What does a New Year mean to you? Do you set goals to challenge yourself? Do you commit to New Years resolutions and actually keep them up? Alongside Dry January another popular challenge is Veganuary, the pledge to eat plant-based for the whole month.
There’s no doubt that the rise of Veganism over the past few years has seen a vast improvement on the selection of Vegan food appearing on restaurant menus and in supermarkets. Plant based diets are now much easier to follow and Abu Dhabi’s Cafe 302 is celebrating Veganuary with a special menu* available throughout January.
What is Veganuary? Veganuary, a non-profit organisation, encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. The campaign supports people and businesses to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people**.
So what’s on the Cafe 302 Veganuary menu? Starters/lighter bites include a hearty Barley Vegetable Soup, a colourful Winter Beetroot Salad and Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas served with salsa and guacamole. Those hungry diners can enjoy Penne Vegan Bolognese or Mushroom & Carrot Bourguignon served with farro, saffron rice or mashed potato. One dish you definitely need a big appetite for is the huge and colourful Quinoa, Beet & White Bean Burger served with a deli salad and a choice of house or sweet potato fries.
To finish there’s a Raspberry Rice Pudding (which in hindsight I wish I tried) the Dates, Nuts & Chocolate Bar which is like a moist flapjack or the rather indulgent and tasty Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. The menu is super affordable too with a starter, main course, and dessert for just AED 99. In addition diners can create their own infusion tea with any four ingredients from the seventeen available and all hot and cold drinks can be made with non-dairy milk. There’s a good selection of cold drinks and I can highly recommend the mixed berry, chia and almond milk smoothie.
Alongside the vegan food diners can also avail of different offers throughout the month. Those who dined in the first week of the month were treated to a complimentary dessert with every vegan main course ordered. Those visiting during the second week will receive a 35% cashback voucher when vegan dishes worth AED 100 are ordered. It’s a 20% discount for all vegan diners during the third week plus entry into the raffle draw to win a one-night stay at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana as well as dining vouchers. To wrap up the month, guests will be treated to a whopping 50% off plant-based dishes as well as a gift of a Veganuary T-shirt (also available to purchase for AED 60).
Are you participating in the Veganuary challenge this year? If yes, make sure to add Cafe 302’s vegan offerings into your schedule.
Location: Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi.
Telephone: 02 610 6666
Opening Times: 8am until 11pm
*Cafe 302 offers diners a vegan menu throughout the year alongside the current Veganuary menu – click HERE to see the full menu
I was invited to review the Veganuary menu at Café 302. All views are my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2021. All rights reserved.