Feeding the senses: How Zodiac Garden owner Siham Hassanain is taking Riyadh Season visitors on culinary journey

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Siham Hassanain at her restaurant Zodiac Garden set up for Riyadh Season at Riyadh Boulevard. (AN photos by Basheer Saleh)
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Siam Hassanain at her restaurant Zodiac Garden, on Riyadh Boulevard during Riyadh Season. (The photo was taken by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 19 November 2019

Feeding the senses: How Zodiac Garden owner Siham Hassanain is taking Riyadh Season visitors on culinary journey

  • Offering meals ‘to suit each of the 12 Zodiac signs’ in a creative way

RIYADH: Siham Hassanain, the president and founder of Siham International Trading Co., had a great opportunity when she opened her restaurant Zodiac Garden in the biggest and most important zone of Riyadh Season. Following earlier success at Jeddah Season, she set up shop on Riyadh Boulevard, one of the 12 zones of Riyadh Season that during peak times could accommodate up to 400,000 visitors a day.
Hassanain, whose other brands include restaurant Kooz Karak, and nail spa Milk and Butter, said: “We have been in the market for 11 years. Our head office is in Jeddah and we specialize in restaurants, catering, and branding. We focus on creating local restaurants following international standards.”

We feed senses. That’s our slogan. It’s about the atmosphere, the smell, the food, the feelings, everything.

Siham Hassanain

Talking about the concept of Zodiac, Hassanain said that the concept came from the celestial zodiac signs 10 years ago. “I came up with the concept in 2009. Zodiac signs were trending, so we came up with dishes to suit each of the 12 signs.
“It became so famous that people wanted to come and see what dish their sign was,” she added. “We feed senses. That’s our slogan. It’s about the atmosphere, the smell, the food, the feelings, everything.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Zodiac Garden is a major highlight of the Riyadh Season festivities.

• Siham Hassanain is in the business for 11 years and she specializes in restaurants, catering, and branding.

• For every season she changes details of her establishment. The restaurant features upscale European cuisine alongside traditional Japanese fare.

• The concept of Zodiacs comes from the celestial signs and gained popularity over time.

Hassanain said that for every season she changed details of her establishment, so that for Jeddah Season the restaurant had a summery ambiance, while Riyadh Season was wintery in feel.
She not only owns the restaurant, but is also the head chef. The restaurant features upscale European cuisine alongside traditional Japanese fare. At Riyadh Season, Zodiac Garden lined up alongside other high-end restaurants like Al-Falamnki and Shababik, with a magnificent view over the dancing fountain.


Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

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Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

  • The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health

JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications.

The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing.

The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease.

There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical.

37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children.

3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059.

The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics.

It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock.