Diya’s Guide To Where & How To Eat Gluten-Free In Dubai

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This is not an easy-reading article. This is a huge and comprehensive breakdown of as much gluten-free information as I have on Dubai from having been born and raised here (that’s over 30 years in this city, mind you) and is intended as a single-page resource that you can bookmark and come back to again and again. The first part of this article contains general tips and guidelines, while further down the page you will find listings and recommendations for restaurants serving Asian, South American, Indian, Arabic, Moroccan, Iranian, Italian, French, Greek and Continental cuisine as well as burger joints, pizzerias, steakhouses, afternoon tea options, brunches, seafood places, cafes, bakeries, gluten free meal delivery programs, supermarkets and markets. Phew.

I was diagnosed ten years ago and have been gluten-free ever since. I’m tired of hearing complaints that there’s not much choice in terms of gluten-free eating out in Dubai. Honestly, whether you are gluten-intolerant, have coeliac disease or have embarked on a gluten-free diet for health or weight-loss concerns there are always things you can eat on most menus at restaurants in Dubai. Hopefully this article will help demonstrate that. A lot of people don’t know what ‘gluten’ even is – it’s a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that causes a host of issues for those who are sensitive to it. You can still eat rice, corn, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and pretty much most other things so it isn’t as bad as it sounds if you read labels, ask questions and focus on what you can eat rather than what you can’t.

*Note: I strongly believe that if you aren’t tested positive for coeliac disease or intolerance you should not be cutting gluten out of your diet. Get a blood test done at the Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre before you start cutting out whole food groups. It’s not cool or trendy to deprive yourself.

Tips For Eating Gluten-Free

Tip No.1:
Carry a set of Gluten Free Restaurant cards. These have an explanation of what the condition is in an easy-to-understand way and in many different languages – so you can be sure you are never misunderstood. Even when you travel. You can download for free and print off Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam and Tagalog ones to keep in your wallet from this site.

Tip No.2:
Even at the most gluten-free-unfriendly dining joints you can find a green salad. Yes it’s boring for sure – but you can be sure you’ll rarely find yourself in a situation where you can’t find anything to eat. If there are more exciting salads on the menu, even better – just skip the croutons and dressing.

Tip No.3:
Grilled foods are an easy way to avoid making scenes in fancy restaurants (yes I’m that person). Always make sure grilled fish and chicken dishes weren’t marinated in a sauce that may have gluten in it – and that they don’t come served with a gluten-ous sauce or crumbed.

Tip No.4:
Always ask the waiter to check with the chef and to make recommendations on what’s gluten-free on their menus. You’ll find most chefs will come out to meet you personally and if you’re lucky, they’ll even prepare you something special that’s not on the menu.

Tip No.5:
Japanese food is an easy gluten-free lunch option – but only choose sashimi and rice-free hand-rolls. Skip the soy sauce which contains wheat as a thickening agent, crab sticks which are formed with wheat and all rolls with rice – which use rice wine vinegar (which has gluten in it!) and can be cross-contaminated with soy sauce. I carry my own Tamari gluten-free soy sauce in my handbag which you can pick up at Waitrose, Organic Café or Choitram’s. Obviously, steer clear of the tempura-battered items, dumplings and saucy dishes such as Katsu curry, Teppanyaki and Yakitori.

Tip No.6:
Familiarize yourself with naturally gluten-free dishes from different cuisines so you’ll never be stuck not knowing what to choose. Risotto at Italian restaurants, biryani, dal and tandoori dishes at Indian restaurants, shish tawook and hummus at Lebanese Restaurants and coconut-milk-based curries and rice noodle dishes at Asian restaurants.

Tip No.7:
Carry gluten-free snacks in your handbag at all times. So if you ever do find yourself in a situation where you can’t find anything gluten-free to eat – you’re sorted. I like to carry nuts, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Green Superfoods Bars (that you can find at all SuperCare Pharmacies), dried fruit and baby food. Yes, baby food. Learn to read labels thoroughly though – you’d be amazed at the amount of sugar, fat and sodium that’s actually in pre-packaged ‘health’ foods.

Tip No.8:
Get familiar with ordering the following desserts: crème brulee, sorbet and fruit plates. You’ll find those on offer at a lot of places and you won’t look like the bore who isn’t having any cake.

Tip No.9:
Get used to people feeling sorry for you. People don’t seem to understand that you aren’t deprived and that you actually feel good when you don’t eat gluten. Show them it ain’t so bad by ordering a risotto with a side of mashed potatoes and topped with dollops of butter…chase it down with a gargantuan cut of steak and don’t share your crème brulee afterwards (just kidding, not kidding).

So armed with that information off you go!

Restaurants with Gluten-Free Items On The Menu

If you’d rather not do so much thinking and research and would prefer to eat at places that specifically list gluten-free items on their menus, we’ve rounded them up for you below. Keep checking back on our Directory and bookmark this page as we will be updating it on a regular basis.

*Note: Menus often change as do the kitchen set-ups in restaurants. Always be sure to make your allergy known to the wait staff, have your gluten-free restaurant cards handy and read menus carefully before ordering anything from this list.

ASIAN

Wagamama
The Yasai Chai Han is gluten-free, as are the regular salted edamame beans. Wagamama also offers to customize their salads or a simple seafood dish to be gluten-free on request.
Al Fattan Tower JBR, Crowne Plaza Hotel & The Greens Community Centre
wagamama.ae

Lemongrass
Tom Yam soup, a green curry and some steamed rice and you’re set. Make sure not to order anything with oyster sauce in it.
Near Lamcy Plaza, near Ibn Battuta Mall
lemongrassrestaurants.com

Sushi Art
The sea bream tartare, edamame, seaweed salad, sashimi, rice-free hand rolls are all great options.
DIFC, The Beach JBR
800 220
sushiart.ae

Bentoya
Try the grilled fish or chicken and the sashimi dishes.
Al Kawakeb Building Sheikh Zayed Road, Garhoud Views Building, Jebel Ali Free Zone
bentoya.info

Sushi Counter
We love the seaweed salad, rice-free hand-rolls and sashimi.
Mercato Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, The Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai World Trade, Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City, Motor City
800 2686837
sushicounter.com

Hakkasan
Hakkasan has a full gluten-free menu and while it’s pricey (it is Michelin-starred after all) it’s worth it for the food, beautiful ambience and excellent service. As for what to eat? This is a rare opportunity to be able to eat fried food. I get the golden fried soft shell crab with red chilli and curry leaf to start and then the luscious spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond dish as a main course. Nomz.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
04 384 8484
hakkasan.com

Ping Pong
Plenty of clearly marked GF dishes here. Try the edamame with celery salt, sweet pickled carrot and mooli, jumbo shrimps and citrus salad, crispy aubergine with spicy mango sauce, fried crispy asparagus with sichuan pepper, steamed broccoli with celery salt and steamed Shanghai pak choi.
The Dubai Mall
04 339 9088
pingpongdimsum.ae

Miyabi Sushi
Go for the Shabu Shabu, sashimi, or donburi (make sure it’s plain rice and not sushi rice). Don’t forget to take your Tamari sauce along!
Business Central Towers Media City, next to Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
miyabisushidubai.com

Zuma
Zuma has an entire gluten-free menu that does not require any pre-booking and has a wide selection of Zuma’s popular dishes. Choose edamame, Miso soup (made with GF soy sauce), GF chicken wings (oh boy, oh boy, oh boy), steak and sorbet to finish. Perfection.
Zuma, Gate Village 06, DIFC
04 425 5660
zumarestaurant.com

