A Guide to Best Vegetarian Restaurants on Palm Jumeirah

Written by Silvana Fitzpatrick

Looking at Palm Jumeirah through the lens of superlatives is one way to describe the famous man-made island: a destination for landmark hotels, luxurious venues, and some of the most premium properties in the world, along with superb ocean views and foodie delights.
Dubai spoils us with a wide variety of cuisines and restaurants available in the city, thus making it simple and accessible to eat vegetarian. Likewise, Palm Jumeirah has brought along an array of award-winning restaurants serving vegetarian cuisine.
​We have compiled some of the best restaurants on The Palm that invite you to explore vegetarian culinary excellence without compromising on flavour.

Tresind Studio in Nakheel Mall

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Tresind Studio is the only Indian Michelin-starred restaurant in UAE headed by brainchild chef Himanshu Saini, who won many accolades for serving the most authentic, modern Indian molecular gastronomy. The venue has branched out with 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating at Nakheel Mall, leading the way with Saini’s elevated take on a 16-course set menu, guaranteed to deliver a dining experience like no other.
Tasting India the vegetarian way will delight your senses with ‘Splendours of the South’ and ‘Grandeurs of the North’ dishes that include Medu vada, gorgonzola dolce, tender coconut kimchi, corn curry, Shiso leaf papadam, yoghourt crémeux, quince curry, charred white asparagus, burnt cinnamon, King oyster noodles, bamboo shoots and many other.
The dining room's guiding principle is "Atithi Devo Bhava," a well-known Indian proverb that translates to "Guest Is God."
The restaurant is well-known in the region for elevating the guest experience to new levels.
​Tresind Studio just earned the Art of Hospitality Award and ranked fourth among Mena's 50 Best Restaurants.

Zest and Stay by Yannick Alleno at One&Only The Palm

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Both Stay and Zest venues are fine dining restaurants located in One&Only The Palm.
The French flair Stay has been awarded not one but two Michelin stars. The restaurant oozes elegance, refinement, and savoir-faire describing its offering as an "epicurean experience of menus curated especially for you". Stay is elegantly designed for a silver service experience, offering both indoor and outdoor dining, adorned with black crystal chandeliers, where rich tones, vaulted ceilings, shining cutlery, and immaculate white tablecloths set the tone for an unforgettable meal.
Stay is all about ensuring that culinary and service standards are kept world-class in a venue that oozes intimacy and privacy, with a decadent décor. Serving is attentive, discreet, and classy and the charming setting is romantic and simply elegant, highlighting that fine dining need not be pretentious and stuffy.
Combining traditional French classic technique with contemporary ideas, the restaurant focuses on an à la carte menu, seasonal tasting menus, seafood, and vegetarian and vegan options, showcasing premium ingredients like white truffle and foie gras.
For those with a sweet tooth, desserts at Stay will have you stay longer than you initially planned, when the exquisite Périgord chestnut tuiles are served to the table, bursting with crispiness, and wonderfully paired with Cognac jelly and Moorish creamy filling.
This one definitely carries the crown for us.

Zest restaurant operates at the same elegant beachfront hotel,The One & Only Palm,and blends savoury culinary influences of the Middle East, Asia, and the West. Curated dishes are carefully served under the artful eye of chef Yannick Alleno, Dubai’s Michelin-starred visionary, in an idyllic setting beaming with style and serenity.
Moorish-inspired dining room prepares guests for a most memorable dining experience accompanied by cut-quartz crystals accenting the Arabian design, and soothing live music.
The One & Only Palm location may be a key attraction, but the food speaks for itself.
​If you already tried the mixed vegetable wok and seared halloumi cheese, then you know what we’re talking about.

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Barfly by Buddha Bar

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Dubai’s trendiest foodie hotspot is perched at the top of Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and it quickly emerged as the city’s latest rooftop hangout hotspot.
With an expansive terrace gazing out over Dubai Marina and Bluewaters and an original menu featuring a variety of vegan delights, the venue elegantly combines a chic Parisian flair with a bar, lounge, and live DJ, all under the same roof.
The concept behind Barfly originated in Paris and drew inspiration from the eccentric writer, Charles Bukowski. The venue’s personality is revealed in mystic interiors, and neo-baroque design with deep sultry reds, purples, and golds, adding a dose of enigmatic ambiance, mystery, and dynamism.
Barfly menu is all about international dishes with an Asian twist. You have to try the popular vegetarian Okonomiyaki, mixed with mushrooms, chickpeas flowers, and truffle, alongside Lumpia dish, an exotic Asian vegetable fusion bursting with flavour.
​Barfly by Buddha Bar is one of the most coveted venues to see and be seen at, in Dubai. It needs no further introduction. Just an early reservation.

Khyber Restaurant at Dukes The Palm

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Khyber is one of Dubai's top five North Indian eateries, offering a complex and opulent array of Indian flavours. Khyber has always been associated with hearty cuisine and welcoming hospitality.
It specialises on delicacies from the area around the Khyber Pass in the northwest of the subcontinent.
Located on the hotel's 15th floor, the restaurant's authentic dishes, stylish décor, and calming music transport guests to the centre of "old Mumbai."
The restaurant occupies one floor inside Dukes, and contains a bar area, a terrace, plenty seating area and a sizable private dining room, which is a fantastic choice for large groups seeking absolute privacy. The award-winning Indian heritage restaurant is well known for its beautiful murals, ornate details, and unrivalled North Indian specialties.
You will enjoy classic cuisine with a quirky, fresh, and creative twist. The Shahi Kofta is a vegetarian favourite with its silky, soft cottage cheese dumplings dotted in cashew gravy and subtle cardamom flavours, while other top vegetarian dishes include Vegetable Seekh Kebab, Reshmi Broccoli and Makai Ki Tikki.

​The food scene in Dubai is growing and expanding at rapid pace, and the city has achieved a great deal in developing the food craft and placing UAE on par with other global gourmet destinations such as London or New York.