At Pampas and Aubergine.
At Assila, a Rocco Forte Hotel, on Jeddah’s Tahliya Street, top chefs are serving divine dishes that take guests on epicurean adventures. Two of the hotel’s dining addresses are elevating the scene in the city; with Pampas making a mark as the finest Argentinian restaurant in the city, and Aubergine raising the bar for oriental cuisine.
The Argentine Experience
The journey begins the moment your eyes fall upon the restaurant’s dark wood and leather interiors; touches of Argentinian culture surround you through the artworks and warm décor.
Pampas team provides Assila’s signature service paired with lively Argentinian hospitality; creating a welcoming and vibrant ambience. The floor to ceiling windows allow for lively evening affairs, promising breathtaking city views from the 17th floor to accompany your dining experience.
The menu inspires guests with grilled meats, the freshest produce meticulously plated to perfection—something to excite both families and business diners.
A private room is also available, providing guests a choice for intimate gatherings, or a bespoke corporate dining experience.
At Pampas’s helm is head chef Lucas Farias, whose culinary repertoire consists of his hometown favorites elevated to fine dining standards befitting of Assila Hotel.
Expect to feast on high quality cut steaks, succulent specials like the Pampas Mixed Grill, and a variety of meats and fish prepared on an open Asado Grill.
Culinary fanatics are sure to approve of Chef Farias’s personal recommendation: The Great Selection, a plate consisting of both hot and cold foie gras. This creation will satisfy discerning palates, with its clever play on texture, temperature, and flavors.
On the 20th floor of Assila Hotel is Aubergine, a rooftop terrace restaurant that invites guests to escape the buzzing city life below.
This Mediterranean haven, led by Chef Firas Zaben, revives traditional Levantine cuisine with a contemporary twist. Contrary to popular belief; Levantine cuisine is far more complex than meat skewers and lamb chops. As Aubergine reintroduces the Levant culture, Chef Zaben’s menu is the familiar done better, experimenting with flavor profiles and utilizing new culinary techniques.
One of which is the mango tabbouleh—an in house creation that uses the sweetness of mangos to complement the sourness of tabbouleh. The result is a salad with an unexpected piquancy that works.
Another must-try plate is the Levant Caprese, which replaces the usual Mozarella cheese with the Levantine favorite, halloumi. This dish will appease both eyes and taste buds, with an aerated halloumi that would eventually envelope the salad with a thin layer of cheese.
Delectable does not begin to describe the culinary stars of Assila Hotel. The serene but lively atmosphere of its restaurants from daylight to sundown is perfect for business diners, families, or even just a group of friends.
In a city where the word “luxury dining” is haphazardly used, Pampas and Aubergine set themselves apart by being iconic standards in the
scene. And for that alone, Assila Hotel rightfully earns its place as the ultimate luxury dining destination.
Location: 9134 Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz St, Jeddah