If you’re vegan in Dubai there are loads of options, whatever you fancy – from pizza to salads, desserts to Asian food. We’ve rounded up our top picks of vegan-friendly restaurants for you to check out. Want more vegan news? Click here.
Is it a restaurant? Is it an urban retreat? Is it a concept shop? In fact, Life’N One is all of those things. The wellness centre is tucked away just behind Jumeirah Beach and offers a range of classes each week so that you can keep up the all-natural lifestyle even once you’ve finished your mini beetroot burgers. One of the most interestingly named dishes on the menu here is Jungle on a Toast, which comprises sautéed mushrooms on a spread of sweet potato and cashew purée in a forest of mixed greens. And it’s all served on gluten-free bread, naturally.
Open Sun-Thu 8.30am-6.30pm, Fri and Sat 8.30am-7pm. Jumeirah 1 (056 534 2899).
The Raw Place
You’ve been living in excess, cramming down those vegan burgers and necking vegan milkshake like it’s going out of fashion. What you need is a detox, and The Raw Place has just the thing. The rinse, the wash and the makeover may sound like something you get done at the salon, but these juice cleanse programmes are intended to make you feel good on the inside. The organic cold press juices are available in batches of six for one day up to 60 for ten days to give your gut a sprucing up. As well as juices, The Raw Place also whips up a range of ready-to-go meals including salads, granola and soups that you can order online or enjoy in the café at Jumeirah Beach Road. Perfect to refuel after a day lying on the beach.
From Dhs274 (one-day juice cleanse). Open Sat-Thu 7am-1am; Fri 8am-1am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim,
Veganism also exists in Dubai’s creative district, you might be surprised to hear, so make a visit to d3 (Dubai Design District), where Japanese restaurant Akiba Dori serves up a metaphorical buffet of vegan dishes. Get your hands on veggie maki rolls and a tofu wakame salad, as well as the marinara pizza, which, you guessed it, is cheeseless.
Open daily noon-midnight. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (04 770 7949).
This café-come-clothing store on Jumeirah Beach Road has a load of vegan options on its menu, meaning if you slop your vegan green curry down your top then you can just buy a new one there and then. As well as being socially responsible (i.e. preventing you looking like a scruff), Amongst Few is also ethically sound, whipping up a load of environmentally (and animal) friendly options including the vegan pancakes and vegan satay noodle salad. There’s also vegan ice cream and sorbet on offer for a treat, as well as a banana nuts and protein powder smoothie to wash down the feast.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 330 8965).
Some of the best vegan food is authentic Emirati food, and we’re talking more than just bread and hummus. Enjoy the likes of tabbouleh, foul, falafel and fakharet at this traditional Arabic restaurant in Mercato Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Ingredients are all fresh and sourced locally and the vibe is relaxed, what with the walls being made from compost and the chairs being spun from fresh hay… We joke, but on a more serious note, the food is top-notch and the prices are very reasonable. We are big fans.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Various locations including Mercato Mall and Mall of the Emirates, www.azkadenya.com.
What looks like a burger, smells like a burger and tastes like a burger – but doesn’t contain any meat? The much-talked about plant-based Beyond Burger. The Beyond Burger contains no animal products (it’s made from pea protein and potato starch) but yet it really does taste almost exactly like meat. Thanks to a clever bit of science (and a lot of beetroot juice) it even “bleeds” when you take a bite, which is not as creepy as it sounds, and is well worth checking out. The menu also has a selection of sandwiches and hot dogs and those with a sweet tooth can also order vegan shakes and desserts including carrot cake, chocolate cake and a vegan sundae. Lovely stuff.
Open daily 10am-11pm. Various locations including La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (056 720 1927), Dubai Festival City (04 338 7110).
All the way from across the pond is Black Tap, the casual, bold and brilliant New York hangout from Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori. We hear you asking aren’t those the guys famous for big, meaty burgers and over-the-top CrazyShakes? The guys who became a hit for everything completely un-vegan? Well, yes. However, Black Tap should be lauded for the vegan dishes alone. The vegan burger (black bean patty, pickled onions, salsa verder and vegan mayo) is actually our favourite burger on the menu. Order some truffle fries (hold the Parmesan) and a pint of craft hops and you’re onto a winner, winner, vegan, dinner.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri 11am-1am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 399 9076). Open daily 11am-midnight. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah (04 422 9904).
