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.
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