Vegan in Dubai and looking for something new and exciting to eat.
How about feasting on a brand-new vegan dish? We’ve rounded up newest vegan menus and dishes to check out in Dubai – from award-winning Thai and Latin American fare to cute mini cupcakes and vegan shawarmas, being vegan never sounded so tasty.
Café Isan, which was crowned the Best Thai restaurant in Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020, has introduced a brand-new menu featuring vegan versions of some of its most popular dishes. So if you’re on the hunt for some award-winning and pocket-friendly plant-based Thai food, make a beeline to this petite JLT spot. Find out more here.
Open daily noon-10pm. Cluster B, JLT, www.cafeisan.co (04 557 9778).
Fans of popular Peruvian restaurant COYA (which is also Time Out Dubai's Best Latin Restaurant 2020) will be pleased to hear that it added a fully-vegan set menu to its repertoire. The vegan feast includes papa seca coliflor (Peruvian dried potato with cauliflower, celeriac and South American hot chilli peppers), esparragos a la brasa (grilled asparagus with a tomato dressing) and sprouting broccoli with sesame seeds. The vegan-friendly menu also includes old favourites such as guacamole, wild mushrooms and a selection of corn choices, as well as vegan desserts.
Dhs270 (set menu). Open Mon-Wed 12.30pm-1.30am, Thu-Sat 12.30pm-2am; Sun noon-1.30pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).
Dubai’s Fuchsia Urban Thai is already a popular spot for vegans thanks to its already extensive vegan-friendly menu but if you’re looking for options galore, you’re in luck as the family-friendly Thai spot has added new dishes to its repertoire. The ‘Very Vegan’ menu features more than 20 dishes and the latest additions include a rainbow pad Thai, tofu katsu curry and a lotus stir fry.
Prices vary. Open Sat-Wed noon-11pm, Thu-Fri noon-11.30pm. Barsha Heights (04 361 7117) and Bay Square (04 425 3080).
Vegans of the UAE, you're in for a treat, IKEA is adding a vegan-friendly alternative to its iconic meatballs to its menu. And no trip to IKEA is complete without a massive portion of meatballs, right? Set to launch across UAE stores in November, the ‘plant balls’ will look like meat and taste like meat but are completely plant-based and made from yellow pea protein, oats, apples, onions and potatoes. The soon-to-launch plant ball that has only four percent of the climate footprint of the traditional meatball offering a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to hungry shoppers and meatball fans.
Launching in November, www.ikea.com/ae/en.
Shawarma is the unofficial dish of Dubai and if you’ve been missing out on these tasty Middle Eastern wraps, we’ve got two words for you: vegan shawarma. Dubai-based Lebanese takeaway joint Mantoushe has added a brand-new vegan shawarma to its menu. The vegan-friendly ‘steakwarma’ is packed full of Beyond Meat (a meat-free alternative made using pea protein), Lebanese pickles, chopped parsley, sliced onions, fresh tomatoes and a homemade tahini sauce. Get in.
Salad in a jar? What an ingenious idea. Popular healthy food delivery service Salad Jar has added a new soba-based salad to its menu. The plant-based dish is made up of soba noodles, cabbage, snow peas, pickled cabbage, kale, sesame seeds, edamame, marinated tofu and avocado with a soya sauce and fresh ginger dressing. Sounds delightful. What’s more, if you’ve never ordered from Salad Jar before you can now enjoy a 50 percent discount on salads, hummus jars and vegan treats throughout the month of September.
Vegan in Dubai and after something sweet? Dubai’s Sugargram has launched a vegan-friendly cupcake menu, inspired by none other than The Powerpuff Girls. The superhero trio – Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup – are the inspiration behind the new egg- and dairy-free cupcake menu, aptly named the “Flour-Puff Girls”, which features three bite-sized cupcakes. Red Blossom is a vegan-friendly take on the popular red velvet cupcake, while Peanut Buttercup features a peanut butter cake with a jelly filling. Not forgetting Bubbles, the Chocolate Bubbles cupcake promises to be a real treat for chocolate fans. The Sugargram vegan boxes are priced at Dhs125 for 25 bite-size cupcakes and Dhs30 for five.
From Dhs30, order.chatfood.io/sugargram.
Vegans of Dubai – if you’re a fan of Latino fare, there’s an all-new vegan menu for you to put on your radar. ZOCO, which is located in The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, has introduced a brand-new vegan menu packed full of Mexican dishes. Enjoy likes of tacos, tostadas, fajitas, enchiladas, chilaquiles, garnaches and more, all prepared with corn tortillas. There are also five different types of guacamole for avocado fans to feast on and a range of salads and soups. You can end your meal with fruity sorbets topped with berries, crumble and chocolate sauce.
Prices vary. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-1am. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (04 437 0044).
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