Where We Order Healthy Food Delivery From

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We’ve rounded up our favourite places to order from based on their ingredients, taste, freshness, nutritional value and how well they hit the macro ratios of carbs, proteins and fats that are essential for getting and staying in shape. (If you want to get your teeth right into it, scroll down the page to find our restaurant recommendations).

It’s 12.45pm and you’re still in a meeting, you have a deadline for 2pm and these days your ‘lunch break’ is pretty much non-existant. You down another coffee hoping it’ll tide you over until you eat after you send out that proposal. Suddenly it’s 3pm and you’re famished. You’ve got another meeting at 4pm so you scramble through the takeaway menus in your desk drawer and opt for whoever delivers the quickest. You’re so hungry that it justifies ordering a shwarma wrap, a Thai curry, a pizza to share or a salad with eggs, croutons, chicken and mayo dressing.

We’ve all been there.

Living and working in Dubai is a rather unique lifestyle – we eat out a lot, we order delivery, we go to brunches, events and parties, we work hard and we party hard. We’re often too busy to cook and some of us even think we’re making the right choices by choosing (misleading) items that claim to be ‘healthy’, ‘low fat’ or ‘gluten free’.

First, a few guidelines for eating out and ordering in general:

1) Ignore the claims. Focus on the macro ratios.
Everyone is trying to market themselves as ‘healthy’ these days. While something may indeed be healthy it doesn’t mean that it’s the right food for your fitness goals. You see a ‘fitness diet’ has a focus of hitting certain macro nutritional ratios with the goal of building muscle, strength and for body aesthetics. A ‘healthy diet’ focuses on nutritious ingredients but doesn’t necessarily look at protein, fat and carb ratios. An example: A raw vegan meal at BeStro is extremely ‘healthy’ but is a total calorie bomb with the amount of nuts used in the dishes. This is ‘healthy’ but certainly not a good choice if you are eating for fitness. Eating for fitness would mean choosing a meal that has a high portion of protein and vegetables such as a grilled salmon steak with a side of vegetables. Decide whether you are eating for general health or if you are eating with the goal of a more aesthetic and ‘fit’ body.

2) Order dishes which have no more than 5 ingredients.
Make each ingredient count. This leads me to my next point…

3) Monitor the calories and the fat content.
Aim to order dishes that fall between 350 – 400 calories at a maximum and have no more than 10 grams of fat. If the calorie information and fat content isn’t readily available simply ask the restaurant staff to give you the quantities of each ingredient used (this should be easy as you want to choose dishes with less than 5 ingredients anyway!). Download the MyFitnessPal app and enter in the information so you can see how much you are consuming. It’s a great tool and keeps you accountable.

4) Add a carb.
I low-carbed and ‘no-carbed’ for years and it didn’t get me any leaner. The moment I added carbs to breakfast and lunch I found the weight dropped off, I had more energy for my workouts and I didn’t suffer from the afternoon slump at the office which previously had me craving sugar and reaching for a gluten-free muffin. I add potatoes to my lunch salad but you could add a piece of bread, some quinoa, some rice or sweet potatoes too. Carbs are your friend, trust me.

So with that in mind, here are our top places to order food delivery from in Dubai and not bust your diet – no matter what you’re craving.

Something light

S’wich
We order our lunch salad from S’wich pretty much daily. A rocca bowl with chicken + extra rocca, red onions, potato cubes, tomatoes, chives and with a tzatziki dressing will take you a long way to hitting your protein and vegetable intake for the day.
AED 30 for a salad bowl with extra chicken. S’wich, Marina View Towers, Shop 9, Ground Floor, Marina View Towers A, Dubai Marina
Delivers to Dubai Marina, Media City, Knowledge Village, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens, Tecom
800 SWICH (79424)
myswich.com

