JBR hasn’t necessarily been my vegan hot spot in Dubai so far – at this point I’d probably recommend The Counter, The Cheesecake Factory and Dri Dri for good vegan choices. However I don’t like going to the same restaurants over and over again – I’m that kind of person that is always seeking for something new. So after wandering around Jumeirah Beach Residence a little bit we decided to check out Leopold’s of London’s vegan-friendliness in Dubai. It’s located relatively close to the beginning of JBR, almost next to Eggspectation and The Counter and has a wonderful outdoor seating area overlooking the beach (not during summer, unless you want to melt away) and a nice contemporary decor inside the two-story building.
Leopold’s of London offers a continental menu, which makes it easy to find something good for everyone when going out for lunch / dinner in a big group of picky eaters. They have a great choice of fresh juices, smoothies, coffees and teas available and a versatile breakfast menu as well (which doesn’t seem to be that vegan-friendly though). We decided to take a table upstairs and ordered the Kale & Broccoli Salad, LoL’s Famous Quinoa Burger Sliders and the Leopold’s Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers as a starter. From my first experience at Leopold’s of London (way before I started this Blog) I remembered that it’s is important to inform the waiter that there shouldn’t be any cheese in the dishes, even though there wasn’t any cheese listed on the menu they tend to garnish everything with cheese.
We started with the Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, which were grilled and served with tomato salsa. For an appetizer they weren’t only delicious, but also super filling and something I haven’t had in Dubai before. If you want to try it definitely plan on sharing it as it’s like a normal portion. Since I wasn’t aware about that at all my main dish – the salad with broccoli and popped pearl barley and a balsamic dressing – wasn’t light at all. It actually was another pretty big portion of barley with broccoli, nuts, kale and sundried tomatoes. Again, something I haven’t had like this before in Dubai and I enjoyed a lot. It was fresh and tasty and even more filling than the peppers. My favorite !!unfortunately only vegetarian pick at Leopold’s of London are the Quinoa Burger Sliders. Two small quinoa burger garnished with grilled mushroom and tahina sauce and served with fries. Even though it’s quite expensive (80 AED) – it’s well worth trying. The burger tastes great especially because of the tahina sauce and the mushrooms.
Other than what I’ve tried, Leopold’s of London offers a couple more vegan options: a few salads (just remember to remove the cheese), roasted vegetables and a vegetable pasta. During my first visit I’ve had the Leopold’s Tapas / Meze Platter, which is comparable to Middle Eastern appetizers and I liked it, too! The waiters were accommodating when it came to my meal adjustments and I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere there. Even though it’s not the cheapest place with vegan options in Dubai, they have different options than most of the other places and it’s great to come with friends and family!
Leopold’s of London at JBR
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 8AM to 12 midnight; Thu-Sat 8AM to 1AM