there is a lot of nightlife going on so as advised on the website, we booked a table (you can book up until 2pm on the same day). We turned up and the restaurant was fairly quiet, there was no hassle getting seated and to be honest nothing at all was too much trouble.
Most of the menu is gluten free and some dairy free at Dough Pizza Kitchen, Manchester
On this particular night is was quieter than I was lead to believe it would be however if you go on a Friday and Saturday apparently you almost always need to book as it gets packed out.
The very kind waiter handed us menus to look at, at least 90% of the menu was marked as gf (can be done gluten free),and in most cases could be done df (can be done dairy free) too, items included the majority of the pizzas, pasta dishes, sharing plates and starters.
After a few minutes a very lovely lady came and took our drink orders, I just stuck to water however I did notice they had gluten free beer on the menu. The same lady took our food order and when I asked if I could have a Paella pizza but both gluten and dairy free, I got the most enthusiast reply of "yes of course you can, no problem at all!" The menu points out at the bottom that the gluten free bases and made and cooked in a separate wheat free environment and the lady reiterated that statement to me. My mum ordered a pasta dish, she didn't have it gluten free but the menu stated it could be done gluten free so obviously gluten free pasta is also on site.
Gluten and dairy free Paella pizza at Dough Pizza Kitchen, Manchester
We waited about 10 or 15 minutes for our food, which we expected since it was being cooked fresh, when it arrived it looked absolutely delicious, and so did my mums, if she had asked for it gluten free I would have been tempted to give it a try! The pizza tasted just like normal pizza, even if the crust was a little hard to cut in places, the mozzarella had been replaced with a dairy free variety but was still very tasty. I can honestly say it was one of the nicest pizzas I have ever had, and something different to my usual, I'm usually an Hawaiian girl but because I love Paella, the temptation of prawns, chicken, squid and chorizo on a pizza was all too appealing.
I was very much full after my pizza but I had heard so much about the gluten free brownies so when asked if we wanted dessert I did oblige, however the knowledge of the staff was put to use, we only asked if they still did the brownie and the reply we got was "yes but it's not dairy free unfortunately", she handed us the menu and 4 of the desserts were gluten free, but there was only ice cream which could be offered dairy free, however as she handed us the menu she pointed out the meringue and said "I can do the meringue dairy free, I'll replace the whipped cream with a scoop of dairy free ice cream".
Staff kindly adapted the ultimate meringue mess dessert to be dairy free as well as gluten free replacing cream with dairy free ice cream at Dough Pizza Kitchen, Manchester
I was expecting something like an eten mess to come out, however what I got was a platter with crushed meringues, mixed berries, a raspberry coulis topped with a nice scoop of dairy free ice cream, and it was absolutely delightful, and I enjoyed it more than I probably would have enjoyed the brownie.
This place really is a must when you are in Manchester, they are so helpful, knowledgeable and willing to cater to anything where they can, I don't think I have ever come across such helpful staff before. And considering they are a very popular restaurant in the middle of a big city, the prices are very reasonable for what you get.