It’s not all about the cream and cheese at Italian restaurants, this popular spot in JBR has plenty of choice for plant-based diners, which is excellent news.
Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm-7pm-11pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2520).
If you’re looking for Mediterranean dishes, then BOCA is a top choice in DIFC. Not only is it’s vegan paella a favourite of ours, but it also stars a paella roja, a bright red paella made with beetroot and finished with colourful crunchy baby vegetables. There’s also sweet potato hummus and padron peppers that are flash-fried and finished with rosemary and salt, with new dishes being introduced regularly.
Open Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
If you’re looking for vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free dining, make a bee-line to Bounty Beets. Dishes on the (puntastic) breakfast menu include “I yam what I yam” (caramelised bananas and sweet potato pancakes) and “you’re all I avo wanted”. There are also soups, burgers and bowls if you’re after something later in the day. Try the avo toast with smashed avocado, topped with garlicky mushrooms and asparagus. It’s served on gluten-free toast, which is great if you’re coeliac, too.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Le Méridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 399 3333).
This cute vegan-friendly café has been a hit since landing in Barsha Heights earlier in 2019. There are loads of plant-based dishes, as well as options for vegetarians and meat eaters. Top picks include chilli-fried eggs with zaatar labneh, as well as sweet potato and kale frittata or interesting shakshuka breakfast tacos. For those wanting a lighter bite, go for the açai bowls, which are vegan and all are delicious. The cacao version is our favourite topped with banana cacao powder, fresh fruit and granola. The avocado pizza is also a winner.
Open daily 6.30am-10pm. Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments, Barsha Heights, Dubai (04 452 9529).
True, Italian food is often loaded with cheese and butter, but don’t be put off visiting popular Italian chain Carluccio’s, as the brand has a new vegan menu. And it’s big. With soups, salads, sides, pastas and desserts, you could eat here every night for a week and have something different. Highlights include pasta arrabbiata, tomato bruschetta, mushroom soup with truffle and pineapple carpaccio. Plus it updates its vegan menu frequently so there’s heaps of choice.
Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall, www.carlucciosme.com.
Clinton Street Baking Co.
Although best known for its stacks of pancakes and chicken and waffles, this US eatery in City Walk serves up a range of dishes suitable for vegans, including salads, avocado on toast and even vegan chocolate cake. Yes please.
Open daily 8am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 344 0705).
This trendy spot from the team behind Tom&Serg serves up a decent selection of vegan dishes to refuel you after a tough session of wandering around the mall. If you visit on the weekend, expect a wait. You’ll be rewarded for your patience, though, as dishes include veggie green tacos and super-tasty and fresh veggie rice wraps. Our top choice? The smashed avo trolley that does the round. Choose what to add (chilli, pine nuts et al) and pile it all onto sourdough toast. It’s also family-friendly so a good spot for the whole gang.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (050 478 1094).
Comptoir 102 is a lot of things. It’s a bohemian fashion boutique, it’s a jewellery shop and it’s an organic grocery store. But most importantly, it’s a healthy café packed with delicious vegan options. It caters to all diets, with dedicated raw, vegan and gluten-free menus that change daily according to what the owners can source from local farms. The vitamin-rich smoothies and juices all use locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meaning they’re full of flavour. Interestingly, the chefs use “age old” (and rather time-consuming) techniques which include pre-soaking, fermenting and cooking at low temperatures to improve the taste.
Open daily 8am-9pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 385 4555).
A pub might not be the first place that springs to mind when you want to dig into some wholesome veg-based grub, but Copper Dog might surprise you. This Scottish bar in JBR has a vegan menu with dishes including chilli (which is apparently a fave of X Factor star James Arthur) and Cajun-spiced cauliflower. There’s even a vegan breakfast with vegan sausage, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, spinach, hash browns and baked beans.
Open daily Sun-Thu 15pm-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 559 5355).
