bu*ku: Merci!

June 2013 Update: bu*ku now has a Gluten-Free Menu! Click HERE to view it on their website. Even more reason for thanks!

Where: bu*ku | Global Street Food, Raleigh, NC

GF Menu: No. Check that – YES. (See update above.)

What I ate: Cochinita pibil and Chilean Sea Bass

How to order it: Let the server know that you are allergic to gluten and ask for recommendations. Our server explained that the expert, and well-traveled, Chef William D’Auvray can prepare many of the items from the menu as Gluten-Free versions (with the exception of the breads, of course).

What it looks like:

Appetizer: Cochinita pibil, tender, pulled, soft corn tortilla, pickled red onion, habanera salsa. Set on a lightly-grilled corn tortilla, this pibil (slow-roasted, marinated pork) melts in your mouth. The red onions and salsa do not overpower; they gently embrace and elevate the cochinita. These were so light, I could’ve easily eaten five. May I please have them for breakfast, too?

The Main: Plantain crusted Chilean sea bass, caramelized noodle squash, green mango salad, warm passion-fruit-citrus vinaigrette. The mango salad is not pictured here, but I assure you it’s gorgeous and is a perfect side to this succulent sea bass. The crisp plantains work extremely well as a crust topping. Genius! When there was no trace of fish or squash left on my plate, I pined for a piece of GF bread to serve as a vehicle for the rest of the sauce. It’s not every day you get to taste passion fruit.

Dessert: A single scoop of homemade pineapple sorbet. I can’t show you this. It evaporated.

Green Note: bu*ku is locally-owned and operated.

From their website: “The prices on our menu represent a decision to make our food accessible to as many people as possible without compromising our Chef’s long-standing commitment to serve high quality produce, hormone-free farm-raised beef and sustainable market seafood.”

I appreciate bu*ku’s view of the world and I look forward to bringing my passport & palate there again soon!
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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Want eat here! SOON!!!

  2. […] Neomonde Mediterranean Deli has begun offering GF bread and pizzas (pictured above), and bu*ku (also in Raleigh) now offers a Gluten-Free […]


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