Ordering in with Lugmety: Jeddah’s Toki is the ultimate in Chinese comfort food

Updated 08 May 2019
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Ordering in with Lugmety: Jeddah’s Toki is the ultimate in Chinese comfort food

JEDDAH: Here’s a daunting scenario: It’s an hour before iftar, you’ve been at the office all day and are now stuck in dreaded Ramadan rush hour traffic. It’s safe to say, in years past, you’d likely have a stress-induced breakdown. Fortunately for you, it’s 2019 and you can now tap your way to a hot meal in seconds. 

The restaurant offers up tasty sweet and sour chicken. (Supplied) 

Lugmety is one food delivery app that is leading the way for customers in Jeddah and Riyadh. Downloading their free app offers customers an array of restaurants within their vicinity, all complete with updated menus and all with the option of customizing each menu item. Along with the choice of credit card payment or cash on delivery, users also have the ability to track their order.

The noodles are a winner. (Supplied) 

For suhoor, I decided on the Chinese restaurant, Toki. Although quite pricey compared to most, the quality and service have always been both consistently delicious and top-rated.  

A quick scan through the Lugmety app and my customized order was placed within minutes. What’s for suhoor? Vegetable spring rolls, fried noodles and stir-fried beef with oyster sauce.

If you’ve dined at Toki before, you know of their complimentary prawn chips and I was delighted to discover that they were in fact included in my order, complete with accompanying soy, hot oil and sweet chili sauces.

The chicken dishes are also a firm favorite. (Supplied) 

In under an hour my food had arrived — impressive considering the Ramadan rush — and the spring rolls were hot and fresh. A nice balance of a golden crunchy exterior along with finely chopped savory vegetable fillings, my only critique is the order did not arrive with any dipping sauce. The fried noodles were also a delight, cooked to a full-bodied texture and with just enough greasiness to satisfy my cravings. As for the stir-fried beef, there was no chewiness and the meat was very tender. The sauce provided an extra flavorful glaze on the crisp baby corn and broccoli.  

Salmon sashimi from Toki. (Supplied) 

With both the proficient packaging of Toki and the app’s prompt delivery service, the convenience of this experience sure gives dine-in restaurants a run for their money.


‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

Updated 25 May 2019
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‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

  • The re-design came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy
  • The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition

DUBAI: Tucked away in Dubai’s artistic and cultural Alserkal Avenue, Saudi brand The Nou Project announced the latest re-design of its classic sneakers — the all-new ultra-low tops.

In a one-night only pop up in KAVE café, the brand’s founder, Nour Al-Tamimi, and co-designer, Basma Chidiac, announced the re-design that came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy.

“We want people to be able to walk with a statement,” Al-Tamimi told Arab News as she showed off her previous collections.

The pop up featured a 50 percent discount on all pairs, as well as two artists and a calligrapher available for buyers to customize any of the newly-bought sneakers. Tables topped with board games lined the space, while popcorn and cotton candy was also handed out­ to attendees.

With an environmental and sustainable mindset, the duo has invested heavily in the use of Micro Fiber material, which is also known as “Vegan Leather,” instead of actual leather. They are already known for their recycled rubber soles, a unique calling card for the edgy, homegrown brand.

Reported as the Kingdom’s first major sneaker brand, Al-Tamimi had no idea she would find such success when she started out.

“I had no idea this would become my life today,” Al-Tamimi said in a previous interview. “It’s exciting to be the first Saudi sneaker brand — that’s a milestone in itself.”

The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition — some of their sneakers feature striking and often thought-provoking artwork.

The new designs were created in collaboration with artists Nika Fontaine, Baron Von Fancy and Franz Klainsek who designed each pair with their unique style, ranging from street art to digital image manipulation and pop art.