Okku
Salmon and snapper carpaccio, edamame, mackerel tataki, lobster salad, sashimi salad, scallop ceviche…there’s a lot to choose from at Okku. Make sure to inform the wait staff that your food should be prepared carefully to avoid cross-contamination with gluten.
Okku, 1st Floor, The H Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 501 8777
okku.com

Toko
Try the chef’s Sashimi Omakase Platter, or choose small plates such as the Okaki Maguro (a tuna dish), Dengku Nasu (sweet eggplant miso dish) and salmon tartare. Make sure to save some of your appetite for the King Crab salad, the grilled avocado dish and the miso cod as well as the fruit plate for dessert.
Toko, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (near Burj Khalifa)
04 442 8383
toko-dubai.com

Tomo
Choose from Wagyu Shabu Shabu, grilled salmon, sashimi, pork and egg donburi, fatty tuna salad and much more. Take your gluten-free restaurant card along to be sure that the wait staff understand that you are gluten-intolerant.
Tomo, Raffles Hotel, Wafi City, Umm Hurair
04 357 7888
tomo.ae

Nobu
Yellowtail sashimi, miso cod, wagyu beef tataki, quinoa and lobster ceviche, sashimi-style scallops…can you tell I’m a fan? Don’t forget to triple check that they haven’t made any changes and that the staff know you can’t eat gluten.
Nobu, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
04 426 0760
noburestaurants.com

Siddhartha Lounge by Buddha Bar
Order a selection of small plates of artisanal cheeses, grilled artichoke and eggplant, a spicy crab and papaya salad, various carpaccio, caprese salad, octopus ‘gallegan’ style or go for the lamb chops with cumin yoghurt sauce as a main.
Siddharta Lounge, Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh road, Dubai Marina
04 317 6000
siddhartalounge.com

Asia Asia
Go for the sashimi, charcoal grilled green asparagus, edamame, beetroot hummus and the persian style black cod are all good.
Asia Asia, 6th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
04 276 5900
asia-asia.com

Thiptara
I like to take guests visiting Dubai to Thiptara. When the weather’s good it’s lovely to sit out on the terrace and watch the fountains. It’s also a good spot for a romantic date. I stick with the Pla Talay Nueng Manow: Steamed Sea Bream with Thai herbs, garlic, lime and chilli dressing.
Thiptara, Ground Level, The Palace Downtown Dubai
04 428 7888
theaddress.com

P.F. Chang’s
P.F Chang’s is the only Chinese restaurant in town with a full gluten-free menu for coeliacs with gluten-free versions of their signature dishes such as the Mongolian beef and the chicken lettuce wraps.
Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, The Dubai Mall
pfchangs.com

Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot
We are properly addicted to sitting down at a hot pot table and boiling our own selection of tofu, meats, bok choy, chinese lettuce and mushrooms in the clear broth. Easy, social, delicious – it’s a unique dining experience. Bring friends and your own Tamari sauce.
Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot, opposite Le Meridien Hotel, JBR
04 4214650
zomato.com/dubai/xiao-wei-yang-hotpot-jumeirah-beach-residence

Pyongyang Okryu-gwan North Korean
Korean food is notoriously difficult to deal with if you are GF. Don’t bother trying to explain your allergy here. Order the ‘bin dae dduk'(ground mung beans, green onions and kimchi). You can eat kimchi and plain rice. And for Korean BBQ you’re good to go with non-marinated meats or samgyeopsal. Most of the barbecue sides are vegetable based and gluten-free, but avoid the thick sauces and soy sauce. My favourite dish is Bibimbap – which is a simple yet popular Korean dish. It consists of steamed rice, veggies, and sometimes meat. It’s a great gluten-free choice and you can order it cold or hot (dolsot). Top the dolsot with a fried egg and it’s just delish!
Pyongyang Okryu Gwan, Ground Floor, Business Village, Deira City Centre Area
04 2981589
zomato.com/dubai/pyongyang-okryu-gwan-deira-city-centre-area

Royal China
The gluten free Mushroom and Asparagus dish is cooked with absolutely no oil at all so it’s healthy as well as GF. for mains go for the Cheung feung – steamed rice noodle rolls with chicken and prawn and served with tasty asparagus.
Royal China, Level 2, Building 4, next to Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC
04 354 5543
royalchinadubai.com

Fuschia
The healthiest Thai you can get on speed dial, Fuschia is one of my favourites. Get a papaya salad or a chicken minced salad, a clear seafood soup, a rice noodle Pad Thai and a sticky rice with mango to end. Make sure to let the staff know you are GF and not to add soy sauce to any of your food and to prepare it carefully.
Fuschia, Two Towers, Al Khareef Road, TECOM
04 361 7117
zomato.com/dubai/fuchsia-tecom

Pai Thai
They have a separate GF menu and will even bring you GF rice crackers instead of prawn crackers. Ask for GF versions of their pomelo salad, green curry and chicken satay.
Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
04 366 5866
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/restaurants–bars/pai-thai

Toshi
Toshi is a hidden gem in Tecom with a gigantic fresh seafood and sushi buffet on every Tuesday. Knock yourself out by ordering from their live cooking stations where you can choose your fish or shellfish and have it cooked from scratch the way you like it. Gorge on sashimi and various salads and finish up with bowls of exotic fruit.
Toshi, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 429 9999
zomato.com/dubai/toshi-grand-millennium-dubai-tecom

Koreana
Koreana serves up some pretty ‘interesting’ Korean dishes but keep it simple and get a hot pot that you can add your own raw ingredients too and make a fresh, satisfying soup for yourself and your friends.
Koreana, Ground Floor, Barsha Palace Building (beside Al Zahra Hospital), Al Barsha 1
04 392 9918
zomato.com/dubai/koreana-barsha-1

Mannaland
There’s nothing more fun that cooking your own food with a group of friends. Choose non-marinated meats and fish and cook your own Korean BBQ while sitting cross-legged on the floor!
Manna Land, Mina Road, Satwa
04 345 1300, 04 345 3200
mannalandkorean.com

Mekong Viatenamese
The Som Tam Mala Kor is a grilled chicken and papaya salad dish that is equally light as it is tasty. My favourite thing is the caramel palm sugar and pandan crème brûlée served with coconut ice-cream though.
Mekong, Anantara Resort, The Palm Dubai
04 567 8888
dubai-palm.anantara.com/mekong

SOUTH AMERICAN

Toro Toro
The staff at Toro Toro go out of their way to ensure you have plenty of gluten-free things to eat from their a la carte menu as well as their brunch. They even brought out a gluten-free chocolate birthday cake for me that’s amongst the best I’ve ever had.
Toro Toro, Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh road, Dubai Marina
04 317 6000
torotoro-dubai.com

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge
Maya is a great place to unwind with friends – especially in the cooler months. I’m a fan of the ceviche, tomato salad, and arugula salad and the ‘granada’ and ‘spicy crab’ guacamole are drool-worthy.
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh road
04 316 5550
maya-dubai.com

Izel
Serving up Brazilian, Argentinian, Peruvian, Chilean and Mexican food, Izel is fine latin fare indeed. The Pulpo Al Olivo, Churrascaria and ceviches are world-class. Make sure to let them know you are GF.
Izel, Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 444 7111
zomato.com/dubai/izel-conrad-hotel-trade-centre-area

Asado
Asado will provide gluten-free bread if you request it. The staff are very helpful too if you have special dietary requirements. Their Provoleta Esado (grilled cheese) starter is just gorgeous. For your main have their perfectly cooked sirloin steak.
Asado, Ground Level, The Palace Downtown Dubai
04 888 3444
theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-palace-downtown-dubai/dining/asado.aspx

