11 to try: UAE restaurants that count calories

Make sure you're not going over your calorie count by dining at one of these weight-conscious venues

Under500's dishes are all under 500 calories. Courtesy Under500
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Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Not only does this place display counts on all its dishes, the team also promises that everything comes it at under 500 calories. Don't think you sacrifice on quality, though, as the food here is packed full of flavour and you won't go hungry. Think steak and eggs for breakfast, grilled salmon burger for lunch and Texan chilli for dinner. The idea was born in the UAE and now there are a number of branches across the country, including four in Dubai and a delivery-only option in the capital.



Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah

Kcal has nutritionists behind the scenes making sure every dish is bursting with health and flavour. There's a strict no-fry policy and each meal is designed to offer a balance between carbs, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. They do meal plans and delivery, as well as offer the option to eat in at their venues. Dishes range from burgers and wraps to soups and salads. It was founded here in 2010 and now has several branches in the Emirates, even expanding beyond UAE borders to Kuwait as well.


Br8 Kitchen


Br8 Kitchen offers its delivery services in both Dubai and London and every dish comes with a calorie count, plus how many carbs, protein and fats it contains. There are breakfast dishes such as chia pudding and avocado toast, a whole range of tasty salads and a vegan banana bread for dessert. The place caters well to those on specialist and weight-loss diets.


Nutri Bowl


Nutri Bowl counts all your calories and macros for you, so you don't have to. All the meals are fresh and healthy, using locally sourced ingredients when possible. Signature bowls include those that use grass-fed flank steak, marinated tofu and miso tuna as the stars. You can also choose from a range of wraps or create your own from scratch. Juices and vitamin drinks round off the menu, which is available at three branches in Dubai.


Treehouse Juicery


You might have already spotted this joint in Concourse B at Terminal 3 in Dubai International Airport, but it also offers delivery from their Al Quoz home. The idea behind the concept was the create nutritious grab-and-go food for those on the move and it's not just about the cold-pressed juices, either. There are also plenty of super-healthy bites on the menu, including the likes of bircher muesli, a cauli-power salad and a turkey brie baguette, plus a host of pastries and yoghurt dishes.


Beast Mode Nutrition


The focus here is on the Burn or Beast macro-nutrient and calorie-counted meal plans, but you can also order from Beast Mode Nutrition for delivery via the regular food apps or head to the branches in JLT or Downtown Dubai. They count among their customers athletes, yogis, postnatal mums and people just looking to overhaul their health. The team also cater to a range of diets, from paleo and ketogenic to gluten-free and plant-based. The food is free from artificial sweeteners and seed oils, and they use hormone and antibiotic-free meats. It's clean and simple stuff.


Flexi Kitchen


This relatively new delivery-only spot caters to those on a flexitarian diet, who are mainly vegetarian but sometimes include a bit of meat, fish and poultry in their meals. From overnight oats to all sorts of salads and lemon garlic prawn zoodles, and even a Beyond Meat burger, there's something healthy for everyone. And the calorie count is there so there are no nasty surprises when you're next on the scales.


Right Bite


This is another spot that specialises in meal plans, but also offers delivery through Right Bite Express. Whether you're looking to lose weight, detox or increase muscle mass, or to cut out wheat, dairy or meat, there's a dish or package for you that's been devised by the team of nutritionists. The menu encompasses burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, hearty mains and skinny desserts, with calories listed alongside each description.




Hayz stands for Healthy And Yummy Zone, as that's what they specialise in: food that doesn't compromise on health or flavour. There are monthly and weekly meal plans available or calorie-counted food to order for delivery right now. Platters, pancakes and even mashed potatoes are all on the menu, alongside a range of salads, sandwiches, burgers, bowls and more.



Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Superfood bowls, starters for two, salads and healthy shakes: all manner of nutrient-dense, balanced dishes are on the menu at Soulfull for delivery or eat in at its various venues around Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In a similar vein to the other restaurants, Soulfull offers meal plans and caters to people on a range of diets, and everything comes with the calorie counts listed alongside it on the menu. So whether you want to stay trim with a 214-calorie lentil salad, munch on a chicken shawarma that's less than 500 calories or happy to blow your budget on a vegan burger that's 664, you'll be well informed.


Plant Power

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah

As the name suggests, Plant Power focuses solely on plant-based dishes and the team offers meal plans and food delivery across the Emirates, making it very difficult for vegans to go hungry. Whether you want two meals a day for one week or three plus snacks for a months, there's a plan for you. Dishes are wholesome, hearty and healthy. Think vegan meatballs with brown rice noodles, tofu shakshouka and burrito bowls.


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