If you’re vegan in Dubai you’ll be rubbing your hands (and bellies) with glee at the moment thanks to all the exciting plant-based news in the city. The city already has an established vegan scene, with loads of restaurants and cafes offering up special plant-based menus. But recently there have been even more new openings, plus loads of new menu additions. From meat-free pizza toppings, to Beyond Burgers, plant-based ice creams and a vegan brunch, here’s what you need to be checking out.
For healthy vegan dishes…
Soul Santé in Dubai Marina is one new spot that you’ll want to check out.
Soul Santé is a new, healthy vegan restaurant that promises a wide range of freshly made plant-based dishes that are calorie counted, sugar-, soy- and gluten-free.
Dishes on the menu include grilled peach salad, beetroot sliders, pulled jackfruit tacos and Soul Santé’s signature eggless omelette. There’s also the option to build your own bowls and salads. For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts section boasts lemon cookies, peanut butter cups, chocolate cupcakes and banana pancakes.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Jannah Place, Dubai Marina (04 526 0325).
For vegan pizza…
Freedom Pizza has launched a brand-new vegan pizza. The new plant-based pizza will be topped with chunks of Beyond Meat – a meat-free alternative made using pea protein and that’s free from soy, gluten, dairy and is naturally high in iron and protein.
The Beyond Pizza is the first be served with the plant-based meat alternative and will also be topped with vegan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelised onions, cherry tomatoes and beetroot.
Various locations across the UAE, www.freedompizza.ae.
For plant-based “junk food”…
Rove Healthcare City is adding a special twist to its monthly ‘Vegan Bench Brunch’ by offering green foodies a wealth of plant-based junk food to dig into. In the healthiest of ways, of course.
Taking place on Saturday September 7 from 11.30am until 3pm, the one-off ‘vrunch’ will have plant-based burgers, meat-free tacos, and fully-vegan cheesecake to dig into.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs49 (kids aged under 12), free (kids under six). Sat Sep 7, 11.30am-3pm. Rove Healthcare City, Oud Metha Road, www.rovehotels.com (04 561 9200).
For a massive choice…
Popular Italian restaurant Ronda Locatelli already has a massive vegan menu of more than 40 dishes, and now it’s added more pizzas, pastas and salads for plant-based eaters to choose from.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
For cinema snacks…
The Beyond Burger (the meat-free pea protein patty) has landed in Gold by Rhodes at VOX cinemas. So now you can watch the latest flick while enjoying a plant-based burger.
City Centre Deira, Deira (600 599 905).
For meat-free burgers...
BurgerFuel now stocks the Beyond Burger, a plant-based patty as part of its menu. The popular fast food chain has long been serving some veggie options but the latest edition is the first vegan burger to make the cut. Named the Beyond Beleaf (see what they did there?) the burger feature on Beyond Burger patty, vegan cheddar cheese and BurgerFuel vegan aioli.
For vegan ice cream…
iScream is a massive hit in La Mer for many reasons. And now vegans can love it too.
Joining the likes of Emirati coffee, red velvet, and date, are coconut and chocolate flavours.
The difference with these ones? They're vegan and gluten-free.
Dhs16 per scoop. My City Center Masdar, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi and La Mer, Dubai, www.iscream.ae.
And coming soon…
Veganity – which claims to be the biggest vegan restaurant in the world - is due to open in City Walk soon.
Burger Fuel has introduced the Beyond Meat burger to its new range.