Owner of Pure Fare and Agno Opening Gluten-Free Asian Takeout Window

Photo via Kriti Sehgal

Photo via Kriti Sehgal

If you’re a fan of the grub at Pure Fare and Agno, get ready to add a new lunch spot to your weekly lineup: Kriti Sehgal, owner of the two gluten-free-friendly joints, is opening up a new Southeast Asian-inspired takeout window in Rittenhouse, slated to open mid-September. And let me tell you, the food is good.

The takeout window, which will be neighboring Pure Fare’s Rittenhouse location at 119 South 21st Street, will offer up gluten-free meals inspired by Southeast Asian street food. Among other items, they’ll have bowls where you choose a base — options include stuff like sweet potato noodles, jasmine coconut rice and shredded greens — and top that off with a meat, like ginger beef, tamarind chicken or fried cauliflower for the vegetarians among us. Then you get a choice of two veggies — stuff like roasted eggplant, bok choy, snap peas, and more — plus a sauce (I’m all for the coconut curry, but other options include Sriracha cashew mayo, peanut Thai basil, and more). Ah-mazing, right?

Like at Pure Fare and Agno, all of the ingredients used will be completely gluten-free (the fried cauliflower is breaded with almond meal and it’s the bomb dot com), and non-GMO. We were lucky enough to taste test some of the new spot’s menu and discovered, not only is the food good for gluten-free eaters, it’s also very dairy-free-friendly. And seconds-worthy. My favorite item was the roasted eggplant salad, made with japanese eggplant, sesame oil, coconut aminos, tamari, pepper, scallions, and chili flakes. And I kid you not, I could eat drink the coconut curry sauce with a straw.

The takeout window, which will also offer delivery, has yet to be named. But given the fact that they’re planning on opening in just a few weeks, we’re guessing they’ll come to a decision soon. Stay tuned!

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