February 2019 Update:
Ultra Brasserie has now a separate section on the menu for plant-based dishes. I absolutely love it when restaurants do that – it’s such a timesaver for me seeing all options on one page. New options include Breaded Tofu, which I will definitely try in the near future! Additionally you can have your coffee with oat milk now as well (before they “only” offered soy, almond and quinoa).
After having been to Marina Mall, I really felt like trying something new (they do have good dining options at Marina Mall or Pier 7, but none of them seemed like the casual, innovative and healthy dining experience I was looking for that evening) – luckily I had learnt about Ultra Brasserie online a couple of days ago and was ready to give their branch at Marina Plaza a try!
They’ve got a charming terrace looking at the Marina and their interior appeared really modern and colorful to me – underlining exactly what it’s supposed to be: an innovative organic café / restaurant. Their menu is just as colorful as diverse: they serve breakfast, soups & salads, a couple of healthy mains and burgers as well as fresh juices and smoothies, organic tea and fair trade coffee, which you can enjoy with soy, almond or quinoa milk! And the best part: they have marked vegan dishes on the menu!
I felt like having something fresh but filling at the same time, so I decided to go for the Ultra Superfood Salad. Next to several salad creations the other vegan options are: the Grilled Tofu Burger, the Grilled Tofu Steak and the Superfood Bowl. Trying to avoid having tofu for lunch and dinner we ordered the Superfood Bowl too, being curious to find out how quinoa, lentils, sweet potatoes and avocado could be prepared nicely together.
Basically we only realized afterwards the main ingredients of the Superfood Bowl and the Ultra Superfood Salad were the same – however the salad was much more tasteful than the bowl. In addition to the quinoa and lentils it came with broccoli and tomatoes garnished with blueberries, crispy kale and pomegranate. Even though the bowl
consisted of sweet potato, nuts, avocado and a tahini dressing in addition to the quinoa with lentils it somehow lacked of spices and we were dissapointed by it being served cold. The positive: I’m sure it is super nutritious and healthy.
In general I really like their concept and I’m wanting to come back to try their Tofu Burger! The server was super helpful (even after I had commented on their menu having a few opportunities for improvement; the Tofu Steak wasn’t labeled as vegan and one of the smoothies with honey accidently was instead) and promised us to have a plant-based desert available other than fresh fruits the next time we will be around.
They deliver via talabat – even by foot or bike if it’s near and offer catering, which includes a vegan chocolate cake (upon request 24 hours ahead). We also saw a lot of people stopping by and grabbing a snack or dinner to-go after work and I couldn’t stop myself from checking out their healthy snacks (from fresh fruits to granola bars and chips) either!
After all I really appreciate the way the staff and concept is trying to accommodate vegans in Dubai and even though the strawberry & lemonade smoothie wasn’t the most amazing smoothie I ever tasted either, I will stop by or order online again!
Ultra Brasserie Marina Plaza (just behind Pier 7)
Opening hours: 7AM to 9PM every day
Ultra Brasserie Emaar Square Downtown
Building #4 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 7AM to 7PM