Fuchsia Urban Thai
Popular family-friendly Thai eatery, Fuchsia Urban Thai, has a load of healthy vegan dishes, if you’re craving Thai food. Classic comfort food dishes are done quickly and well – and won’t break the bank.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Bay Square, Business Bay (04 425 3080).
Govinda’s is a vegan and vegetarian haven, with a wide-ranging Indian menu full of plant-based eats. The chefs here use the sattvic method, which means they skip out onion and garlic (among other pungent ingredients) to keep the mind clear, so you’ll avoid that exhaustion that inevitably follows an overindulgent biryani session. Although it’s budget, they’re not scrimping on the portions here. A hearty plate of curry can be had for approximately Dhs36, with particular highlights including the aloo palak (that’s potatoes cooked in a spicy spinach gravy) and the shahi aloo bhindi – or fried okra, potatoes and raisins in a cashew nut gravy. But it’s not just Indian food on the menu, with Chinese and Italian sections, too. And most importantly, your bill will come in at less than Dhs100 for two.
Open daily 12pm-3.30pm and 7pm-midnight daily. City Tower, BurJuman (04 396 0088).
Vietnamese restaurant Hanoi Naturally is as authentic as they come. From the no-frills cafeteria-style interiors to the eye-poppingly strong Vietnamese coffee, this is a transporting dining experience at a fraction of the cost of the flight ticket. And then some. And just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you’ll miss out as there’s a selection of pho and salads you’ll love.
Open daily noon-10pm. Gold Crest Executive Building, Cluster C, JLT (04 431 3099).
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
The ever-popular venue, and Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year 2019, at Jumeirah Al Naseem launched a vegan menu for the very first time in 2019. Starters include beetroot tartare with blackber-ries and roasted hazelnuts, pumpkin and courgette carpaccio with tomato pesto and steamed pump-kin with tofu cheese and sautéed spinach. Mains include Tuscan spaghetti with fresh basil and almond pesto, risotto with peppers and salsa verde and aubergine parmigiana with vegan béchamel. Round it all off with a vegan chocolate tart with caramelised banana ice cream or espresso crème caramel.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-1pm. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 275 2555)
We love Jazz@PizzaExpress for many reasons. The live music, the ever-dependable pizzas, and, of course, the doughballs. But now vegans can enjoy the experience even more, as the chain has introduced vegan cheese. That’s right, no more days of cheese-less margharitas – which is surely a thing worth shouting about. You’ll still have to avoid the garlic butter, but at least you’ll no longer look on in envy at the classic pizzas.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
This Lebanese grill has four spots dotted throughout Dubai and is celebrated for its excellent quality and quantity of dishes. Mezze includes hummus with pine nuts, fattouch salad, raheb salad, warak inab, batata w kezbara and seasoned fries. There are more vegan options such as salads, regular hummus, moutabal or grilled potatoes available as well. And don’t worry, everything is clearly marked with a “V” for vegan. So, tuck in.
Various locations including Paloma Tower, Dubai Marina, and Executive Towers, Business Bay, www.kababjiarabia.com.
This Japanese restaurant, that sits at the base of Address Downtown, not only has stunning views of The Dubai Fountain, it also has vegan dishes, which include mixed seaweed with ginger dressing, crispy shiitake with ginger plum vinaigrette, pan-fried noodles with vegetables and fried rice with scallions. No longer is going to a sushi and robata restaurant limiting.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 5pm-1am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8889).
LEEN'S Casual to Gourmet
This beach spot rebranded from The Surf House in 2019 but is still serving up vegan food. It is perfect for a leisurely breakfast all day, every day. As well as the vegan fry up, it boasts some pretty, well, pretty dishes, too. The shocking pink vegan beetroot latte is vibrant and will inspire a barrage of double clicks on your Insta. While owners have taken care to label all plant-based dishes with “vegan” so there’s no missing out. Other dishes include soba noodles and tofu, veggie poke bowl, a variety of açai bowls and even vegan Mushroom Avocado Tacos. Wash down with a smoothie and enjoy one of Dubai’s finest vegan haunts.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-10pm; Fri-Sat 7am-10.30pm. Various location including Bluewaters, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 346 6292).
