Your monthly guide to eating and feasting around Saudi Arabia.
OPENS IN RIYADH (DKSA recommends)
Multi Award Winning Japanese Restaurant OKKU has now opened in Riyadh. We’re looking forward to try out OKKU’s signature dishes such as the “O” Style Dynamite Kane (baked Alaskan king crab legs with masago and spicy mayonnaise) or the succulent Wagyu Grade 9 grilled beef with wasabi ponzu, salsa verde, and black volcanic salt. There’s also talk of their “O” mango mousse; can’t wait to know what that’s all about.
Üshk’s look reflects the Arab culture, with beautiful calligraphy and a vibrant theme that attracts the young and trendy. Their drinks are mouth-watering – we tried the Iced Hayat Latte, which is a burst of perfectly balanced flavors of espresso coffee, milk, and their special Üshk ingredient.
Location: Prince Turkey St., Al Yarmouk, Khobar
Waffleteria is a home-based bakery that serves delicious waffles, chocolate cookies, and cakes. They’ve got churro waffles, people! Little. Mini. Hot. Fluffy. Churro waffles!
Freshii finally opens in Sharqiya (under new management) for your delicious healthy meal needs at affordable prices.
Location: Al Hizam, Akhdar, Khobar
It’s always tea time if you’re having The Capsoul Arabia. With their varieties of tea, honey, coffee, and nuts, you won’t be able to stop yourself from ordering. They also offer tea pods that work with Nespresso machines, in lovely packaging you have to display. The Capsoul Arabia has free shipping within the GCC.
DONUTS & COFFEE
If you want to sample one (or, realistically, three) of the soft, fluffy donuts that have taken Riyadh by storm, you can head on down to J.Co. This place has a long queue outside but it’s all good if you’re willing to wait when you’re looking for a sugar hit. Fashionable frosting and Instragrammable toppings – these sweet treats are worth it.
Location: Hittin, Riyadh
Rare is the new butcher boutique on the block that fashions itself as the purveyor of quality steaks and patties. If you’re looking for cuts of meat that are tender, aged, hearty, and fresh, Rare will deliver. They also offer an impressive selection of Angus, black Angus, and Wagyu steaks, and they double as a dinner stop, with must-try skewers and burgers.
Location: Ar Rabi, Riyadh