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10 Saudi Restaurant Chains We Want To See Going International

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They’ve satiated our taste buds for years and it’s about time that they start expanding beyond the Kingdom’s borders and give a taste to the world of what our own versions of pizzas, burgers and other fast foods taste like.


The nuances of finding a local partner and supply chain teething problems aside, some of these restaurants can be assured of sure shot successes internationally.

Al Baik

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Photo Credit: albaik.com

It doesn’t need any introduction abroad as well. Even many international fried chicken biggies tried competing with Al Baik but failed in their endeavors. One store abroad and the crowds that we see in Saudi can be expected right from day 1. After all, we tried all those international fast food chains as well, but our Al Baik is in a league of its own.

Jan Burger

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Photo Credit: makan-me.com

The homegrown grilled burger brand has been around since 1975. But it has been only in recent times that the brand has rebranded itself and become a big success. It now has outlets in many parts of the Kingdom and it’s about time that the world gets to taste it delectable burgers that we have become so fond of.

Shawermatac

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Photo Credit: shawermatac.com

Because, why not a good Arabian shawarma served in hygienic and clean conditions? Plus, Shawermatac comes from a family whose dealings with the food industry date back to 1830, so one can be assured that their food is in good hands.

Maestro

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Photo Credit: maestropizza.com

Their outlets have been springing up, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before across the country with close to 100 outlets already! Their pizzas and prices are giving even established pizza chains a run for their money. The brand has mastered the art of pizza making and the crowds thronging it are proof. Oh, and in case we forget to mention they also have mouth-watering appetizers.

Al Seddah

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Photo Credit: maestropizza.com

Though they still haven’t expanded nationwide, they do serve Arabian favorites unlike any other restaurant. From delectable mandis to scrumptious madfoons, this is Arabian food in probably what is their tastiest form.

Hummus Refi

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Photo Credit: h-refi.com

Hummus Refi offers Levantine meals just the way we love them. Light and healthy, high in nutrition and good to taste – need any more reasons?

Century Burger

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Photo Credit: jeddahfood.com

A youth favorite, the luscious burgers and cheesy fries served here are what make those long queues outside this burger joint on the weekends. The ambiance, taste, prices and just the overall vibe that the place has can guarantee the restaurant chain success internationally as well.

Taxi

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Photo Credit: taxifoods-sa.com

Forget Kingdom-wide, they are worthy of an international expansion. With 17 branches in the Kingdom’s capital and more in the pipeline, they have capitalized on the city’s quick service food craze. Their offerings and prices can pit them against even established quick-service restaurants.

Shawarmer

Photo Credit: shawarmer.com

Photo Credit: shawarmer.com

Despite starting just under 2 decades back, Shawermer now operates close to 50 branches across Saudi Arabia. The best part about their shawarma, as opposed to others, is that they come in a variety of enticing flavors like tikka and pomegranate molasses. You can also ask for dips, to add to the already amazing flavor the shawarma holds.

Peruvi

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Photo Credit: peruvi.com

The restaurant has been a surprise success. Peruvi already has 7 branches under its belt, all opening in a short span of time. Grilled chicken served with Peruvian sauces – it is hard to find a combination better than this.

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