Dietary explanation

Por questões de saúde NÃO POSSO COMER NADA que contenha glúten nomeadamente alimentos feitos com farinha de trigo, centeio, cevada, aveia e seus derivados.

O meu corpo não tolera este tipo de cereais (mesmo em quantidades mínimas como migalhas), assim não me sirva comida que contenha estas farinhas ou seus derivados.

NÃO POSSO COMER NADA frito em óleos onde já foram cozinhados alimentos que contenham estas farinhas como por exemplo panados, rissóis, croquetes, batatas fritas congeladas e massas. Também não posso comer molhos que sejam confeccionados com farinha de trigo (bechamel, soja), cerveja e/ou mostarda.

POSSO COMER carne, peixe, arroz, batatas, vegetais, fruta fresca e outros alimentos confeccionados com farinha de milho, amido de milho (maizena), polvilho doce/azedo (tapioca).

Obrigado por ter em atenção as minhas necessidades de saúde, informar-me sobre a comida que me pode servir e preparar uma refeição que eu posso tolerar.

In English:
I am suffering from coeliac disease and therefore because of medical reasons I am not allowed to eat any foods which contain gluten-containing cereals or products of these.

This means:
No products from wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut and oats as well as products of these like flour, semolina, breadcrumbs, bread, pastry, noodles, dumplings, sauces, cakes, wafers, etc.

Are there any dishes on your menu which are suitable for me or can you prepare a meal without above mentioned foods e.g. to use maize starch or potato flour for the sauce and to prepare the meat, the fish or vegetables without flour or breadcrumbs?

It is also important to use clean kitchen equipment and prepare food in a clean area in the kitchen.

In doubt, please consult the person concerned. Thank you!

Where to buy gluten-free food

Since a couple of years gluten-free products (produtos Sem Glúten) are readily available at the big supermarket chains, natural grocery shops and health shops (Ervanárias/Dietéticas). It’s easier to find them in Lisbon and Oporto as they’re the main cities. Outside Lisbon some shops have a limited stock on hand for immediate purchase, while others will have to order for you.

Supermarket chains

Continente (see list of shops here at the bottom of the page)
El Corte Inglès (see list of shops here)
Jumbo (see list of shops here)
Minipreço (see list of shops here) – Deli/Meat and Dairy
Pingo Doce (see list of shops here)

Sol Mar (Azores)

Natural grocery shops

Celeiro Dieta (see list of shops here)
Espiral (Lisbon)
Jardim Verde (see list of shops here)
Terra Pura (see list of shops here)

Bioforma (Madeira)
Mercado das Ervas (Açores)

For more info about the availability of these shops in other regions of the country other than Lisbon please see a list here. The regions are listed in the drop down box. The available brands include: 3 Pauly, Aproten, Bi-Aglut, DS for You, France Aglut, Glutano, Hammer Mühle, Olvebra, Orgran, Proceli, Riso Gallo, Rizopia, Santiveri, Schär, Schnitzer, Scotti, Valpiform.
You can also find gluten-free products at ethnic shops like Brazilian, Chinese, Eastern European and Indian supermarkets. Please don’t forget to check if gluten-free (Sem Glúten) is written on the package and the ingredient list.

Places to stay & eat

The usual gluten-free dining rules should apply when eating out in Portugal. Grilled and boiled are safer than fried food because of the risks of cross contamination. Portuguese restaurants serve several grilled meats, fish and seafood, which are very good and abundant, along with boiled rice, potatoes and/or vegetables so it should be easy to find suitable food. To be sure of what you’re going to eat inform the server that you cannot eat food that has “trigo, centeio, cevada e aveia”.

Don’t bother to explain what gluten or the disease are. Simply state that for health reasons (and not because of a trend or fitness diet) you can’t eat those cereals. Explain that you may have “carne, peixe, arroz, batatas, vegetais, fruta fresca e outros alimentos confeccionados com farinha de milho, amido de milho (maizena), polvilho doce/azedo (tapioca)”. The salads franchises and ethnic restaurants like Japanese and Thai might also be a good option.

See a list of traditional dishes that are forbidden (red) or safe (green) to eat here.


Lisbon and surronding areas
La Trattoria (Italian restaurant)
Rua Artilharia 1, 79/85 lj. D
1250-038 Lisboa
Phone: 00351 213 853 043
Website: www.latrattoria.pt
Make a reservation in advance, so they can guarantee that they’ll have gluten-free food for you.

Moinho Alentejano
Rua José Martins Vieira, 2B
Cova da Piedade
2800-530 Almada
Phone: 00351 212 580 088

Near Oporto
Churrasco e Companhia
Rua José Joaquim Ribeiro Teles, 424-F
4445-485 Ermesinde
Phone: 00351 229 720 414
Website: www.churrascoecompanhia.com

Places to stay: There aren’t, to our knowledge, hotels and other lodging facilities dedicated to coeliacs. But surely there are some that may cater to your needs upon request.

Other information

Associação Portuguesa de Celíacos (APC)
Rua Arnaldo Assis Pacheco, Lote 2 – Loja B
1750-396 Lisboa
Phone: 00351 217 530 193
APC’s Dietician: 918 139 511

Website: www.celiacos.org.pt

E-mail: dietista@celiacos.org.pt

Website youth: www.sem-espiga.blogspot.com

Contact person youth

Last update of this Travel Net information: January 2009