February 2019 Update:
Additionally to their seasonally changing menu with vegan options they have also started vegan event menus. Their Friday brunch is very vegan-friendly and there were vegan menus for Christmas, New Years as well as Valentines Day available. I actually went for the vegan Christmas Dinner and was very satisfied with the dishes (starter – main – dessert). There’s also a new Eat well Bistro in DIFC now, however the menu is a bit smaller than in the actual restaurant in Zaabeel.
For some reason I decided to dedicate a few hours of my night last week to market research again. When I initially moved to Dubai about a year ago I spent so many hours on google, facebook and instagram to find out where to fix my needs for vegan dining and sweet treats. After having found so many options in just such a short time period (and still having listed a countless amount of places I want to try) I normally only add places to my list that are being recommended to me or I just happen to find out about randomly. However, during that ‘research’ (some people call it addiction to social media as well) I stumbled across Eatwell and was so convinced of their concept and menu that I literally went there the next day instead of simply bookmarking it.
Eatwell is a newly opened restaurant and bistro at the Dubai Herbal & Treatment Center. While there are also Cooking Classes and custom meal plans being offered to go in-line with your treatment at the center it’s their philosophy to offer “healthy food in a new way”. Every single dish looks delicious and the menu clearly distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian, paleo, egg-free, lactose-free and dairy-free options. Moreover everything is completely gluten- and sugar-free!
Since I didn’t make it all the way out there before noon I missed the breakfast and ordered the Skinny KC Salad, the Mixed Berry Cheesecake and a huge bottle of Pineapple, Strawberry and Orange infused water. The waitress was super friendly and the restaurant wasn’t crowded at all so I actually felt quite relaxed. I could have enjoyed an organic raw juice, coffee with organic almond or soymilk or a tea as well. The vegan breakfast options are: the Paleo Chia Pudding, The “Best Granola You’ve Ever Had”, the Oat and 3 Type Quinoa Porridge and some plantbased side dishes.
Despite being a little disappointed about the presentation of the Skinny KC Salad, which is a mixture of quinoa, edamame, raw green beans, avocado, arugula, baby gem, raw almonds and chia seeds tossed in a citrus dressing, this was the best salad I’ve had in a really long time! It was so crunchy, fresh and full of natural flavors that I just wished to have this kind of salad for lunch every single day. I tried the Mixed Berry Cheesecake right afterwards. The bottom part was chocolate brownie-like and the other half consisted of mixed berry and coconut panacotta. It was beautifully decorated with fresh fruits, pieces of dark chocolate and served with berry compote and coconut cream and tasted just as good. A truely healthy vegan dessert, which is not easy to find outside of Dubai’s well-known vegan cafés and bistros.
But it wasn’t only the food, selection (just go to their website for the full menu) and service that made my lunch so enjoyable – it was the atmosphere and especially the view on Dubai’s skyline, which is another reason to invest the time to escape the city for a meal at Eatwell. Prices are Dubai-like but I will be back for sure to try some more vegan options from their menu (such as the Raw Chocolate Brownie and the Courgette).
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Center, 2nd Floor
Zaabeel 1, Oud Metha
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 8AM to 8PM, Fri – Sat 9AM to 6PM
Eat well bistro DIFC
Precinct Building 2, Level 2
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 8AM to 7PM, Fri & Sat closed