Our Favorite Grill Restaurants in Jeddah

We hope you have not joined the “Vegan for life” trend yet, because treating yourself to a juicy grilled meal with your friends, or with out – depending on your appetite and budget- has always been a blessing we love to keep as an “ongoing trend.”

There are a variety of international cuisines that own the grilling scene, so let’s introduce you to the fill-icious list:

Lebanese:

Shababik

Nothing beats having a good meal at an open air authentic contemporary Lebanese restaurant; no wonder it is always busy. Being able to maintain their high standard of good service has given them an extra bonus. With an extra focus on presentation, the food is as enticing as can be. It is worth noting that the open terrace is strictly for adults; so if you’re looking to have a quiet dinner with the hubby or friends, this is the place.
Located at Prince Sultan street, Ana Special Mall.

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Photo Credit: shababeek.ae

Al Nakheel

The Arabian-themed high seats and the classic Arabic songs on playback, make this place a winner amongst Jeddah families. Their exceptional quality of food, reasonable prices, quick and efficient service secures a place for Al Nakheel on our list. If you’re looking to enjoy the beautiful almost-winter weather, look no further.

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Turkish

Khayal

This family-friendly authentic Turkish restaurant seduces diners with the combination of an overly-elaborate setting and deliciously satisfying food. Famous for its mixed grill choices- specifically the meter-long kebabs; this place is a must try. The affordable pricing, fresh juices menu and the impossible-to-refuse fresh bread leaves you wanting more. Location: Prince Sultan Street.
Location: Prince Sultan Street.

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Yildizlar

Yildizlar offers a fusion of Turkish and Lebanese cuisines and has a reputation for serving the best grilled food since the early 90s. Their prices could be considered slightly high; however the freshness and taste bud-inducing flavors make up for this.
Located at Al Andalus street, Al Hamra.

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Photo Credit: hawaaworld.com

Turkoise

A fine-dining Turkish restaurant, perfect for quiet lunches and dinners. The authentic menu, the welcoming customer service, and the feel of Turkey integrated in all aspects of this restaurant, make it a favorite in our books. The open window allows guests to catch a glimpse of their food being prepared by the chefs and adds to the dining experience.
Located at Al Rawdah street.

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South African

The Butcher Shop and Grill

A South African concept diner specializing in beef, veal and lamb – their beef tenderloin has received rave reviews. They offer a variety of starters and desserts at reasonable prices. The wooden interior creates a cosy atmosphere. Although there is limited parking space, we highly recommend it for the high quality of food.
Location: Al Rawda st.

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Photo Credit: thebutchershop.co.za


Brazilian

Brasa De Brazil

An authentic ‘churrascaria’ Brazilian steakhouse, it has been reviewed as “the meat lover’s paradise.” Admired for their big portions and rich menu that ranges from meat, chicken, to seafood; they offer over a dozen types of meat – venison, ostrich and baby camel, to name a few. For those who aren’t, particularly, meat lovers; worry not, they have an excellent selection of soups and a salad bar.
Located at Al Anadalus Road.

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Photo Credit: brasadebrazil.com


American

Crowne Grill

It’s fine grill experience in the heart of Crowne Plaza Hotel. It offers a variety of grilled selections such as beef, fish, chicken and lobster. Their grilling can be done how you like whether it’s stone, charcoal or even Plancha grills.
Location: Al Hamra Dist.

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Moroccan

Andalusia

With Mediterranean style designs and a Moroccan grill, Andalusia serves its customers a grand buffet combined with a Red Sea and fountain view. The indoor grill station does it how you like, may it be kebabs, tawuk or seafood. Location: Park Hyatt Hotel, Al Hamra District.

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Photo Credit: hyattrestaurants.com


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Bargain gems hidden in Jeddah's shopping scene

Do you love shopping, but worry about breaking budget? Do you wish you could spend less, but buy more? Do you feel guilty about all the high price tags you’ve surrendered to?

We’re going to try and help you be rid of this guilt, while STILL spending money.

Here’s an inside scoop on the best bargain spots in Jeddah.1

1. Mojama’a Al Sharg (Macarona Street):

It is “the place” if you are looking for good abaya deals – good quality with a cheaper price tag; usually between SR 100 – 300. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can easily cross the road and visit their well-known fabric stores and request a tailoring with a design of your choice – again at a good price.

If you’re more of a hair products’ fanatic, you can pop into Nazih, which offers a great variety of imported and Nazih brand products.

Walking along, you’ll also come across makeup outlets and SR 1 – 5 stores that have almost everything and anything.

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Photo Credit: MawakebAlajer

2. Mawakeb Al Ajer (Al Khalediya District):

Shop for new and second-hand books, furniture, toys, designer bags, homeware, bridal gowns for rent, shoes and more at this one-of-a-kind hotspot. The good news is that, all the money you spend goes towards a good cause; all proceedings go to Aytam Al Taif, and what a better way to spend.arabnews.com

3. Al Sawareekh (Downtown District):

Located downtown, past Al Balad, you can find anything and everything related to homes; furniture, curtains, A/Cs, fridges, ovens, etc. Mind you, they can be brand new or second-hand, depending on what you are looking for. I would suggest taking someone who has been before with you, just to avoid being mugged with sky high prices by shop owners.