Sushi Art
It’s a tad expensive but Sushi Art’s food is definitely very clean. Try the ‘cut and roll’ which is an all-veg roll with no rice, the rice-free tuna and salmon hand-rolls, seaweed salad and sashimi are also good choices. Avoid rolls with rice as sugar is used to make sushi rice. With sushi in general, avoid fancy sauces and keep high-sodium soy sauce and high-fat avocado in check.
AED 70 minimum order. The Beach, JBR and DIFC, Marble Walk – Gate 5
Delivers to Dubai Marina, Media City, Knowledge Village, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens, Tecom
800 220
sushiart.ae

Bentoya Sushi
Bentoya is one of the oldest sushi establishments in Dubai and is an authentic favourite among the local Japanese community. As with ordering sushi in general stick with miso soup, seaweed salad, sashimi, edamame and rice-free rolls.
AED 70 minimum order. Jebel Ali Freezone, Gate 4, Inside Food Court and Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Kawakeb Bldg. D Block 1F
Delivers all over Dubai
Jebel Ali: 04 8871117, Sheikh Zayed Road: 04 3430222
bentoya.info

Circle Cafe
When it comes to wholesome salads, Circle Cafe is certainly generous with it’s portions. However, a lot of their salads contain dairy and gluten with the addition of bagel chips and hunks of cheese – big on taste but also big on calories. Choose wisely by getting the Italian Chicken Almond Salad, Goat Cheese Salad, Asian Salad (pass on the soy dressing) or Pumpkin salad (we like to add chicken to this one). The vegetarian rice wrap rolls or crudites with hummus dip are great to share as a starter for two too. If you’re craving a heavier meal try the Circle No Bun burger (though it racks up about 650 calories + another 300 if you eat the sweet potato fries) or the Grilled Salmon with a squeeze of lemon instead of the default teriyaki sauce.
AED 20-24 for a starter, AED 46 for a salad, AED 54-74 for a main. Circle Cafe, behind CNN building, Dubai Media City, Dubai
Delivers to Media City, JLT, Dubai Marina, The Greens
04 391 5170
circle-cafe.com

Sushi Counter
Can you tell we eat a lot of sushi yet? Perfect for a quick, light lunch Sushi Counter is a good stop for seaweed salad, a miso soup and some sashimi. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record – but sushi rolls are not healthy people, put them down.
AED 50 minimum order. Several branches all over Dubai and delivery available everywhere too. Visit their website for details
sushicounter.com

Richy’s
While being able to customize your salad with lots of yummy toppings sounds good on paper, it can be easy to get carried away, pile on lots of extra calories and miss the point of eating a salad entirely. Your best bet? Keep it simple and fresh and order a Regular Meal with baby spinach, rocket, mixed greens or romaine lettuce as a base. Add any 6 additional ingredients – avoiding the fruits. Then add grilled chicken or tuna to finish. Give the hard boiled eggs, cold cuts and red meat a miss as they are too high in fat and sodium. Skip the dressing and you have a lean, mean salad. Once a week you could add avocado, cashews or goats cheese to keep it interesting but try not to do it on a regular basis.
AED 43-46. Richys, Ground Floor, HDS Tower, Cluster F, Jumeirah Lake Towers
Delivers to Jumeirah lake Towers, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Knowledge Village, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Tecom, The Greens, Dubai Marina, Springs and Meadows, Palm Jumeirah
800 RICHYS (742 497)
richys.ae

Just Salad
The California salad at Just Salad is a great lunch option. Coming in at 300 calories it boasts roasted chicken, romaine lettuce, avocado, egg whites, tomatoes and toasted almonds as it’s ingredients. Skip the dressing – even a low-fat balsamic vinaigrette is 60 calories.
AED 40. Just Salad, Indigo Tower, Cluster D, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Delivers to Media City, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
04 365 2222
justsalad.ae

77 Veggie Boutique
For the vegetarians out there this makes ordering a snap. The lentil soup comes in at 191 calories and the Baby Potatoes sautéed in fenugreek, pepper strips and aubergine dish at only 175 calories. The dishes are pretty carb heavy though so avoid the breaded and gluten-free pasta options and choose meals that are high in actual vegetable content. Smoothies and soups are packed with sugars or thickeners so should be avoided.
AED 22-47. 77 Veggie Boutique, Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, Lake level, Jumeirah Lake Towers
Delivers to Media City, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
04 422 4116
77veggie.com