Little Erth by Nabz N G
This place is a hit with Jumeirah Lakes Towers residents, however don’t be surprised to find swarms of other diners ditching their ’hoods for a bite here, too. Vegan dishes out number non-vegan dishes by around nine to one and the sweet treats are particular brilliant. The vegan brownie is unbelievable. Mainly in the fact that it’s made from sweet potato, dates and oats, yet tastes just like the real thing. The vegan cheese tartine here is also pretty special – and is made with tofu. Also don’t miss the Zesty Spaghetti – a low-carb treat of raw courgetti smothered in tangy cashew cream. You may just find yourself relocating to JLT to be near here.
Open Sun-Wed noon-10pm; Thu-Fri noon-11pm. Cluster J, JLT (04 4535412).
This laid-back restaurant in Barsha Heights prides itself on using fresh ingredients, all of which are grown by the chefs or sourced locally. There’s also a new vegan menu, with dishes including cauliflower mushroom risotto, garden veggie pasta, a veggie burger and a fresh watermelon salad with cucumber, onion, blueberries and a coconut citrus dressing.
Open daily noon-midnight. Tryp By Wyndham, Barsha Heights (04 247 6630).
La Petite Maison
One of the things we love about La Petite Maison is its unwavering quality. It’s consistently excellent and it’s a perennial Time Out Dubai award-winner (it landed our Best French Restaurant 2018 gong). But that doesn’t mean it’s resting on its laurels. The DIFC fine dining spot has made several introductions to its menu, including some vegan dishes. A French restaurant turns vegan? You cry. Yes, and there’s a range of tast dishes including roasted peppers, quinoa salad and a hearty lentil salad, aiming to increase your protein and iron intake.
Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.15pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC (04 439 0505).
This popular Dubai Marina spot from British chef Jason Atherton may be best known for its hearty roast dinners and tasty gastro-grub, but you might be surprised to hear there’s a dedicated vegan menu, too. Dishes include salt-baked beetroot and snow pea salad, wood-fired garlic bread, pea, mint and black truffle risotto, coconut lemongrass broth and KFC – Korean fried cauliflower. If you want exciting, vegan fine dining, you know where to go.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
This botanical-inspired eatery will make you feel like you’re in the rainforest – providing the said jungle serves up a range of fresh salads, crisp flatbreads and wholesome açai bowls that will send nutrients rampaging through your system like never before. Alongside the regular range of superfoods, you’ll also find vegan, raw, gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives, as well as a beverage menu that includes a selection of cold-pressed juices, herbal drinks and classic coffee brews. Grab a snack, enjoy a leisurely coffee or wolf down a stack of pancakes, because gluttony tastes better when it’s guilt-free.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. Mirdif Mall (04 288 5004).
Organic Foods and Café
The folk at Organic Foods and Café had everyone in mind when they whipped up their extensive menu. The café lets vegan, veggie, carnivore and gluten-hater come together at one table and dine in perfect harmony. Not only does it offer a long leisurely breakfast for Dhs39, there’s also a weekend brunch costing Dhs99 so you can get all the picky eaters together and binge like it’s nobody’s business. The cafés also have shops where you can buy all the ingredients to knock up your own dietary-appropriate feast – and the best part? The organic puff pastry, because we all love a gut-friendly pie.
Various locations including Sheikh Zayed Road and The Greens, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com.
PF Chang’s has a “farm to wok” philosophy that we could write about until the cows come home. The dim sum is expertly hand-crafted, the sushi is hand-rolled and “pre-cooked” is a word that sends shudders through the kitchen (which uses native cooking methods, naturally). The recipes here are purposefully simple, using only a few clean ingredients selected for their flavour and nutritional benefits, before being rustled up in a wok for vegetables that retain their nutritional value. Vegan options include the Emperor’s Feast, a vegetable medley available with stir fry, coconut curry vegetables and spring rolls. And with locations around the city, your sure to find a branch next time you get peckish.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall and La Mer, www.pfchangs.com.
