F6or Faris: Traditional breakfast with a twist

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Updated 26 June 2013

F6or Faris: Traditional breakfast with a twist

Fa6or Faris is Arabic for Faris’ Breakfast. It is a casual dining restaurant located on Malik Road, right before Tujjar Jeddah. The restaurant is now the talk of the town and is fully booked by young Jeddawis who love their Hejazi breakfast.
The reason why it is so famous is that it started as a hashtag on Twitter. Faris Al-Turki started an Arabic hashtag — Faris’ breakfast — and asked Twitter users to share pictures of their breakfast meals with the hashtag.
He later developed it into a restaurant that serves breakfast all day and night. When you visit it, don’t be surprised if you see everyone taking pictures of their food and tweeting it. I guess that’s the new trend.
The restaurant’s decoration is very basic; it has black wooden chairs and tables. The walls are all white except for one wall, which has a big blue strap, which is adorned with a hashtag to reflect the story behind the restaurant. One of the white walls has posters of famous tweets about the restaurant. There are also TV screens that carry live tweets from people who share their experiences at F6or Faris everyday.
I was very happy to see that all of the restaurant staff comprises young Saudi men, which you will not see anywhere else. They were eager to guide me through the menu, recommended the best dishes and were easy to deal with.
Looking at the menu, I was excited to try everything there. However, I stuck to what our waiter recommended.
We were a party of four, and the restaurant advised sharing and so we did.
We started with Saudi breakfast, which comprises three small plates of Shakshoka, which is scrambled eggs with tomatoes, and onions and spices; Saudi foul, which is mashed foul with tahina, tomato sauce and spices; and a third plate had feta cheese with diced tomato. This is served with assorted bread and a choice of coffee and tea. I highly recommend this dish; it is a great way to explore the different flavors of a real Saudi breakfast.
Masoub is a famous Hejazi dish; we usually have it for breakfast, especially in the holy month of Ramadan. It is a sweet dish made with mashed bread, honey and bananas. Fa6or Faris offers two kinds, the traditional one and the other called My Father’s Masoub, which is served with cream. It tasted exactly like my grandmother’s dessert, with small pieces of crunchy bread mixed with honey and mashed bananas. It should be eaten when hot.
The menu offers a variety of waffles in different flavors, such as chocolate, peanut butter and Faris waffles topped with a variety of seasonal fruits and ice cream. We had the cinnamon waffles with diced apples. I wasn’t very fond of it because I thought it was a little dry and needed a sauce, but the waffle itself was beautifully cooked with crunchy sides, just the way I love it.
Our waiter insisted we try the chocolate pancake, which he said is “heaven in every bite.” I couldn’t agree more. The pancake looked appetizing when it arrived and was decorated with a symbol of the hashtag in chocolate.
The pancake was fluffy and moist. But the surprise element was the warm, gooey Nutella chocolate spread inside. Need I say more?
If you are a fan of sandwiches, then you will find an interesting variety for both vegetarians and meat lovers: From grilled Hallomi cheese sandwich, feta cheese sandwich, tuna sandwich to club sandwich, smoked turkey sandwich and more.
There is a whole range of egg dishes to choose from. There is the cheese omelet, fried eggs, bell pepper eggs and of course, the famous poached eggs, which are served on a bed of toast bread, a slice of turkey, spinach and topped with Holland sauce. The sugar eggs are interesting because the eggs are cooked in sugar. For those who are looking for other kinds of breakfast, they can try the French toast, cheese platters, fruit salads, and their mini sandwich platter
The restaurant also serves English breakfast with eggs, jam, cheese and seasonal fruits. The American breakfast comprises eggs, potatoes, sausage and a mini pancake.

Expect to pay: Around SR 30 to SR 50.
Opening hours: Everyday from 6: 00 a.m. to 11:30 pm.

Email: [email protected]


Lebanese restaurant attracts star support following Beirut blasts

Updated 15 August 2020

Lebanese restaurant attracts star support following Beirut blasts

  • Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe donated $5,000 to the fund, set up by a group of Beirut-based foreign correspondents
  • Operating on a plat-du-jour formula, each day of the week would serve a homemade Lebanese specialty

LONDON: Lebanese restaurant Le Chef found an unlikely high-profile supporter after a GoFundMe page was set up to save the diner from ruin following the Beirut blasts on August 4.

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe donated $5,000 to the fund, set up by a group of Beirut-based foreign correspondents.

When Richard Hall, one of the organizers and the former-Beirut correspondent of UK daily The Independent, highlighted the generous donation, Crowe tweeted: “On behalf of Anthony Bourdain. I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon.” Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his life two years ago.

Tucked away in the middle of the Gemmayze district, Le Chef – commonly seen as one of Beirut’s must-try hole-in-the-wall diners for tourists – was badly damaged in the recent blast.

The tiny diner with its neon-red logo and checkered tables was second home to many of the street’s residents and the country’s foreign correspondents. It featured in Bourdain’s report from Beirut during his travel show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in 2006.

BACKGROUND

The tiny diner with its neon-red logo and checkered tables was second home to many of the street’s residents and the country’s foreign correspondents.

“And yet I'd already fallen in love with Beirut. We all had — everyone on my crew. As soon as we'd landed, headed into town, there was a reaction I can only describe as pheromonic: The place just smelled good. Like a place we were going to love,” Bourdain’s field notes during his time on CNN's Parts Unknown said.

Operating on a plat-du-jour formula, each day of the week would serve a homemade Lebanese specialty – with Thursday’s mloukhiyye and rice a favorite among many journalists, according to Arab News’ correspondent Leila Hatoum.

“When I worked as a reporter based in Gemmayze between 2002 and 2006, Le Chef was the restaurant that provided home-cooked style meals at such affordable prices and in generous quantities…each dish literally could feed two persons,” Hatoum said.

“It was the meeting point for every reporter in the area, be it foreign or local. I would say Le Chef was the ‘it’ place for affordable but great home-cooked food.”

Other dishes include rice and lamb (kharouf mehshi) on Mondays, spiced Lebanese couscous with chicken (moughrabiyye) on Tuesdays, kibbeh bil sayniyye on Wednesdays, rice and fish (sayyidiye) on Fridays and roast lamb with potatoes on Saturdays.

“Le Chef was different, everything they served was as though my mom cooked it,” Netherlands-based designer Rawad Baaklini told Arab News.

“And it was so cheap! Their dishes were big compared to the price they charged. They used to deliver, so for me ordering from them was like eating at home,” Baaklini said, recalling his time working at a studio based in the area.

“My favorite dish was the kibbeh bel sayniyye … It was magical, I don’t know how they made it, but it was every time great.”