Restaurants in Jeddah have long held their ground as social meeting spots and entertainment hubs where you can pick up a quick bite after your workout or plan a get-together with family and friends. Moving away from the palpable American influence on cuisine, plenty of new restaurants are emerging with influences from around the world and original concepts that rival those of their international competitors. Specialist restaurants are also making their mark, such as Maison de Zaid and French bun-based gourmet eatery Brioché. So, whether you’re looking for a new culinary experience in Jeddah or simply craving something fresh and different, Savoir Flair’s got you covered.
Maison de Zaid
Don’t be fooled by the French-inspired name, because Maison de Zaid is all about homemade Italian cooking with a twist. Owner Youssef Abu Zaid was inspired by his family’s long-standing obsession with Italian food and decided to bring the best of classic Italian cuisine to Jeddah. With alpine-inspired décor, this old family home was transformed into a restaurant and gelateria, serving up comfort classics such as spaghetti with tomato and basil and homemade spinach-and-ricotta ravioli.
However, Maison de Zaid’s strength lies in its breakfast menu, which has patrons waiting up to 45 minutes to get their hands on the signature ‘Pistachio Madness’ pancake. This large fluffy pancake served with pistachio cream and halawa tahini is, without a doubt, the most Instagrammable dish of them all. The restaurant is still developing its full menu following a soft opening in January and is only serving breakfast and dinner at the moment, but if that’s anything to go by, lunch is sure to be a winner.
Abdulmaqsoud Khoja Street, Rawdah, Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 6834609
Hanisan, The Leylaty Group’s first-ever Japanese endeavor, focuses on Izakaya-style contemporary Japanese dining, which encourages the sharing of small dishes. The comprehensive menu covers all of your favorite Japanese classics with ingredients sourced directly from Japan. Familiar dishes include yellowtail jalapeño with yuzu soy dressing, wagyu-beef mini tacos, and new-style salmon. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the ‘Sashimi Moriawaze’ special selection. Dedicated to sophisticated presentation that is just as exciting as the flavors, Hanisan boasts a cool New-York vibe in terms of décor and style. Combined with exceptional service, it’s the ultimate high-end sushi destination in Jeddah.
Corniche Al-Hamra, Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 6695894
The newest kid on the block, Brioché serves comfort food made with fresh ingredients and simply presented to emphasize the balance of flavors within each dish. The star of the menu is undoubtedly the brioche bread, which is the base ingredient of all the sandwiches. Saudi Chef Hakim Bagabas elevates the idea of a gourmet sandwich by creating signature combinations that will render you speechless, such as the twelve-hour slow-cooked beef brisket served with crunchy coleslaw and homemade barbecue sauce. As for starters, stand-out dishes include the mini shrimp tacos and brioche bruschetta.
The first venture by a group of Saudi friends, Brioché combines clean and simple white interiors with brass accents to give the restaurant a young and contemporary feel. Occasional movie screenings plus an ideal location in a calm residential neighborhood on Al Kayal street will make this place feel instantly like home and the perfect spot to satisfy your comfort cravings.
Al Kayal Street, Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 565 300 060
A perfectly cooked steak is always hard to resist, especially when served on the 17th floor of a five-star hotel. Claiming to be the first Argentinian steakhouse in Jeddah, Pampas offers a luxury dining experience in the new Assila Rocco Forte Hotel, which opened its doors in January. The restaurant boasts breathtaking city views and a refined setting that features dark wooden tables, large red-leather armchairs, and colorful stained-glass panels. The extensive menu offers high-quality beef cuts (including a mouthwatering “off the menu Wagyu”) served alongside an option of two side dishes, such as grilled corn on the cob with aioli and red-quinoa risotto. Guests who aren’t looking to overindulge can opt for healthier seafood options such as the signature ‘Perfectly Grilled Hammour’, while those preferring a more private experience can enjoy the restaurant’s private room, which is the perfect setting for meetings, gatherings, and birthday parties.
Assila Rocco Forte Hotel, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Al Andalus, Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 231 9800
If you’re looking for fresh, organic grub at an affordable price, look no further than Boga. The homegrown eatery recently opened with three convenient locations – perfect for a quick pit stop any time of day. Serving a range of salads, sandwiches, and fresh juices, it aims to serve healthy and organic dishes that will leave you feeling guilt-free after your meal. Boga also boasts its very-own ‘health meter’, indicating which dishes on the menu are the healthiest or the most indulgent.
For diners who aren’t worried about the extra calories, the chicken pesto sandwich is a must-try. Otherwise, the ‘Sombrero Bowl’ is a lighter take on a Mexican salad, mixing leafy greens with sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, and black beans and topped with crunchy tortilla chips. The atmosphere is fresh and inviting with a section of the restaurant displaying cilantro and basil that is grown on site, tastefully reflecting this eatery’s commitment to natural produce and ingredients.
Prince Sultan St., Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 288 0665
King’s Road, Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 288 9336
Tahlia St., Jeddah
Tel: (+966) 12 611 0585