February 2019 Update:
Miu Shanghai has closed down in Mall of the Emirates. If you are craving dumplings try Din Tai Fung instead – one of the places I was recommended so many times that it’s almost embarrassing to admit that I haven’t been yet.
Starving after work and being bored about my regular salad or falafel dinner I ended up going to Miu Shanghai at Mall of the Emirates a couple of days ago again.
I knew that at least I didn’t have to read through the entire menu to find out about my dinner options at this japanese style restaurant with influences from the Chinese, Thai and Indonesian kitchen since they are at least labeling the vegetarian dishes (especially when I’m tired and hungry I always choose a restaurant that gives these labels instead of a restaurant that doesn’t, even though I could obviously figure it out easily myself!). Being seated at the window in the back of the restaurant I was able to enjoy the view on Ski Dubai while having dinner! The restaurant itself is modern and colorfully decorated and has lampions hanging from the ceiling, which creates a relaxed atmosphere considering the restaurant is in the second busiest mall in town.
The menu offers a range from soups and salads to Thai curries, noodles, sushi and rice dishes and even includes a few mocktails (note: no alcohol served).
One of my favorite appetizers there is the Thai Crispy Mushroom and Tofu – basically fried mushrooms and tofu, but I especially like it since the tofu is really crispy! The second appetizer I went for were vegetable spring rolls – nothing special, but I would definitely have them again! Since I was trying to keep some space for desert (it seems to be one of my unwritten rules to save up space for desert, if there’s a vegan desert available at the restaurant) I ordered the Mushroom and Asparagus Salad with Miso Dressing as well, which was unfortunately simply boring.
Alternative vegan options include the Peking Hot and Sour Vegetables Soup, the Bean Curd Miso Soup, the Vegetable Rainbow Salad and Steamed Edamame for appetizers and the Thai Green Vegetable Curry, Vegetable Dumplings, the Shanghai Stir Fried Vegetables as well as the Olive Leaf Vegetable Fried Rice and a selection of vegetarian sushi for mains.
Last but not least I was super excited to finally taste my Sticky Rice Pudding with Mango – it was good and a lot and finally filled me up after all these vegetables. But still wasn’t comparable to any of the original sticky rice with mango deserts in Thailand.
Résumé? The choice of food for vegans is okay, so is the quality of the food and are the prices (for Dubai). But the servers are really accommodating and trying to help you figure out what you can eat / what can be done for you to veganize their dishes. The other plus: while most of the restaurants at the Mall of the Emirates have a really open design (which equals to being noisy) Miu Shanghai is situated in the corner next to Ski Dubai, where you don’t necessarily feel like you are in the middle of the Mall!
Miu Shanghai at Mall of the Emirates
Opening hours: 10AM to midnight
+971 561883836 (Just call for Delivery)