Ramadan is a time to cleanse and reflect, to take a step back from our fast-paced lifestyles and enjoy quality time with family and friends. This year, the Holy Month coincides with the beginning of summer, giving you night owls more of a reason to explore your city by night and indulge in the best of its dining scene. Whether you’re planning a family get-together over iftar or a hang-out with friends for dessert and card games, Savoir Flair narrows down the four must-visit spots in Jeddah this Ramadan.
Montazah Al Nakheel
Ideally located by the corniche, Montazah Al Nakheel has long been established as one of Jeddah’s most popular restaurants. With influences from Mediterranean, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine, Al Nakheel is the closest you’ll get to a traditional Saudi restaurant. Expect all kinds of national favorites, from the wide selection of sweet and savory mutabbag to the flavorful combination of mantu (beef-filled steamed dumplings) and yaghmush (minced beef, tomato, and onion pastries). These hearty dishes are just some of the offerings at the daily iftar buffet, served alongside live foul and meat-grilling stations, in the restaurant’s air-conditioned outdoor section. If you’re hosting out-of-town visitors looking for a taste of local cuisine, this is it.
2174 Corniche Road
(+966) 12 606 6644
If you’re looking for authentic Lebanese food served in a beautiful setting, look no further than Byblos. One of Leylaty Group’s most successful restaurants, it boasts the perfect location for a mezze-style iftar. Walking into the restaurant feels like a stroll through a Lebanese courtyard thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows, pointed arches, and marble fountains. Here, expert Lebanese chefs whip up a lavish and extensive menu of traditional favorites with a twist, like the popular spicy tabbouleh or charcoal-grilled cherry kofta. Make sure to save some room for dessert because the ‘Halawa Tahiniya’ is not to be missed; both sweet and crunchy, it will leave you satisfied enough to fast another day.
Al Kurnaysh Road, Al Hamra
(+966) 12 669 5894
Abou El Sid
Having mastered the art of Egyptian cuisine, Abou El Sid has (finally) opened its first Jeddah outpost. The lively décor – contrasting jewel tones complementing the colorful paintings of Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, and other quintessentially Egyptian figures – provides the perfect backdrop for dishes such as the signature stuffed pigeon, koshari, and must-try molokhiya. Conveniently located between Al Andalus and Tahlia Street and overlooking Julio Lafuente’s Al-Qiblah sculpture, Abou El Sid’s spacious outdoor terrace is a great place for a Ramadan outing with friends.
Al Andalus District
(+966) 55 655 5306
Lounge by Aurum
This is not your typical restaurant, which is why Lounge by Aurum is the definitive escape when you’ve grown tired of Ramadan staples such as cheese-filled pastries and meat sambosa. It incorporates fresh, local ingredients into internationally renowned dishes such as Wagyu sliders and teriyaki-glazed prawns – all executed to perfection. The star of the menu, however, is without a doubt the dessert selection, with options like ‘Apple Pie Empanadas’ and ‘Butter Pecan Cake’ making it nearly impossible to choose. Touted as a place to “eat, chill, and play”, the atmosphere here is fun and lively, with spray-painted graffiti by local artists filling every corner. There’s also an entire “games menu” from which you can choose between the likes of chess, carrom, and the ever-popular Saudi Deal.
King Abdul Aziz Road, Al Murjan District
(+966) 12 290 6686