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Food & Drink

Dubai's best vegetarian restaurants

Mon, August 24, 2020

Discover delicious plant-based dining with a world of flavour in Dubai.

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Discover delicious plant-based dining with a world of flavour in Dubai.

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Rasoi Ghar

Specialising in food from the predominantly vegetarian Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Rasoi Ghar in Bur Dubai offers a prix fixe menu that changes daily. Touches of Indian hospitality colour the home-style meal, which is made up of unlimited starters, a thali-style main course featuring different dishes on different days of the week, and a selection of desserts. Taste lesser-known specialities such as gatte ki subzi (gram flour dumplings in a spicy sauce), dahl baati churma (fried dough balls crumbled into lentils) and mango shrikhand (flavoured, sweetened yoghurt).

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Quattro Ristorante

You may not typically associate Italian or Mexican cuisines with vegetarianism, but this restaurant tucked away in Bur Dubai is set to redefine your perceptions. Originally from Mumbai, the concept uses molecular gastronomy techniques, seasonal ingredients and creative flair to offer a menu to tempt even the most committed carnivores. Highlights include spiced queso (fresh Mexican cheese) and a deconstructed minestrone soup with infusions of green tea.
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Wild & the Moon

This trendy café in the heart of Dubai’s arts district, Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, is an urban retreat offering pure, nutritious plant-based food. Wild & the Moon started out in Paris as a detox juice brand, but don’t let that deter you. Be surprised by creative café special salads, guilt-free desserts and cleverly blended cold-pressed juices. And if that is not enough, the hip, earthy setting, complete with indoor greenery and natural wood furniture will sway you for sure.
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Maharaja Bhog

A long-standing favourite in Dubai serving up North Indian fare. Try the fuss-free thali (platter) overflowing with a range of chutneys, vegetables, breads, rice and curries. The dishes are crafted using traditional cooking methods and generations-old recipes. With a modern yet warm atmosphere to welcome diners, you can also enjoy sumptuous puris (crispy deep-fried bread) and delicious desserts.
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Govinda’s

Priding itself on being one of only a handful of Dubai sattvic restaurants – an Ayurvedic concept that refrains from using garlic and onions in cooking – Govinda’s has an eclectic menu that includes a wide range of Indian specialities, as well as vegetarian twists on some Chinese and Italian dishes. The menu includes a good selection of diet-conscious food, including low-calorie, high-protein, vegan, gluten-free, and even oil-free options. The combination of quality ingredients and a lighter approach to cooking ensures that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless.

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Rangoli

A budget option located in Bur Dubai’s Meena Bazaar, colloquially known as Little India, this restaurant serves up unlimited vegetarian thali for just AED25 per person. Each comprises a platter of smaller silver bowls filled with different dishes. Allow servers to refill your dishes with a colourful selection of curries including yellow dahl, chickpea curry and potato stir-fry. Scoop up the tantalising sauces with freshly-made bread, and activate your tastebuds for more, including the restaurant's spicy snack chaat items.

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Comptoir 102

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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, walnuts, argan oil and sunflower seeds. 

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Saravana Bhavan

A veritable institution originally from Chennai in South India, this is now an international chain with a few branches across Dubai. Saravana Bhavan is a long-standing favourite, having developed a following for its inexpensive, fuss-free dishes. Fans of the typically tangy and spicy flavours of South India will love the authentic dosas (rice flour flatbreads) and idlis (savoury rice flour cakes) served in steel plates, in a basic, canteen-style environment. They also offer a range of other North Indian-style vegetarian dishes and traditional sweets.

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