Kobeya Dubai: A gluten-free Japanese gem in Jumeirah 1

Tucked away inside Wasl Vita (close by to City Walk) you will find Kobeya Dubai – the UAE’s first 100% gluten-free Japanese and Far Eastern restaurant and retail store. Join your friends at The Huntr as we present a closer look…

This homegrown, UAE-born gem is strikingly beautiful. Your Instagram will love it. And so will your tastebuds… A fantastic option for celiacs, those following a gluten-free diet and Japanese and Asian food fans, Kobeya Dubai is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. A powdery jade green colour is present throughout, and it sits beautifully next to minimal and modern furnishings. There are plenty of seating options for small and large groups – including private little corners for an important date or meeting. Outdoor seating is also available for the cooler months and offers a nice view of the SZR skyline – including a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa. The free WiFi on offer also makes this a great spot to study or get some work done.

The Huntr visited one late weekend morning. We kickstarted our experience with the citrusy and refreshing Yuzu Mint Juice (23AED) and the creamy and comforting Black Sesame Soybean Milk (Cold) (23AED). From the all day breakfast section of the menu we opted to try two dishes – the Avotoast (58AED), which we thoroughly recommend – beautifully presented, delicious and wholesome, this popular breakfast dish features mashed avocado, gluten-free toast, sautéed chickpeas, feta, coriander, alfalfa sprouts and mixed salad leaves. And the Japanese Risotto-Zosui (34AED) – a typical Far Eastern rice porridge breakfast dish featuring four different kids of mushrooms, spring onions, seaweed and vegetable stock. Gut-friendly, flavourful, comforting and delicious. From the lunch/dinner section of the menu we ordered the delicious Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls (37AED), the Japanese Pumpkin & Fig Salad (47AED), which is light and tasty and comprised of many different textures and flavours. The Asian Rice Noodles (58AED) with stir-fried tofu, a trio of mushrooms and a mix of veggies and the Kobe Sukiyaki Don (63AED) (half) – tender 100% Kobe beef with poached egg, Japanese leek, carrot, shirataki, tofu, gluten-free sukiyaki sauce and Japanese niigita rice. To end the meal on a sweet note, we shared the Kaki Gori Matcha (34AED), which is a fun-to-eat combination of shaved ice, matcha syrup, condensed milk, rice granola, and homemade matcha ice cream and the fluffy and worth-every-calorie Japanese Cheesecake (33AED).

Drinks-wise Kobeya is alcohol-free and offers a range of coffees, matcha, speciality teas and specialist Asian drinks. We opted for the Magical Marine Tea (18AED) – a blue butterfly flower with lemongrass tea, which is called ‘magical’ because when you drop the lemon juice into it the purple tea turns blue. The Matcha Espresso (26AED), which is made using Kyoto Uji matcha powder blend and the Vietnamese Coffee (18AED).

Insider tips: Open Saturday-Wednesday 9am until 10pm and Thursday and Friday 9am until midnight. Ample vegetarian options available plus some vegan. Discover Kobeya’s (100% gluten-free) retail offering in full here. Kid’s menu also available.

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