La Parrilla
Gluten-free items are available on request so ring them ahead of your visit. For a starter the manchego cheese with honey and stuffed peppers with avocado and cheese are stunning. You kinda gotta have a steak here – though skip the regular chips that come with it – they will prepare your GF chips separately for you to avoid cross-contamination.
La Parrilla, 25th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim
04 366 5866
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-beach-hotel/restaurants/la-parrilla

Al Hambra
Gluten-free bread basket is available on request when you arrive so you can dip into tapas such as patatas bravas, beef cheeks, serrano ham and tapas style garlic prawns. The staff are very attentive to GF diners and will even ensure that the food is cooked in separate oil. The seafood paella is divine for a main.
Al Hambra, Ground floor, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
04 366 5866
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/restaurants–bars/al-hambra

Tortuga
They’ll provide gluten-free items on request but Tortuga’s ceviche and fish dishes are gluten-free.
Tortuga, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
04 366 5866
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/restaurants–bars/tortuga

Boteko Brasil
Try the traditional Brazilian pao de queijo (cheese breads), which are made with gluten-free cassava flour. The pao de queijo pizzas are also made with a cassava flour base and you can try different toppings such as catupiry, Margherita style and carne seca.
Dubai Ladies Club Jumeirah 2, Fishing Harbour 1 Jumeira 1
600 56 2227
botekobrasil.com

Maria Bonita Taco Shop
Their corn-based tortilla dishes are all gluten-free – as are the guacamole and taquitos.
Maria Bonita Taco Shop, Umm Al Sheif Street,Umm Suqeim
04 395 5576
mariabonitadubai.com

Fuego
Love the freshly whipped up guacamole, the Pozole Blanco clear soup with hominy (ground corn) and chicken, and the tuna ceviche in citrus juice with fresh fruit, plantain crisps and mint. Call the restaurant at least one hour in advance of your visit to let them know you are gluten free.
Fuego, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
04 449 0977
fuegodubai.com

Cafe Habana
The street-food style corn is charcoal-grilled and topped with salty cottage cheese – I’m all over it.
Café Habana, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
04 4222620
habana-dubai.com

Loca Bar & Restaurant
My favourite made-to-order guacamole and corn tortillas in Dubai! I’m also loyal to the Ceviche de Pescado (Kingfish or salmon in fresh lime and orange juice served with mango, papaya, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro), tostada salad, corn tortilla enchiladas, Pollo en Mole or the angus steak. Let the wait staff know to make sure your food doesn’t get contaminated in the kitchen.
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah 1
04 3461111
locauae.com

STEAKHOUSES

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Call 24 hours in advance to book from their gluten-free menu. Have a safe steak!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Lobby Level, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina
04 454 9538
ruthschris.ae

Outback Steakhouse
American chains do well with having allergen-aware menus. Request no dressing with your Seared ahi tuna and try the grilled shrimp. All their salad dressings are GF other than the mustard vinaigrette. Everything is clearly marked and advises you to avoid the ‘Aussie crunch’, croutons and crispy chicken. You can’t eat the classics such as the ‘Blooming’ Onion, the fries or the burgers but that’s not new news.
Outback Steakhouse, Level 2 (near Hamleys), Dubai Mall
04 339 8486
outback.com

Rivington Grill
The head chef at Rivington Grill at Souq Al Bahar eats gluten-free himself, so it’s no surprise that this is a very gluten-free friendly restaurant. They have amongst the best gluten-free bread that you don’t need to pre-order, the steak tartare is amazing and for the main I like to have the Dover Sole.
Rivington Grill, Level 3, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
04 423 0903
rivingtongrill.co.uk

The Ivy Dubai
Gluten-free (and dairy-free options) are available upon request so call in advance – but the GF bread is always available.
The Ivy, Ground Level, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 319 8088
theivy.ae

The Meat Co.
Any steak you like. Obviously. Keep the sides simple and ensure that they prepare your side dishes in an area free of contamination.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Souk Al Bahar Downtown Dubai
themeatco.com

Observatory
The Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Rocket and pesto is perfect to share as a starter. Chase it down with a steak with lamb jus and a side of thick fries. Be sure to inform them that you are GF.
Observatory, Level 52, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina
04 319 4000
observatory.dubaimarriottharbourhotel.com

West 14th
They have a proper BBQ so take advantage of the grilling action and get your steak with sides of grilled tomatoes and potatoes.
West14th, Steakhouse, Oceana Beach Club, The Palm
west14th.ae

Prime 68
This swish all-white joint in the JW Marriott Marquis serves up gourmet burgers and jazz. Keep it simple with steak and a side of organic vegetables and soak in the beautiful ambience.
Prime 68, Level 68, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
04 414 3000
jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com/dining/prime68

BURGERS

The Counter
The best burger bowl in Dubai hands down! Get your burger as rare as they’ll make ’em, load on the lettuce leaves and veggies and top with cheese. Mmmmm.
The Counter, Unit 1402, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
052 640 8814
thecounterburger.com/Dubai-UAE

Burger 360
Burger 360 is a “Boutique Burger Bar” that allows you to customize your burgers. Try the classic New Yorker and order it in a bowl without the bun.
Burger 360, Marina Tower, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina
04 4514545
burger360.com

Elevation Burger
Have you checked out Elevation Burger’S Gluten-free, organic, grass-fed, free-range lettuce wrapped burgers? Go. Now.
Latifa Tower (Trade Center Area), The Dubai Mall, Umm Suqeim, Al Ghurair Centre
elevationburger.com/locations

Burgerfuel
Ok so the original BurgerFuel in New Zealand offers gluten free buns but these haven’t hit our shores yet. However, it’s worth going for the Spud and Kumara fries alone. Naughty. But nice.
The Dubai Mall, The Walk JBR, Mirdif City Centre, Mall of Emirates, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Al Barsha Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah Park Pavilion
uae.burgerfuel.com

Max Burgers
Sweden’s most famous burgers do have gluten-free and healthy options on their menu – unusual for a burger joint!
Jumeirah Beach Road, Mirdif City Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Ghurair Centre, Deira City Centre
maxarabia.com

PIZZA

Russo’s New York Pizzeria
I’ll admit it’s tough to find a good gluten-free pizza. So I was overjoyed to discover Russo’s. They have a thin-crust 28′ gluten-free pizza which you can split across several different toppings if you like – hurrah!
Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah 1
04 385 6549
zomato.com/dubai/russos-new-york-pizzeria-jumeirah-1

NKD Pizza
I have to say that I’m not a fan of NKD’s gluten-free crust. It’s pretty…crusty. And dry. They do use great ingredients and support local agriculture such as Greenheart Farms though so I’m happy to support them (and I do by regularly ordering from them).
Al Barsha, Mirdiff, Downtown Dubai, Dubailand, Dubai Marina
nkdpizza.com

Rhonda Locatelli Italian Restaurant
You won’t regret calling in advance for a GF pasta and pizza affair at Rhonda Locatelli. By far my favourite place to eat out gluten-free in Dubai – this is worth the splurge. Your pizza may even be better than your friends’ non-gluten-free one. I also highly rate them for gluten-free pasta dishes and desserts – my favourite Italian restaurant in Dubai for this reason.
Rhonda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm, The Avenues, Palm Jumeirah
04 426 2626
atlantisthepalm.com/restaurants/barsandrestaurants/rondalocatelli.aspx

800 Pizza
800 Pizza is probably the best gluten-free pizza delivery you can get in Dubai. It’s a cute place to dine too – with tiny tables dressed in checkered cloth that spill out onto the street.
Dubai Marina Walk, Al Barsha, Motorcity, Downtown Dubai, Ibn Battuta Mall, Arabian Center, The Villa
800pizza.com

