Az.u.r boasts itself as Dubai's first and only "food to fork" restaurant, a term widely used in the US and Europe for food which is literally taken fresh from the ground. Az.u.r. may not be able to pledge that its food is 100% sourced locally, it nevertheless serves organic food and cooks it from scratch. You will be welcomed to a cute minimalist decor with warm touches upon entering. Try the steak with accompanying ratatouille and the savory variety of homemade bread along with a range delicious desserts such as cinnamon flavored baked figs on top of vanilla ice cream.
2 Baker & Spice
This up-market deli-cafe chain from the UK sources local produce in UAE for its delicious menu. Produce is picked fresh in Sharjah and sustainable fish is brought from the shores of Oman. Try the deep-fried Omani sardines for the main dish or the Canadian ribeye steak with Saudi potatoes. To finish pick from a selection of tasty sweets. A great place for lunch or dinner and even if its slightly on the pricey side, it's all worth it.
3 Organic Foods & Cafe
Organic Foods and Cafe is the only chemical and fertilizer free food market in the UAE, and they have a lovely cafe. It is the perfect place for a Friday brunch if you want something healthy instead of the usual pig outs. There is a great selection of fresh salads as well as a delicious Thai beef plate. Other options to try would be the stuffed cannelloni with spinach and ricotta and a Thai green fish curry as well as scrumptious selection of home-made desserts.
4 Balance Cafe
Located within the bustling confines of the Oasis shopping center just off of Sheikh Zayed Road, the much-raved about Balance Café boasts a cuisine based on Ayurvedic concepts, yoga know-how and macrobiotic foods. This charming cafe offers a range of vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free specialties all made from organic ingredients.
A classy and sophisticated take on an organic restaurant, all of Signatures dishes are made from local produce. The vegetables are grown in the hotel's garden, the fish is caught in the Arabian Gulf, and the chicken comes straight from the neighboring Emirate of Al Ain. A live pianist accompanies your meal while you open your mouth to truly delectable concoctions. Try the cooked scallops for starters, the salmon and sea bass for the main, and finish with a delicious chocolate fondant. The bill will certainly reflect on the impeccable service, fine dining, and exquisitely prepared locally derived food. It is all very much worth it.