THE LOW­DOWN ON VE­GAN EATER­IES

If you’re a com­mit­ted ve­gan or sim­ply look­ing to cut down your car­bon foot­print by re­duc­ing your meat In­take, dis­cover nine of the tasti­est ve­gan eats In dubai.

Good (UAE) - - CONTENTS - Words: Ash­leigh ste­wart

nine of the best ve­gan eats in Dubai.

WILD & THE MOON IN A NUT­SHELL

A green-minded eatery in the arty hub of Alserkal Av­enue.

This fun cafe in the heart of Dubai’s hip­ster art dis­trict has long been a firm favourite with the ve­gan crowd. The cafe’s ethos cen­tres on nu­tri­tious, un­pro­cessed and plant-based food. It started its early life in Paris as a de­tox drinks brand, but found a foothold in Dubai with its range of in­ven­tive sal­ads, raw desserts and cold-pressed juices. It’s also some­thing of an oa­sis in the mid­dle of Alserkal’s in­dus­trial hub, boast­ing a leafy in­door set­ting.

Alserkal Av­enue, Al Quoz Dubai, Sun-thurs 8am-8pm, Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm. Tel: (800) 9453, wildandthe­moon.ae

LIFE’N ONE IN A NUT­SHELL

A holis­tic ap­proach to healthy liv­ing and eat­ing in Jumeirah 1.

This gar­den hide­away in the mid­dle of Jumeirah is a holis­tic health and life-heal­ing cen­tre with its own or­ganic and ve­gan cafe. The menu is full of healthy, guilt-free raw op­tions such as zuc­chini pasta and sushi wraps – and you can’t go wrong with the raw Snick­ers pie for dessert. While you’re there, sign up for one of the well­ness classes in­clud­ing yoga, reiki and Pi­lates. Villa 5/1B, 27B Street, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 9.30am7.30pm. Tel: (056) 534289, lifenone.com

URTH BY NABZ & G IN A NUT­SHELL

A pair of nu­tri­tion gu­rus bring plant-based glory to JLT.

JLT has be­come a foodie hotspot in re­cent times, and it’s also be­com­ing a bit of a hub for the veg­gie-based crowd. Urth by Nabz & G was started by nu­tri­tion gu­rus Nabih and Ghalia, who brought to­gether their back­grounds in culi­nary arts and a mu­tual pas­sion for healthy eat­ing. The menu is an ode to all things guilt-free, and fea­tures unique dishes that are light and fresh. Our tip? Try the spring wraps and the Bud­dha burger (pic­tured page 50).

Lake Level, Build­ing J2, Clus­ter J, Jumeirah Lakes Tow­ers, Sat-wed 12pm-10pm, Thu-fri 12pm-11.30pm. Tel: (04) 276 7287, nabzandg.com

PINZA IN A NUT­SHELL

Ve­gan pizza de­liv­ered straight to your door.

Ve­gan piz­zas, any­one? Though it seems a di­rect con­tra­dic­tion to every­thing a pizza stands for – as much cheesy good­ness as pos­si­ble – there is ap­par­ently such a thing as de­li­cious ve­gan pizza. Pinza has be­come syn­ony­mous with just that, with a loyal fol­low­ing of pie fans here in Dubai. They of­fer ve­gan cheese and ve­gan sausage (along with the reg­u­lar an­i­mal va­ri­eties), com­ple­mented by fresh veg­eta­bles and herbs, and a crunchy, health­ier base that’s made up of 80 per cent water and 20 per cent flour. De­liv­ery only, Busi­ness Bay and JVC, Satwed 10.30am-1am, Thu-fri 10.30am-4am. Tel: (800) PINZA (74692), pinza.com

ROOTS IN A NUT­SHELL

In­dul­gent com­fort food clas­sics given a clean, green makeover in Sil­i­con Oa­sis.

