Before diving into the review of a lovely, cozy and almost fully plant-based eatery in JLT called Little Erth by Nabz & G, I have to confess that sometimes I do visit restaurants, eat their vegan food and do not share my experience here. Why, you might wonder? Probably it’s simply my laziness or me starting to focus on other things. With Little Erth by Nabz & G I really regret that I haven’t put up the review earlier than almost 2 years after my first visit!
The reason why I’m finally working on this review is the fact that we have been to Little Erth by Nabz & G for the second time now for their vegan iftar menu and the food was so good that it’d be rude not to share it with everyone. As a result this will be a review based on two visits (one in June 2017 and one in May 2019), which is also something I have never done before (normally we only go once and then review & share our experience).
So the restaurant is located in JLT and has both indoor & outdoor seating. The decor is very welcoming, cute but not kitsch and there’s a lot on offer. The menu is almost fully vegan with a few exceptions for pescetarians as well. At the moment you can choose between the regular menu (they are on the entertainer!), the Stu by Nabz & G menu (which is focused on healthy, comforting stews such as Hearty Eggplant or Cauliflower Power – for each of them you can choose your own base & toppings) and the iftar menu.
The iftar menu (89AED per person) actually has many elements from the regular two menus. You get to choose one soup (Carrot Mint, Lentil Celery, Butternut Squash or Pea Mint), one salad (Fattoush or Tabouleh), one starter (Fattet Hummus or Vegan Kibbeh), one main (daily selection varies) and one dessert (Mini Raw Carrot Cake, Mini Chocolate Chia Mouse Cake, Vegan Kufnah with Matcha Ice Cream or Chia Pudding). Out of all this we optioned for the Lentil Celery and Pea Mint soup as well as one salad each and one starter each. The soups were both hearty and fresh at the same time. I really enjoyed the refreshing taste of mint in the Pea Mint soup. Both salads (Fattoush & Tabbouleh) were quite big portions for starter salads and both delicious as well. Personally I think I preferred the Tabbouleh over the Fattoush but I can’t really tell why that was the case. The Vegan Kibbeh was fantastic! It was served with a vegan yogurt dip and it tasted much like the real thing. I could have definitely eaten more of that!
For our mains we got the Stuffed Cabbage (Malfoof) and the Okra Stew (Bamieh) as these were the two mains available on that day. The Okra Stew was delicious – it was served with brown rice and I liked the soft taste of the okras in tomato sauce. The stuffed cabbage was also good, it did remind me on my days as a kid when my grandparents used to prepare (non-vegan) stuffed cabbage back home. Other main courses that will be available on other days include Hearty Eggplant, or Erth Style Koshari.
To finish the iftar dinner we ordered the Mini Raw Carrot and Mini Chocolate Chia Mouse Cake, which are exactly the two cakes which we tried during our first visit as well just a bit smaller! Normally the chocolate cake is always my favorite, however this time I think the Raw Carrot Cake was so impressively delicious that I would go for this one if I had to choose one of them. It’s the distinct taste of carrot cake and vegan vanilla cashew cream topped with pistachios that makes it so good. However, the Chocolate Chia Mouse Cake is also tasty. It’s topped with small coconut flakes and consists of chocolate chia pudding on top of a walnut, date and cacao base. The cakes on the pictures are the ones from our first visit – so the ones during iftar are the same just slightly smaller.
During our first visit we also tried the Spring Wraps and the Buddha Burger. The Spring Wraps are raw papaya wraps stuffed with guacamole, mango, carrot, cucumber, coriander, parsley and basil cashew cream. They looked incredible and tasted even better. We had never tried raw papaya wraps before and were definitely blown away by this composition. It was light, refreshing & fruity at the same time and made the perfect starter. Now, I could tell you that the burger was great as well, however I honestly do not remember. It’s a quinoa, red-kidney beans and sweet potato patty and the was served with a small side salad.
Even though we’ve been twice now I feel like we could still go another ten times to try other items of their menu (or just have our favorites again!). One thing I really want to try in the future is the homemade vegan cheese, the Spaghetti Marinara with Vegan Meatballs and the Banana Ice Cream Cake!
In case all of the above was not enough yet to convince you to stop by at this little gem let me give you a few more reasons: they have delicious fresh juices, free filtered water, extremely friendly service and know what veganism is. They also offer meal plans for those of us on a busy schedule and in need of daily plant-based meals. If you’re the type of person that prefers to enjoy vegan take-out at home Little Erth by Nabz & G also has you covered. You can simply order through zomato, deliveroo etc. For the vegan iftar this year I highly recommend to book in advance.
Little Erth by Nabz & G
JLT Cluster J
Opening hours: Sat – Wed 12PM to 10PM, Thu – Fri 12PM to 11PM