Thinking of ditching meat and dairy? Whether you’re in for the long haul or just testing the waters, these vegan-friendly eateries have just the thing
This is the last place you’d expect to find a vegan dish. But the V8 vegan burger, a plant-based burger made from pumpkin, carrot, chickpea and ginger bites, melted vegan provolone, miso pea mash (contains pine nuts), raw grated beetroot with chia seeds, salad and house vegan aioli, proves otherwise.
Yas Mall, Yas Island. Daily 7am-midnight. Visit: burgerfuel.com/uae
Go back to the roots with 100 percent plant-based dishes like tofu benedict, kale and wild- mushroom wrap and crispy tofu quinoa noodles, among others. Don’t miss the outlet’s Roots & Shoots Night for AED 149 (Holistic Wellness package) per person every Thursday, from 6pm to 10pm, when a buffet filled with vegan specialties is at your fingertips. AED 89 for buffet with soft beverages.
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street. Daily 6am-10.30pm. Contact: 02 610 6666, facebook.com/almahaarjaanbyrotana
The V for Vegan theme nights has more than forty plant-based dishes, including sweet miso eggplant, steamed silken tofu broccolino, vegan biryani, sushi and gluten-free pasta. Desserts include coconut mango sago, roasted pecan nut brownie and soya milk cherry mousse. Every Sunday evening from 7pm to 10.30pm for AED 180.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 813 5550, rosewoodhotels.com/abu-dhabi
Wheatfields Gourmet Grocer & Café
Wraps, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizza – there’s so much to choose from (and taste). Vegan-atics (Yep! We made that word up!) can choose from quesadillas with house-made vegan cheese, acai bowls, vegan burgers, salads and desserts. Check out the pastry shop stacked with healthy baked goodies to take home.
Al Rayanna Complex, Khalifa City, near Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Daily 7am-midnight. Contact: 02 550 0971, wheatfields.ae
Afghani bites with a touch of sunny California – what’s not to like? Try the egg-less cauliflower rice dish with avocado and chickpeas, oatmeal and Nolu’s foul (pronounced fool). There are also options for vegetarian and gluten-free eaters, so take note.
Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach. Daily 9am-11pm. Contact: 800 66587, nolusrestaurants.com