small restaurant. delicious food with Australian flare. serves great drinks. lovely atmosphere. lots of wonderful gluten free options, including atheists and desserts. Things you can't normally find -- fried calamari and fish and chips. I look forward to eating here when I am in New York.
Pros: great options, everything tasted great. Friendly atmosphere and a good place to bring veg, carnivore, gf & not gf. No reaction! We had the following and recommend them all: Sticky pudding!! Jalapeño corn fritters Vegan tacos Eggplant parmigiana Mousaka Melbourne (Greek) Salad Mashed potatoes Cons: our waitress was not that knowledgeable and they mistakenly served mousaka with regular bread. However, the chef came running out and noticed immediately after dish was placed on the table and it was fixed right away.
Delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Got the beef burger with the lot and the fried calamari. everything was delicious and they give you huge portions.
We went to this restaurant the other day and absolutely loved it. Wait was a bit long but that's what happens when you ask for a table of 5 for dinner on the weekend. Food was delicious and the staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. Dedicated fryer and some of the best gluten free buns I have ever had. I tried the Fried Calamari, corn jalapeño fritters, and ate the Ned Kelly steak sandwich. Every bite was delicious. At the end of our meal the chef stopped by to introduce herself and ask how everything was. She told us that she is gluten intolerant and stressed how much they care about being careful with gluten free food. I highly recommend eating here.
Absolutely awesome experience. The fried calamari is the best I've had. When we ordered the calamari, I commented that I was Celiac and made sure it was REALLY gluten free. The waitress then asked if I had a dairy allergy because there is dairy in the calamari (I'm not dairy intolerant so I'm not sure if it can be made dairy free as it wasn't applicable to me). Impressed that they knew those are often hand in hand. Friendly staff. Good happy hour. Excellent for Celiacs and they do it right here.
So many diverse options marked on the menu, and the staff is very knowledgable about celiac. Highly recommend!
Our experience was SO wonderful. I felt like I wasn't restricted by GF at all because they had so many options. We went for an app, drink and dessert. Fried calamari for an app, pear cider for a drink, and the sticky date pudding cake for dessert! Everything was so delicious and my non GF hubby loved it. I would highly recommend trying the Thirsty Koala because they have so much more than the typical GF restaurant. PLUS their service was exceptional!!! Waitresses were so friendly and conversational, AND one of the owners came to talk with us! She was genuinely interested in getting to know us. We will be back for sure!!
Must-visit spot for celiacs, the food is amazing and staff is very knowledgeable about cross contamination
I'm a sensitive Celiac that went for Mother's Day with my non-celiac family. They offer almost every dish gluten free and most can be modified for dairy free as well. We shared apps like calamari and Thea's meatballs that are made gluten free and nobody noticed the difference. The sliders are AMAZING! I highly recommend and will be back.
Amazing GF menu, separate fryers, delicious freshly made gf calamari and fries, I'm smitten and will be returning soon!
Yep this place gets it. I've eaten here at least 10 times over the past couple of years and have never gotten sick, and I'm as sensitive (Celiac) as they come. The fried calamari is RIDICULOUS good!
Great service. They are very knowledgeable about gluten n said they can make anything in the menu gf.
Delicious GF options. Chef will come out and speak to you about any dietary concerns. Lovely people. A gem.
So. Good. As a vegetarian with celiac, I think this might be my new favorite restaurant. The menu was extensive and nearly everything could be made gluten free if it wasn't already. I was a little worried about cross contamination but they're very knowledgable and clearly make an effort to keep their customers safe and happy. The food was delicious (my gluten-able friends also loved it, so that's saying something too!) and they even brought out gluten free bread for the table before our food arrived. When was the last time I ate the bread on the table at a restaurant?! Thirsty Koala, I'll be back.
If you enjoy creative culinary experiences, this is place is a must! Amazing food, attentive owner (executive chef), extremely knowledge about gluten and cross contamination. Make a reservation though because it's always busy.
Many GF options to choose from as the chef is gluten intolerant. Delicious food with Australian roots. Fits perfectly into Astoria dining scene! Never picked a GF menu choice I didn't LOVE! Try the triple blonde GF beer, too (my fave). Knowledgable staff and chef make me feel safe eating here, even though I'm a celiac sensitive to cross-contamination on a microscopic level. Have safely and happily eaten at The Thirsty Koala many times & probably will many more!
The food is great and safe, but they have the WORST delivery service. It took almost 2 hours to get our food recently. We had to continuously call to ask where it was. If you want to order from here, call way in advance before you are even hungry.
I highly recommend this restaurant just for the food and service but especially for those with gluten free restrictions. Great, knowledgable staff, awesome food, dedicated gf fryer, corn tortillas etc.
This place is amazing! The staff was very friendly. Their menu is clearly labeled gluten free and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.
the tacos are amazing.. sometimes as a special they have gluten free calamari and it is delicious
Amazing food. Lots of gf options.
You will never feel like you're missing out on good food by being GF here. Everything on the menu is clearly spelled out for allergen concerns. Several vegetarian and vegan options as well. And the GF options are absolutely delicious. Definitely the place to be for Happy Hour, too! I will be returning often.
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm