Avo smashing time (sorry) with some of Dubai's best avocado treats
Whether they're on toast, smashed with chilli and coriander, or sat underneath a freshly poached egg, avocado is the vegetable equivalent of man's best friend. We, as a generation, are obsessed with these little smushy green berries (really). Here in Dubai, there are a mountain of options and ways of chowing down on the fruit that is allegedly the reason why millennials can't afford to buy a home in the UK. So forget about that three-bedroom semi-detached or your future kid's college fund, get these green goodies in. Now. Swipe through the gallery above to find your favourite.
THE "ON TOAST" ONES Avocado on Toast at Demoiselle by Galvin From Michelin-starred restaurateur brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, you’d expect nothing less than an excellent avo dish. And you’d not be wrong. This smashed avocado comes on Norlander rye loaf with a poached egg and crispy veal bacon. Combine it with a trip to see The Green Planet’s new monkeys and you’ve got a winning day out right there. Dhs56. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5076).
1970s Avocado Crumpets at Reform Social & Grill What Brit doesn’t love a crumpet? These ones might be on the pancakey side of crumpets (there’s a slight lack of those delightful airy holes) but that’s more than made up for by the mounds of fresh avocado, tomatoes and radish. Go all out and add some smoked salmon for an extra Dhs20. Dhs35. Emirates Living (04 454 2638).
Avocado on Toast at Fumé What’s better than avocado and eggs on toast? Avocado and eggs AND cheese on toast, that’s what. We love this one from the relatively new breakfast menu at Fumé, which has perfectly poached eggs and avocado, all piled on a chunky slice of toast, covered in melted cheese. We’ll leave that there for you. Dhs48. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).
Avocado Toast at Jolie If you’ve been keeping up with our avocado musings you’ll have heard us raving about this one before. The fruit is crushed with tomatoes, and spread on toast with beetroot hummus and topped with halloumi (a nod to the café’s Middle Eastern roots). It’s a floral boutique, after all, so expect a scattering of flowers, too. Dhs49. City Walk, Al Safa Street (050 170 5657).
Avocado Toast at Parlour Boutique This cute new café in Dubai World Trade Centre boasts a whole range of top breakfast dishes (we’re sure you noted the poached eggs Benedict in an éclair in our breakfast feature). This take on a classic is topped with roasted almonds and tomato and, for an extra fruity twist, watermelon salad. Dhs38. One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 486 5333).
Avocado Toast at Skye & Walker A former cover star of Time Out Dubai, this is worthy of any top avocado list. Chef Hari Budhathoki of Skye & Walker is making quite the name for himself in terms of avocado art, and his toast is a thing of taste and beauty. Mounds of creamy, mashed avocado is smothered on perfectly crisp, seven-grain toast. Optional extras include smoked salmon, feta and sundried tomatoes or a poached egg. From Dhs40. Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Deira (04 213 1221).
Poached Egg and Avocado on Toast at Baker & Spice Winner of our Best Breakfast venue 2017 for good reason, Baker & Spice does a mean avocado on toast. With the addition of a couple of poached eggs and a scattering of seeds, this one is top notch. The avo is sliced rather than smashed, and we love the combination of flavours and textures. Head to the Souk Al Bahar outlet and pair it with Burj Khalifa views for the ultimate morning treat. Dhs60. Various locations including Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).
Wild Mushroom and Avocado Toast at Ultra Brasserie Avo with a twist, this one comes with sautéed forest mushrooms on grilled rustic sourdough. The even better news? There’s whipped smoked goat’s cheese on top of the spicy citrus avocado smash, too. Dhs46. Dubai Marina (04 420 4572).
THE MEXICAN ONES Cangrejo Guacamole at Loca The regular guac at Loca is one of the best we’ve tasted in the city, however, why not shake thing up for a change with this cangrejo version? Avocado, crab, habanero chilli, coriander, line and orange are all smashed together for an exciting take on a classic dish. Dhs85. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah 1 (04 346 1111). Loca 2.0, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 449 4455).
Guacamole Caserón at Tortuga Set on the pretty waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, this Mexican eatery has recently had a menu revamp. Try out this guacamole made with serrano chilli and Mexican sauce for an extra kick. Dhs75. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Wakamole at Waka This excellent Peruvian restaurant serves up top-notch ceviche and sushi, however the star of the show is the Wakamole (geddit?), which comes in a smoking pot with a distinctly smokey flavour. It’s different and fun and tastes great when scooped up with the homemade nachos. Dhs35. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay(04 444 1455).
THE ANY-TIME-OF-DAY ONE Avocado Smash at Roseleaf This home-grown café boasts gluten-free and healthy all-day breakfasts. This one is ideal for those of us who can’t make a decision. Three slices of chickpea and pumpkin loaf are topped with a spicy avo smash and a variety of toppings from feta to picked beetroot. Dhs46. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 355 5241).
