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4 Dubai restaurants with amazing vegetarian dishes

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From foggy forest floors to mouth-watering veggie tacos, www.veggiebuzz.com founder, Sumati Menda’s pick of must-try dishes are proving that there’s more to meat free dining than margarita pizzas and pasta arrabbiata. Here are the dishes and restaurants that she can’t get enough of at the moment.

Enigma
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a pre-opening event at Enigma in the new Palazzo Versace Dubai, a dining concept that reinvents itself every quarter. For the first rotation they have three-star Michelin chef Quique Dacosta at the helm and he prepared a vegetarian version of the tasting menu. The standout dish is the Foggy Forest Floor, and there is honestly no other way to describe it than an intriguing combination of earthy, gooey, moist and crunchy textures of vegetables. It is meant to mimic a forest floor. You have until April to try it.
Where: Enigma, Palazzo Versace Dubai, Dubai Creek
Contact: +971 4 556 8888, www.enigmadxb.com

Bistro Bagatelle
Bistro Bagatelle, recently opened at the Fairmont on Sheikh Zayed Road, has been the talk of the town. I was curious if the vegetarian food measured up, so decided to check it out with a few fellow veggies. The appetisers and desserts definitely outweighed the mains, my favourite being the colourful beetroot salad, which consisted of heritage beetroot, soft Persian feta, figs and candied seeds. This colourful salad has two varieties of beetroot, a tart dressing, a little sweetness and some crunch. There are no shortage of beetroot salads in Dubai but this is my favourite.
Where: Bistro Bagatelle, Fairmont Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 354 5035, www.fairmont.com

Tortuga
Last week, a friend was visiting from California and was keen on grabbing some Mexican food. I was keen on sitting outside, so we opted for a quick lunch at Tortuga. The veggie volcan taco with mushroom was the only dish I ordered and was pretty much all I needed. The four crispy open-face tacos came served with fresh epazote, melted cheese, onion, radish, chopped jalapeno, and a dash of mole sauce. The rich earthy flavour with a bit of added zest from a squeeze of lime made for a perfect Mexican fix for the afternoon.
Where: Tortuga, Mina A’Salam, Dubai
Contact: +9714 366 6152, www.jumeirah.com

Crumble
Crumble has a fantastic breakfast menu, with items such as coconut quinoa pudding (made with freshly prepared almond milk), a plate of fluffy waffles or, our favourite, the fantastic smashed avocado. The avocado is served on top of sourdough toast, includes chunks of buffalo mozzarella, semi-dried tomatoes and a wonderfully earthy truffle balsamic glaze drizzled all over the top. The creamy and crunchy textures complement each other well, and the flavour combination is just perfect. It’s definitely worth getting out of bed early for this one.
Where: Crumble, 48 Burj Gate, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +9714 346 5911, www.crumble.ae

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