CAFES & CASUAL DINING

Balance Café
Balance Cafe is one of the healthiest places to eat in town. With a range of gluten-free salads, mains and a dessert – all broken down in terms of nutrients and calories so you know what you’re getting – this is one of my top picks for lunch at the weekend. I like the vegetarian risotto and the baked yoghurt dessert.
Balance Cafe, Sheikh Zayed Road, Betweeen 2nd & 3rd Interchange
04 515 2051
balance-wellness-centre.com

Omnia Gourmet
Omnia specializes in gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, raw, organic and locally sourced foods.
I’ve never seen so many gluten-free dessert options in one place before! Go wild! you can eat pretty much anything on the menu and there’s plenty of choice. For the first time in a long time I could actually choose what I eat rather than only having one or two options. The mains are all good but I leave lots of space for dessert – I’m a fan of the Paleo Love (chocolate, cashew and pistachio slice with pecan crust), chocolate and coconut budino and chocolate and raspberry brownie.
Omnia Gourmet, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
04 343 7181
omniagourmet.co/en

Comptoir 102
This is amongst the freshest places you can eat in Dubai. Everything tastes wholesome and the dishes are simple – though in very small portions! Gluten-free millet tabbouleh, buckwheat pancakes, eggs, smoked salmon and avocado, delicious homemade dips and beetroot soup, and a selection of gluten-free desserts. Yum!
Comptoir 102, 102 Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1
04 385 4555
comptoir102.com

BeStro
Ok where do I begin. I absolutely love the raw vegan dishes at BeStro. I try to go as often as possible and have eaten many items from their menu. My favourites are the zucchini ‘noodles’, the lasagna and their desserts.
BeStro, Inside Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall
04 339 9933
facebook.com/BeStroUAE

Jones The Grocer
Their gluten-free bread is a bit dense but very welcome with an eggs breakfast. I like their salads too and they’ve recently introduced an amazing poached chicken and burrata salad that is pure joy to eat.
Jones The Grocer, Indigo Central 8 – Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Times Square
04 346 6886
jonesthegrocer.com

Tom & Serg
When they took their Gado off the menu I nearly cried. This amazing egg, quinoa and eggplant mashup is a serious favourite. They also do a good superfood salad, something called The Baghdad Scramble and Crispy Salmon Skin served over a bed of “broccoli couscous” which the waiter clarified is grated broccoli resembling couscous.
Tom & Serg, 15A Street, Al-Joud Center, Al Quoz
056 474 6812
tomandserg.com

Limetree Café
You can order gluten-free bread to go with your free-range eggs and they occasionally have a gluten-free chocolate cake. They do have some wheat-free dishes and cakes as well so if you’re intolerant but not coeliac you should be ok with these.
Jumeirah 1 next to Spinneys, Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road Opposite Gold & Diamond Park
04 325 6325 Ext 101
thelimetreecafe.com

Wanna Banana
Ok we’re obsessed. Blended frozen bananas with any topping you like? Sign me up. I like mine with nutella (I bring my own) or peanut butter.
Wanna Banana, Kite Beach
wannabananasnack.com

Clinton Street Baking Company
You can order the eggs breakfasts but let them know you are GF and ask them to not prepare it with their signature buttermilk biscuits or sourdough toast. You can also eat the kale, quinoa and chicken salad (with no dressing), or the steak-n-eggs (without the chimichurri sauce).
Clinton Street Bakery, Ground Floor, Burj Views
04 428 1331
clintonstreetbaking.ae

Eataly
Mozarella and fresh tomatoes, the burrata, beef bresaola, and all their salads (without any dressings), carpaccios and steaks. Alternatively you could buy a massive vat of Nutella and just have that.
Eataly, Dubai Mall
04 330 8899
eataly.com

Fraiche Café & Bistro
Strawberry & Goats Cheese Salad, eggs, nicoise salad with tuna steak and the seafood risotto are my favourite picks from the menu.
Fraiche, Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
04 369 7821
fraiche.ae

Katsuya by Starck
A view of the fountains, very attentive wait staff who pay you particular attention if you are GF. Bring your tamari and stick with the usual suspects: sashimi, seaweed salad and edamame.
Katsuya by Starck, The Dubai Mall
04 3153633
katsuyarestaurant.com/dubai

Saladicious
I love simple, freshly prepared food. Skip the dressings and let the waiter know not to add soy sauce on anything and you can eat most of the salads.
Jumeirah 1 next to Spinneys and Jumeirah Beach Residence
04 423 0855
saladicious.com

Nofara
Nofara recently revamped their menu with an almost 50% split of gluten-free options. I often have the gluten-free breakfast stack (mushroom stacked with poached egg and tomato), the paleo banana pancakes, chicken sliders with mango salsa, and freshly baked gF cake when they make it.
Nofara, Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers
04 432 2023
nofaracafe.com

Bystro
Bystro has a gluten-free ‘weekly’ menu and serve up dishes such as pumpkin and parmesan soup, smoked trout, slow braised brisquet of beef, full English breakfasts, various salads and GF cake, torte, fudge, handmade chocolates, truffles and pralines. Heavenly to say the very least!
Bystro, Al Manara Road
bystrodubai.com

Sophie’s
Plenty of gluten-free items in their daily-fresh selection of lunch courses. Plus they make my favourite chocolate brownie – entirely from zucchini!
Sophie’s, Lower Ground Floor, Building 8, RIVA, The Shoreline Palm Jumeirah
04 451 5982
sophiesme.com

Cafe Nero
Gluten free muffins from Skinny Genie, GF marble cake and cookies are available.
Cafe Nero locations all over Dubai
caffenero.co.uk/uae

Costa Coffee
Gluten free muffins available here, to go with your ice-blended Americano.
Costa Coffee locations all over Dubai
costacoffee.ae

Paul’s Cafe
Freshly made macarons are always available and they have a nice product selection of gluten-free cookies.
The Greens, JBR The Walk, The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and various other locations all over Dubai
zomato.com/dubai/paul-bakery-restaurant-dubai-mall/menu

Fortnum & Mason
With 24 hours notice Fortnum & Mason will put on a full-fledged, generous GF afternoon tea for you where you can choose GF versions from their menu such as welsh rarebit, cupcakes and sandwiches. They also cater to dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan and diabetic diets.
Downtown Dubai, Between Dubai Mall and Address Down Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd
04 388 2627
fortnumandmason.com

The Cafe in the Address Hotel Dubai Marina Mall
The lobby cafe in the hotel puts on a GF afternoon tea as well! Who knew?
theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-address-dubai-marina/

Joe’s Cafe
A great view of the Dubai Mall fountains and a chance to rub shoulders with local Emirati’s, I like frequenting Joe’s for a carpaccio, some smoked salmon, or a cheeky risotto.
Joe’s Cafe, The Dubai Mall
04 434 1439
zomato.com/dubai/joes-cafe-dubai-mall

Laduree
Macaroons. How I love thee.
At various locations all over Dubai
laduree.com

Leopold’s of London
I can often be found sitting outside sipping one of the tea’s from Leopold’s gigantic selection. They also do some really fresh food and juice. I’m partial to the quinoa salad, smoked chicken salad, the pistachio and rose meringues and the almond and salted caramel meringues.
Leopold’s of London, JBR The Walk
leopoldsoflondon.com

Reform Social & Grill
Order the smoked chicken, avocado and blue cheese salad (ask for it without croutons), the duck, fennel and orange salad or the smoked salmon and pea salad. We’ve reviewed the healthiest options at Reform here.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Club, The Lakes
04 375 0324
reformsocialgrill.ae

