The best places to get your vegetarian fix!
I tend to judge restaurants based on their vegetarian menu, if a restaurant doesn’t seem to care and only offers the customary mushroom risotto or portobello mushroom burger (not that those can’t be delicious!) I tend to feel a little wary. Vegetarian food requires a good understanding of seasoning and a healthy dose of creativity to make an outstanding plate of food.
Here are Dine in the City’s top places to find excellent vegetarian cooking in Dubai.
Omnia Gourmet – Jumeirah Fish Harbour
Celebrity chef Silvena Rowe is the creator of Omnia Gourmet a beautifully designed deli restaurant, offering a stunning vegetarian and gluten free menu. Omnia is unique in Dubai, instead of importing all their produce they use locally grown fresh ingredients for all their dishes, meaning the menu is constantly evolving and developing.
Their menu is fresh and creative with interesting sounding touches such as avocado pesto and walnut crumble. There are even vegan and sugar dessert choices for the super health conscious. Omnia Gourmet is an all round experience combining exquisite food in an airy and green setting.
Mint Leaf of London – DIFC
Indian cuisine is always famous for its vegetarian cooking and Mint Leaf of London’s menu is amazing. If you are a vegetarian living in Dubai then this is the place to go, instead of one or two non-meat options they have an entirely separate menu. If you dine at Mint Leaf you can expect a sophisticated and well thought out and executed vegetarian menu. For your first trip you can choose the vegetarian sampler plate with saffron cream cheese broccoli and crispy paneer laddoo.
They are also adding a bit of a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian cuisine, incorporating trendy ingredients such a quinoa. So head over to Mint Leaf of London in the DIFC for a real vegetarian Indian treat.
Amaseena – The Ritz-Carlton, JBR
Although Middle Eastern food can be quite meat heavy it has a fabulous array of vegetarian dishes. Amaseena in The Ritz-Carlton hosts a Syrian/Moroccan inspired buffet and their food stations are brightly coloured and filled with fresh and aromatic produce. This is the perfect restaurant to head to for a balmy Dubai ‘winter’ evening, with its low lighting and Bedouin tents it creates a romantic and atmospheric feeling.
Of particular note for the vegetarians out there are the large varieties of salads, from Fattoush to tabouleh and a number of Arabic style dips, including the delicious and vibrant beetroot Moutabal.
Mythos – Armada BlueBay, JLT
I find Greek food to be one of the most refreshing cuisines, plump red tomatoes, watery cucumbers, rich balsamic dressings, it really does make for the perfect food combinations, especially pleasing in hot weather. Mythos Greek restaurant in JLT has a diverse veggie starter menu and delightful vegetarian main course offerings such as Horta salad with wild greens and tomatoes and capsicum stuffed with fresh herbs and rice. Packed full of flavour and will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
Mythos is a trendy yet classic twist on a Greek restaurant, with a fresh interior; white washed walls are adorned with artwork and industrial lighting. You can even sit back and enjoy a lovely glass of wine in their outdoor area.
The Farm – Al Barari
The Farm in Al Barari has to one of the more picturesque destination restaurants in Dubai. Set against a luscious green background with a gentle babbling stream running by, it is a beautiful place to sit back, relax and breathe easy. Their whole menu is a clear celebration of fresh and wholesome produce and the vegetarian options do not disappoint.
Head over with a friend and enjoy vibrant and creative salads, interesting main courses, including a gourmet style beetroot gateau and expertly prepared roasted eggplant rolls. The food is simple, well prepared and packed with flavour. So even through The Farm may be a little bit of a drive, the prices are very reasonable and the food is exceptional.
Bussola – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
The Bussola vegetarian menu is not extensive however, what they do offer is well worth a taste. Instead of the ‘usual’ Mediterranean selection they provide rustic and classic Italian cuisine, their menu is complex and you may even find it difficult to choose what you want from their mouth-watering choices.
I would recommend looking at their wheat and rice menu, their vegetarian pasta dishes are quite simply delicious, rich on flavour, they utilise classic Italian ingredients to perfection. Particularly tasty is the homemade cannelloni with basil, chili and buffalo mozzarella, simple but effective!