This casual and quirky eatery serves up a range of health-conscious options from avo on toast to salads and poke bowls. But as the name suggests try the açai bowls – from the humble Classico topped with banana and homemade walnut granola, to the more creative Brownie Amor Bowl with vegan brownie chunks, berry compote, grated coconut and homemade walnut granola, there is plenty to choose from.
Various locations including Dubai Marina (04 447 7622), Sheikh Zayed Road (04 329 2224).
Get your gladrags on and get down to Ramusake for a feast upon the new vegan menu. Dishes include a sushi platter, small plates including Kinko rice and Japanese mushrooms, and more maki rolls that you can shake a bamboo stick at. The cool Japanese restaurant also offers vegan desserts, including a fruit sashimi platter served on ice. Sounds fancy.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am; Thu 1pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 559 5300).
This family-friendly restaurant from celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli at Atlantis The Palm serves up loads of vegan dishes, in fact it’s one of the largest menus we’ve seen. From pizzas to pastas, and a range of vegan cheese you’re totally spoilt for choice here. There’s even vegan desserts to round your meal off sweetly.
Dhs53. Open Sat- Tue 6pm-10.30pm, Thu-Fri 6pm-11pm, lunch Thu-Tue noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
This Indian menu brought tears to our eyes – not only for the wealth of vegan options on offer, but specifically for the vegan kebabs that we never dared dream of. Behold the Hare moong and kaju ki gilawat, or the lentil kebab to you and me. Smoked green lentils are combined with crumbed roasted cashew nuts and served with curried raw mango salsa. It’s the stuff vegan dreams were made of.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. The Canvas Hotel, Mankhool (04 526 0823).
You’d be forgiven for overlooking Single Fin, given that it’s very name alludes to the physiology of a fish. So far, not so vegan-friendly, until you see the breakfast menu. A good two-thirds of the breakfast dishes bear that oh-so-wondrous “V” of approval, stamped next to a list of fresh (plant-based) ingredients that will leave you weak at the knees. The list includes the likes of Sunrise Waffles with all manner of berries and chocolate sauce, to a monster Todas Santos Toastie, with a pile of mashed avo and vegan Mexican cheese that makes your average avocado on toast look like a Ritz cracker.
Open daily 7am-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (050 504 3020).
Like your vegan meals with a bit of a molecular twist? Head over to the SpiceKlub in Mankhool. Each dish is presented in a surreal fashion, including test-tubes, syringes, beakers and with plumes of dry ice. Some vegan highlights include the baked bhindi chapatti, which includes over-roasted okra stuffed with Indian spices, and the aloo gobi adraki – potato wedges and cauliflower florets slow-cooked with ginger julliennes. It can be pricey, but we think it’s worth it.
Open daily noon-3.30pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm. Mankhool (04 393 1233).
This trendy spot on Jumeirah Beach Road serves up a range of healthy, tasty vegan dishes. Don’t miss baked cauliflower, which is a vegan’s dream. Chunks of cauliflower roasted in a beautiful tomato sauce served with toasted almonds, mint and balsamic oil. Plus, the café also offers yoga sessions, too.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 222 2811).
Soul Santé is a, healthy vegan spot that promises a wide range of freshly made plant-based dishes that are calorie counted, sugar-, soy- and gluten-free. The aim of the restaurant, so says the team behind it, is to “serve vegan dishes with ingredients that taste delicious, as well as promote a healthier approach towards calorie counting and healthy eating”. The restaurant was send up by Manisha Advani, who was after some healthy, vegan desserts, but found them hard to come by. As an athlete, she also wanted to ensure that dishes left diners satisfied as they contained enough protein. 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).
The Cheesecake Factory
If you’ve ever ventured into a branch of The Cheesecake Factory you’ll know what we mean when we say the menu is enormous. Almost as big as the cheesecakes themselves. As a result, there are plenty of vegan-friendly dishes. They include soy-glazed edamame, vegan cobb salad, veggie burger (without cheese and mayo), Evelyn’s pasta (minus parmesan and butter) or falafel salad (devoid of feta). Unfortunately, none of the famous desserts are vegan, however you can be smug in knowing that avoiding a slice of the freakcakes means avoiding a three-day run to burn off the calories.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall and The Beach, JBR, www.thecheesecakefactory.com.
