Savoir Flair’s Complete Guide to Eating Organic in Dubai

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Where to Eat Organic Dubai
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You hear the term “organic” thrown around all the time, but what exactly does it mean? Simply put, organic foods are those grown free of the harmful chemicals – pesticides and synthetic fertilizers included – that are often used in mass farming practices. In the past few years, menu items of this sort have rapidly become more popular and in demand, with restaurants across the city accommodating the trend. Those looking to dine on organic fare within our emirate have the luxury of choosing between upscale haunts with celebrity chefs (Omnia Gourmet), beach bungalow nooks (Comptoir 102), and fast-food joints (Elevation Burger), among many others.

To get you started on your path to organic eating, we’ve provided a few key tips to follow alongside a complete round-up of the best local spots to score organic dishes.

Tip 1: Think Before You Eat
Shifting to an organic diet means you can no longer blindly indulge in your next meal. During grocery shopping trips, you will now need to start monitoring labels to determine if a product is certified organic which, as mentioned above, means it contains no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic status for locally farmed organic foods in the UAE is judged by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, whereas imported organic items are certified by the Ministry of Environment for their country of origin. The same goes for dining out – don’t be afraid to do your homework by reviewing menus and calling in advance to confirm that the restaurant can accommodate your organic meal needs.

Tip 2: Embrace Your Local Farmers’ Market
Ripe, which hosts weekly organic food markets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, brings produce together from a number of organic farms throughout the region. Founded by Becky Balderstone, the company also delivers organic fruits and vegetables across Dubai and Abu Dhabi straight to your doorstep (as do Greenheart and Farmbox). New at navigating a farmers’ market in Dubai? Start here.

Tip 3: Know Where and When to Shop
Organic Foods & Cafe offers an extensive selection of organic produce and groceries, but more on that later. Because organic grocery shopping does tend to be more expensive, it’s important to know where – and when – to shop. Currently, Organic Foods & Cafe offers 20 percent off all groceries, bread, dairy, produce, and meat on certain Fridays and Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with sales and special offers.

Where to Eat Organic in Dubai

Note: Most of these restaurants will use organic ingredients as and when possible, but to be on the safe side, ask your waiter to point out the organic menu items before ordering.

Urth by Nabz&G is your best bet if you’re a believer in the holistic approach to life. This contemporary kitchen creates fusion recipes inspired by a variety of cuisines and cultures, with the menu extending from vegetarian options to meat and seafood. Can’t leave your desk over lunch? Have one of its soups, salads, or stews delivered to your doorstep. The ‘Yoga Bowl’ salad and ‘Truffle Mushroom Risotto Cakes’ are Savoir Flair favorites.

Average price for two: AED 185/SAR 189
Cluster J, JLT
(+971) 4 276 7287

For guilt-free burgers, turn to Bareburger in Dubai Festival City Mall, the first Middle East outlet opened by the New York-based franchise. Its burgers, sides, and sandwiches are made using only organic, natural ingredients and meats like free-range, hormone-free chicken from local farms and grass-fed beef. Vegetarians are also taken care of as there are plenty of salads, made only with local produce, on offer. There’s even a vegan option on the burger menu; ‘The Farmstead’ is a delicious pile-up of sweet potato, quinoa, alfalfa, and hummus served in a lettuce leaf.

Average price for two: AED 170/SAR 173
Dubai Festival City Mall
(+971) 4 338 7110

A plastic-free café that uses cutlery made from biodegradable corn starch, Hapi goes one step beyond simply serving organic food. If you’re on the bone-broth bandwagon – as you should be – you’ll love the fact that Hapi has four different variations on the menu. Here, interesting sides such as coconut rice and beetroot with labneh accompany mains like salmon and sirloin steak. You’ll be glad to know that this trendy little eatery also offers cheat day-friendly options, like French toast and homemade soft serve with gluten-free strawberry-cheesecake crumble.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 204
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
(+971) 4 225 1807

trays of food hapi dubai @noortehini
Photo: Courtesy of @NoorTehini

This hidden gem of an ice-cream parlor is a real treat for anyone working or living in JLT. It serves over 15 flavors, all of which are free of preservatives, dairy, sugar, gluten, artificial flavors, colors, and emulsifiers. Start by trying the ‘Succhatella’, a decadent blend of chocolate and hazelnut.

Average price for two: AED 60/SAR 61
Cluster C, JLT
(+971) 4 426 9062

Headquartered at The Collective in Al Quoz, Essentially offers 100 percent raw, organic, and cold-pressed juices. The perfect place to turn to if you’re looking to embark on a cleanse, it offers detox solutions ranging from one- to ten-day cleanses. Its bespoke raw-food meal plans, meanwhile, are plant-based, organic, and free of gluten.

