Where We Are Going Today: Les Deux Magots‎

Where We Are Going Today: Les Deux Magots‎
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The cafe opens on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 12.30 a.m., on Friday from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (Supplied)
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The cafe opens on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 12.30 a.m., on Friday from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (Supplied)
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Updated 18 October 2023
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Where We Are Going Today: Les Deux Magots‎

Where We Are Going Today: Les Deux Magots‎

Parisian brasserie Les Deux Magots, an iconic destination with a literary history stretching back to the 1880s, has opened a branch in Via Riyadh.

The name of cafe translates to “two Chinese figurines.” The Riyadh branch fuses art, fashion, literature and politics to offer guests a charming Parisian experience‎.

Les Deux Magots became a cultural hub in Paris and a ‎meeting spot for French poets, including Paul Verlaine, Arthur ‎Rimbaud and Stephane Mallarme.

The Prix des Deux Magots is one of the ‎oldest and most prominent literary prizes in France‎.

The Riyadh literary cafe offers a variety of options. Diners can start their meal with tartare d’avocat et miettes de crabe, ‎an avocado tartare with crab chunks, drizzled in lime vinaigrette.

For those seeking ‎a more wholesome starter, salade Deux Magots includes green salad, chicken breast, comte cheese and a hard-boiled quail egg.‎

The filet de boeuf poele is the ‎signature dish. The pan-fried beef fillet is complemented by a pepper sauce, served with a side of dauphinois potato gratin.

Les Deux Magots’ classic creme brulee uses fresh black Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar.

The cafe opens on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 12.30 a.m., on Friday from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

For more information, check the cafe’s Instagram @lesdeuxmagots.sa.


Where We Are Going Today: ‘The Lucky Llama’ restaurant in Jeddah

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Updated 13 April 2024
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Where We Are Going Today: ‘The Lucky Llama’ restaurant in Jeddah

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  • Situated in the Al-Mohammadiyyah district, The Lucky Llama was established by chef Nihal Felemban

The Lucky Llama, a fine-dining restaurant in Jeddah, specializes in Nikkei cuisine, which combines culinary elements from Peru and Japan.

This unique style blends the colors, flavors, and aromas of both countries to create a harmonious dining experience.

Nikkei cuisine showcases the delicate and imaginative aspects of Japanese cooking alongside the bold and spicy flavors of Peru.

Situated in the Al-Mohammadiyyah district, The Lucky Llama was established by chef Nihal Felemban.

The cozy interior features plush seating, soft lighting and rustic decor, creating a welcoming ambiance.

I began with the salmon crispy rice, a blend of crispy rice, spicy truffle sauce, Norwegian salmon and jalapeno slices for a spicy kick. Each bite offers a harmony of flavors and textures, with the rice crunch complementing the buttery salmon.

To cleanse my palate between dishes, I chose the sake sour, a refreshing mix of sake, lime, yuzu and green tea syrup.

The nigiri menu stands out with vibrant flavors.

The scallop nigiri delighted with its rich umami taste, enhanced by truffle butter, parmesan and black lime zest.

My main course, the arroz con langosta, featured bomba rice, tom yum Nikkei broth, lobster and prawns — similar to paella but with a unique fusion twist.

For dessert, I enjoyed the sweet churros coated in cinnamon sugar, dipped in creamy dulce de leche.

The welcoming staff and top-notch service elevate the cozy ambiance. For more details, visit @theluckyllama.co on Instagram.

 


Top restaurant suggestions across the Kingdom during Eid holidays

Top restaurant suggestions across the Kingdom during Eid holidays
Updated 11 April 2024
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Top restaurant suggestions across the Kingdom during Eid holidays

Top restaurant suggestions across the Kingdom during Eid holidays
  • Suhail provides an authentic Saudi hospitality experience based on traditional cuisine
  • Le Grenier a Pain in Riyadh is a charming French bakery and brunch spot

JEDDAH: The Eid breakfast, when loved ones come together to share delicious food and create lasting memories, is a cherished tradition. If you are looking to elevate your Eid breakfast experience, here are some top restaurants from around the Kingdom:

Suhail

Suhail provides an authentic Saudi hospitality experience based on traditional cuisine. Its ambiance takes inspiration from the captivating allure of the Arabian Peninsula desert, offering a comfortable setting for diners.