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Photo Credit: wa7di.com

4. Souq Al Shate’e (Al Zahra District):

The hunt for good abayas is never-ending. This souq has numerous shops, dedicated to selling a range of well-priced abayas, furniture, curtains, makeup and books. How well you do, depends on your haggling skills; don’t be shy, everyone does it.

Many people go there especially for the “spice dealer” shops. You can find all sorts of herbs, oils, spices, natural body creams and hair treatments.

5. Top 10 (several branches):

Top 10 is a bargain high street shop where you can buy clothing at a very low price. It is extremely convenient if you are looking for practical comfy clothes. Shopping here should leave you feeling guilt-free.

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Photo Credit: dubib.com

6. Red Tag (several branches):

This store chain offers affordable clothing, for all members of the family. You might need to squeeze between railings, looking for the hidden gems. They have branches in Al Faisaliya, Andalus Mall, Red sea Mall and Jamjoom center, they are definitely worth a look or two.

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Photo Credit: shoessteps.com

7. STEPS (several branches):

A shoes’ chain store, with branches in Al Faisaliya and Al Hamra District, they specialize in providing cheap and affordable, but sturdy shoes for every occasion; sandals, everyday flipflops and ballet shoes.

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Photo Credit: panoramio.com

8. Al Haram (Prince Sultan Street):

This clothes store, dedicates several floors filled with rails to affordable clothing. Here you can find anything from basics to loungewear, to jeans and leggings.

9. Mahmoud Saeed (Al Faisaliya):

Mahmoud Saeed is a leading force in the furniture industry. They have rightfully gained a reputation for providing affordable yet high quality furniture. You can easily find bed sets, sofas and closets, to name a few examples. The biggest plus, is you will find delivery boys all over the area, who charge upto SR 50 to take your orders and purchases straight to your home.

10. Expatriates.com (website):

This website consists of classified listings categorized by location. So you’ll specify your location and then select the item class, for example; homeware, furniture, electronics, home appliances, etc. Most of these items are being sold at cheap prices; and usually sellers upload pictures to accompany a description which includes a contact number for arranging a viewing.

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Jeddah's Book Fair 2015

The Jeddah Book Fair was in town at Events Land – South Obhur (12 – 22nd December).

Here’s a list of things that impressed us the most:

1. The entire plan of the venue was well organized and visitor friendly.

Every visitor was handed a publishing house floor plan guide in both Arabic and English. There were self-service kiosks which visitors could use to search for particular books, publishing houses, authors and even genres. The whole venue was able to accommodate around 100,000 visitors per day. The car parking was pleasantly spacious enough for most drivers to park and wait or even go on a stroll along the Corniche. There were numerous separate entrances for men and women, with security officials making sure the entire event went smoothly.

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2. In addition to the many exits and entrances to avoid congestion, visitors were greeted by event ushers and volunteers to guide them to specific exhibition areas.

Volunteers were available to cater to the large influx of people, and almost all volunteers spoke both English and Arabic.

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3. As there were no restaurants (for the safety of the books) at the exhibition, there were coffee houses and snack outlets for all the hungry readers.

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4. Major bookstores such as Virgin Megastore, Jarir, and Obeikan were present, promoting best-selling books in Arabic and English, offering discounted reads and comic books – Marvel fans rejoiced!

The Saudi Post also pitched in with offers to deliver books to homes.

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5. In addition to scheduled book signings, there were a variety of Workshops being offered including:
  • Photography
  • Arabic Calligraphy
  • How to use social media
  • ‘I Read’ Program by King Abdul Aziz Cultural Center with Aramco
  • Playwriting skills
  • Creative writing for children
  • Children development skills

And also discussion forums for reading enthusiasts such as:

  • Social media’s role in breaking stereotypes
  • Premiere of ‘Do I See You’; the play
  • Poetry in The Kingdom
  • Jeddah and arts
  • Human sciences, reality and role playing
  • The Relationship between author and publisher
  • The art of critique

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6. This exhibition catered to everyone including students, teachers, researchers, enthusiasts, poets, authors, parents and children, international and local; by providing a wide variety of genres in academics, literature and research.

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7. The overall design and architecture of the exhibition was impressive starting with the projected art on the outdoor walls and book-shaped gates which really helped create a build-up of excitement.

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8. Not only did they have books, but they also had book accessories such as book marks, office stationery and fake nacho chips.

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9. Even though the exhibition was held slightly further out of Jeddah, the view of the Corniche and the breezy weather definitely made up for the longer journey.

Also, Kudos to the organizers for choosing the perfect time of the year to hold this event.

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10. Last but not least, this event would not have been as successful without the huge influx of patient and super-excited buyers who even brought along suitcases to fill up with purchases.

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