The very best of vegan dining, with no compromise on taste…
With a world that’s focusing more and more on health, fitness and nutrition, Veganism is gaining rapid force, and more people than ever adopting a plant-based lifestyle.
If you’re a long time vegan or just want to get some more veggies in, here’s a number of great vegan restaurants – and restaurants with vegan menus – to try in Dubai.
New kids on the block
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Just when we thought we couldn’t love Il Borro any more, they go and add vegan dishes to their incredible menu. Promising to deliver, meat-free, dairy-free dishes with a Tuscan twist, diners can enjoy dishes such as beetroot tartare with berries and roasted hazelnuts, baked eggplant and zucchini parmigiani and a sweet chocolate tart with caramelized vegan banana ice cream to finish things on a sweet note.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah St, Dubai, daily noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 275 2555. ilborrotuscanbistro.ae
Healthy Little Secrets
Healthy Little Secrets is a cute cafe in Business Bay, serving up both meat and meat-free health focussed options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of their dishes are super nutritious and packed full of greens, with low-fat, high protein, low carb, vegan and gluten free all on the menu. They’re opening up their brand new branch in DIFC in September, so be sure to go down and check them out.
Healthy Little Secrets, DIFC, Downtown Dubai, 8am to 12am, daily. Tel: (04) 430 6820. facebook.com/healthylittlesecretscafe
This cute cafe is all about the soul food, and just because it’s meat free doesn’t mean they compromise on the taste. Feast on pulled jackfruit tacos, try white bean falafel and cawli rice, beetroot sliders, rocket avocado salad or snack on delicious protein chocolate bites. Everything on the menu is free from soy, sugar and gluten and handily, if you’re big into counting your calories, every meal is labelled.
Soul Sante, Jannah Place, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 8am to 10pm. Tel: (050) 783 7685. facebook.com/soulsantecafe
Veganity’s name has been on the Dubai vegan circuit since 2017, with their gourmet meat-free meal plan service, however in August they opened their doors to their brand new restaurant in City Walk with a super cute pink blossom theme to the interiors – designed to be photographed. They’ve got over 200 dishes on the menu, from health bowls to vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets.
Veganity, City Walk, Dubai, 10am to 12am, daily. Tel: (04) 8807454. facebook.com/myveganity
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Oldies but goodies
Bloom Vegan Kitchen
Whilst they don’t have a physical restaurant yet, you can order takeaway from Bloom Vegan Kitchen, who’s menu is 100 per cent vegan. Try their gluten-free Burrito Bowl, or if you’re in the mood for a burger, try their Vegan Don’t Bite Burger with guac, lettuce, jalapenos, red onion pickles and vegan cheese.
Bareburger have taken the US by storm and now they’re in the UAE doing the same thing. Whilst they do serve meat burgers, they take pride in their vegan Beyond Burger being the juiciest, meat free burger, complete with all the delicious toppings you’d want. There’s branches in City Walk, La Mer, Marina Mall and The Pointe on The Palm.
Bareburger, various locations, Dubai. bareburger.com
Freedom Pizza are fast becoming a favourite for the health-conscious. Try their ‘free-gan’ pizza with peppers, caramelised onions, jalapenos, onions, cherry tomato, cilantro, vegan cheese and red sauce.
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
If you’re looking for fine dining, check out Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan at Atlantis The Palm. They’ve recently introduced new menus catered to vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, shellfish-free and vegetarian diets. Their vegan menu includes dim sum platters, grilled vegetarian Shanghai dumplings, as well as selections of tofu and vegetable dishes, noodle and rice choices.
Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 426 2626. hakkasan.com/dubai
Jelly Belly Ice Cream
Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Jelly Belly already have 12 dairy-free sorbets on offer, however they’ve recently introduced their chocolate coconut scoop, made with all vegan-friendly ingredients.
Jelly Belly Ice Cream, La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 10am to midnight Sat to Weds, 10am to 2am Thur and Fri. Tel: (04) 3427387. jellybellyicecream.com
Life ‘N One
Want to feel like you’re in a holistic retreat somewhere right here in Dubai? At Life ‘N One they do just that with yoga classes, mindfulness workshops and an entirely plant-based menu, with eggless omelettes, power salads and fresh smoothies.
Life ‘N One, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai, Open Daily, 9.30am to 7.30pm. Tel: (056) 534 2899. lifenone.com
Little Erth by Nabz&G
This wonderful little café in JLT is beloved by the vegan crew of Dubai. You’ll be welcomed into their cosy nook on the lake level of Cluster J by owners Nabih and Ghalia who launched Little Erth in an attempt to prove that wholesome food can be nutritious, delicious and fun. Their best-selling dishes include the fresh summer rolls (Dhs30) – traditional rice paper wraps filled with seasonal veggies, coriander and parsley, served with peanut sauce. Little Erth has also launched a vegan-only meal plan service where you’ll find some of their other top dishes (such as the vegan brownie, truffle mushroom risotto, and vegan meatballs) included.
Little Erth by Nabz&G, Mohammed Ibrahim Tower, JLT Cluster J, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 276 7287. nabzandg.com
LAH LAH at Zabeel House in the Greens have just launched a vegan-friendly menu with 13 tasty dishes to try. The vegan options include the pomelo salad, Thai green mango salad, green papaya salad, vegetable green curry and wok-fried crispy tofu.
LAH LAH, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 10am to 12am, Fri & Sat 10am to 2am. Tel: (04) 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com/thegreens/restaurants
Asian eatery, Miss Tess have a vast range of dishes to suit any vegan or gluten-free visitors. Their specially crafted vegan menu has over 30 dishes on it, including tofu teriyaki, maki rolls, fresh soups, crisp salads and delicious desserts like their chocolate banana bochi. It’s all served up with sides of live entertainment too.
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, Downtown Dubai, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (05) 498 8505. misstessdubai.com
Phoenix Social Club
This cool new restaurant has recently opened in H Hotel, Downtown Dubai. The menu is all about beautifully crafted small plates that can be shared across the table. While not all of them are vegan-friendly, the vegan ones are actually some of the best on the menu, from their heirloom carrots to their miso pumpkin and sweet potato. They’ve also just introduced a tandoor bread with tofu dish, which is great for vegans.
Phoenix Social Club, H Hotel, Downtown Dubai, Mon to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thurs to Sat 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 338 3434. facebook.com/PhoenixSocialClubDubai
Italian restaurant Ronda Locatelli has the largest vegan offering from a non-vegan restaurant in the city. They’ve recently added nine new items to their 40-dish-strong vegan menu. Enjoy pizzas, pasta, delicate salads and lots of vegan cheese.
Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Tues 6pm to 10.30pm, Wed closed, Thur 6pm to 11pm, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm and 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
Wild & The Moon
Wild & The Moon are completely vegan, with recipes designed by raw vegan experts, including fresh pressed juices. They’re also doing their bit for the environment, striving for zero per cent food waste by 2020, by way of recycled materials.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 9am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 3433392. wildandthemoon.com
Fancy all the green goodness of a poke bowl delivered right to you? Wildflower Poke do a greenheart vegan bowl, which comes with crispy tofu, kale, peppers, quinoa, pomegranate seeds and other veggies. You can also enjoy vegan burgers at Wildflower, which claims to look, cook, and satisfy like beef without GMOs, soy, or gluten.
Wildflower Poke, Studio City, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (4) 557 4329. wildflowerpoke.com
This healthy cafe in Media City is popular for its diverse menu and health-conscious options. Vegans can go for dishes such as the super green power salad or beetroot and apple salad.
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
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