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Eat healthy in Dubai

Feel fit and fabulous with these culinary options for every budget
To keep your body and mind functioning at their peak, a healthy day-to-day approach to food is crucial. Eating well needn’t be a chore either, as proven by these mouthwatering meals. Here are just a few of the restaurants that have put the spotlight on healthy fare, with great vegetarian and gluten-free options also on the menu.
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Hanoi Naturally

Jumeirah Lakes Towers

Hanoi Naturally

Jumeirah Lakes Towers

For a genuine taste of Vietnam

Inexpensive and unpretentious, Hanoi Naturally does an excellent job of bringing bona fide Vietnamese dining to Dubai. The lakeside restaurant in JLT uses healthy cooking techniques and fresh ingredients that are locally grown, where possible. It is known for its selection of pho – a traditional broth cooked for 10 hours with beef bones, grilled onion, ginger and spices. Among the other nutritious delights are the dau rau cu ham dua (tofu and root vegetables simmered in coconut milk) and the banh xeo (rice flour crepe with shrimp and chicken, or tofu).
Contact details
  Goldcrest Executive building, Cluster C, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  +971 4 431 3099
2

Scape

Burj Al Arab

Scape

Burj Al Arab

Chill out California-style

Survey the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf while sampling impeccable Californian cuisine at Scape. Located on the Burj Al Arab Terrace, the venue is open for lunch and dinner – serving delicious and healthy treats such as edamame, oysters and mahi-mahi ceviche with mango, red chilli, capsicum and papaya salad. The venue is known for its laid-back vibe – with a dress code that allows T-shirts, shorts and sandals – while a DJ plays tunes to complement the relaxed ambience. It is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a delightful Dubai sunset, accompanied by some light bites.
Contact details
  Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 3
  +971 4 301 7600
3

The Atlantic

Souk Al Bahar

The Atlantic

Souk Al Bahar

An ocean of possibilities

This waterfront Souk Al Bahar seafood restaurant, the sister branch of the esteemed Melbourne eatery, boasts a menu packed with sustainably-sourced ocean produce. Sit indoors or enjoy an al fresco meal on the terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain, with healthy food options aplenty to savour. For starters, try the tuna carpaccio and, for mains, discover why the olive oil confit Norwegian salmon is the venue’s signature dish.
Contact details
  Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 442 5662
4

77 Veggie Boutique

Jumeirah Lakes Towers

77 Veggie Boutique

Jumeirah Lakes Towers

Low in calories, high in flavour

Named after the selection of 77 vegetables it serves, this eatery has an abundance of organic vegetarian and vegan meals to supercharge your diet. Each item on the menu lists how many calories it contains, and there’s plenty to tempt even the most cynical gourmand. Items to sample include the non-fried slimmer’s samosa, lentil soup and the spinach wrap with marinated veggies. The selection of ‘miracle booster’ smoothies will give you a flavourful hit of goodness, while sweet-toothed patrons can enjoy the dessert menu without the post-indulgence panic – the blueberry cheesecake and the banana chocolate-chip muffin are only 130 calories apiece.
Contact details
  Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  +971 55 717 8866
5

Plumeria

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Plumeria

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Healthy for mind, body and soul

Simple, casual, tasty and nourishing – Plumeria’s dedication to “gourmet healthy eating” makes it an ideal choice for anyone craving a light meal or snack. Open from early morning to late evening, the restaurant serves breakfasts such as steel-cut oatmeal, low-fat yoghurt and fruit concoctions. Elsewhere on the menu, which is kind to the wallet as well as the waistline, try assorted salads, whole wheat paninis, egg dishes, grilled chicken and salmon, energy bars, detox juices and smoothies.
Contact details
  Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Rebat Street, Al Garhoud
  +971 4 230 8458
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Villa Beach

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Villa Beach

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

For fresh bites by the sea

Certain to reel in seafood lovers from across the city, Villa Beach promises a casual banquet against the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab. Reserve your table for lunch or dinner at the beachfront restaurant, and tuck into a creative menu filled with succulent dishes such as salted cod with salmojero dressing, and grilled baby squid with white beans. On-land options include the black-leg chicken with spaetzle egg noodles, while vegetarians can try the gazpacho soup or a tagine that contains roasted cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash, carrot, almond and Moroccan spice.
Contact details
   Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 3
   +971 4 406 8719