12 great places to find vegan food in Abu Dhabi
The best destinations in Abu Dhabi to avoid meat and dairy products …
The science is pretty clear that most of us should eat less meat. And we’re not judging, the author of this article probably ranks in the 99th percentile for carnivore consumption. But for our own health and that of the planet, turning to plants – if not exclusively at least a little more often – is generally a good thing.
And what better month to start than veganuary? These are just a few of our top picks, to help you make good vegan choices in Abu Dhabi.
Where to find great vegan food in Abu Dhabi
After a long shutdown, one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants is back, offering a range of spiced vegetarian dishes as well as meat dishes. South Asian vegan delicacies include notable finger foods like vegetable khurchan, bhindi masala, baghare baigan, and more. And there is rice of course. All the rice.
W Hotel Abu Dhabi, Tel: (02) 656 0000, marriott.com
This new branch of the Big Apple burger joint already has a little bun show for those looking for plant-based banquets. They offer the truly impressive “Impossible” burger (Dhs99), albeit with slightly less vegan sides, and a simple vegan burger (Dhs64) which consists of a black bean patty, vegan mayo, salsa verde, of pickled onions on a vegan. hair bun. They’re ramping up meat-alternative ‘steaks’ in January with a range of limited edition green foods including: platters of guac and fries, Impossible chili tacos, artisan salads, crispy Brussels sprouts, the spectacular vegan burger with mushrooms and truffles (79 Dhs), and, the dairy-free icing on the cake infused drink: a “Vegan Black ‘N White CakeShake”. Yums.
Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, daily from noon to midnight. Phone: (02) 446 5128, @blacktapad
Bloom vegan cuisine
It’s one of those delivery-only situations, but it’s 100% vegan, which means there’s no meat or animal products in the kitchen. They also provide a detailed overview of the macros of menu items and gluten-free dishes. Browse Healthy Power Bowls (From Dhs31); a striking range of guilt-free burgers (our choice must be grilled “cheese” 35 Dhs); very artistic breakfasts from 33 Dhs; alternatives to macaroni and cheese (Dhs29); cabbage tacos (Dhs30); vegan pizzas (from Dhs55); and some planet-friendly elite-level desserts (the pecan brownie is a steal at Dhs25). Whether you’re more concerned with value for money or the huge array of food on offer, this momentous outfit is hard to beat.
We love a rooftop bar so much and the Aloft Abu Dhabi Brick really hits the high marks. Besides the stunning views, one of the bar’s niche attractions is the brick oven fired dish. An entire section of the menu is also devoted to vegan food, it includes plant-based versions of baked sweet potatoes with chili and cheese (65 Dhs); Chinese pie with sprouted lentils (65 Dhs); vegan bangers and mash (65 Dhs); and a fresh vegan pizza from the fire with seasonal vegetables and guilt-free cheese (65 Dhs).
Brick, Aloft Abu Dhabi, National Exhibition Center, open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight. Phone: (052) 837 0047, @ brick.abudhabi
This gourmet café has long carried the banner of gourmet vegan cuisine. It’s not exclusively plant-based, but has its own vegan breakfast menu, including a responsible interpretation of an English breakfast (Dhs65), foul medames (Dhs32), a Benedict tofu (Dhs48) and blueberry rice pancakes (Dhs32); for your herbal dishes, you can choose the quinoa, beet and white bean burger (Dhs65), selected salads, a veg thali (Dhs65) and superfood bowls (from Dhs55).
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad St, breakfast served from 8am to 2pm, dishes around 34 Dhs. Phone: (02) 610 6666. rotana.com
Solid pub food classics, but make them from the food without faces. This British sports bar always tries to stay one step ahead of the game, so it perhaps comes as no surprise that you can catch all of the games while enjoying items from their dedicated vegan menu page. There is a vegan burger (Dhs99); vegan bolognese (Dhs89); a vegan sausage with sweet potato fries (79 Dhs); a spicy Mexican bean wrap with guac (59); and falafel sliders (Dhs49).
Park Rotana, Park Rotana Complex Road, near Khalifa Park, open from noon to 2 a.m. Phone: (02) 657 3317, @parkrotana
There are now two Ikea stores in Abu Dhabi. The labyrinthine colossus of Yas Island (not the official name) and the city’s more boutique store at Al Wahda Mall. Both now serve the brand’s Swedish vegan (minus) meatballs (9 Dhs for eight). There are also other vegetarian options, including breakfast, but… When in a Stockholm outpost…
In Abu Dhabi stores. @ikeauae
Jones the grocer
Australians are still among the first to embrace food trends, and this export from below has been based on this herbal tip since the jump. Their menu is littered with vegan options, from breakfast and lunch to the dessert section. Read “the room” for example – portabello and brown mushrooms, cannelloni hummus and basil pesto vinaigrette served on toasted sourdough (52 Dhs).
Find your nearest Jones the Grocer on jonesthegrocer.com
This cafe is the first solo venture of UAE-based culinary kingpin Sergio Lopez in the capital and it comes with that kind of class that goes to the core. The menu is filled with bright, innovative and incredibly engaging taste experiences and includes a number of meatless banter. Dip into the Broccoli and Bean Tabbouleh (Dhs45), Vegan Quesadilla (Dhs45), their vegan version of a hot dog (Dhs57) and the epic Mushroom Burger with Truffle Tofu Mayo, served with French Fries of sweet potatoes (Dhs65).
Al Seef Compound, behind Al Seef Village shopping center, Khalifa park area, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., from around 57 Dhs. Phone: (02) 222 1142. @wearesandersons
Yeah, yeah, the ramen is awesome. And we’re not telling you not to eat ramen. What we are telling you to do is also eat udon, a cousin of thicker wheat flour and ramen noodles. And a delicious place to do it is at UDN, the brand new udon house in Abu Dhabi. There are a few guilt-free delicacies to wrap your chopsticks, including vegan gyoza (Dhs35), and as you might expect a number of high-demand vegan noods, udon dishes that include – plain (Dhs42), eggplant (Dhs55). ) and mixture of mushrooms (Dhs61).
Old Airport Road, Showroom 1, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 11 p.m. Phone. : (050) 6489 310. @ udn.ae
West to West cuisine
As part of its commitment to providing tasty, plant-based alternatives, this award-winning What’s On restaurant in the Caribbean and West Africa recently added Beyond Meat Jamaican patties (30 Dhs for two) to its menu. meat. These delicious pastries are bursting with the same heat, but without the meat. These all-new vegan bangers join a growing collection of vegan dishes on the menu, such as awojoh binch (a Sierra Leonean bean casserole); Double Trini’s (curried chickpeas on a soft flatbread); plantains; peanut vegetable stew; and dhalpuri roti (a Trinidadian version of the classic Indian streetfood dish). Want more? These guys enthusiastically celebrate Meatless Mondays.
Wild and the Moon
This healthy restaurant is a shining example of how the healthiest foods can be the most delicious, too. Locally sourced, organic, plastic-free and 100% ingenious plant-based, she has always been a winner for us. Try the wild truffle pizza (35 Dhs) and thank us later.
Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, open Saturday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone : (056) 188 4073, @wildandthemoonuae