Crop of the cream for this year’s food issue.
It’s been a great year for Riyadh, food-wise. With restaurants from coveted franchises to brilliant new concepts popping up everywhere, we’re kind of getting spoiled for choice. We compiled a list of our favorites for you.
We’re always up for a good fondue, and the way Melting Pot has everything arranged is marvelous fun. High end dining with a twist, we like to think.
Magnolia – Banana Cream Pie
Trust us, this stuff is the food of legends. Probably the one edible everyone in the office agrees on!
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Want to feel like a king or queen? Go to Nozomi. The waiters instinctively know whenever you need the slightest help, and plates are freshened up between each dish. DR recommends the black cod maki.
Best Tucked Away:
We’ve mentioned them twice in this issue already, but we absolutely love the fact that the young Saudi owners are the ones running, cooking and managing in the restaurant. And the burrata is flown in fresh from Italy!
Best Instagram Trial by Jury:
Framboise and Olive
Hands down our favorite cheesecake in town, and she’s ever so generous with her berries! And she’s flexible with gluten-free requests, which is something we always appreciate.
Best Kept Secret:
Secret Chinese Restaurant
Super authentic, pretty awesome, and no, we’re still not telling you where it is.
Best New Concept:
We’re so happy someone finally decided to commercially introduce Saudi food with a modern twist. It’s been our one gripe with the food industry. And we love the branding! Way to go, Bialah.
You can feel the love they put in the food. Besides, they’ve got the most innovative menu we’ve seen for a classic burger joint. Pulled beef, anyone? And their dynamite shrimp! YUM.
Bistro by Tao
We’re still undecided on the food, as it’s mostly a hit or miss, but we can’t deny the restaurant has a gorgeous vibe. We love the mismatched vintage plates with the matching placemats. And the secret garden vibe is cute, too. Special nod to the wall done by Nughamshi, renowned Saudi calligraphist.