Seven top restaurants for meat-free meals
Dubai is home to a handful of exclusively vegetarian or vegan restaurants, as well as online shops and markets offering fresh, locally-grown organic produce. Here are six to check out during your holiday.
Billing itself as Dubai's first bio-organic and vegan cafe, the menu at this small restaurant in Dubai Marina leans towards more hearty, hard-to-find vegan items including vege burgers, pizzas and chocolate cake. Much like the food, the decor has a natural theme, with a leafy garden feature wall and simple wooden furnishings. Everything from the butter (it's tofu) down to the mayonnaise and ketchup is vegan. The almond burger is stacked on ciabatta with a savoury tofu patty of sunflower seeds and almonds, and is accompanied by avocado and raw onions.
Trident Grand Residence, Dubai Marina
+971 4 553 1370
Rangoli Vegetarian Restaurant
A budget option in Bur Dubai’s Meena Bazaar (colloquially known as Little India), this Indian restaurant serves up unlimited vegetarian thali for just AED25 per person. Each thali tray is comprised of a platter of smaller silver bowls, which servers keep topping up with a colourful selection of curries including yellow dahl, chickpea and potato. A variety of pappadums and chapati are also provided to scoop up the sauces.
Cosmos Lane, Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai
+971 4 351 5873
Sukh Sagar at the Beach
This vegetarian Indian chain in JBR is just minutes from the slick beachside development The Beach, which makes it one of the best vegetarian options in terms of location. They offer a bit of everything, from Japanese and Chinese to exciting Punjab dishes. The aloo bukhara kofta, with prunes, potatoes and fenugreek, puts an unexpected twist on typical vegetarian cuisine. Walk your meal off afterwards while you're in one of Dubai's most pedestrian-friendly strips.
Rimal Building, JBR
+971 4 437 0188
77 Veggie Boutique
With a focus on kilojoule counting and low-carb meals, this vegetarian restaurant tucked away in Jumeirah Lake Towers has become a hive of activity for post-workout dining. Salads and soups are stacked with healthy goodness; for something light try the lentil soup with curry leaves and coriander. Healthy snacks and starters are also a hit; we can’t go past the chickpea batata vada balls of lentils, low-carb potatoes stuffed with lemon juice and spices.
Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, JLT
+971 4 422 4116
British celebrity chef Silvena Rowe's chic Ottoman-themed cafe and restaurant has become the go-to spot for vegetarians in the city with more discerning tastes than most. The gourmet Middle Eastern-inspired deli serves up a range of vegetarian and vegan meals including organic quinoa with edamame beans, caramelised onions with lemon-cumin vinaigrette and zucchini linguini with avocado pesto.
Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Shop n1-15
+971 4 343 7181
This stylish French-owned organic cafe and boutique has a great selection of vegetarian bites, sugar-free juices and dairy-free smoothies. Breakfast buffs pull up a seat here for the chia seed pudding with almond milk, coconut water, dates and orange blossom. Meanwhile, there are a handful of fuel-filled lunch options to help you power through a day of sightseeing, including an all-green salad of fennel, avocado, parsley, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and argan oil. Greenheart Organic Farms also holds produce markets here every Saturday.
102 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
+971 4 385 4555