February 2019 Update:
After a lot of controversy about if the bread at Zaatar w Zeit is vegan or not they have updated their menu to contain vegan labels. As a result there are only very few vegan dishes available, which are Quinoa Tabbouleh, Fries, Mixed Greens and the Soups. They have also added the so-called “Vegan Boom”, which is a vegan burger patty in a closed pastry. Do let me know if you have tried it and how it is!
Sometimes I need a break from preparing lunch for work every single day – and quite often I end up getting my vegan lunch at Mall of the Emirates from Zaatar w Zeit. It’s a fast food chain from Lebanon, serving fresh and authentic Lebanese food all over the region. They’ve got restaurants/branches in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar. Some of them located in food courts, others with dine-in options, where you can actually order at your table.
- Update 5th of July 2016: Thanks to a comment by Atiya I double checked with Zaatar w Zeit and this time they confirmed with me as well that all their bread contains dairy! Sorry for the confusion & thanks a lot for taking your time to comment. All dishes listed here containing bread are only vegetarian, not vegan!
Zaatar w Zeit is a young and casual eatery, which is fast & convenient and focuses on local, fresh food. Their menu offers a lot of Manakeesh, Pizzas, Salads, Wraps and a few desserts (no vegan options). Also it includes a “Light Menu” which is mainly oil free and provides information about the calories of the dishes. The entire menu clearly marks all vegetarian dishes, which makes it a lot easier for a vegan to prescreen the options! Honestly, I haven’t tried much yet, because I just like the Brown Baked Falafel Wrap too much! It’s from the Light Menu and the wrap is made out of falafel and whole grains, which makes it much better than their normal Baked Falafel Wrap. It’s filled with salad, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish and seasoned with a vegan sesame paste! Additionally I sometimes order the Quinoa Tabbouleh on the side!
Other Vegan dishes at Zaatar w Zeit are: Potatoes in the Pan (seasoned with rosemary, also super delicious!), Zaatar, Wild Zaatar (both worth trying, traditional lebanese manakeesh) and the oil-free Zaatar (basically a simpler version of the Brown Baked Falafel Wrap). You can always add fries to your dish and enjoy one of their fresh juices! Visit one of the 12 branches all over Dubai to enjoy cheap traditional Lebanese fast food or order online on their website or through their own app.