Sustainable Restaurants in Dubai

7 Eateries Steered by Sustainability in Dubai

Eco-friendly practices, delicious food.

Did you know that today, July 28, marks World Nature Conservation Day? Held annually, this global event stresses the need for preserving a healthy environment and natural resources to maintain a healthy and stable society, especially for the sake of future generations. Incidentally, there are a handful of eateries across Dubai that are playing their part in this collective mission, putting the environment first through their carefully curated menus and a whole host of eco-friendly practices. Here they are at a glance.


Sustainability reigns supreme at DIFC-based BOCA, courtesy of Head Chef Matthijs Stinnissen. Passionate about sourcing local ingredients, this Mediterranean restaurant has hosted several zero-waste dinners and illustrated its commitment to sourcing locally through a guide dedicated to Emirati produce. As a result, you’ll see ingredients such as Emirati honey, local sea bass ceviche, and local beetroot stock make appearances on its seasonal menus.


Using offcuts for the likes of soups, sauces, and syrups, Cassette is dedicated to bringing food wastage down to a minimum. This trendy spot in Al Quoz also uses takeaway containers made of 80% Bagasse, an efficient byproduct of the bioenergy sector. Elsewhere, its cassava-made straws and cups are entirely biodegradable, breaking down into carbon dioxide and water within six months of being discarded. As for its wholesome breakfast dishes and healthy mains? Each is composed using fresh produce from local farms.


Omakase-style restaurant Moonrise was founded by one of Dubai’s youngest and most interesting chefs: Solemann Haddad, a third culture kid passionate about what he calls “Dubai cuisine”. Here, only eight diners are accommodated at a time, and only what will be utilised is purchased. Moonrise is rooted in a minimal-waste policy, resulting in dishes that speak volumes of Haddad’s creativity – wilted shiso leaves are blended into the refreshing welcome beverage, while the ends of sourdough loaf are vacuum-sealed and stored, eventually turned into a homemade miso.

Moonrise by Solemann Haddad


Pairing a relaxed vibe with a sustainable ethos, Lowe is anchored in reducing waste, local sourcing, and giving back to society. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s the first ever winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award by MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants. Co-founders Jesse Black and Kate Cristou’s eatery initially kickstarted this ethos with Waste Not dinners made entirely of scraps and then adapted the rest of their practices, too (think: avoiding single-use plastic and using leftover peels in recipes for onsite fermentation).

One Life Kitchen

Reusable glass bottles instead of takeaway cups, locally sourced produce instead of high-carbon imports, interiors dominated by recycled timbers and used palettes – it’s all here at this homegrown gem in d3. One Life Kitchen is also big on reducing food waste; the staff plant avocado seeds, burn used coffee grounds to deter flies, and even use the strained water from yoghurt as a protein shake. As for anything that’s left at the end of the day? It’s all distributed to staff around the Dubai Design District neighbourhood.


Boasting three outposts across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Sanderson’s not only sources from local suppliers where possible but has also curated a menu that’s streamlined to ensure waste reduction while providing taste and nourishment. Diners are offered free house-filtered water, while wastewater is cleaned and reused within the community to water plants. Elsewhere, used oil is recycled, and there are solar panels that feed into the national electricity grid.

Wild & The Moon

Created by a tribe of chefs, nutritionists, and naturopaths who believe that food should be good for you and good for the Planet, Wild & The Moon serves plant-based and hormone-free dishes composed of local, seasonal, ethically sourced and organic produce. It also uses 100% biodegradable packaging, while following a zero-waste policy and recycling as much as possible – the fibre-rich pulps from its juices and nutmylks, for example, are revitalised into nutrient-dense raw crackers.


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Aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices.

With a few simple add-ons, you can transform your basic bone broth into a flavourful and nutrient-rich concoction that will leave your taste buds singing. Here are some ideas to take your bone broth to the next level:


1. Fresh Herbs: Add a burst of freshness by tossing in a handful of fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or dill. These herbs not only enhance the aroma but also contribute a vibrant taste to your broth.

2. Spices and Seasonings: Sprinkle in some spices and seasonings to bring depth and complexity to your bone broth. Consider options like cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, or even a pinch of cayenne for a subtle kick.

3. Garlic and Ginger: Infuse your bone broth with a delightful zing by adding crushed garlic cloves and sliced ginger. These aromatic ingredients not only enhance the flavour but also offer numerous health benefits.

4. Soy Sauce or Tamari: For an umami-rich profile, a splash of soy sauce or tamari can do wonders. These fermented sauces add a savoury depth that takes your bone broth to a whole new level.

5. Dried Mushrooms: Boost the earthy tones of your broth with dried mushrooms like shiitake or porcini. These fungi add a rich and complex flavour profile, making your bone broth truly extraordinary.

6. Fish Sauce or Anchovy Paste: If you’re looking to infuse a unique savoury note, a small amount of fish sauce or anchovy paste can work wonders. These ingredients lend a distinctive umami taste that enhances the overall depth of your broth.

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How to Make Bone Broth

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Did you know? Bone broth is a great source of minerals and many healthy nutrients, including vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

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Chicken Broth

While this broth is filling and wholesome, it’s also low in carbs and calories!

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Remember, these add-ons are just suggestions, and you can mix and match to create your own signature bone broth. The key is to experiment and find the combination that excites your taste buds the most. So, get creative, have fun, and enjoy the incredible flavours that these add-ons can bring to your next bone broth adventure!

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Basic Bone Broth Recipe

Bone broth is a product of humble beginnings. With over 12,000 years of history, bone broth has found its place in the world (with different names, of course). 


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