1762 The Gourmet Deli Co.
Try the Cajun Chicken Breast Salad or the Poached Salmon Salad or look out for the daily salad specials.
AED 54-67 for a salad. Locations in Media City, DIFC and JAFZA
Delivery zones around those areas
800 1762
1762.ae

Comptoir 102
We find Comptoir 102 highly overpriced but at the same time the food is really fresh and so once in a way we might order from here. All their food is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free too and they have plenty of vegetarian options. The seaweed and avocado pesto is glorious, as is the sprout salad and chia seed pudding. The desserts are fabulous but save those for a cheat day on the weekend.
AED 85 for a small starter and small main. 102 Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1
Delivers to Jumeirah, Satwa, Umm Suqueim, DIFC and Downtown areas
04 385 4555
comptoir102.com

Saladicious
We adore the tuna tataki and salmon sashimi salads at Saladicious. They have a ton of great salads with seafood including a white fish ceviche salad, a prawn salad and some wonderful vegetarian salads too. These salads are lean enough to eat with the dressing.
Saladicious. Jumeirah Beach Road near the Jumeirah Mosque & JBR The Walk location
Delivers to Jumeirah, Satwa, Umm Suqueim, DIFC, Media City, JLT, JBR, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
800-SALAD (72523)
saladicious.com

Kauai
Ok so we’ll admit we walked into Kauai because we were drawn to the Hawaiian themed decor. We were surprised by the best Superfood Salad we’ve ever eaten in Dubai! The menu boasted a few other healthy options including a lamb and couscous cowl, two types of chicken salad and a salmon and beetroot salad. Try the Superfood Salad though – it’s delish!
Kauai. Unit B-09, Park Island, Dubai Marina
Delivers to Media City, JLT, JBR, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
800-KAUAI (52824)
kauai.ae

Freshii
Freshii brings the lighter side to eating options in DIFC and Healthcare City. You can add chicken, steak or shrimp to a quinoa or kale base and get a green wrap. Only the Metaboost and the Superbiotic are low cal though – the rest are loaded with cheese, beans and avocado so choose wisely. The bowls are also heavy with rice so stick with the salads and green wraps.
Freshii. #64 Al Razi Building, Dubai Health Care City & DIFC Gate Building, Unit TB1-28, Level TB1, Marble W
Delivers to Media City, JLT, JBR, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
Healthcare City: 04 421 3370, DIFC: 04 327 8083

freshii.com

Something hearty

KCal
If you’re calorie counting it can’t get easier than ordering from KCal. Go for the high-protein, low fat mains such as Mexican Chicken Broccoli which comes in at 37.1g of protein and 233 calories, or the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken which has 42.2g of protein and only has 286 calories. Avoid juices and soups which can be high in hidden sugars.
Mains at approx. AED 40. KCal, Unit 23, Lake Terrace Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, U.A.E
Delivers all over Dubai
600 595955
kcalhealthyfastfood.com

Nofara
Nofara launched about a year ago as a local cafe and deli with a regional twist. It recently revamped it’s menu to include a huge range of gluten-free options. Bear in mind that just because something is gluten-free does not necessarily mean it’s healthy. For a healthy breakfast get the 3 egg-white omelette with smoked salmon or the gluten-free grilled mushroom stack with baby spinach, caramelized red onion & cherry tomato topped with a poached organic egg. For lunch the healthiest option is the Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Sliders with mango salsa & baby greens.
Breakfast at AED 25-30, Mains at approx AED 50. Nofara Cafe, below Swiss Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster Y, Dubai
Delivers to Tecom, Media City, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
800 NOFARA (800 663 272)
nofaracafe.com

Fuschia
If you’re craving a thai curry give Fuschia in Tecom a call. Their food is light, delicious and authentic too. With a bowl of husked brown rice on the side the food is wholesome and satisfying without leaving you feeling heavy or as though you’ve overindulged. Try the long green beans too – they’re amazing.
AED 70 minimum order. Fuschia, Two Towers (Carrefour Bldg.), Al Khareef Road, Tecom
Delivers to Tecom, Media City, JLT, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Lakes, The Greens
04 440 9300 ext:887