Baked Avocado at Bertin Bistro A twist on a typical avo dish, this Sheikh Zayed Road café offers up a freshly baked avocado, with a poached egg. It’s also served with tomato and pineapple salad, Portobello mushrooms and blue cheese sauce for a true mash-up of flavours and tastes. Dhs62. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 9239).
Baked Eggs at Urban Bistro Served inside a whole avocado, two eggs topped with Parmesan sit alongside a stack of tomato salsa. Quick, easy and guilt-free. Packed with your essential proteins and fats, we think that’s breakfast sorted. Dhs48. Dubai Media City (04 362 4330).
Buckwheat Pancakes with Green Eggs and Avocado at Comptoir 102 This dish is served on gluten-free buckwheat pancakes and makes a great breakfast, lunch, or brunch (in the traditional sense of the word). Three organic eggs are carefully scrambled with herbs (hence the green bit) and served with avocado. You can also get an avocado-based smoothie to wash it all down with, should you so wish. Double the joy. Dhs50. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 385 4555).
Bravocado at Eggspectation So good it’s even applauding itself, this one from classic Canadian breakfast chain Eggspectation is top of the tree for avo fans. Two poached eggs are served on half an avocado with lightly-spiced tomato sauce, melted Parmesan and cheddar cheese. Worth the inevitable queuing time. Dhs56. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 430 7252).
Goat’s cheese and Avocado at Copper Dog Sure, you might usually head to the pub for a traditional fry-up, but don’t be put off trying this. With creamy goat’s cheese, smooth avocado and a rosemary truffle honey glaze, this is a rich and indulgent dish that makes an ideal meal any time of day. Dhs55. DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, opposite JBR(04 559 5355).
Stuffed Avocado at 1762 A go-to lunch spot for many an office worker across the city, there are two versions of this popular dish, and both are equally tasty. Some days there’s the spicy chicken one, others it’s packed with tuna. It’s the luck of the draw… From Dhs22. Various locations including Dubai Media City (800 1762).
THE SWEET ONES Avo Choco Mud Jar at Sugarmoo Fancy a dessert without the guilt? Head online to Sugarmoo. Not only will you get a pud, it’ll be brought straight to your door. This choco mud jar is made up of layers of healthy chocolate mousse made with fresh avocado, mixed with chunks of vegan cake. It’s all packed into a jar and drizzled with honey. We didn’t say it was calorie-free, mind. Dhs25. Online orders www.sugarmoo.com, (04 399 7371).
Avocado Mousse at Lima One of the coolest desserts we’ve come across in a while, this avocado mousse is a delight. Described on the menu as “75 percent chocolate. Rocoto pepper”, it’s all a bit of a mystery. Happily we’re here to help. The outer shell is made of a brittle, rich dark chocolate that houses a light and airy avocado mousse. Sitting in the centre is a deliciously decadent chocolate mousse. It also has a kick of heat from the South American rocoto pepper. It may look simple, but getting these textures and tastes so perfectly balanced is truly the work of a master chef. Dhs50. Lima, City Walk, Al Safa Street (800 5462).
Paleta at Peyote This new Mexican restaurant in DIFC is serving up an avocado-based frozen dessert made with burnt banana, chocolate and hibiscus for an unusual mix of flavours. Dhs42. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).
Avocado Smoothie at Zaroob We love the quirky 24-hour eatery for its cool neon signage and cheap and cheerful shawarmas. We also love the avocado smoothie. All the goodness of the smooth and creamy fruit, whipped up into an easy package. You’ll have to dine in for it, though. Dhs30. Dubai Marina and Sheikh Zayed Road, www.zaroob.com (800 927 662).
Avocado Teriyaki at Downtown Toko This is a veggie-tastic dish if ever we saw one. Don’t eat meat? You don’t need to miss out on the taste of teriyaki thanks to this avocado version. Slices of avocado are grilled and served with the sauce. Now whether you think hot avocado is a good or bad thing, that’s another conversation altogether. Dhs48. Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 442 8383).
Baked Avocado at UBK Basically tempura avocado, we can’t help but love these. In a crisp basil crumb and served with a sour cream dip you can’t really make a high-fat fruit any more calorific than by wrapping it with carbs and serving it with dairy. But we don’t care as it tastes so good. Dhs55. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
Crispy Greens with Avocado at Mint Leaf of London You wouldn’t usually expect to find avocado on an Indian restaurant menu, yet it’s cropped up here. The trendy fruit has found itself a position on upmarket Indian eatery Mint Leaf of London’s newest food list. Courtesy of brand-new executive chef, Pradeep Khullar, this dish is made up of crispy greens with mango and avocado. Dhs70. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
Date an Avocado at Jamba Juice Once you get past the terrible pun, this is actually a pretty tasty drink. Almond milk, avocado, frozen yoghurt and dates are all whizzed up into a smoothie. Full of healthy fats, but coming in at a cool 650 calories and 18 grams of fat in a 16oz drink. Not one for every day consumption then (unless you’re hitting the gym). Dhs18. Various locations including Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 558 5986).