Committing to a plant-based lifestyle can seem like a minefield, but whether you’re dabbling with veganism or consider yourself a fully-fledged member of the club, here’s where to get great grub in Dubai (and there’s not a limp salad in sight).
This burger restaurant hailing from New York isn’t just for carnivores – there are two vegan burgers on the menu. Its signature dish – the vegan and gluten-free Farmstead – is made of sweet potatoes, quinoa, alfalfa, romaine, tomatoes, hummus and lemon dressing wrapped in a collard green leaf. The Guadalupe is a rice and black bean patty with guacamole pickle jalapeno, tomatoes and alfalfa with a multi-grain bun.
Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 338 7110. bareburger.com
2. Wild & The Moon
This 100 per cent vegan eatery is a haven for Dubai’s health conscious foodies looking for new dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and all-day snacks, Wild & The Moon focuses on plant-based courses that are free from gluten, refined sugar, additives, chemicals, GMOs, soy and dairy. They’ve recently launched plant-based vegan ice creams, which rotate on a daily basis and come in a variety of flavours including turmeric and mango, blueberries and acai, vanilla and thyme, black sesame and banana and matcha.
Various locations including Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Sun to Thurs 8am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat 8pm to 10pm. Tel: (800) 9453. wildandthemoon.ae
3. House Party Bar
This new bar may nod to the 1990s with its retro gaming theme, but they’re firmly in the current century when it comes to the food. Vegans can opt for the Phoebe Buffay burger, a mushroom patty with soy mayonnaise, tomato, onion, lettuce and avocado.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Mon and Thurs 6pm to 3am, Sun, Tue, Wed and Sat 6pm to 2am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 995 5400. @thehousepartybar
4. Mint Leaf of London
Looking for vegan Indian grub? This upscale restaurant and lounge in DIFC has its own dedicated vegan set menu. Choose from hot and cold starters, mains including sauteed vegetables with local green curry and sides including yellow dal.
Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Sat to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 706 0900. mintleaf.ae
5. Coco Lounge
Formerly known as Coco on 8, the poolside outdoor lounge at Media One Hotel has two vegan dishes on their new menu. Sample either zucchini noodles or pistachio and kale pesto with carrots and charred tomatoes at the Miami-inspired outlet.
Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Sat to Weds 12pm to 12am, Thurs and Fri 1pm to 2am. Tel: (052) 646 1764. mediaonehotel.com
6. Jones The Grocer
Open 24 hours, you can pick from a wide variety of options at this Australian chain. Expect truffled oyster mushrooms on toast, grilled courgette and roast red pepper on a pumpkin seed ciabatta and black quinoa, kale and roast sweet potato salad.
Various locations including Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 24 hours. Tel: (04) 317 4457. dusit.com
7. Organic Foods & Cafe
One for veg lovers, Organic Foods & Cafe hosts a vegan brunch every last weekend of the month. You’ll get an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited hot drinks as well as two cold beverages. The cafe’s specials of the day also contain plenty of vegan items.
Various locations including Emaar Business Park, Building 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, Fri and Sat 11am to 3.30pm, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 338 2911. organicfoodsandcafe.com
8. Freedom Pizza
Try the company’s first vegan pizza, the Free-Gan. Freedom Pizza are also set to launch vegan cheesy breadsticks this month. Desserts are provided by raw vegan dessert company, Coco Yogo.
Marina View Tower, Dubai Marina, Sat to Wed 10.30am to 2am, Thurs and Fri 10.30am to 4am. Tel: (04) 453 4313. freedompizza.ae
9. Ronda Locatelli
Celebrity Italian chef Rona Locatelli’s family-friendly Atlantis spot boasts an impressive eight vegan pizza options, such as vegetariana and baby spinaci. There are also several desserts on the menu – look out for their avocado chocolate mousse.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Tues and Thurs 12pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 11pm, Fri 6pm to 11pm, Sat to Mon 6pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
10. Gourmet by Kcal
Not everything on the menu is vegan at Gourmet by Kcal, but if you’re enjoying a pool day at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, pop in for their chili con carne and a dessert selection including fudge brownie.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thurs 8am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm, Fri & Sat 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 511 7373. gourmetbykcal.com
11. Urth by Nabz&G
Specialising in vegan and raw cuisine, this JLT spot has a vast array of vegan offerings on the menu. You can even find vegan cheese here.
Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat to Wed 12pm to 10pm, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 276 7287. nabzandg.com
12. Comptoir 102
This stylish boutique with a health-conscious cafe serves many vegan options, and they’ve recently added two new vegan dishes to the menu. Try the veggie burger served with homemade ketchup or the Caesar salad, a plant-based version of the classic Caesar salad made with vegan bacon.
102 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, daily 8am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 385 4555. comptoir102.com
There’s a separate vegan menu at this modern Indian restaurant inspired by molecular gastronomy. Dal fans will be in for a treat as there’s a section devoted to lentils and rice, and there’s also a selection of vegan chocolates.
Kuwait Street, Mankhool, daily 12pm to 3.30pm and 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 393 1233. spiceklub.com
Famed for its lively atmosphere, Tribeca’s vegan brunch, Vrunch, features carrot tartare, a vegan bun with tofu bacon and vegan mayo-chipotle, gnocchi with organic asparagus, organic broccoli and vegan caramel and banana brownie.
Level 1, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR The Walk, Fri 1pm to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (050) 345 6067. tribeca.ae
15. One Cafe at Life’n One
This eclectic space with a yoga and pilates studio serves vegan dishes at its cafe. Life’n One launched the vurger in July, made from oyster mushrooms drizzled in barbecue sauce and wrapped in a beetroot gluten-free bun.
27B Street, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Sun to Thurs 8.30am to 6.30pm, Fri and Sat 8.30am to 7pm. Tel: (056) 534 2899. lifenone.com
16. Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre
There’s a comprehensive vegan menu at Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre, serving everything from salads and spring rolls to garden lasagna, red lentil soup and leafy risotto as well as sweet treats. Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre also hosts vegan meet and greet events.
Oud Metha Road, Sun to Thurs 8am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 335 1200. dubaihtc.com
17. Circle Cafe
A cafe that started off selling comfort food has evolved and now has a standalone vegan section. On the menu find cauliflower and chickpea flatbread, brown rice noodles and edamame, and pumpkin and tomatillos with roasted almonds.
CNN Building, Dubai Media City, Sat to Wed 8am to 11pm, Thurs to Fri 8am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 391 5170. circle-cafe.com
18. Baker & Spice
Carb loving vegans can head to organic eatery Baker & Spice for their handmade beetroot pasta. The beetroot bucatini is made from Madras chickpea curry, spinach, lemon zest and toasted coconut.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 425 2240. @bakerandspicedubai