Riyadh is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s financial, administrative, and culinary epicenter. It’s a city where you’ll be able to find everything from ‘Coca Cola Chicken’ at a contemporary-art-gallery-meets-café to prawns dipped in pumpkin sauce on the menu of a high-end Chinese restaurant. Read on to discover Savoir Flair’s picks for the top places to dine in the Kingdom’s capital, whether you’re looking for delicious, traditional Saudi dishes or a spot to score the best lamb chops in town.
The Restaurant at Alāan Artspace
Alāan Artspace (alāan means “now” in Arabic and reflects the energy of Saudi Arabia’s thriving art scene) is a multi-functional contemporary gallery, educational hub, library, restaurant, shop, and coffee house located in Riyadh. The restaurant has been developed under the leadership of an award-winning French chef who specializes in creating delicious dishes inspired by the gallery’s artists and exhibition-related themes. Staple menu items include ‘Coca Cola Chicken’ (chicken breast simmered in Coca Cola, ginger roots, and lime zest) as well as penne pasta on arugula leaves with roasted pine seeds.
280 Ourouba Road
(+966) 11 416 9552
Award-winning Nozomi Riyadh is still considered the number one destination for Japanese fine dining in the city, and for good reason. A unique culinary experience brought over from Knightsbridge in London, it highlights the sharing plate concept that is “designed to excite the palate as well as stimulate a relaxing and unique atmosphere”. If you haven’t done so already, read more about this Japanese eatery, including the must-try dishes to discover, here.
(+966) 11 415 2213
This acclaimed, high-end Chinese restaurant is best known for dishes such as the pumpkin-sauce prawns and wok-fried New Zealand lamb chops. In terms of atmosphere, Hualan is infused with a nature-meets-geometry design scheme. There’s also a terrace overlooking the city’s futuristic skyline, which is perfect for al fresco dining during the winter months.
(+966) 11 216 0999
On a mission “to introduce Saudi cuisine to the rest of the world in an easy, less complicated, and astonishing way”, Bialah serves Saudi fusion dishes such as ‘Taco Beef Mugalgal’ and ‘Pain Perdu Kleija’. P.S. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample one of the traditional bread varieties from the eatery’s in-house bakery.
Al Shbeeky Trading Center
(+966) 50 767 6317