It would be churlish to call uber-healthy diets, like paleo, faddy; but something of a negative connotation does come to many a mind at first thought. “Flow” does itself a bit of a disservice by using paleo catering as one of its main hooks; in truth, it is a diet catered for admirably, but there is far more to the business than this singular facet.
On the face of things, Flow is a traditional-looking coffee and quick-eats deli, but with the added perk of having what it calls an open and collaborative meeting space for young entrepreneurs. Flow is a very socially-oriented project, and is inextricably-linked to social initiatives with the Dubai Youth Ministry.
There is a free-to-access library where visitors can come and take books and replace them with their own, and a fledgling calendar line-up of speeches and lectures from leading entrepreneurial figures across the UAE which promises to give Flow a unique position in the Emirates Towers area. The commitment to social wellbeing doesn’t stop with the mere provision of an open meeting space; Flow has designs on launching health and fitness initiatives in the surrounding area and collaborating closely with a soon-to-be-launched youth centre in the Emirates Towers Boulevard.
The very fact that the aforementioned youth centre is launching where the Ivy restaurant once stood speaks volumes.
The opening of the new healthy-eating coffee shop and working space up at Emirates Towers created a buzz, and that was before anyone even got a whiff of the menu.
Charcoal lemon juice is sure to pique your interest, while the banana, data and almond milk smoothie will come as a welcome brekkie accompaniment or a bit of mid-afternoon fuel.
The homemade tandoori chicken toasted sandwich on seedy is an absolute treat, without being needlessly crammed full of butter, cream or other dairy heaviness. The tandoori sauce is made using low fat, natural yoghurt and a whole bunch of spices, and will probably prove to be the restaurant’s most popular lunchtime item. The grilled veggies toastie does the same, but instead goes full vegan by using baba ganoush instead of butter. Nice touch.
Head chef Christopher Kingsley told Time Out Dubai the restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced, organic and sustainable produce at every possible opportunity; and explained there are between five and eight dishes on the menu which, after a little bit of jiggery pokery, become paleo-friendly.
Flow is a promising venture with food that looks and sounds like it's genuinely good for you. Oh, and to reinforce its commitment to enabling Dubai’s tomorrow and developing the youth of today, all of the staff at Flow are under 30. Presumably there’s not an imminent expiration date on 29 year-olds working behind the counter.
Opens Sunday March 19. First Floor, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers. www.flowdubai.com