Sante Cafe - wheat and gluten free dining in Victoria BC
Sante is family friendly, stylish and comfortable
In Quadra Village at 2630A Quadra Street in Victoria BC, you will find Sante. Sante offers gluten-free dining from 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday through Saturday and from 10-00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
Opened by Hanna Kofman in 2011, Sante is the first totally gluten free cafe in Victoria.
Sante is more than just a cafe - it is a place where people who have celiac disease and those who have a wheat and gluten sensitivity can eat anything in the store, safely knowing that there will be no cross contamination. The soups are freshly prepared and the owner has either cooked or tried every single item sold on the premises. Bread and other baked goods that have been brought in has been carefully tested.
For friends, colleagues and family who are not gluten free the taste of the food is equally tempting and delicious. Pizza's, lasagna's, soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries and quiche. In other words there is something for everyone and it is all gluten free.
Hanna decided to open the cafe because she was concerned that there was no where that people with a gluten allergy could eat safely and in the company of friends and familly, save at home.
Whilst there are a couple of bakeries here that offer wheat and gluten free items the items are consumed at home. Other cafes who may offer a gluten free selection do not offer assurance that cross contamination has not occured, which for me is not too much of a problem but it can be very serious for a celiac. Hanna is all over this and the spotless yet inviting interior offers a place to relax for all ages.
My girls - who do not have to avoid gluten and really enjoy bagels were very happy to accompany me for lunch and said the bagels were delicious.
Hanna herself is celiac and discovered this on a trip to Europe. Originally from Poland Hanaa had been sick with asthma for a number of years and a recurring bronchitis had seriously incapacitated her. Hanaa understands first hand the seriousness of cross contamination and that celiacs and those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity deserve healthy and tasty food. That is why she only sells things she has tried herself and is very particular about brands and quality of foods she brings in to Sante.
Hanaa is also practical and sells items to accompany the speciality pastas and breads - :people shouldn't have to go to three stores to get a meal" she says "I make sure they can pop in and go home with something everyone will like". I can certainly testify that the soupl I tried was excellent and one I will recommend to friends.
If you live in Victoria or have the chance to visit our beautiful city please try out Sante - even if you are not gluten free. I think you will enjoy what you order or take away to make and share with a celiac or wgf friend back at home.
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