Sil­i­con Oa­sis may not be the first des­ti­na­tion that pops to mind when con­sid­er­ing a meal out, and in­deed even when you get there, Roots isn’t ex­actly easy to find, but it is ab­so­lutely worth the jour­ney. Roots Bistro of­fers a menu brim­ming full of ve­gan eats and healthy al­ter­na­tives to clas­sic dishes, com­plete with lo­cally sourced pro­duce and a pas­sion­ate team of cre­atives. The bistro has been get­ting rave re­views since open­ing, and is renowned for of­fer­ing vir­tu­ous takes on guilty dishes, with­out scrimp­ing on flavour. Roots Bistro, Techno Hub 2, Sil­i­con Oa­sis, Dubai, Sat-thu 9am-6pm. Tel: (04) 333 8772, roots­bistro.ae

BAREBURGER IN A NUT­SHELL

When you want to sink your teeth into a meaty, but meat-free, burger.

If you’re more flex­i­tar­ian than full-blown ve­gan, there may be times when you crave a juicy, medium-rare beef burger. The global phe­nom­e­non Be­yond Burger is here to sat­isfy those meaty crav­ings, with­out any meat. De­signed to look and taste like the real deal, the Be­yond Burger patty is made purely with plant prod­ucts (pri­mar­ily peas, potato and beet­root), and comes with ve­gan mayo and Amer­i­can cheese. Bareburger also of­fers ve­gan sausages and veg­e­tar­ian burg­ers made with sweet potato, chia and other meat-free mar­vels. La Mer, City Walk and DFC, daily 10am-11.30pm. Tel: (04) 343 7110, bareburger.com

GOVINDA’S IN A NUT­SHELL

Spir­i­tu­ally sound In­dian din­ing in Karama.

Though not strictly ve­gan, Govinda’s prides it­self on be­ing Dubai’s only sattvic restau­rant (a diet based on foods in Ayurvedic and yoga lit­er­a­ture, in­tended to cul­ti­vate a calm, clear and com­pas­sion­ate mind). The quirky menu is an eclec­tic spin on tra­di­tional In­dian food, but also places promi­nence on fresh, healthy and raw foods. While the menu does fea­ture some an­i­mal pro­tein, it is mostly diet-con­scious, low-calo­rie and high-pro­tein, and there are plenty of ve­gan and gluten-free op­tions. There aren’t many In­dian restau­rants in Dubai, or any­where, where you can get that kind of ser­vice.

Be­hind Re­gent Palace Ho­tel, Op­po­site Bur­ju­man Cen­tre, Street 4A, Al Karama, daily 12pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12am. Tel: (04) 453 5259, my­govin­das.com

THE RAW PLACE IN A NUT­SHELL

Get your su­per­food fill, just steps from Jumeirah Beach.

You might have guessed from the name, but all things raw are the or­der of the day at this Jumeirah cafe. Lo­cated near the beach – a well-thought out place to launch an ode to all things healthy, we reckon – this is where to head to get your su­per­food fill. Try the healthy cakes, smooth­ies and cold-pressed juices… and don’t go past the avo-qua bowl packed with av­o­cado, goji berries, peas and quinoa. And if you’re stuck at work and crav­ing some sus­te­nance, call The Raw Place for at-desk de­liv­ery. Jumeirah Beach 2, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, Sat-thurs 6am-1am, Fri 8am-1am. Tel: (04) 330 0277, ther­aw­place.com

VURGER IN A NUT­SHELL

Crush­ing those burger crav­ings in the com­fort of your own home.

This JLT kitchen is part of De­liv­eroo Edi­tions, so it’s only avail­able for de­liv­ery, but its lack of dine-in space shouldn’t be a deter­rent. Your ‘vurger’ will be made with the likes of cau­li­flower, chick­peas, or black beans, and filled with tasty, fresh in­gre­di­ents. There’s a Meat(less) loaf made from mush­rooms, wal­nuts and broc­coli, and the Neat­ball Sub with len­til and wal­nut balls in a rich to­mato sauce. And just when you think it couldn’t get any bet­ter, you’ll dis­cover their range of dairy-free shakes and smooth­ies. De­liv­ery only, JLT, Dubai, daily, 10am-9pm. Tel: (04) 369 7821, de­liv­eroo.ae

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