Lute Twaiq

Indulge in Italian and Levantine cuisine at Lute Twaiq. The Riyadh restaurant offers a breakfast buffet featuring traditional Italian and Levantine delicacies, including pasta, risotto and Neapolitan pizzas. Options like the eggplant beef hamsa are also available, prepared in the Neapolitan style. Eid breakfast starts at 6 a.m., perfect for early morning celebrations. Dammam residents can also enjoy Lute Twaiq at a branch in the city.

Le Grenier a Pain

Le Grenier a Pain in Riyadh is a charming French bakery and brunch spot. The menu features an array of French baked treats, including flaky croissants, buttery pain au chocolat and indulgent quiches. For Eid breakfast, Le Grenier a Pain serves specially prepared dips and diverse cheese platters, ideal for sit-down family gatherings or as a grab-and-go option.

ALFOLK

Enjoy breakfast at ALFOLK in Shangri La Hotel, featuring an international cuisine spread for SR595 ($158) per person. Alongside delicious dishes, guests can enjoy live music by two talented musicians, a photo booth and fun activities like face painting and clown performances. A fun-filled morning is the perfect start for Eid festivities.

The Waterfront Kitchen

The Waterfront Kitchen serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After enjoying a delicious meal, guests can continue their Eid celebrations with the regular lunch menu. Families can also take advantage of two hours of complimentary access to the kids’ club.

Burnt restaurant

Celebrate Eid at Burnt restaurant with a morning feast featuring a curated menu of dishes. Try the cheese platter, offering three dips paired with flavorful accompaniments for SR43. The restaurant also serves fried Asian eggs, a fusion of roasted potato and kohlrabi with Korean chili and miso, topped with fried eggs and sesame, for SR24.

Atareek Al-Madi

Atareek is a cultural hub featuring a museum, art gallery and space for Hijazi folk celebrations. It showcases traditional karweet and mirkaz wooden benches adorned with intricate Arabesque designs. Atareek’s Eid breakfast serves popular Saudi dishes like mugalgal, mandi lamb, Saudi white coffee and Ta’ateemah.

Pattis France

Pattis France, nestled on Prince Turki Corniche Road along the Alkhobar waterfront, provides a refined setting for an elegant Eid morning with family. The menu boasts a variety of egg dishes — scrambled, poached, or as omelets — alongside French baked treats and artisan desserts.

Fatte w Snobar

Fatte w Snobar offers authentic Levantine cuisine across multiple branches in Alkhobar, Dammam, Al-Ahsa, Abha, Al-Qassim and Madinah. The restaurant provides convenient breakfasts and grab-and-go packages perfect for Eid. These curated boxes feature a variety of dishes, including creamy hummus, foul, crispy falafel, succulent kebdah, omelets, assorted cheeses, pickles and fresh salads.

Mild

Located in the heart of King Abdullah Branch Road in Madinah, Mild offers a modern culinary experience perfect for Eid breakfast. With a chic and contemporary interior, Mild presents a carefully crafted menu that blends international flavors with local inspirations. From cheese platters to Arabic falafel bowls, refreshing falafel salads to bold bruschetta bowls, and Mexican omelets to Tunisian shakshuka, there are choices for every palate. With options ranging from sandwiches to tacos and focaccia, Mild ensures a pleasant dining experience for all.


Where We Are Going Today: ‘Guaka’ - Mexican-style cuisine in Jeddah

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Updated 10 April 2024
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Where We Are Going Today: ‘Guaka’ - Mexican-style cuisine in Jeddah

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  • With its vast and flavorful menu offerings, Guaka restaurant promises a dining experience that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Mexico in a vibrant and inviting setting

Located on Prince Sultan Road in Rawdah district, Guaka is a new addition to the culinary scene, specializing in authentic Mexican-style cuisine.

This family-friendly restaurant offers a varied menu featuring classic dishes such as their signature guacamole dip paired with crispy tortilla chips.

Start your culinary journey with a selection of appetizers, including taquitos, and deep-fried tortilla rolls stuffed with savory beef, served with a side of salsa. For a hearty and satisfying main course, indulge in the Mexican-style rice bowl featuring tender chicken or beef, topped with sweet corn, creamy guacamole and a flavorful sauce.