Average price for two: AED 150/SAR 153
Multiple locations across Dubai
(+971) 4 889 5753

Essentially dubai juices and salad bowls
Photo: Courtesy of @EssentiallyUAE

HLS Café
When it comes to tempting menus, this health-food café and store in Business Bay has hit the nail on the head. Gluten-free ‘Chunky Avocado’ buns with smoked salmon, balsamic-glazed pulled beef, and poached eggs – how does that sound? What about ‘Raw Carrot Cake’, ‘Raw Cashew Nut Butter Toast’, or ‘Raw Cinnamon Creamy Pot’? We thought so. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the ‘Creamy Kasha’, which pairs traditional Russian toasted buckwheat with organic coconut milk, chunks of banana, dates, walnuts, and organic Ceylon cinnamon to result in a mousse-like dish that tastes something like cinnamon French toast.

Average price for two: AED 150/SAR 153
One by Omniyat Tower, Business Bay
(+971) 4 430 6820

Zoga Yoga Café
This café is located on the Zoga Yoga Studio premises and serves cold-pressed juices and smoothies to help you recharge and detoxify. And if a juice just won’t cut it after a round of Hot Pilates or Mysore Ashtanga, the wraps and sandwiches on the menu should. Be sure to pick up a serving of protein balls – cacao or goji berry in particular – on your way out.

Average price for two: AED 70/SAR 71
Southridge Tower 6, Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 276 7657

protein balls different flavors zoga yoga dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @ZogaDubai

Baker & Spice
Baker & Spice is all about local and homemade fare. Grab a bite here and choose from a selection of organic menu items such as organic oatmeal and ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas and local date syrup. Wash your pancakes down with a side of Numi ‘Gunpowder Green’ organic tea for one of the best quality breakfasts in town.

Average price for two: AED 230/SAR 234
Multiple locations across Dubai

BiOrganic Café
The offerings at BiOrganic Café, located inside the BiOrganics supermarket in Barsha Heights, are fresh and delicious. This is the place to go for a hearty and healthy meal made with no artificial additives, chemicals, or preservatives. Highlights include the classic margherita pizza and grilled chicken with spelt risotto. Plus, there’s a large selection of organic produce and flours available for purchase, with several brands exclusive to the store. Not in the mood to travel? BiOrganic also offers an online grocery store with delivery available to your doorstep.

Average price for two: AED 100/SAR 102
Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 4 338 2822

Comptoir 102
Adventurous and health-conscious foodies will be delighted by Comptoir 102’s dishes. To begin with, the menu changes daily according to what’s in season. A delicious line-up of vitamin-packed smoothies and juices can be enjoyed here alongside organic paninis and nibbles, such as seaweed pesto served with a zesty guacamole and raw, homemade flaxseed crackers.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 204
Jumeirah 1
(+971) 4 385 4555

Comptoir 102
Photo: Courtesy of @Comptoir102

Elevation Burger
Elevation Burger is more than just a burger joint; its organic beef patties are made from grass-fed cattle that roam freely on family-owned farms. There are veggie, vegan, and chicken burger options as well, but you can’t go wrong with the classic ‘Elevation Burger’ that features two patties and aged cheddar cheese. Looking to keep things light? Opt for the ‘Half the Guilt’ burger, which contains one beef and one veggie patty.

Average price for two: AED 100/SAR 102
Multiple locations across Dubai

Freedom Pizza
Each slice of Freedom pizza is made of up of a multi-grain crust, cheese sourced from a family-run dairy farm in the UK, and topped with produce from Greenheart Organic Farms (an organic garden in the UAE desert). Order the ‘Mother Earth’, which comes with red sauce, mozzarella, artichoke, bell peppers, spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and onions for a health-conscious pie. What’s more, Freedom Pizza works with Dubai-based bakery Skinny Genie to prepare freshly baked gluten-free pizza crust options for those suffering from gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease.

Average price for two: AED 100/SAR 102
Multiple locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Gourmet by Kcal
Gourmet by Kcal features a 100 percent gluten-free certified kitchen, as well as organic fruits and vegetables from Ripe Farms. Not all dishes here are organic, but the menu is expertly labeled with a full breakdown of ingredients, calories, as well as macro nutrients, making it easy to choose a dish that works for your dietary preferences.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 203
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
(+971) 4 511 7139

Le Pain Quotidien
Earthy and rich, each loaf of bread that emerges from Le Pain Quotidien’s oven is prepared using organic, stone-ground flour and natural ingredients. Opt for the ‘Organic Baker’s Basket’, which features a wide selection of organic breads to share, with a protein-packed side of scrambled organic eggs.

