Mayrig: Where authentic Armenian flavors meet family recipes

Updated 30 May 2012
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Mayrig: Where authentic Armenian flavors meet family recipes

It all started in the town of Jabal Moussa, Armenia, when Manouchag, an Armenian grandmother, who though was not rich or famous, had one particular talent that set her aside from any other grandmother in the town; Manouchag was a fantastic cook.
Manouchag, Armenian for violet eyes, was a little girl when a big war broke out in her native country forcing her to set sail to Cyprus. She grew up in a children’s home, where she stayed until she graduated from high school. She then moved to Lebanon where she met her future husband. They both lived in a beautiful mansion overlooking the sea in Ayn Mreisseh, where she raised her six children.
Manouchag used her cooking skills to quiet down her grandchildren, asking them to help her in the kitchen; her mission was to create wonderful Armenian dishes for her family. She was extra careful in guarding her secret recipes. However, she made one important exception: her children and grandchildren.
Manouchag inspired her grandchildren to start a business to celebrate her talent. They opened a restaurant that serves traditional Armenian cuisine and named it Mayrig. The restaurant was born in Beirut with an army of professional mothers working as chefs and using only Manouchag’s ancient recipes.
In February 2011, Mayrig opened its second branch in Jeddah. The restaurant is located in a small villa overlooking King Road and the Andalus Street. The exterior of the villa is done in Armenian style — with wood, stones and marble. Inside is a two-story restaurant: The ground floor serves only men while the second floor is for families. The interior of the restaurant is colorful with walls made of beige rocks and wood and Syrian-designed marble floors. Mayrig can seat 250 diners at once and 50 diners in the terrace area.
The menu comprises a range of authentic Armenian dishes. Among their fresh salads is Itch, an Armenian tabouleh made with buckwheat, onion, tomatoes and parsley. The dish is eaten with cabbage leaves as serving spoons. Sempougov salad is a cold eggplant salad with onion, tomatoes, parsley and lemon and olive oil dressing. Vospi salad is a lentil salad with chopped onions, tomatoes and pomegranate vinegar sauce, eaten with crispy bread, and it is highly recommended here.
For cold entrees, Derevov Sarma is a dish made with zesty vine leaves wrapped around juicy rice mix. The Mayrig Selection is highly recommended, which is a dish of kebbe with lentils served with chopped white onion and olive oil. Kebbe with potatoes is served with chopped tomatoes, onion and parsley while the raw meat kebbe is served with minced meat, onions and pine nuts.
In the category of hot entrees, on offer are different appetizing dishes such as Gdzou Patates, consisting of diced, spicy fried potatoes. Sou Beureg is a layered pastry made with three kinds of cheeses. Soujok Fekhara that is made with Armenian beef sausage with tomato sauce is cooked and served in pottery.
As for the main course, Mayrig serves authentic Armenian dishes cooked with Armenian spices and baked in pottery. Mante is a minced meat dumpling cooked in a stone oven. Tomato sauce and yogurt is added when serving the dish. Fishnah Kebab is another popular dish here and consists of a grilled kebab dish topped with wild sour cherries and french bread.
Tika Kebab is a diced beef grilled in skewers and served with diced fried potatoes and salad. Missov Frikeh is another recommended dish made with Frikeh pilaf, beef and topped with wild sour cherries.
Every good meal has to have a sweet ending. For dessert, diners should try the Armenian style walnut pakhlava or Achtalieh, which is a milk pudding topped with pistachios and served in a pottery jar. Anouch ser, a sweet rolled pastry filled with cream, is a smart choice too.
The restaurant offers Shisha indoors and outdoors for its diners.
Expect to pay: SR150 to SR200 per person.
Opening hours: From 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends
and from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays.


What China served at lunch in honor of the Saudi Crown Prince

Updated 22 February 2019
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What China served at lunch in honor of the Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince’s was served a lavish lunch in his honor on Friday during his China visit, which included a prized ingredient.

The crown prince dined on a chicken soup that included Matsutake, a highly sought after mushroom prized in Chinese cuisine for its distinct spicy-aromatic flavor. The price for matsutake can cost up to $1,000 per kilogram.

The menu also included a dish that consisted of seafood with onions, the main was mutton with a side of mushrooms and vegetables, as well as grilled salted-fish. A fruit platter was served for dessert with sweet light bites.

The lunch was held at Great Hall of the People and was attended by ministers, royal court officials and accompanying media delegates.