World Vegan Month: Here's what's happening in Dubai this November
Two for one tacos, dedicated menus and buy one get one free on nutritious vegan bowls…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, it would be hard not to have heard the vegan vs. meat eating debate, with more people than ever adopting a more plant based diet, even if just for a few days a week.
November marks World Vegan Month, so whether you’ve already adopted a plant-based lifestyle or just fancy giving it a go, here’s some awesome deals and menus in Dubai to check out.
If you head down to Mexican hotspot, La Carnita for dinner on Friday, November 1, you’ll get two-for-one on their delicious vegan tacos, filled with crispy sweet potato, spiced chickpeas, avocado and roasted pepper salsa. Let the feasting commence.
La Carnita, Dubai, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, from 7pm, Friday November 1. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae
They’re not just about the food on World Vegan Day (Friday, November 1) at Ramusake. When you order any dish from their special vegan menu, you’ll get a complimentary Japanese sangria (completely vegan, of course).
Rmausake, DoubleTree by Hilton, Dubai, Friday November 1, 1pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 559 5300. ramusake.ae
What: Buy-one-get-one-free on vegan meals
New health concept Krave has just opened up a new branch in Motor City and on Friday November 1 they’re offering buy-one-get-one-free on all of their vegan meals when you dine in the restaurant, so why not try it with a friend? Highlights include the chickpea and artichoke salad made with grilled artichoke, hassocks avocado, chickpea, cucumber, parsley and dill leaves topped with chilli flakes.
Krave, Ground Floor, Foxhill Building 8, Al Hebiah, Motor City, Dubai, 8.45am to 11.30pm, Friday November 1. Tel: (04) 584 7227. facebook.com/Krave-Healthy-Restaurant
folly by Nick & Scott
In celebration of World Vegan month, folly by Nick & Scott have introduced a brand new vegan menu. Feast on nutritious dishes like pumpkin, orange and watercress or kohlrabi infused with black garlic, five spice and shitake. Once you’re full, make sure to check out their brand new wine bar terrace, serving all vegan-friendly wines.
folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, dishes from Dhs65. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
Kitsch healthy-eating cafe Tania’s Teahouse celebrates vegans in a big way with loads of nutrient-packed offerings. Try their ultra-Instrammable mermaid toast with rainbow swirls of vegan cheese (Dhs40), tuck into a comforting bowl of soaked overnight oats (Dhs40) or try their guac ‘n’ roll toast (Dhs35), which you can opt for on sweet potato toast.
Tania’s Teahouse, 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Sun to Thurs, 8am to 10pm, Fri & Sat, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 324 0021. taniasteahouse.com
Bounty Beets is popular with a number of Dubai’s health-conscious crowd for its healthy dishes and alternative ladies nights. They’ve curated a special vegan menu, which will be available throughout November. Dine on dishes such as the vegan pancake or some delicious dessert options for those with a sweet tooth.
Bouty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily throughout November from 12pm. Tel: (04) 511 7373. instagram.com/bountybeets
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer introduced their plant-based line, Plant Kitchen, across stores earlier this year. They’ve rolled it out across foodhalls in Dubai, including Dubai Festival City Mall, Marina Walk, Ibn Battuta, The Springs Souk and Mall of the Emirates. The range features some awesome meat-free alternatives like lentil & beetroot sweetcorn burgers, chickpea burgers, roasted mushroom & red onion sausages and sweet potato & red pepper sausages.
Rove Healthcare City
Rove Healthcare City’s Asian Vrunch is a vegan brunch taking place on Saturday November 2. You’ll get unlimited trips to the salad buffet followed by some mains like pomelo salad with roasted coconut, tofu larb with toasted rice powder, vegetable spring rolls, and vegetable massaman curry with jasmine rice.
Rove Asian Vrunch, Rove Healthcare City, Dubai, 11.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday, November 2, Dhs99. Tel: 904) 561 9200. rovehotels.com
In the mood for a refreshing dessert? Give Japanese ice cream company, M’oishi a go. Their bitesize ice creams are encased in a soft rice dough wrapping that has to be tried to be understood. They’ve got three special zesty flavours suitable for vegans in passion fruit, mixed berry and Japanese Yuzu. You’ll find branches all around Dubai, from Dubai Festival City to Marina Mall.
Mexican food doesn’t have to be all meat options. La Tablita have recently launched their healthy vegan menu, boasting all authentic Mexican dishes like guacamole and chips, tacos and a warming tomato soup with spices.
La Tablita, 20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Sat to Wed 6pm to 12am, Thurs 6pm to 1am, Friday 1pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 553 1212. facebook.com/LaTablitaDubai
To celebrate the plant-focussed month of November, Asian street food eatery Asian5 have devised a special menu of starters, mains and desserts for Dhs75. For starters choose from things like beetroot or veggie shumai, for mains you could try veggie glass noodles or a sweet potato curry and desserts include a fried banana wonton with homemade coconut ice cream .
Asian 5, Marooj Complex, Downtown Dubai, 11.30am to 11pm, daily. Tel: (04) 325 9955. asian5restaurant.com
The Noodle House
When you’ve got a craving for a massive belly-warming bowl of noodles, The Noodle House is always going to satisfy. Try their plant-based version with kai lan, onions, enoki mushrooms and Asian beans and pan-fried tofu for Dhs26.
The Noodle House, JBR, The Walk, Dubai, 12pm to 12am. Tel: (800) 666 353. thenoodlehouse.com
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