Bateel Café
I often go to Bateel just to get a coffee and get my hands on their gorgeous stuffed dates. They do lovely gluten-free pasta and risotto and I’m a huge fan of the chicken and avocado salad (with no dressing).
Dubai Marina Walk, Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Media City, Mirdiff City Center, DIFC
bateel.com

Social House
They aren’t very knowledgeable nor helpful to gluten-free diners, nor do they have a gluten-free menu nor are able to help you choose what to eat. So it’s best to play it safe and stick with sashimi, tom yam soup, or a salad with no dressing.
Social House, Dubai Mall
04 339 8640
socialhousedubai.com

Circle Café
Circle Cafe has a host of gluten-free options including a GF sourdough version of their well-known bagels, vegetable crudites with vegan GF dips, a ‘no-bun’ burger, a mixed berry quinoa jar, quinoa and pumpkin salad, Thai green curry and even an Eton mess.
Jumeirah Beach Park Plaza, Dubai Health Care City, Dubai Media City
800 CIRCLE
circle-cafe.com

Urban Bistro
Urban does a great ‘no bun’ burger, have gluten free porridge, as well as some delicious and unique egg options for breakfast such as the eggs baked in avocado. Their bistro menu has clearly marked GF items such as the beetroot spinach salad, Thai chicken curry, corn-fed chicken and organic salmon and tuna.
Building # 2, Dubai Media City
04 362 4330
urbanbistro.ae

Pascal Tepper
Pascal Tepper’s salad bar makes lunch a snap as you can build your own with an array of fresh and inventive ingredients. Their macaroons are pretty good too.
Pascal Tepper, Dubai Media City
04 454 2408
pascaltepperfrenchbakery.com

Kitsch Counter
The rebranded concept of Kitsch Cupcakes, it’s no surprise that this place has some nice GF options – including it’s famous gluten-free cupcakes. Paleo muffins, homemade nut butters and jams, a delicious kale salad, zucchini bread, gluten-free home-baked granola and chia seed pudding make up the rest of the line-up.
Kitsch Counter, Jumeirah Beach Road
04 395 6963
kitschconcept.com

Tasha’s
The queue to get in to Tasha’s is longer than a nightclub’s but it’s well worth the wait for a bowl of gluten- and wheat-free linseed, sunflower seed and almond porridge that is pure Instagram food porn with it’s sliced banana, chopped dates and almond toppings.
Tasha’s, Unit 24, The Galleria, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa
04 3855500
tashascafe.com

The Hamptons Cafe
Montauk Eggs are a gluten free ‘Eggs Benedict’ that I dream of at the weekend. The risotto is good, as is the spiced creme brulee.
The Hamptons Cafe, Jumeirah Road
04 331 7979
hamptonsdubai.com

The Archive
The menu changes frequently but you can often find at least one good breakfast option or salad at The Archive. Perfect, as it’s my favourite spot to sit around with a book in the park on a sunny day.
The Archive, Safa Park, Gate 5, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa
04 349 4033
thearchivedubai.tumblr.com

The Gluten Free Kitchen & Café
These are the same owners as Sweet Connection. Same same, different name.
Green Community, Mercato Mall, DIFC
theglutenfreekitchenandcafe.com

Heat Café
Friday morning calls for gluten-free pancakes and Heat is my favourite. They’ve got a bunch of healthy eats and when the weather’s good you can sit outside too.
Heat Cafe, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeium
04 338 8831
facebook.com/HEATCAFE

Pantry Café
The service at Pantry is pretty awful. But their shakshouka is delicious and worth the (usually) long wait times.
Pantry Cafe, corner of Safa Park
04 388 3868
pantrycafe.me

Ultra Brasserie
Their baked egg-white omelette with vegetables is my staple breakfast every Thursday. They also have some great salads such as their Superfood Salad and some nice grilled fish options too.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina locations
ultra.ae

BioOrganic Café
This is a cafe within the huge BioOrganic store that recently opened in Tecom. Serving certified organic whole foods, they have limited options but it’s easy to grab something from the deli if you’re on the go and want a quick lunch.
BioOrganic Cafe, inside BioOrganic Store, Tecom
04 4433535
biorganicstore.com

Organic Café & Foods
My old faithful. They’ll make you a GF pizza if you order in advance, but I like to just stroll in and see what’s cooking. Their lentil salad is pretty clean eating.
Sheikh Zayed Road, The village Mall Jumeirah 1 and The Greens locations
organicfoodsandcafe.com

More Café
Fresh fruit salad with yoghurt for breakfast (or eggs without the toast), quinoa salad (no dressing), seafood paella, and the daily fresh fish prepared grilled to your liking and without any sauces are easy choices at More Cafe.
Garhoud, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Gold & Diamond Park
morecafe.co

Yamanote Japanese Bakery
While the adorable Hello Kitty Totoro’s are inedible for us GF folk, they do keep some gluten-free items and it’s worth a trip just to visit and see all the unique treats on display.
Yamanote, Shop no.16, ALWasl Square Complex, Al Wasl Road
04 388 1811
yamanoteatelier.com

Rose Leaf Café
It’s really lovely to grab a cup of coffee and sit in the greenhouse at the Garden Centre. The Rose Leaf has a selection of Skinny Genie gluten-free muffins so you won’t go hungry.
Inside Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, 4th Interchange
04 340 0006
facebook.com/TheRoseleafCafe

Cycle Bistro
This is a paleo cafe but everything they make is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy and sugar free too. All the sauces, mayonnaise, pesto, dip and salad dressing is all made from scratch in-house. Sweet potato dosa? Check. Vegetable spaghetti? Check. Breakfast chicken with eggs and mango salsa? Check.
Cycle Bistro, Motor City
04 425 6555
thecyclebistro.com

Eggspectation
Eggspectation is a pretty GF friendly place – you can get a steak and eggs combo, an egg fritatta, grilled chicken with eggs and many other crazy egg combos.
Eggspectation, JBR The Beach complex
04 4307252
eggspectation.com

Lemon Bar
It’s hard to find clean food to eat at a mall! I like their quinoa tabbouleh, hummus and poached salmon. Ask if they can prepare you a salad without any vinaigrette.
Financial Centre Road, Dubai Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall
zomato.com/dubai/lemon-bar-dubai-mall

Taqado
My go-to lunchbox while at the beach. I get grilled chicken in a box with plenty of onion, tomato, guacamole and cheese. I’m unsure of what the beans are seasoned with so I give those a pass.
Mall of the Emirates, Tecom, Kite Beach, DIFC
taqado.com

The Pavilion
They’ll serve you gluten-free bread – but be warned it’s pretty tough to chew on and very, very dry. I prefer to get the brunch buffet option and help myself to fruit, cheese and eggs made fresh.
The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Down Town Dubai
04 447 7025
pavilion.ae

Mo’s
Mo’s is a new American cafe that’s opened up at City Walk. You can get a fresh mixed fruit, honey, berry and yoghurt platter, gluten-free toast is available to eat with your omelettes, the cobb salad is great, and I have a weakness for their peanut butter banana shake.
City Walk, Al Safa, Al Wasl Road Intersection, Jumeirah 1
04 344 3305
zomato.com/dubai/mos-al-safa

Baker and Spice
This café, which bakes its own artisanal breads and pastries fresh everyday, also offers gluten-free options of almond and orange tea cakes (made with corn flour) or chocolate fudge cake. There’s a host of GF mains and salads at the counter as well.
Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai locations
bakerandspiceme.com

CONTINENTAL & EUROPEAN

Fume
Edamame and some smoked chicken Caesar salad (with no croutons or dressing) are my usual go-to’s.
Fume, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
04 421 5669
fume-eatery.com

