Finding Food Solutions: Vegan to Sugar
6/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

Finding Food Solutions: Vegan to Sugar

We love food here in the TELLAL office!  One of the best things about our team is that it is so diverse and so we often find ourselves sharing recipes, locations and meals that allow us to experience something new or try a fresh flavour.  It is such a great opportunity to tune your taste buds and discover sensations that you might have been missing out on.  When it comes to food these days, so many of us have to be very careful about what we eat.  Whether the growth in medical and nutritional knowledge has led to a diagnosis that something should be avoided or you feel compelled to make a moral decision about how your dietary choices affect the planet, diversity in diet is incredibly common.  Luckily for those of us who can’t just say yes to everything, shops and outlets have caught up on these evolutions and trends, so that we have far more choice than ever before when it comes to respecting our preferences, even when eating out.  Dubai itself is now full of great vegan restaurants, the shops have dedicated sections for allergies and even most eateries will accommodate your needs where possible.

It used to be very difficult for people with food intolerances or potentially devastating allergies to eat out with friends, especially when they couldn’t determine the exact contents of the meals on offer.  Now it is rare to see a menu without clear markings and descriptions outlining where nuts, dairy, meat, sugar and gluten are present.  Not to mention the amount of dining outlets who have dedicated vegetarian or vegan options available.  This expansion in choice is not only helpful for those committed to certain lifestyles, whether by choice or necessity, it is a great chance for others to try different things.  Whilst the overall health benefits of strict veganism are still very much under debate, it is impossible to deny the healthy nature of avoiding many of the more traditional faire provided occasionally and the benefit it has to the planet.  Meat production is one of the world’s largest contributors in the carbon footprint scale, so any efforts we can take to reduce our dependence on it, is a step in the right direction.  As the old saying goes, ‘everything in moderation’; by making small changes that don’t impact our quality of life, perhaps we can do more and feel better. 

If you are thinking of dipping your foot in the vegan pool, or are finding yourself getting to grips with a new allergy revelation and are confused about how to possibly exist without cheese, we have some great tips for you!

Eating Out

Here are some amazing allergy-friendly and vegan focussed restaurants to visit:

The award-winning Little Erth by Nabz & G in JLT

The recycling-crazy Bounty Beets at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

The sleek Society Café on Jumeirah Beach Road

The uber trendy and healthy Brambles in Barsha Heights

The Japanese that’s full of natural flavour, Akiba Dori in Dubai Design District

The best place for a burger that isn’t a burger (but you wouldn’t know it) Bareburger in City Walk and La Mer


Pure Vegan Love Market has some amazing cheeses you can order online

There are several locations of Organic Food and Café to suit every dietary requirement

Health food store GoGoGuy in Media City

For makeup you can use e.l.f cosmetics or the vegan range from Kat Von D

Do you have any amazing tips or places you go to suit your preferences?  Let us know if you have found any hidden gems or even some great recipes for people struggling to get the right flavour from their more limited ingredient pool.  Join the conversation via our social media platforms Twitter,Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin or email us at [email protected]


Brittany Benincasa

Operations Manager

Brittany Benincasa is the Operations Manager at TELLAL Institute.

She is responsible for ensuring efficiency and smooth day-to-day

operations across all of the TELLAL platforms.

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