Healthy Eating at Skye & Walker: By Guest Blogger ‘And Then We Moved To’

‘And Then We Moved To’ is a blog written by Mariam Ottimofiore about expat life and of discovering the best bits in each new expat country and location that she lives in. 15 years, 3 continents and 7 countries (US, UK, Germany, Pakistan, Denmark, Singapore, UAE) later, the blog is currently based in Dubai and is committed to showing the best of what this city has to offer.

Keeping in line with CitiSpi’s theme, ‘And Then We Moved To’ knows that as an expat, the key to feeling at home in any new country is to take time to discover it, to explore its best spots and to do so, with friends at your side. This week, she was excited to try out the new sustainable neighbourhood eatery in Dubai: Skye & Walker. 

 

Right, first things first: this healthy café in Deira has nothing to do with Luke Skywalker and is definitely not some Star Wars themed café, which for some reason is the image I conjured up in my mind after hearing its name (Skye, Walker…Luke Skywalker?)

No, this is a trendy new café located in Deira, on the ground floor of the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek. Its concept is all about healthy eating and sustainability, and this is seen immediately through its recycled table tops, the furniture and flooring made of reclaimed materials, its locally sourced ingredients and a healthy twist on all its dishes.

Intrigued? So was I.

This restaurant cum café is designed to appeal to a certain crowd; the savvy globetrotting expat in Dubai who wants to go out and eat healthy, nutritious food without feeling guilty. Its location in Deira though, means that I had surprisingly never heard of it, even though I would consider myself its target client on all fronts (alright, so I don’t eat healthy all the time, but I do try my best). Somehow this was part of its appeal for me; it seemed like a well-kept secret, tucked away in a corner of town, a bit removed from the typical expat hubs of the Dubai Marina or Downtown area. You clearly had to be ‘in the know’ to visit this place.

I loved the industrial, urban, minimalistic feel of the place when I walked in. It reminded me of my favorite café in Copenhagen. There were world maps on one side of the wall, comfy indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of healthy options to tempt you to indulge without counting calories. It seemed like the type of place, one would love to come to for breakfast or lunch; either with a bunch of visitors while showing them the Old Town, or just by yourself with a book or a magazine to laze away on a Saturday morning.

Instead of the usual bread basket, we were greeted with some guilt-free, crispy kale chips with different seasonings on the side. It was a promising start to our eating experience, made all the better once my pomegranate lemonade arrived – the best thing to perk you up on a hot Dubai day. 

 

Their menu included vegan, raw and gluten free options – if only I’d known of this place a few months earlier when my vegan best friend visited me from Boston!

We ordered their ‘zoodles’ (zucchini noodles) and their organic burger with sweet potato fries and a garden salad. 

 

Their menu included vegan, raw and gluten free options – if only I’d known of this place a few months earlier when my vegan best friend visited me from Boston!

One word: zoodles! If you’re like me; trying to stay fit and eat healthy as a busy mama of two kids and trying (unsuccessfully) to train for a 10k run this year, but craving a big bowl of pasta by the time  lunchtime rolls in – you will love this dish as much as I did. You truly feel happy and satiated tucking into this big tasty bowl of zucchini noodles with garlic, cherry tomatoes and parmesan shavings on top.

The organic burger was delicious too – especially the sweet potato fries. The healthy garden salad was a good ‘side’ to help us feeling full and yet not bloated. 

We ended our evening on a sweet note. The flourless chocolate cake was really good, but the clear winner for me was their raw carrot cake served in a mason jar. It was a blend of raw carrots, walnuts, coconut and dates, topped with a bit of cashew cream. Truly worth going back for!

The prices were pretty reasonable (AED 55 for my favorite zoodles for example), the service was on-par and in the cooler months approaching, it would be lovely to sit and eat outside.

Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this has to be your new addition to your visits to Deira. Or perhaps tempt you to explore this side of town more often.

Skye & Walker is located on the ground floor of the Marriott Executive Apartments, Dubai Creek, Rigga Al Buteen Street, in Deira. Do visit their website for more details or give them a call to book a table. And don’t forget to download the CitiSpi app to find out about any special offers at this venue!