Whether it’s New Year’s resolutions or a new diet, for many, January means Veganuary, a whole month dedicated to plant-based eating. Here are FACT’s top picks…
The month-long Veganuary menu at Black Tap is packed with new dishes. Platters of fresh guac and chips make the perfect snack, while the chilli, salsa and sour cream Impossible chilli tacos are the ideal sharing dish. The glistening blistered crispy Brussel sprouts will change how people feel about the green vegetable, but the star of the show is the new Vegan Truffle Shroom Burger. The gourmet burger features a black bean and mushroom patty sandwiched within a vegan potato roll and layered with truffle porcini cream sauce, cremini mushrooms, shallots and umami-rich vegan parmesan.
GO: Visit https://blacktapme.com for reservations and more information.
In celebration of Veganuary 2022, Bombay Borough has launched a new vegan menu incorporating local ingredients from across India with innovative takes on classic dishes. The dishes have been specially formulated to suit a healthier diet and accommodate hungry appetites with generous portions and tantalising aromas. Enjoy chargrilled asparagus with popped cumin tempered sago and a turmeric lime sauce or beet and carrot chops served in homemade chilli honey and coconut mustard sauce, chilli tofu scramble.
With a myriad of Vegan starters to pick from, including Avocado Burger (AED 58) or Lentil Tacos (AED 52), you’re in good hands. The all you’ve avo wanted burger presents a crumbed avocado and chickpea patty, beetroot hummus, lettuce, pickled onion, vegan mayo, vegan potato bun and choice of sweet potato fries or green salad.
GO: Follow @_common.grounds_ on Instagram for more information.
Chef Pradeep Negi and the team at Farzi Café are putting a spin on Veganuary with a superfood-packed menu of detoxing tasty treats and joyous juices designed to leave diners feeling great. Tuck into a plate of asparagus and edamame pilaf or opt from Farzi’s veggie and vegan selection including a colourful platter of marinated vegetable kebabs, protein-rich tofu laced with Guntur chilli or Farzi Café’s clever take on moussaka made with layers of aubergine steaks cooked into smoky submission and served with vegan tandoori roti.
In the spirit of the New Year, contemporary and fiery Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong has unveiled a selection of fresh vegan dishes. Priced at AED 55, the menu includes Steamed Wild Mushroom and Truffle Bao, Mapo Tofu, braised with chilli broad bean sauce and Yu Xiang Crispy Eggplant. This January, guests are in for a treat as Hutong has also introduced the Black Diamond, deep-fried charcoal tofu tossed with some spiced salt.
GO: Follow @hutongdubai on Instagram for more information.
LDC Kitchen + Coffee
With brunches in DIFC, Dubai Media City, JLT and Mira Town Centre, LDC Kitchen+Coffee will be offering a vegan menu this January. It features vegan breakfast options such as the fluffy vegan coconut almond pancake served with fresh berries and a variety of salads, starters and meals. Enjoy an indulgent roast eggplant parmigiana filled with almond and pine nuts, a homemade gluten-free protein wrap based on freshly milled mung beans, as well as the delicious quinoa and Roasted root vegetables salad with a ginger and turmeric dressing.
GO: Follow @ldckitchen on Instagram for more information.
Catering to a variety of dietary requirements, the charming restaurant located on the promenade at Dubai Creek Harbour offers a delicious selection of plant-based dishes for every mealtime, including millet with raspberries (AED 55), chia pudding in coconut cream (AED 55), smoothie bowls (AED 55), Beyond burgers (AED 95) and the decadent vegan dark chocolate pot (AED 40).
GO: Call 050 118 9401 for reservations and more information.
Made exclusively from the freshest organic vegetables and produce, Veganuary at SUSHISAMBA Dubai offers a culinary journey that detoxes and nourishes with an elevated, multi-sensorial experience. Highlights on the Veganuary menu include the vegan-friendly Cucumber Roll and Avocado Roll. For the seviche enthusiasts the Seasonal Mushroom Seviche, made from miso-marinated mushrooms, truffle and black bean leche de tigre offers a delicious, vegan and gluten-free twist on the beloved SUSHISAMBA culinary tradition. Other notable vegan dishes include the Edamame, Beetroot Salad, Tomato & Eggplant Salad, Eggplant Anticuchos, Arroz Chaufa, Peruvian Yellow Potato, Chargrilled Broccolini and Roasted Cauliflower.
GO: Visit www.sushisambadubai.com or call 04 582 1555 for reservations and more information.
The Sum of Us
Serving up super fruit smoothies and wholesome breakfasts, the powerhouse Acai Bowl (AED 55) is an acai blend topped with nut and seed granola and packed with a colourful array of exotic fruit and coconut. The café boasts its own in-house roastery, Encounter Coffee, and a range of dairy-free milk for your coffee fix.
GO: Follow @_thesumofus_ on Instagram for more information.
Tom & Serg
The Al Quoz spot brings chic Melbourne vibes to the Dubai cafe scene. Their legendary Vegan Buddha Bowl (AED 58) is a tasty treat jam-packed with sesame marinated kale, tofu, edamame, wild rice, pickled red cabbage, shredded beets, avocado, spring onion, mango, wakame and kimchi.
GO: Follow @tomandserg on Instagram for more information.