Vegetarian and traveling to Dubai? Here are 6 restaurants you should visit

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Being vegetarian is not always easy when it comes to traveling.

I have traveled with friends who are vegetarian, and have seen first-hand, how difficult it may be sometimes because majority of restaurants don’t design their menus with them in mind.

Even with seasoned traveling vegetarians, the question, “Is that meat-free” always is asked, sometimes even with some trepidation. Why can’t vegetarians also eat great food even if it’s not at a vegetarian restaurant?

Well you can, but sometimes it might take a little more effort like learning “Is this vegetarian” in the local dialect. Or using great apps such as  Happy Cow. This app is great because it will recommend not only the best veggie and vegan places, but also the regular restaurants where you can find great vegetarian dishes depending where you are.

Vegan Restaurants in Dubai

Dubai is one of the leading global tourism hotspots, the only UAE destination to make it into the top 25 on TripAdvisor in 2016, and continues to be a top destination for Kenyans.

If you’re vegetarian or just eager to explore the delicious possibilities of meat-free cuisine, here are some of the best vegan restaurants as recommended by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Happy Eating and Traveling!

Govinda’s

Govinda’s is located in Al Karama and Umm Suqeimand usesfresh, 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% 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.

RasoiGhar, Karama

RasoiGharis located in Al Karama and is a favourite for foodies looking for  an unlimited 100% meat free – set menu. Guaranteeingauthentic 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 creationsusinghome-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.

XVA Café

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.

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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