A standout dish is the Birra nachos, which combines Mexican-style slow-cooked beef with crunchy corn tortilla chips, topped with a medley of ingredients such as pepper, jack cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and chipotle mayo. The result is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

From the fiery chipotle chicken tacos to the delicious grilled shrimp tacos laced with lime and dill, Guaka’s many options cater to all tastes. The marinated beef al pastor tacos are served with grilled peppers and fruits cooked in a shawarma style and topped with onion and parsley. Tacos with grilled vegetables and a smoked eggplant salsa topped with fried okra and red radish are another tasty alternative for vegetarian diners.

For those craving a comforting classic, the quesadilla menu offers both chicken and beef varieties served in warm, white tortillas. To end your meal on a sweet note, indulge in the decadent de toast dessert, a delicious treat featuring bread battered with dulce de leche and topped with a luscious white cream.

Quench your thirst with a selection of refreshing drinks, including the mango rosemary chili mojito, the pineapple vanilla margarita made with fresh pineapple and vanilla, and the basil coconut mojito, a delightful blend of fresh lemon and lime juice with hints of basil and coconut syrup.

With its vast and flavorful menu offerings, Guaka restaurant promises a dining experience that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Mexico in a vibrant and inviting setting.

For updates and more details, check their Instagram @guaka.sa

 


Ramadan recipes: Lentil and vegetable soup

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Updated 06 April 2024
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Ramadan recipes: Lentil and vegetable soup

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  • Lentil soup has been a popular dish since the days of ancient Egypt

Lentils originated in Arabia, with records showing references to the legume in pharaonic texts, as well as ancient Iraqi and Shami scrolls and scripts.

The legume grew in popularity around the Middle East and was exported further afield by merchants.

Lentil soup has been a popular dish since the days of ancient Egypt. It is rich in vitamins and proteins, and is suitable for infants aged 6 months and older. People in the Middle East also drink the soup during winter to boost the immune system and ward off illness.

In this recipe, which is suitable for vegans and those following a keto diet, a variety of vegetables is added to provide extra flavor and visual appeal.

For the ingredients, you need 250 grams cooked lentils, 250 grams spinach, one onion, one red bell pepper, one potato, two cloves of minced garlic, one large carrot, one liter of vegetable stock, two tablespoons of chopped parsley, one tablespoon of chopped coriander, and salt and pepper.

Dice the carrot, red bell pepper, potato and onion, and place in separate bowls.

In a large pot, add a small amount of olive oil at medium heat, then add the onion and stir until golden brown. Then add the garlic and stir again. After 30 seconds, add the potato and mix for two minutes, then add the carrot and red bell pepper.

Pour the vegetable stock after five minutes, add the salt and pepper for seasoning, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the lentil and spinach and cook for five added minutes.

After the soup is ready, let it cool a little, garnish with the parsley and coriander, and serve. Lemon and chili flakes can be added for more flavor if desired.

 


Ramadan recipe: Labneh

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Updated 05 April 2024
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Ramadan recipe: Labneh

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  • The origins of labneh are difficult to pinpoint, but it is known that cheese made from yogurt has been consumed for thousands of years in the Levant

Labneh is a popular Lebanese dip used in various dishes or as a snack. The soft and creamy dip can be used in many meal combinations or as a chip and vegetable dip.

The name labneh is derived from “laban,” which translates to white. Laban is a popular yogurt drink in Arab countries.

The origins of labneh are difficult to pinpoint, but it is known that cheese made from yogurt has been consumed for thousands of years in the Levant.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, it is said that countries with hot climates created labneh because they had no way to preserve fresh milk.

Labneh is packed with protein and probiotics, meaning it can be enjoyed as a health food.

To make labneh, you need just three ingredients — 500 milliliters of yogurt, one and a half teaspoons of salt, and one and a half tablespoons of lemon juice.

All three ingredients should be mixed in a bowl. Once finished, pour the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined sieve. Place the sieve in a bowl to strain the liquid.

Let the mixture sit in the cheesecloth for at least two hours. After all the moisture is extracted from the mixture, place it on a dish and drizzle with olive oil to serve.