Teatro
I eat mostly sashimi here and the seafood tartare (without the pickles) is great too.
Teatro, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Rd
04 343 8000
rotana.com/towersrotana

Cielo’s
Endive salad (with no dressing), gazpacho, Spanish tortilla omelette and grilled asparagus and I’m good to go.
Dubai Creek Golf Resort, Port Saeed
04 295 6000
cielodubai.com

Beachcombers
This is my favourite spot for lunch while having a day at the beach. Overlooking the water and spilling out onto the sand, Beachcombers has the best gluten-free pasta in town and are generous with their portions.
Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeuim
04 406 8999
zomato.com/dubai/beachcombers-jumeirah-beach-hotel-umm-suqeim

101 Lounge
The BBQ octopus is to die for!
101 Lounge, West Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah
04 440 1010
zomato.com/dubai/101-dining-lounge-and-bar-one-only-the-palm-palm-jumeirah

Salmontini Le Resto
Salmon errrrything! Love the salads, carpaccios, smoked salmon and platters.
Salmontini Le Resto, Mall of Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 341 0222
salmontini.com

At.mosphere
The tuna belly here is a dream creation with cocoa nibs, pink peppercorn, chives and a side of crushed yukon potatoes,tomato, capers, spring onion veloute and pink peppercorns. A gluten-free indulgence if I ever saw one.
At.mosphere, 122nd floor, Burj Khalifa tower, Downtown Dubai
04 888 3444
atmosphereburjkhalifa.com

The Scene
Lancashire cheese and herb sausages – when you’re gluten intolerant you rarely get to eat a sausage as the meat ones are usually dusted down with flour. Enter this treat.
The Scene, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
04 422 2328
thescenedubai.com

Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
Call ahead and let them know you are gluten-free. The seared Chilean sea bass is wonderful, as is the beef carpaccio.
Caramel, Unit 1, Balcony Level 2 , Building 3, DIFC
04 425 6677
caramelgroup.com/caramel-restaurant-lounge-dubai

Casa de Tapas
This is a great Spanish restaurant with a signature paella and a melt-in-your-mouth baby lamb-shoulder. Call ahead and let them know you are GF.
Casa de Tapas, Dubai Creek Golf Club
04 295 6000
facebook.com/CasaDeTapasDubai

Gramercy Resto-Pub
Cobb Salad. That is all.
Gramercy Resto, Precinct building 3, Balcony level, DIFC
04 437 7511
thegramercybar.com

ARABIC

Qbara
I physically ache for the truffle labneh and crudités at Qbara.
Qbara, Opposite The Raffles Hotel
04 709 2500
qbara.ae

Reem Al Bawadi
I’ve been coming to Reem Al Bawadi since I was a teenager. I always get the mixed grill (ask them to not serve it on bread and with no bread on the side or the top), some hummus, vine leaves and some green salad.
At various locations around Dubai
reemalbawadi.com

Leila’s
It’s nice to sit outside at Leila’s and watch the passers-by. The marinated chickpeas, chanklish, mtabbal, hummus, foul and grilled meats are all reliably good Lebanese fare.
Leila’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
04 448 3384
facebook.com/leilarestaurants/info?tab=overview

Zaatar W Zeit
Ok so you can’t get cheesy bread like your friends can. But so what? You can get a grilled chicken salad or a quinoa tabbouleh. Ha!
At locations all around Dubai
zaatarwzeit.net

Mashawi
Mashawi is my ‘local’ in The Greens. I love sitting there in the evenings with a lemon and mint drink or turkish coffee and when I get hungry I order a large plate of mixed grills with hummus.
At location all around Dubai
mashawi.ae

Mom’s Food
I often order a large ruccola salad with a chicken shish tawook from Mom’s for lunch. Simple, generous portions, and clean.
Mom’s Food, Park Island
04 452 5225
zomato.com/dubai/moms-food-jumeirah-beach-residence/menu

SEAFOOD

Claw BBQ
Cobb salad with no dressing, grilled seafood with no sauces, and plenty of crab of course.
Claw BBQ, Souk Al Bahar Bridge
04 432 2300
clawbbq.com

Aprons & Hammers
Buckets of mussels please! With a salad on the side, this is perfection with a glass of white wine in hand.
JBR The Beach and Mina Seyahi locations
apronsandhammers.com

Barracuda
Choose from their tray of sides such as salads, hummus, mouttabel and fresh tomato sauces and pair with a grilled fish with no marinade.
Barracuda, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqueim
04 394 0408
barracudarestaurant.net

FRENCH

Friole
They’re attentive to GF diners and will prepare you a raw tartare gluten-free. Lovely eaten with a giant tray of vegetable crudites served on a bed of baked cauliflower ‘crumble’.
Friole, Madinat Jumeirah
04 366 8888
frioulbistrodeluxe.com

Iris
If you inform them in advance that you are GF they will ensure that you have options to choose from. I loved the burrata, bresaola, salmon tartare, and the seafood and risotto mains. I try to save space for crème brûlée at the end though.
Iris Dubai, The Oberoi Hotel, Downtown Dubai
irisdubai.com

La Serre
They always ask if any of the guests have allergies or intolerances – which is always appreciated! they don’t have gluten-free bread but will assist in choosing fish and meat dishes that are GF. The tuna carpaccio is wonderful.
La Serre, Vida Downtown Hotel, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
04 428 6969
laserre.ae

Angelina
Pineapple carpaccio, foie gras salad (with no dressing), burrata, grilled fish and macaroons. Bliss!
Angelina Tearoom, Dubai Mall
04 4429112
zomato.com/dubai/angelina-tearoom-dubai-mall

Tolosa Bodega
Pretty authentic French cuisine down town with snails, burrata, mussels, tartare and salads (with no dressing, thanks).
Tolosa Bodega, 3rd Floor, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
04 453 9220
tolosabodega.com

Pier Chic
Seafood at it’s finest! Call ahead to book and let them know that you are GF. This romantic venue pays attention to it’s GF customers and I was spoilt with scallops to start followed by Atlantic cod with mash and green beans. Be careful though as they love to add pickled relish to their plates so don’t touch the stuff – or have them re-plate your food for you.
Pier Chic, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
04 366 6730
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/restaurants–bars/pierchic/

Choix Patisserie & Restaurant
Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire’s ‘Pierre’s Salad’ is the star here, along with the beef tartare ‘choix’ and the burrata. Be sure to let the staff know that you are gluten-intolerant to avoid cross-contamination.
Choix, Dubai Festival City
04 701 1127
diningdfc.com/Restaurant-details/26/Choix-Patisserie

La Petite Maison
Best burrata in town. Hands down. Let them know you are GF and they’ll point out the dishes you can eat. I like their fish.
La Petite Maison, Gate No, 8, DIFC
04 439 0505
lpmdubai.ae

ITALIAN

Bussola
If you call ahead the indoor dining part of Bussola will make you gluten-free pasta dishes. You can also order the risotto a la carte of course. If you’re in the ‘pizzeria’ bit on the terrace, pretty much the only things you can eat are the cheese off the cheese platter and the mozarella and cherry tomato salad.
Bussola, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
04 399 4141
bussoladubai.com

Blue Flame
The menu has clearly marked GF items such as the burrata, beef carpaccio, waldorf salad and truffle risotto. The charcoal grilled meat or seafood platters are great to share too.
Blue Flame, Jumeirah Creek Side Hotel, Deira
04 230 8459
zomato.com/dubai/blue-flame-jumeirah-creekside-hotel-garhoud/menu

Carluccio’s
Carluccio’s has a separate gluten-free menu and will happily make you a big bowl of gluten-free pasta.
Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Center and Dubai Marina Mall
carluccios.com

