Yesterday, I met with Danish friend Marianne for lunch at Bounty Beets, which is the new restaurant that took over where Gourmet by Kcal left off at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi.
I had the pulled jackfruit bun which was served with grilled corn on the cob and vegan cheese sauce that looked like hummus. The jackfruit was delicious and tasted just like pulled pork, but the vegan cheese sauce had this unappetizing skin on top. Marianne said her soup tasted good, but I think they could have put a little more effort into the presentation. The soup did not come with bread, but when Marianne asked for bread, it arrived immediately.
I ordered a bottle of regular kombucha, but I was brought a peppermint-flavored one. I thought I would give it a try, but I regretted that I did not just send the peppermint bottle back as it tasted like mouthwash.
From the restaurant website and online articles, it is easy to get the impression that Bounty Beets is an all-vegetarian restaurant, but it isn’t. And while it is great to see a place with so many vegan and vegetarian options, it would have been even greater if they had dared to go all meatless on the menu. That would have made them truly stand out in Dubai, where a lot of restaurants are vege-curious but only very few are all vegan or vegetarian. Furthermore, those little “Eat plants, save lives” signs at the tables at Bounty Beets, and the note on the front page of the menu claiming that they care about animal welfare and support the local cat shelter kind of falls flat when the Grill section on the second page in the menu is one big lineup of dead animals.
Yikes! When I read through what I have written so far, I realize it sounds like I had a rather terrible lunch, but in spite of the hiccups, I actually liked the restaurant and I think that they have something good going on. It is a really cute restaurant and the patio is one of the prettiest around, so if they manage to get the last details right, they could easily be my new veggie-focused favorite in this part of Dubai.