Culinary Diversity: Asian Food

Zahra Anwer

Zahra Anwer

Associate Editor at Destination KSA

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Take a bite out of Saudi’s diverse dining scene!


As the Kingdom opens up to the world, let’s not forget that the world has already been part of the region’s culture for decades! We round up all the cuisines that have been part of Saudi and treasured by the locals.

Asia Restaurant

Say “sawadee” to Jeddah’s favorite restaurant serving authentic Thai food. Asia Restaurant’s dining area may be starting to show its age, but the restaurant is very popular. One of the crowd favorites in the city, it serves Thai classics like Tom Yum soup,  Kangkong stir-fry, beef with basil, and for the brave, spicy fried chicken with red curry. The dishes are bursting with authentic Thai flavors, and prices are fair with great service, despite the hassle of waiting in line for a table.

Location: Sari St., Jeddah
Mob: +966-539067677

Phuket Restaurant

A pioneer of Thai cuisine in Sharqiya, Phuket Restaurant, staunchly traditional, serves an impressive range of Thai salads, soups, curries, and stir-fries. Staples including Pad Thai are a terrific value, and come in three different serving sizes. Try the Pohtak and seafood soup, both very popular here.

Location: King Faisal St., Al Shamalia, Khobar
Mob: +966-13-8323073

Villa Restaurant

Going strong for many years, this veteran hole-in-the-wall is often packed, and as good as it ever was – beyond its slightly worn-out interior. With their authentic Thai, Chinese, and Filipino dishes, the kitchen at Villa knocks out mouthwatering, classic Thai curries, flavorful Larbs, authentic Pad Thai and stir-fries – all easy on the wallet and great for sharing. The Tom Yum soup is popular here, but give your tastebuds a kick and try the spicy Poh Tak soup that has a mix of shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, and crab.

Location: Al Uroubah St., Riyadh
Tel: +966-11-4822749

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