Italianissimo
It’s hard to find a GF menu in a mall, but this restaurant goes the distance. Try the parmigiana, burrata, salads, GF pasta and risotto.
Italianissimo, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
04 344 3223
italianissimoristorante.com

Rosso
Their risotto is drool-worthy!
Rosso, Amwaj Rotana Hotel, JBR The Walk
04 428 3088
zomato.com/dubai/rosso-amwaj-rotana-jumeirah-beach-residence

Bice
They’ve got gluten-free pasta (usually a penne). Pair it with a simple pomodoro tomato sauce and finish with a sorbet afterwards.
Bice, Hilton Hotel, JBR The Walk
04 318 2520
zomato.com/dubai/bice-ristorante-hilton-dubai-jumeirah-resort-jumeirah-beach-residence

Sapori di Bice
Sapori will substitute things so that you can easily order gluten-free dishes from their menu. I’d save space for the pannacotta though.
Sapori di Bice, City Walk Avenue Mall, Al Safa Road
04 344 2550
saporidibice.com

Jamie’s Italian
Jamie Oliver’s new place looks after it’s GF customers – simply let the staff know when you arrive and they’ll readily suggest gluten-free pastas and sauces.
Jamie’s Italian, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
04 3808890
jamieoliver.com/italian/dubai

Al Fresco
The Italian restaurant can serve a choice of dishes made with gluten free pasta, including spaghetti pomodoro, spaghetti peperoncino, penne arrabbiata and paccheri pasta.
Al Fresco, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 331 1111
zomato.com/dubai/al-fresco-crowne-plaza-dubai-trade-centre-area

GREEK

Eat Greek
The grilled octopus served with a simple squeeze of lemon is to die for, as is their tzatziki yoghurt dip to be eaten with crudites.
Eat Greek, JBR The Beach
04 430 5249
eatgreekkouzina.com

INDIAN

Gazebo
Gazebo’s biryani’s are sumptuous and come served in a lovely clay pot. Try the boneless chicken biryani with some yoghurt- cucumber’raita’.
At various locations all over Dubai
gazebo.ae

Calicut Paragon
As a South Indian I have a huge weakness for crab curry. The Crab Thusar here is rich, coconut goodness in a nice big pot. Cheap too!
Karama and Al Nahda locations
paragonrestaurant.net

25 Degrees North
Indulge with the cottage-cheese dish ‘palak paneer’, some tandoori grilled meat, dal (lentils) and rice with some crunchy ‘popadoms’.
25 Degrees North, Damac Executive Heights, Ground Floor, Tecom
04 452 7779
25degreesnorth.com

Rang Mahal
Celebrity chef Atul Kocchar’s Rang Mahal is a beautiful restaurant that is extremely gluten-free friendly. The staff give you the background of the dish and it’s ingredients, the menu clearly marks out gluten-free dishes, and the food is fabulous. So many options, but I wouldn’t miss the tandoori items.
Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road
04 414 0000
zomato.com/dubai/rang-mahal-by-atul-kochhar-jw-marriott-marquis-dubai-business-bay

Woodlands
South Indian lentil-based eats such as medu vada, uttampam, dosas and idlis are all gluten-free. Eat your heart out with some sambar and chutney to go with them.
Woodlands, Karama
04 337 0253
zomato.com/dubai/woodlands-restaurant-al-karama

Aryaas
Aryaas does amazing dosas. Try the ghee paper masala dosa!
Aryaas, Karama
04 357 7800
zomato.com/dubai/aryaas-al-karama/menu

Zafran
Zafran can prepare dishes especially gluten-free just for you. We love the grilled paneer, dal makhani and grilled meats from the tandoor.
Marina Mall & Mirdif City Center
facebook.com/ZafranDubai

Memsaab
Some of celebrity chef Anil Kumar’s signature dishes include Lucknowi Lamb Kebab, Mutton Korma Badami and Giant Portobello Mushrooms grilled in the tandoor. They promise to prepare gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan dishes to suit diner’s dietary requirements with advance notice.
Memsaab, Cluster J, JLT
04 356 0000
zomato.com/dubai/memsaab-curry-tandoor-jumeirah-lake-towers

Ravi’s
If you’re intolerant but not coeliac you’ll survive Ravi’s without too much of an upset tummy. Stick with the grilled tandoori items, dal, rice and poppadoms and you won’t have to miss out on a true Dubai dining legend.
Ravi’s, Al Diyafah Road, Satwa
04 331 5353
zomato.com/dubai/ravi-restaurant-satwa

IRANIAN FOOD

Special Ostadi
this place is an institution down by the creek on the Bur Dubai side. Stick with grilled meats served on rice. You can’t go wrong.
Special Ostadi, Al Mankhool Road – Musallah road, Bur Dubai
04 397 1933
zomato.com/dubai/special-ostadi-restaurant-khalid-bin-al-waleed

Anar
Some Iranians claim the food here is touristy, but it’s just really good Iranian food if you ask me. Rice dishes, ghormeh sabzi and grills all the way.
Anar, Madinat Jumeirah
04 368 6505
zomato.com/dubai/anar-madinat-jumeirah/menu

Shabestan
This is a famous old place. You know what to order.
Shabestan, Radisson Blu Hotel, Baniyas Rd, Dubai Deira Creek
04 205 7333
zomato.com/dubai/shabestan-radisson-blu-hotel-dubai-deira-creek-baniyas/menu

Pars
This is a Dubai classic and has been around for over 30 years. It’s nice to sit out in the garden on the floor seating. Get grillin’!
Pars, Al Diyafah Street, Satwa
zomato.com/dubai/pars-mirdif/menu

Niloo’s
My Iranian boss only ever eats Iranian food from here. The ghormeh sabzi is delish, the rice buttery, and the grills succulent.
Niloo’s, Meadows village center, Emirates Hills
04 360 8880
niloos.com

MOROCCAN FOOD

Tagine
Tagine yes, cous-cous NO. Just remember that. Drink lots of mint tea to keep you busy while you refuse piles and piles of bread.
Tagine, Royal Mirage Hotel
04 399 9999
royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com/cuisine/thepalace/tagine.aspx

Al Maz By Momo
More tagine please.
Al Maz by Momo, Inside Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates
04 409 8877
momoresto.com

Moulay Youssef
Even more tagine, thanks.
Moulay Youssef, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqueim
04 3282285
moulayyoussef.ae

Kif Kif
Get a salad or grilled fish without their sauces and dressings. Not fun, I know. But the venue is adorable and it’s a popular haunt by the beach so you may find yourself there after a day at Kite Beach.
Kif Kif, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqueim, Opposite Kite Beach
052 9807732
zomato.com/dubai/kif-kif-umm-suqeim

BRUNCHES & AFTERNOON TEA

The Farm Al Barari
Buckwheat noodles, tofu scramble and gluten-free coconut waffles? Mmmmm.
Al Barari Villas, Emirates Road, Opposite Falcon City
04 392 5660
thefarmdubai.com

Burj Al Arab
The afternoon tea at Skyview Bar can cater to most dietary requirements. Gluten free sandwiches, scones and petit fours anyone?
It’s the Burj. I think you know where it is.
04 301 7777
jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab

*Note: All brunches held at 5-star hotels have gluten-free options and you can always go to the live seafood stations or sushi tables and choose what you can eat – call ahead to be sure.