The Eloquent Elephant
Not only has this trendy gastropub, which is a former winner of our Best Pub Food Award, had a facelift and installed a terrace, the menu’s had a revamp too, including a dedicated vegan section. Don’t miss the Elephant’s Barley Burger, a veggie patty made of barley, carrot and celery, encased in a soft chia seed bun. It’s served with date chutney and sweet potato fries on the side.
Open Sun-Wed 3pm-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am; Sat noon-1am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3131).
The Hub 7
Vegans listen up, two entire menus dedicated to plant-based eaters are here. The Hub 7 rolled out separate menus from Japanese and Filipino foods, and they’re entirely vegan. Choose from tofu bites, vegetable gyoza, sushi or ramen off the Japanese section, or lumpiang gulay, adobo, potato steak or pancit bihon noodles from the Filipino section. The Jumeirah Lakes Towers spot has become a hit with foodies – both meat-eating and plant-based – so don’t be surprised to see hordes of diners waddling out with smiles.
Open daily 8am-midnight. Cluster M, JLT (04 369 7649).
The Tap House
The Tap House makes this list purely for its vegan hotdog, though the views across the Palm are also delightful while you’re cramming it down your neck. The dog is slathered with soy mayo, ketchup and mustard, and tastes like a dream. We’re not sure how The Tap House has crafted such a wondrous culinary dish, nor do we care. All we know is that we want more. There’s also a cracking veggie Thai curry and a couple of vegan-friendly salads on offer, as well as a daily happy hour every day between 4pm and 7pm, to wash down all that greenery.
Open Sun-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Sat noon-2am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (05 514 3778).
Fancy Caribbean food for dinner tonight? Fret not, it’s not all jerk chicken at this super Downtown spot. Ting Irie has a decent vegan menu, too, boasting dishes included curried veg, cauliflower popcorn served with homemade sriracha sauces and soya and ginger marinated tofu sautéed with yellow and green squash topped with tamarind sauce. It’s time to spice up your diet.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Al Manzil, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 557 5601).
Business buddies Tom Arnel and Sergio Lopez aim to turn diners into family and want their Al Quoz spot to be a home from home. Well, vegans are certainly made to feel welcome as the menu is dotted with delicious offerings. While the maple granola breakfast may be the only one marked with a “vegan” label, there are plenty of dishes that can be altered to suit including the masala fried eggs or fried eggs and grains (without eggs, obvs), chickpea and falafel salad (without feta) or the roasted beetroot and barley salad (without eggs). The black magic smoothie is delicious, too.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-4pm; Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. Al Quoz (056 474 6812).
Tum Tum Asia
This casual café in Oud Metha has a dedicated vegan menu and the dishes are absolutely excellent. You’ll find everything from tofu balls to pad Thai, sushi to dim sum and corn fritters to kimchi ramen. Our favourite has to be the Singaporean laksa, a big steaming hot pot of coconutty spice and noodles. Wash it down with a mocktail and congratulate yourself for finding your new favourite hangout.
Open daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Oud Metha (04 323 2443).
After a marathon Marina Mall session, the perfect place to refuel on green goodness is Ultra Brasserie. There’s a whole plant-based section of the menu including the green poke bowl, with brown rice, baby spinach, broccoli, avocado, green beans and pesto. There’s also an ultra-superfood salad, smashed avo on sourdough and pumpkin and breaded tofu. Stock up on the vegan snacks it sells while you’re there, too.
Open daily 9am-7pm. Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina (04 277 5644). Open daily 7am-10pm. Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai (04 420 4572).
Veganity is already well-known in the UAE among plant-based eaters, having launched in 2017 as the first vegan meal prep and catering delivery service. And now it has a permanent home at City Walk. Not only is everything vegan, it’s also 100 percent organic, GMO-free, no preservatives, artificial fla-vourings or colourings and with gluten-free options available, too. If there was ever a time to be ve-gan in Dubai, it’s now and vegans are in for a big – literally – treat as the meal prep service serves more than 200 plant-based dishes at its new restaurant. Dishes on the menu include fried “chicken”, a pulled jackfruit burger, vegan cinnamon rolls and vegan scallops (steamed and seared king oyster mush-rooms). There’s also a shish taouk wrap, shepherd’s pie, meatballs, pancake cannolis stuffed with a blueberry cashew cream and more.
