Wild & The Moon Downtown Dubai is a plant-based cafe/restaurant with its roots in the UAE and locations in Paris, France and three in the UAE – one in Al Quoz, this Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard gem and DIFC (which is opening its doors in late April 2019).
A stone’s throw from the Palace Downtown (next to Souk Al Bahar and close to The Dubai Mall) Wild & The Moon’s Downtown Dubai outpost is bigger than the original in Alserkal Avenue but still has the same cosy, laidback and relaxed DNA. Think wooden tables and seats, hanging greenery, a pristine white tiled bar counter, open kitchen, and self-serve fridges to grab your favourite salad, (plant-based) dessert and organic cold-pressed juice. The free WiFi on offer and the plug sockets dotted around also make it the perfect spot to get work done or study.
The story of Wild & The Moon actually started in Dubai – when co-founder Emmanuelle Sawko was in the midst of launching Comptoir 102 (another bow in her plant-based empire – a JV with Alexandra de Montaudouin). It was then that she met her Wild & The Moon co-founder (alongside Herve Sawko), Gregory Khellouf. Gregory would later fly to Paris to help Emmanuelle launch the first Wild & the Moon restaurant on Rue Charlot in early 2016. He soon fell in love and joined forces as Herve and Emmanuelle’s third partner.
The team at Wild & The Moon follow a simple philosophy when it comes to food – it should be good for you, good for the planet, and delicious. Therefore everything on the menu is wild, local, gluten-free, ethically-sourced, seasonal and plant-based. All of the ingredients are 100% organic and the juices are unpasteurized to preserve their natural nutritive power. This does translate to prices that aren’t exactly on the cheap end – but you get what you pay for here: Glowing skin and inflammation-free nourishment (a.k.a. “take my money”)
The Huntr visited Wild & The Moon’s Downtown Dubai branch for a weekday lunch and tried the Soba Noodles (49AED) – buckwheat noodles, pakchoi, kale, avocado, lemongrass, turmeric, spring onion, garlic, tamari, peanuts, sesame chilli flakes, coriander and lime, and the Wild Tacos (58AED) – Pico de Gallo, shitake, avocado, red beans, vegan cheese, homemade taco shells and coriander. Both dishes were super flavourful and left us feeling sated. To finish with something sweet, we ordered the Blue Majic Frozen Bowl (48AED) a nutritious combination of spirulina (blue majic) mixed with pineapple, banana, and coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes, homemade buckwheat granola and seasonal fruits. And the Blueberry Scone (35AED), which is crafted with blueberries, coconut, almonds, vanilla cashew cream.
Drinks-wise, Wild & The Moon is alcohol-free and offers a variety of speciality coffees (with alternative dairy-free milks only), organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, teas and other soft drinks. The Huntr ordered the Simple Green (250ml 24AED) – a mix of spirulina, thyme, lemon, celery, cucumber, green apple and a Cafe Latte (24AED).
Insider tip: Wild & The Moon Downtown Dubai is open daily from 8am until 10pm and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.