The country is brimming with international restaurant franchises, but we are still craving more. Here’s a few we wish could open up soon!
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Why we need it? Because Saudi Arabia loves Mexican food.
Specializing in tacos and burritos, it’s a surprise this fast casual restaurant is not already operating in Saudi Arabia considering it has a massive fan following worldwide. The concept of the restaurant is simple – create your own dish from a wide selection of meat and healthy toppings.
Why we need it? In just 25 years, it has 2000+ branches; there must be something good about it, right?
The fast casual bakery/café’s offerings don’t just look scrumptious – the food is healthy as well! In 2008, Health magazine ranked it as North America’s healthiest fast casual restaurant. Panera Bread aims to change the typical ‘order at the counter’ experience, and has already clocked $1 billion in digital sales.
Why we need it? It is the third largest hamburger chain in the world.
It may just be a typical fast food burger joint, but sometimes that’s all you’re in the mood for. The country is packed with such chains, and Wendy’s is the one we’re craving. And it seems the wait is coming to an end – we hear an outlet is opening later this year!
Why we need it? Amazing seafood backed with equally amazing customer service.
The place is a treat for seafood lovers – they grill most of their items on wood! One of their signature dishes is the Bang Bang Shrimp cooked in a rich creamy chili sauce which will take your palate on a rollercoaster ride. Sadly the chain hasn’t expanded outside of the US but we absolutely love it and hope it opens here soon!
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Why we need it? A one-stop shop to pander all your Italian desires.
The restaurant boasts of offering traditional Italian cuisine – the founding family’s delectable recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. From classic pasta to Tuscan steaks, Carrabba is the place to be to experience authentic Italian cuisine.
Why we need it? A fast food restaurant chain that specializes in seafood – who doesn’t want that?
Nordsee is a favorite amongst Germans, and its popularity is slowly spreading across. Europe and the Middle East. Though it is a fast food chain, its setting is more of a casual dining one. A meal here will make you nostalgic and remind you exactly why you love seafood!
Why we need it? Because we need more awesome breakfast joints…
Toast Box is a reflection of Singaporean coffee shops from the 70s where a typical breakfast of Nanyang coffee and freshly toasted kaya bread will take you down memory lane. The chain launched in 2005 with the aim of bringing that era back and became an instant hit. Toast Box has a presence across Southeast Asia, and we hope to see it in the Kingdom soon.
Why we need it? For the love of flame-grilled burgers…
South Africans swear by the franchise and it is preferred over international burger joints in the country. Unlike other fast food chains, Steers burgers are all flame-grilled. The restaurant’s popularity has recently picked up amongst burger aficionados and is now venturing into new locations across the African continent.
Why we need it? It gives other fast food joints in Australia a run for their money.
Oporto is Australian but serves Portuguese – the blend of these two cultures has resulted in mouthwatering food and is hugely popular in Australia. It’s a fast food chain but doesn’t use processed, frozen meat – and their finger licking sauces are another story altogether.
Why we need it? It’s the Al Baik of Latin America.
The Guatemala founded Pollo Campero is a chicken lover’s haven. Apart from the regulars that you’d expect at a chicken-based restaurant chain, what sets it apart are the traditional Latin American sides like plantains and yucca fries.