Eat pizza, pasta, burgers and more all without messing up your digestive system…
If you’re gluten-intolerant, it can often be a little difficult to work out where to go to eat without wheat. Fortunately, more and more restaurants in Dubai are helping cater to individual dietary needs, whether it’s from the kitchens of plant-based cafes or hearty Italian restaurants offering special gluten-free menus.
Here’s our round-up of restaurants with amazing dishes that won’t mess up your digestive system.
Bateel have just launched a gluten-free menu with loads of different options for it’s gluten-free visitors to take advantage of, from hearty soups to healthy superfood salads or comforting pasta dishes. There’s branches all over the city so you should find one near you.
Bateel, various locations, Dubai. bateel.com
Got a taste for tacos? La Carnita have some seriously mouth-watering dishes on their menu, with corn-based tortillas and fillings can be adapted to be completely gluten-free. It’s got a cool setting, perfect for heading to after work for a mid-week pick me up.
La Carnita, Intercontinental, Dubai Marina, Sun to Wed 6pm to 1am, Thurs 6pm to 2am, Fri & Sat 12.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae
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With branches in JBR and City Walk, this cute little cafe takes their eggs seriously. If you are gluten free, just let the team know, and they’ll make their dishes specially to order so you can still enjoy their brunch and breakfast favourites.
Eggspectation, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, daily 7am to 12am. Tel: (04) 430 7252. eggspectation.com
Stylish Cantonese eatery, Hakkasan Dubai have a number of special menus to cater to a range of dietary requirements, from gluten-free to nut free, shellfish, vegetarian and vegan. Delicious dishes on their gluten-free menu include Wok-fry New Zealand blue abalone with XO sauce or sautéed scallop with salted olive and porcini.
Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 6pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 426 2626. hakkasan.com/dubai
When only a burger will cut it, head to Black Tap who do all of their amazing burgers with a gluten-free bun. If you want to be extra healthy, try their vegan burger, made of black bean, pickled onions, salsa verde, cilantro and vegan mayo. They also do three tacos for Dhs58, which can be served in a lettuce wrap. Choose between beef, chorizo and fish.
Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 12am, Thur and Fri noon to 1am. blacktapme.com
If you love your sushi and sashimi, head to the What’s On Award-winning Asia Asia who are happy to cater to gluten-intolerant visitors.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sunday, Monday & Wednesdays 6pm to 1am, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm to 2am, Fri & Sat 2pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 276 5900. asia-asia.com
Life ‘n One
Calling all vegans and the super health-conscious, the cafe at Life’n One is dedicated to providing its customers with an entirely plant-based menu offering wholesome salads, sandwiches, eggless omelettes and fresh juices.
Life’n One, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai, Open Daily, 9.30am to 7.30pm. Tel: (056) 534 2899. lifenone.com
Gluten-free folk swear by Freedom Pizza’s delicious cauliflower-based pies. Even if you’re not gluten-free, this is a great option to satisfy your cravings with a lot less guilt.
Freedom Pizza, Marina View Towers, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10.30am to 2am, Fri & Sat 10.30am to 4am. Tel: (04) 453 4313. freedompizza.ae
On the upscale side, Zuma, the stunning Japanese restaurant in DIFC has a specially designed gluten-free menu that includes grilled meats, fish and delicate sushi bites. This place is perfect for that special birthday dinner or date night.
Zuma, Gate Village 6 DIFC, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 425 5660. zumarestaurant.com
Pasta fans can indulge in all of their carby desires, with Carluccio’s extensive gluten-free offerings on their special menu with authentic Italian flavours. There’s branches in Dubai Marina Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and The Springs Souk. Buon Appetito!
Carluccio’s, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, Sat to Wed 8am to 1pm, Thurs & Fri 8am to 1am. Tel: (04) 399 7958. carlucciosme.com
Healthy Patisserie Dubai
When you need to indulge your sweet tooth, order from the Healthy Patisserie for their delectable desserts that are vegan, gluten-free friendly and all made without refined sugar, including cookies, biscotti, muffins, brownies, cupcakes and more.
Healthy Patisserie Dubai, DIFC, Damac Park Towers, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 770 7686. healthy-patisserie.com
Urban Bistro Cafe
This cool spot in Dubai Media City does some awesome healthy options with a special focus on paleo dishes. Try their super green power salad for a powerfully-packed nutrient boost.
Urban Bistro Cafe, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 7.30am to 10pm, Fri & Sat 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 362 4330. urbanbistro.ae