Dubai’s culinary scene has traditionally been dominated by delicacies such as Shawarma, Ouzi, Shish Tawook and Grilled Hammour. Most recently, there has been increased investments on dairy-free restaurants around the city with the trend now fast gathering pace.
So which, are the best cuisines for vegans in Dubai? This writer tips on what to order, what to avoid and what to ask, as well as the top 6 best vegan-friendly restaurants, vegan hangouts around Dubai and where to eat on the high street.
Govinda’s is located in Al Karama and Umm Suqeim and uses fresh, seasonal and naturally sourced ingredients for its dishes. The hand-picked herbs and spices, seasoning vegetables and dairy products are not only meat-free but also free of oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Thali, which is an Indian style meal is the must try dish. Thali is made up of a selection of dishes served on a platter so it’s a great selected for you or your group.
Super Natural Kitchen, Downtown Dubai
Free of meat, dairy, gluten, sugar and synthetic chemicals, the Super Natural Kitchen is Dubai’s first 100 per cent raw, organic and vegan restaurant. Not only does sustainability lie at the core of its food promise, but the Kitchen also prides itself on a minimum waste policy, with all takeaway containers made from compostable vegetable starch and menus printed on wheat-straw paper. The Sweet and Sour Noodles are a must try from this restaurant.
The Veggie Pizza Company
If vegetable pizzas are your thing, then the Veggie Pizza Company is a joint you must visit while on your trip to Dubai. The pizzas are hand stretched and baked in a traditional wood stone oven, using the best Italian flour and healthy toppings including freshly sourced vegetables, cheeses and sauces. If you’re new to the vegetable pizza world, the Paneer and Veggie pizza and the Vegetarian cutlet are a must try.
Rasoi Ghar, Karama
Rasoi Ghar is located in Al Karama and is a favourite for foodies looking for an unlimited 100 per cent meat free – set menu. Guaranteeing authentic flavours in every bite, the restaurant serves exotic delicacies from across India in a striking fusion of tastes from Gujarat, Kathiyawad and Rajasthan, while at the same time sticking to traditional favourites. The Spicy Daal and Aamras are the best drinks to wash down your meals with.
One Café by Life’n One
Teaming up with the region’s leading raw food chef, Hayley Mac, to create an exciting new menu every day, One Café aims to present exciting culinary creations using home-grown organic produce. It is not only the food that entices at Life’n One, but also the beautiful garden which is a true haven of peace and tranquillity from the fast-paced urban life in Dubai.
Hidden in a renovated traditional wind tower building in the heart of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, XVA Café offers an authentic Arabian experience with access to three open courtyards and its own art gallery. The café serves a delightful, exclusively vegetarian menu, with the beetroot kebab with sweet potato fries being a must try.