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Going Vegan in Abu Dhabi

by Out and About Mag.
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Whether you’re a new or seasoned vegan, finding a wide variety of vegan cuisine in Abu Dhabi can prove to be difficult at times if you don’t know exactly where to search. From Afro-Caribbean flavours to Mexican and Indian cuisine, the nation’s capital has some hidden gems that are guaranteed to leave your mouth watering, belly filled, and appetite satisfied!

Tired of searching for healthy plant-based flavourful food? Here is a list of restaurants in Abu Dhabi offering delicious vegan options.

West to West

First on the list is West to West kitchen, Abu Dhabi’s newest Afro-Caribbean restaurant. This family business of wanderlusts is focused on bringing Sierra Leonean, Trinidadian and Jamaican inspired-cuisine and culture to the nation’s capital. Their main effort is to serve delicious food that brings people together in celebration and leaves them invigorated. West to West serves a variety of mouthwatering flavourful vegan dishes such as Awojoh Binch from Sierra Leone. Awojoh Binch consist of black-eyed beans soaked for an hour, boiled and then cooked with onions, herbs with a touch of bonnet pepper for spice, best served with fried plantain and West to West Salad. Another more popular vegan dish only sold on weekends or by special request is a Trinidadian dish known as “doubles.” Doubles is a common street food “sandwich” made of two flatbreads known as bara, filled with a curried chickpea filling or channa, as it is known in Trinidad and India.

West to West Kitchen is located on Electra Street behind ADCB headquarters and offers both dine-in and delivery options.

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Circle Café

Circle Café began over a decade ago as a love letter to the true New York bagel. Dubai mums Mira and Rama were in the Big Apple enjoying the authentic smoked salmon cream cheese bagel when they realised mid-bite they had to bring the famous NYC flavour back to the city of Dubai.

Over the years the menu has evolved from bagels served with filling, to a menu with a wide variety of tasty options for everyone including vegans. Their new vegan menu includes the beetroot hummus power bowl, vegan scrambled eggs with tofu, edamame, pumpkin and tomatillos with roasted almonds and an amazing vegan sandwich containing slow-cooked mushrooms served with sweet potato fries. 

Circle Café is located in Al Raha Village, Mangrove Village and Saadiyat Island. They’re on several delivery platforms.

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Wild & The Moon

Wild & The Moon is a lifestyle movement created by a tribe of food lovers, chefs, nutritionists and naturopaths, based on the simple belief that food should be good for you, good for the planet, and delicious. With wild, local, gluten-free, ethically sourced, seasonal and plant-based ingredients, that bring a little bit of nature to our busy lives. Wild & The Moon’s food and cold-pressed juices are 100% organic, pure, fresh, and unpasteurised, leaving their nutritive power intact. The popular vegan cafe opened its first branch in Abu Dhabi, at the gorgeous Cultural Foundation site. It's a go-to in Paris and Dubai for cold-pressed juices, smoothies and tasty, healthy vegan meals.

Wild & The Moon currently offers dine-in services only.

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Café 302

Located in Al Maha, Arjaan by Rotana, Café 303 is the casual friendly place to be if you love vegan cuisine. With nearly 30 plant-based dishes on the menu, this eatery is a hot spot amongst vegans in the capital thanks to its exclusive vegan brunch offered on Thursday evenings. The menu at Café 302 includes breakfast, soups, salads and huge mains dishes. They also have a wide array of desserts from almond brownies to a baked cinnamon pumpkin tart. 

Café 302 offers dine-in, pick-up and delivery options.

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Shakespeare and Co and Bloom Vegan Kitchen

Shakespeare and Co is a chain restaurant conceived and developed in Dubai in 2001. With over 35 stores across the emirate, Shakespeare and Co offer a truly unique dining experience due to the distinct “Shakespearean” atmosphere, with each location featuring a specific colour, décor and layout. Shakespeare and Co is a place you can go with vegan or non-vegan friends, colleagues, and family, to enjoy a good meal and relax, knowing there’s always something to look forward to on the menu. Now offering a huge vegan menu that includes dishes like mutabal and sautéed vegan protein bites and vegan pesto grilled cheese, Shakespeare and Co is a wonderful place to go for an overall dining experience. 

Bloom Vegan Kitchen is another plant-based gem in the capital, currently operating exclusively out of Shakespeare and Co’s kitchen. Born in Dubai with the will of eating healthy and tasty plant-based food, Bloom Vegan Kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant, offering delivery all over Abu Dhabi. All their dishes are delicious and a must-try for the new or seasoned vegan looking to try a variety of food without breaking the bank. Their dishes range from buffalo cauliflower salad, tacos and mac and cheese to brownies and vegamisu.

You can order Bloom Vegan Kitchen from several delivery platforms around the region or go to any Shakespeare and Co restaurant and ask for the Blooms Vegan Kitchen to go menu.

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Wheatfields

Wheatfields Gourmet Grocer & Cafe is an unusual, unique and ground-breaking concept for the region. It is home to vegan foods that are nutritious, delicious, health-conscious and budget-friendly. A gourmet grocer but also a café, Wheatfields offers options for every meal including french toast or pancakes for breakfast and pizza, calzone and mac and cheese for lunch or dinner. The best part about this café? You can shop at the grocery store while waiting for your delectable food!

Wheatfields is located in Khalifa City and offers dine-in and pick-up options.

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Golden Spoon Vegetarian Restaurant

“Not everyone's born with a silver spoon, but when it comes to experiencing authentic Indian flavours, the Golden Spoon is enough.” Golden Spoon is a local Indian restaurant with several vegan options on their menu. A little-known gem, Golden Spoon Restaurant is a huge hit amongst the vegetarian and vegan community in the nation’s capital. Dishes like vegan mini samosa, cauliflower and broccoli Manchurian, dal tadka and chapati and tandoori roti bread are guaranteed to cause a flavourful mouthwatering explosion in your mouth. Don’t fret, if spicy food isn’t your cup of tea, Golden Spoon allows you to choose your spice level when ordering your dish.

Located in the Madinat Zayed area, Golden Spoon offers dine-in and delivery options.

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Burro Blanco

Burro Blanco is a home-grown Mexican street food joint with a focus on high-quality fresh ingredients that make their burritos some of the best in town. Nestled on a corner in the back streets of Khalidiya, Burro Blanco restaurant resembles a stationary food truck with walk up and delivery options. This tiny hole in the wall restaurant offers healthy options, with their made to order burritos, tacos and bowls. With the option to customise your food to order, you can choose vegan fillings such as cilantro cauliflower rice, beans, roasted pumpkin squash and sautéed peppers and onions with salsa. The vegan-si is also worth a try. It consists of sweet potato, black bean mash, green mango, fresh coriander, guacamole and pico de gallo. Burro Blanco prides themselves in offering a no-frills experience that puts food and customer satisfaction first, no gimmicks, no fancy packaging, just good food.

Burro Blanco is located in Khalidiya next to Bas Man’ouche restaurant. They offer walk-up, pick-up and delivery options.

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