24h.ae/fuchsia

Ultra Brasserie

While the Downtown branch has been around for awhile, Ultra just opened a new branch in Dubai Marina. We love the baked omelette with vegetables for breakfast, the grilled prawn sliders and the grilled sesame salmon fillet with asian greens and mango salsa.
AED 44-86 for a starter or main. Ultra Brasserie, Emaar Square Downtown or Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina next to Marina Mall and Pier 7
Delivery areas being added – call them for details
04 420 4572
ultra.ae

As for some popular cuisines…if you do find yourself having to order from a restaurant that serves Lebanese, Indian or Italian food here’s how to choose wisely.

Lebanese food
Order a lentil soup, grilled chicken or fish, artichoke heart salad, moutabel or rocca salad. Skip the bread basket, dishes of the day, dips, rice dishes, saucy dishes, fried items, cheeses, hummus and red meats. A few of our favourite Lebanese places to order from are Mashawi (The Greens), Automatic (Jumeirah Beach Road) and Reem Al Bawadi in Umm Suqueim.

Indian food
Go for grilled ‘tandoori’ kebabs, yellow dal and green salad if you’re eating North Indian food – avoid black dal, fried dishes, curries, naans and biryani. South Indian food is a lot lighter – choose appams with fish stew, vegetarian uttampams and idli’s with sambar. We have a soft spot for 25 degrees North (Tecom), Aryaas and Woodland restaurants (Karama) and Gazebo (Media City).

Italian food
Choose wholegrain pasta ‘primavera’ with plenty of vegetables and in a light tomato sauce or a ‘frutti di mare’ seafood affair. Avoid heavy meat sauces, white sauces and skip the cheese toppings. And make sure to portion control – eat no more than a portion the size of your two hands cupped together. Minestrone soup is also a good option with a piece of bread or fish or beef carpaccio served on a bed of leaves. We prefer to eat Italian food at restaurants rather than having it delivered – so if you’re after a pasta lunch take some time out to savour it sitting down at a nice table. We love Bice (Dubai Marina), Rosso’s (JBR), Bussola ( Westin, Dubai Marina) and Frankie’s (Al Fattan Towers, JBR).

9 Comments on Where We Order Healthy Food Delivery From

  1. J C
    January 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Good stuff, favoriting this page!

    Reply
    • Diya Ajit
      February 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Merci Jad!

      Reply
  2. Aya Bayari
    March 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Diya! I was just wondering why to skip the hummus? I always opt for hummos over mutabbal when it comes to ordering lebanese, and curious to know what cons hummos has?

    Reply
  3. Diya Ajit
    March 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Aya! Hummus is actually a really great dish but it’s much higher in fat than mouttabal. We like to eat a lot so we tend to order mouttabal as we can eat more of it while still being in balance than hummus which you only ought to eat about 2-3 tablespoons of as a serving (not the whole bowl they bring you!). Honestly though – eat the things you love, just in moderation. Thanks for reading x

    Reply
  4. Amina
    March 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

    From those choices the Circle No Bun Burger intrigues me the most. By the way, the link in your site is not working. Is this the same Circle Café that you were talking about? http://www.circle-cafe.com/

    Reply
    • Diya Ajit
      March 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Amina – yes you’re right, we noticed some of the links were broken – all fixed now! Thanks for pointing it out 🙂 And yes Adeline – Circle is covered in this article. Their gluten free bagels are great!

      Reply
  5. shaz
    March 17, 2016 at 3:01 am (2 years ago)

    I go to Dubai next week for work and dreading where to eat for lunch as I’m working in knowledge village. any places around there? thanks for this post though!

    Reply
  6. Chef Patrick
    March 29, 2016 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Diya.

    Have you visited The Cycle Bistro?

    We are Gluten, Dairy and Sugar FREE!

    Come in ask for Chef Patrick or Sam.

    Reply

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