Foodies all across the board had the opportunity to try the healthiest food in town and discover more about the cruelty-free lifestyle, this past weekend on Saturday July 21st at Rove Healthcare City.
The Plant Based Brunch was the third event presented by Dubai Vegan Days – a special vegan brunch prepared by Rove Hotel (Healthcare City) in collaboration with plant-based chef Zendy Marsam.
Zendy is a successful food blogger (@FlavorsbyZendy) and recipe developer, internationally renowned for her stylish and flavoursome take on vegan recipes. Those in attendance had the chance to try her incredible dishes – which are easy on the eye and the stomach. She cooks without meat, and brunch-goers will have the opportunity to taste some stunning courses made without oil, and others are gluten-free. Zendy is also an experienced raw chef, with some menu items retaining all their nutrients by being served raw.
The aspirational chef said: “It’s been fun collaborating with Rove Hotel Healthcare City to create this delicious vegan brunch. My menu for the event is a range of dishes which include oil-free, raw vegan and gluten-free options. I guarantee all of them are extremely
tasty and satisfying, too!”
The event ran from 12noon to 3:30pm at the stylish, urban Oud Metha hotel’s Daily restaurant, a large, airy venue where the Dubai Vegan Days’ community has already hosted two highly successful events. Dubai Vegan Days is the brainchild of Will Rankin and Ananda Shakespeare, both of whom share a desire to spread understanding regarding veganism and plant-based lifestyles.
Co-organiser of Dubai Vegan Days, Ananda Shakespeare, said: “The level of support for our concept – bringing like-minded people together to enjoy good food and good company in a relaxed, cool setting – has been phenomenal. The Rove understands our
idea, but getting Zendy on-board lifts the cuisine to the next level. We highly recommend booking!” Will Rankin added: “I’m a massive foodie, literally and figuratively, and I’ve had the pleasure of tasting Zendy’s food once before. I’ve been trying to taste it again since. As a vegan herself, she knows what makes good food, and her passion for great ingredients, coupled with a definite flair for stylish presentation makes every dish one you will remember for a long time to come!
“Chef Sunil and his kitchen team at Rove already do a superb job in adapting their menu to suit vegan tastes, but add in Zendy’s passion and knowhow, and we feel this cuisine deserves your attention. If you don’t try her food, you’re missing out!” A reasonable fixed price will get you a Rove salad buffet, and choice of main course and dessert curated by Zendy.
The main course dishes on offer included some exciting options from Zendy’s repertoire: a raw pesto lasagne, Indonesian rendang with coconut pandan rice, a beetroot and wild rice burger, and ginger ramen with soba noodles. Desserts on offer were raw chocolate tart with raspberry coulis, a mango cheesecake with passion fruit and a fresh fruit bowl. Rove’s signature drinks, tea, coffee and alcohol are
all available at the brunch, too, at additional cost.
Zendy will also present a demonstration on how to prepare fresh jackfruit – a trending vegan ingredient in 2018, and there will be a selection of products available from carefully-chosen vegan vendors. With growing interest in plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free lifestyles, there are an increasing number of vegan-based products and restaurants on offer in Dubai. Dubai Vegan Days is a chance to bring the food, the vendors and the ideas all together. Whether you are a die-hard vegan, a fan of Meat-Free Mondays, or simply ‘v-curious’, we hope you indulged at Rove Healthcare city last Saturday for the exciting, tasty and healthy brunch.