Average price for two: AED 150/SAR 153
Multiple locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi

where to eat organic dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @LePainQuotidien

We seriously can’t stop gushing over this Korean soft-serve spot. In fact, it recently made our list of the six best ice cream spots in Dubai, largely due to its organic, preservative-free ingredients. Oh, and the sheer variety of cheat day-approved toppings that Milkcow serves doesn’t hurt its appeal either.

Average price for two: AED 60/SAR 63
Trident Tower, Dubai Marina
(+971) 4 456 9988

Omnia Gourmet
Surrounded by nature-inspired décor, dining at Omnia Gourmet in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour feels like being in a secret garden. Paleo- and vegan-friendly, the menu here was crafted by celebrity chef Silvena Rowe and features raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free dishes. Try the black-truffle labneh with roasted sweet potatoes, crispy maple-glazed veal, and zucchini linguine with avocado pesto for a hearty and healthy meal.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 204
Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
(+971) 4 343 7181

Photo: Courtesy of @OmniaGourmet

One Café
This peaceful café-meets-meditation-studio in Jumeirah offers one of the most comprehensive organic menus in town. With options such as organic, gluten-free pancakes and vegan ice cream to choose from, you can’t go wrong, whether its organic breakfast, lunch, or dinner you’re after.

Average price for two: AED 150/SAR 153
Jumeirah Beach Road
(+971) 4 343 6676

Organic Foods & Café
Inside this sprawling organic supermarket is a café perfect for your next slice of organic pizza or a handful of homemade, organic chicken nuggets. With its ethos to support the slow-food movement in Dubai and an aversion to microwaves (in order to preserve the health and proper structure of cells and food), this gem of an organic eatery is the real deal when it comes to finding farm-to-table food in Dubai.

Average price for two: AED 100/SAR 103
Multiple locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi

There are over 120 menu items made in-house at Sophie’s, an innovative gastro-café concept serving up wholesome, natural food. These include everything from gluten-free granola layered with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and flax seeds to energy-boosting smoothies, such as the made-to-order ‘Berrylicious’ and ‘Viva Spirulina’.

Average price for two: AED 80/SAR 81
Riva Beach Club
(+971) 4 451 5982

The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen
Settle in for a nourishing meal at the airy Lime Tree Café & Kitchen, where you’ll find high-quality, organic, and fair-trade ingredients in many of the dishes. The menu changes frequently but will always feature fresh salads, tasty kebabs, quiches, and fritters. The eatery also recently opened a gluten-free bakery with a variety of celiac-friendly options, including cakes and breads.

Average price for two: AED 100/SAR 102
Multiple locations across Dubai

Lime Tree Cafe Bakery Dubai Gluten Free Cakes
Photo: Courtesy of Lime Tree Café & Kitchen

The Pantry
Offering organic salmon, chicken, and egg options, this gourmet café brings a diverse range of flavors and comfort food hailing from the likes of Switzerland, Georgia, and beyond. Between the organic rolled oats and the three-cheese ‘khachapuri’ with an organic egg, The Pantry has something for you – guaranteed.

Average price for two: AED 170/SAR 173
Multiple locations across Dubai

Tr!beca Kitchen and Bar
With its focus on sustainability, Tr!beca Kitchen and Bar in JBR offers wholesome fare in a casual lounge-style atmosphere. On the menu is a healthy dose of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, from handmade ricotta gnocchi with asparagus, broccoli, and datterino tomatoes to a superfood salad with specialty items such as wasabi peas and goji berries.

Average price for two: AED 185/SAR 188
Jumeirah Beach Residence
(+971) 50 345 6067

Ultra Brasserie
This casual eatery, which boasts outposts in both Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai, prides itself on an organic ethos. The dish to order is the organic quinoa salad with mango, baby spinach, Cajun-spiced free-range chicken, cherry tomatoes, and extra-virgin olive oil with a hint of lime.

Average price for two: AED 210/SAR 214
Multiple locations across Dubai

Wild & The Moon
This recently opened brick-and-mortar café in Dubai’s up-and-coming Al Quoz neighborhood offers a selection of organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, soups, and desserts. There are no processed ingredients, additives, chemicals, GMOs, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar to be concerned about. Wild & The Moon is also able to deliver this organic goodness straight to your doorstep via its online ordering system.

Average price for two: AED 50/SAR 51
Alserkal Avenue
(+971) 800 9453

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