Time Out Says
The new café at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi takes the place of organic eatery Gourmet by Kcal.It’s had a revamp and interiors are ripe for Instagram. Inside is kitted out with bright paintings and plenty of pink, while the terrace has tropical foliage.
Dishes on the (puntastic) menu include“I yam what I yam” (caramelised bananas and sweet potato pancakes) and “you’re all I avo wanted” (avo toast with poached eggs). There are also soups, burgers and a range of healthy bowls.
Don’t miss the vegan avocado on toast. Topped with sautéed garlic mushrooms and two thick spears of asparagus it’s a delicious veggie dish that definitely delivers your daily greens quote. It’s served on gluten-free toast, which is great if you’re coeliac, but the bread is a tad stodgy and heavy.
The vegan butternut squash risotto, made with coconut cream, is a little bland, but nice enough with a sweet-savoury flavour. A scattering of pumpkin seeds give a welcome crunch, but some larger chunks of squash would make for a more interesting meal.
If you’re looking for something sweet, order the coconut caramel cheesecake. Made with cashew cream it comes in at under 200 calories, which is a pleasant surprise, as the indulgently creamy “cheese” and lashings of caramel syrup belie this.
Bounty Beets is top-notch for choice, but some of the dishes need to be a bit stronger.
WHAT IS IT...
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free-friendly café with an extensive menu
Tasty food in a pretty setting
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
Afternoon tea is always a good idea, and when it’s vegan then even better. Bounty Beets is known for its top vegan range, so we are excited to check out it’s new afternoon tea.
After a slow start we confirm our order (it has to be booked 24 hours in advance) and get ready to get stuck in.
One of the nice things about this tea is it’s a platter, so every person gets their own portion of food rather than sharing and having that awkward “you take the last sandwich, I don’t want it, honestly” exchange.
Unfortunately that’s where the good things end. While the menu on paper sounds amazing, with sandwiches including red pepper and pesto, asparagus avocado and cucumber and cheese, in reality it’s a bit of a let-down. The bread looks and tastes fried and the portions are small – don’t come hungry.
The puddings fare slightly better portion wise, but they’re all cake-based so are a lot more filling. However one of them – we think it’s meant to be a blueberry muffin – is extremely dry, and we’re disappointed by the lack of vegan scones.
It’s pocket-friendly at Dhs99 and buy one get one free every Monday, but even when it’s not breaking the bank it’s not worth the money.
The vegan dishes at this popular and Instagram-tastic restaurant are solid, so if you’re looking to dine we’d advise sticking to the regular menu and swerving the tea, for now at least.
WHAT IS IT...
Newly-launched vegan afternoon tea
If you love tea... but you’re best of sticking to the regular menu
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 Feb 2020
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