Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

Updated 12 July 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

  • Yonine is famed for its barbecue

There is a multitude of choice when it comes to Lebanese cuisine in Jeddah, but Yonine — on King Abdul Aziz Road in the Al-Zahra district — is one of the finest. It boasts a long-standing reputation for the quality of both its food and service that raises it above its numerous competitors.

The atmosphere is classy, relaxed and very quiet during the daytime, and, at the right time of year, outdoor seating is available.

Every visitor is welcomed with the customary selection of fresh salad with labneh and za’atar, along with fresh Lebanese bread. Yonine offers several types of hummus, and we would recommend the restaurant’s own special Yonine hummus. The spicy potato and eggplant fattah appetizers are also excellent.

Yonine is famed for its barbecue, and the Cherry Kebab is one of its best-selling meals, and well worth sampling.

Once you’re done with the main course, the restaurant has a wide selection of Lebanese sweets, many of which are not on offer elsewhere.

Yonine is considered to be on the expensive side — an appetizer, main course and beverage could cost up to SR200 ($53) — but you are guaranteed to enjoy a delicious meal.

What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

Updated 20 July 2019

What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

In January, my family celebrated my birthday by gifting me a “Hubb Collection” necklace that I had wanted ever since I laid eyes on it, when one of my relatives wore it.

The design of the word ‘Love’ — written in Arabic Farsi font and angled in a way that makes it heart-shaped — fascinated me, and I have worn the necklace ever since I got it, partly out of sentiment, but also because I find it so beautiful and unique.

Jeddah-based Yataghan Jewellery — the maker of the “Hubb Collection” — has a variety of gold designs, stackable jewel-ornamented hexagon rings, necklaces, bracelets and rings engraved in Arabic Farsi.

The store’s Instagram account @yataghanjewellery documents its trademark pieces and shares customers’ experiences along with how they choose to stack their Yataghan pieces.

Customer favorites include their Allah necklace, and the “Hubb Collection” (rings, necklaces and bracelets in crystalized or standard gold, silver or rose gold with a single colorful or silver crystal).