Open daily 10am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.myveganity.com.
This new kid on the block is super-trendy. Not only is the food Instagram-friendly, the food is equally photogenic. And the vegan dishes are top. Love avo? Order the avo toast (there are several varieties, see our feature on page 68). It’s filling, fresh, crunchy (hello pine nuts). The “Don’t be Upsetti” will also leave you anything but tearful. It’s another hefty portion, this time made up of gluten-free pasta and all things green including peas, kale pesto and asparagus. If you haven’t been, add Vibe to your to-visit list.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Al Safa (04 339 0087).
This Vietnamese restaurant in JLT is one of our favourite budget restaurants. The tiny restaurant is frequently packed out, especially at lunch thanks to those working in the area, and it serves up some excellent, traditional fragrant and flavourful food. And in even better news, there’s also a vegan menu. With prices that start at Dhs13 Dhs for starters and just Dhs21 it’s wallet-friendly, too. Dishes include cari chay (tofu and vegetable curry with jasmine rice), pho chay (pho with lotus root, mushroom and tofu), ca tim om dau phu (tofu and aubergine clay pot) and bun dau sa ot (cold rice noodles with lemongrass tofu, nuoc cham, lettuce, mint, basil, coriander) among others including dishes, soups, stir-fries and salads. For fresh, wallet-friendly food, make this your new go-to spot.
Open Sun-Wed 9.30am-10pm, Thu-Sat 9.30pm-10.30pm. Cluster D, JLT (04 565 6088).
Hugely famous for its ramen and chicken katsu curry, everyone’s favourite Japanese chain now as a dedicated vegan menu – and it’s extensive. There’s a top selection of plant-based dishes, which include wok-fried greens, mixed mushroom and panko aubergine hirata steamed bun, vegan pad Thai, yaki soba, a spicy green curry and vegan katsu curry. There’s masses of choice, and there are loads of locations so this brand is sure to be on your hit-list. It’s equally good as takeaway, slurped up on your sofa in your pjs.
Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall and The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.wagamama.ae.
This is a magnificently classy, yet fun-loving restaurant, and it gets proper lively at brunch on a Friday evening. It’s also got some wonderfully vegan menu options, including a mushroom ceviche, veggie make (with spring onion, carrot, leek and mango), the smoked guacamole, some grilled mushrooms anticucho and a whole bunch more. If you’re looking for a main course here, vegan options include the truffled quinoa risotto, and it’s a taste explosion, but on the super-rich side so come hungry if you plan on ordering that. Quinoa risotto is joined with ají Amarillo (peppers), plus fresh truffle and wild mushrooms. Altogether now: “waka, waka, ey, ey!”
Open Sat-Tue 6pm-midnight, Wed-Fri 6pm-1.30am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 444 1444).
Wild & The Moon
Boasting some of the healthiest bites in town and a seriously hippie name, Wild & The Moon in trendy art-hub Al Quoz whips up some great grub, all of which is are free from additives, chemicals, soy, dairy and gluten. Just when you thought this spot couldn’t get any healthier, it also serves up vegan-friendly ice cream in a range flavours, packed with natural ingredients and clear clear of refined sugars. Expect classic spins such as choco coco, the intriguing vanilla and thyme, turmeric and mango flavours along with black sesame. There’s even a vegan afternoon tea with cashew cream if your fancy a treat. If you’re after something more lunch-worthy then check out the gazpachos.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri-Sat 8am-10pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, (800 9453).
Wildflower Poké & More
This eco-friendly health-conscious café is under the same group as popular UAE-based pizza company Freedom Pizza and is “Powered by Freedom”, meaning that diners can easily order online as they do with Freedom Pizza, with the option to dine-in too. The menu is packed full of healthy and nutritious dishes, as well as gluten-free and vegan options.
Open daily 9am-10pm. Boutique Studio 2, Dubai Studio (04 557 4329).