Time Out Says
The fact of the matter is, those following a plant-based diet do want to eat as much greasy and unhealthy food as anyone else, we just don’t have as many options.If you want to see this in action, leave a pack of oreos near a group of vegans and see what happens. Absolute carnage.
Which is where Eighty Thirty comes in. This spot, which offers up everything from vegan burgers to nuggets, opened in January 2020 in Al Aali Mall and has been the talk of the town ever since.We head here on a Friday night, and while the downstairs area isn’t busy, it’s definitely livelier than you’d expect for a brand-new restaurant.
The design is very stylish, with exposed lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and lots of wooden detailing. You can’t fault the staff for their commitment to the plant-based theme, either – there’s plants on every table and all over the floor, plus (fake) foliage hanging from the rafters (and the seats and green too). Posters around the restaurant explain that environmental concerns are behind the plant-based concept, and that staff make their own compost by recycling leftovers.The menu is extensive and will satisfy even the staunchest meat-eaters, with Beyond Meat burgers, Moving Mountain hot dogs and plant-based nuggets.
Burgers are relatively easy to get in other restaurants, so we go for a classic dog, chilli dog, nuggets and triple-cooked fries. The hot dogs themselves could do with more spices, but the toppings make up for it, particularly the caramelised onions on the classic. Word of warning to those ordering the chilli dog: this gets messy. Deliciously messy.The chips are surprisingly good, considering how easy it would be to just focus on the other, more important dishes, but the real stand out of the meal is undoubtedly the nuggets. They don’t quite taste like the real thing, but they’re extremely moreish, as is the BBQ mustard sauce we choose with them. There are desserts, including a Tree of Life option that will see a tree planted for every ordered, but at this point we’re thoroughly stuffed.
If you’re after delicious junk food without feeling bad about the environmental impact after, Eighty Thirty is absolutely perfect.
By Dianne Apen-Sadler | 10 Feb 2020
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