5 Dubai places to grab a healthy snack
There’s very little point waxing lyrical about the benefits of healthy eating. There can’t be too many people who don’t actively know that fresh, locally sourced produce, baked grilled, is better for you than a processed slab of reconstituted meat deep-fried until it’s the colour of a mahogany sideboard.
Of course, healthy food hasn’t always been a byword for tasty food. So here are five places in Dubai that manage to be healthy without sacrificing flavour.
Organic Foods and Cafe
Where: Al Quoz, The Greens, Jumeirah Village
Price for two? AED160
Half café, half supermarket, Organic Foods and Cafe does exactly what it says on the sign. They stock fresh foods from their in house butchers, fishmongers and bakery, and a have a coveted “organic certified” label. An ideal little spot to stop in pre- or post-shop, it obviously keeps with the setting and theme of the overall venue. The menu does have slight issues with availability, which can be a little frustrating if you spot something you really want, but on the other hand it’s nice to know that the products used are fresh and not kept for days on end.
Where: Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price for two? AED175
The menu at the Balance Cafe leaves no doubt that this is a place to eat well. It’s not just for items like “brown rice masala dosa” or “low cholesterol omelettes”, or even the vegetarian section, but the information that comes alongside each entry – carbs, grams of fat, etc. For anyone looking to take their healthy eating to the next level, the cafe also offers a range of cooking classes at reasonable prices.
Contact: +971 4 515 4051,
Where: City Tower 1, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price for two? AED100
Which wich? is a spot where you can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you like. From a fully vegetarian “lettucewich” option to a massive philly cheese steak with an oreo milkshake on the side, you can treat or abuse your arteries as you see fit. The concept here involves checking off your selections on a paper bag, similar to Subway but with more choices. We went for a black bean patty to get on the healthy side. The bread is soft, and the fillings happily flavoursome. A great little spot for a snack, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more branches opened soon.