Food allergy suffers can rejoice! There is now a restaurant that is free of the top nine allergens. These allergens include: fish and seafood, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soya, wheat and other grains containing gluten (wheat, rye, oat, barley, triticale, which is a blend of wheat and rye grains), milk, sesame seeds and sulfites.
Zero8’s pledge is to serve safe meals for those with allergies mentioned above. When they prepare meals they use a process that allows them to minimize direct or cross-contamination.
Dominique Dion, co-owner of Zero8, has had his own bad experiences eating out. He ate at the best Montreal restaurants and was getting sick. His Celiac Disease had not yet been diagnosed. He was suffering with eczema, tiredness, and bloating. He was frustrated at the lack of restaurants for people like him.
He got together with a few friends and in February 2009, opened Zero8.
Keeping the restaurant as allergen-free and gluten-free is a full-time job. This is what Dion had to say, “It’s a challenge when we go see suppliers. People don’t understand. They’ll ask me why I’m talking to them about allergies. And I explain to them very carefully why.” Dion makes sure everything he buys is certified allergen-free. The meals he prepares are made on premises including sauces, marinades, and they make their own mayonnaise. They even go as far as using gluten-free soap in the bathrooms.
The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner. They have a casual chic dress code and reservations are recommended.
Below is the contact information for the restaurant if you have any questions.
1735 Rue St-Denis
For general information – [email protected]
For reservations – [email protected] Make sure to mention the time, date, number of guests, and a phone number where you can be reached.
For customer service – [email protected]
Hopefully, in the future, we will see restaurants like this open up in the United States for those who suffer with food allergies. The more these allergen-free restaurants pop up, the easier it will be for food allergies suffers to be able to go out and have a safe meal at a restaurant. Right now, it is hard for them to do so without running the risk of a severe reaction. Here’s to more restaurants like Zero8!
Allergic Living Magazine. 2010. pg