BAKERIES

Skinny Genie
Muffins anyone? These are a calorie bomb but boy are they delicious. I love the ones filled with gooey chocolate or banana.
Skinny Genie, Warehouse No 9, Close to Noor Islamic Bank Metro station. Also available at Cafe Nero, Rose Leaf Cafe and various other cafes around Dubai.
800 754669
skinny-genie.com

Milk & Honey
If you’ve got a thing for cupcakes, Milk&Honey’s ain’t too shabby. They have a minimum of AED 100 to order them gluten-free, but they’re very pretty and perfect if you’re throwing an afternoon tea party at home or in the office.
Milk & Honey, The Palm
04 4328686
milkandhoney.ae

Sweet Connection
Sweet Connection is Dubai first and only fully gluten-free offering. They have a gigantic selection of baked goods, the best gluten-free cakes, the only gluten-free croissants in town and their lasagna is to die for.
Sweet Connection, Jumeirah Beach Road
050 876 3351
sweetconnectiondubai.com

Kitsch Cupcakes
If you’re a sucker for cupcakes, head to Kitsch, which stocks a gluten-free recipe made with white chocolate and caramel.
Jumeirah Beach Road and DIFC
kitschconcept.com

Sugaholic Bakeshop
The cupcake specialists and bespoke cake bakers offers an indulgent gluten-free option of chocolate truffle cake.
Sugaholic Bakeshop, Shop 14, Rawdat Al Karama building, Karama
04 357 9333
sugaholic.com

GLUTEN-FREE FOOD DELIVERY SERVICES

Kcal
I highly recommend KCal. I had plenty to eat, lots of choice, and could swap out the items i wasn’t fond of for other things.
At various locations all over Dubai
600 5959 55
kcalhealthyfastfood.com

DinnerTime
DinnerTime is a newer program and I have yet to try it but it looks promising. I like the idea of being able to book in for just 4 nights or a week’s worth of delivery. Perfect for weeks when it’s busy and you don’t have time to cook.
Dinner Time, Dubai
055 790 8733
dinnertime.me

Right Bite
They have a wheat-free program which I haven’t tried but people seem to prefer Right Bite to Live’ly as they have a lot of varied cuisines.
Right Bite, Block-B 2 Floor Office # 213, Al Hudaiba Awards Building, Jumeira Road, Jumeira 1
04 3425208
right-bite.com

Live’ly
I was utterly bored on their gluten-free program. I got a lot of cheese, crackers and raw vegetable crudites as snacks. I didn’t last long on this one.
Mirdif, Al Wasl and Deira
lively.ae

Love Foods
Love Food is the newest kid on the block and I plan on signing up as soon as possible. Australian chefs cook with the freshest local, organic produce and free range Grass fed meats to provide a meal delivery service that is 100 percent gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Sign me up!
Love Food, Warehouse 2, 26th Street, Al Quoz 4
050 8754677
lovefoodme.com

SUPERMARKETS & MARKETS WHERE YOU CAN BUY GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS

BioOrganic cafe
Geant
Choitram’s
Waitrose
Spinney’s
Carrefour
Organic Foods & Cafe
Ripe Market
Carluccio’s
Lulu Hypermarket
Al Maya Lal’s
Prime Gourmet
Baker & Spice
Jones The Grocer
Daily Gourmet JBR
Park & Shop
Milk & Honey
Sweet Connection
Skinny Genie
glutenfree-supermarket.ae
greenheart.ae

22 Comments on Diya’s Guide To Where & How To Eat Gluten-Free In Dubai

  1. Morgan
    February 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this list! It is definitely the best and most extensive gf list I have found since moving to Dubai. You made my life much easier when it comes to picking restaurants.

    Reply
    • Diya Ajit
      March 25, 2015 at 12:27 am (2 years ago)

      Glad it’s helpful for you Morgan! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Adeline
    March 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I know that Circle Café offers gluten free food even though it’s not on their website yet http://www.circle-cafe.com/

    Reply
  3. Diya Ajit
    March 25, 2015 at 12:28 am (2 years ago)

    Yes – Circle Cafe has amazing gluten-free bagels and is actually listed on this guide too 🙂

    Reply
  4. Ruth
    May 20, 2015 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the list of places to eat and grocery shopping. This will help me so much.
    Much appreciated the time you put into this to help others.

    Reply
  5. Fatma
    July 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, I cannot believe this is the first time I stumble on your blog. I have searched and searched until I decided to start my own blog to raise awareness and help others in their transition to gluten free living. You sure made an extensive list of gf-friendly restaurents. I hope you do not mind that I refer to your page in the future once I have started writing steadily.

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  7. Esther
    August 3, 2015 at 2:22 am (2 years ago)

    Dear Diya, Good evening from Spain¡¡
    I am going to Dubai in a few days with my coeliac 5 years old daughter and this list have make me very very happy. I thought I couldn´t eat outside Atlantis but now I can go to bed very happy…there is a lot of places¡¡¡ Thank you Diya¡¡

    Reply
    • Diya Ajit
      August 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Esther, I’m so happy this article could be of use to you! Hope you had a lovely trip and food experience with your daughter! 🙂

      Reply
  8. reju george
    August 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi ,please can u tell me where to order gluten free birthday cake. My son birthday coming this Saturday, sweet connections closed over the weekend. Since he is celiac, cross contamination is problem.last year got the cake from jw marquis, but now they are not doing it

    Reply
    • Diya Ajit
      August 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Reju – you can find gluten free listings on our Directory but for a birthday cake call Sweet Connection!

      Reply
  9. Sheena Kay
    September 10, 2015 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    This blog is amazing! My best friend is coeliac and she’s coming to visit me and I wanted to share all of my favourite foodie spots with her… and now thanks to this blog, I think I’m going to find new favourites 🙂 Thank youuuuu xoxo

    Reply
  10. Adino
    September 21, 2015 at 12:57 am (2 years ago)

    As newly discovered Gluten intolerant, I founded this article extremely usefull. Thanks

    Reply
  11. Laura
    December 1, 2015 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    This is a great list, thank you! I was always told that rice vinegar is gluten free, but your article says it actually has gluten. I would love to hear more about your findings.

    Reply
  12. Michelle Gordon
    February 9, 2016 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    This is fantastic thank you so much! I grew up in dubai and now live in Scotland – I have recently been diagnosed coeliac and heading back out to dubai on holiday! Was so worried in case no one understood or there were not very many options but now feel so much happier to be revisiting – THANK YOU!

    Reply
  13. Miia
    February 16, 2016 at 1:56 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this list! My son is celiac and we will be travelling to Dubai for the first time next week. I was getting a bit worried about the gf alternatives because I did not seem to find any. Finding gf food for a picky 10-year-old in a strange city is not always easy but this gives me hope. 🙂

    Reply
  14. Princess
    February 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Love Sushi Counter’s handrolls. Always fresh and pungent!

    Reply
  15. Imad K
    March 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Diya, if you ever go to Beirut pls try Kitchen Confidential, check the Instagram page it’s KitchenconfudentialBeirut you’re gonna love it

    Reply
    • Imad K
      March 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm (1 year ago)

      @kitchenconfidentialbeirut

      Reply
  16. Bhageerathy
    March 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you so much for this article.. big help esp for 800 pizza and soo many outlets.. never knew costa keeps gf muffins.. do update the article though.. as so many joints even now havents heard the word gluten..

    Reply
  17. Jereme Sanders
    April 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Super nice list! As a parkour athlete from the US this lost will help me a lot while I’m here. Thanks for taking the time to write it out!

    Reply
  18. Sumaia
    May 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi there. Such a useful page. There is a big chance I could have celiac disease. Still to be confirmed next week. I’m feeling so scared about eating gluten free. Especially when you mention skip the sauces I wanna cry Is that totally necessary? Is a little bit of gluten harmful? Sorry still a newbie when it comes to gluten free diet.

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