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If you are going to visit a foreign country, why not enjoy the foods the locals eat. In Frankfurt have a schnitzel; in Seoul eat bulgogi, in Japan try soba; in Kuwait enjoy...goats head???
My friend said he was wondering if he should eat the chicken legs with his hands. But after he saw the Sheik pull the goat’s lips off and swallow them down, he figured eating with his hands was fine….
Yes, pretty disgusting!
Updated Apr 7, 2012
This is a unique restaurant in design, location, theme and format. It is located inside the SAS Radisson complex which like many other high end hotels in Kuwait has an armed security force and vehicle inspection before you enter. Once you park your massive American made SUV in the parking spots made for a Suzuki Jeep you walk a 100 meters or so until you see a big ol' dhow sitting inside a breakwater.
The dhow is the Al Boom and it is the world's largest dhow. Now keep in mind that a dhow is a coastal craft and is not suited for the high seas. It has a shallow draft and rolls like a seashell in the surf. This one was built for ceremonial purposes but it makes a really cool restaurant.
You go inside and they sit you at a table that has a number. You take the menu card they provide and literally check off the number of the meal you want whether it is Hammour (Grouper), steak, chicken, etc. After this you cruise the awesome salad bar. Actually the salad bar is enough for me and I am a big eater. It has stuffed grape leaves, cheeses, different olives, hummus, peeled boiled shrimp and all kind of salad makings.
Dinner is served on sizzling platters that they bring in a carrier that is derived from old style carriers used on wooden sailing vessels to serve officers and first class passengers. If the hot plate is i on the carrier and you drop it, it will not touch the timbers thereby starting a fire.
The food is excellent and the main course with sides is followed by a cold plate with some fruit dessert delights. This is all done by men wearing traditional Arabian dress seamans clothing. It is a keen dinig experience and at the end they give you an iron nail about 10 inches long to take as a souviner. These are the actual nails they used to put the ship's planks together.
Favorite Dish: The ribeye. Even though it is a thin cut I order it rare and it keeps cooking on the hot plate. I top it with green peppercorn sauce and dig in. The carnivore in me comes out. For sides I take the Arabic rice (a hint of coriander and cinnamon) and the vegetable ragout.
Updated Sep 13, 2009
Address: SAS Radisson Hotel
The atmosphere is nice. It is quiet and less crowded than Aysha's (which is located in the Avenues). Its more authentic than the atmosphere at Aysha's which is more trendy and you have to wait forever. They have a doorman dressed in what I assume is authentic Indian garb to great you. The service is always good. I can't think of a time we have ever had a problem.
The food is always good. If you have tried the only at Marina Mall keep this in mind: Kuwait City's level of spice is lower than Marinas. We usually ask for medium when we are at Kuwait Citys and mild when we are at the one one in the food court of Marina.
Favorite Dish: The chicken korma with the creamy cashew sause is my familys favorite item on the menu. We usually have to order a couple just to satisfy everyone. When we leave the country it is always the chicken korma we crave because we just can't find it anywhere else.
Written Sep 12, 2009
Address: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Excellent quality for the price.
Favorite Dish: I had a chicken sizzler dish, the Murg Tikka Khandhari with nan and suffron rice. It was outstounding but ordered it extra spicy and broke a sweat though wasn't overly hot but tasted wonderful with lots of veggies.
Written May 17, 2008
Address: Al Sharq (near the Souk)
It is an Indian/Chinese/Arabic/Continental cuisine, has many branches of restaurants and confectioneries in Kuwait. Few of the branches were vegetarian restaurants before. It has good and clean atmosphere within the neighborhood. I went to dine in for several times, tried some new menus but I could not get the real good taste. The food is mostly greasy and they tried to pump up an amount of the portion with some fried flour. We have to wait for 30-40 minutes from the order time to the service time. The confectioneries are average; I like the fruit cake though. I experience these in their Hawally and Kuwait city branches, I am not sure if you will get the same experiences in their other branches too. Opening hour is 12Noon to 3PM and 0630PM to 1130PM.
Updated Apr 16, 2008
The restaurant is popular for the Friday Brunch when there is an all-you-can-eat buffet for around 9 dinars pp (£18 approx.). This includes a large selection of sushi, hot dishes and tempanyaki with fruit salad for dessert. Drinks are extra. The restaurant has a modern vibe with soft lighting. They also do special 2 for 1 deals at certain times of the day. Service can be slow at times but the food is great.
Favorite Dish: Teriyaki chicken and most of the sushi maki rolls.
Written Mar 27, 2008
Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel (near airport)
I wish I could tell you the name, the address or what we ate. We just know it was pretty darn good and cheap. 3 ate for $9.00! See? You don't have to eat at Subway or Applebees or McDonalds while in Kuwait. Find a Local Eatery!
Favorite Dish: We ordered chicken with potatoes plus hummos, meat pies & warm pita. Man, this place rocked. Everyone was polite and nice and didn't mind us pointing to others food and saying, "BRING US THAT!" Sorry I didn't get the name, folks! ; (
Updated Jun 17, 2007
You wouldn't starve here or miss western food. They have them all including Pizza hut and Burger king. Miracle these folks aren't as obese as US citizens. Well - wait. They could be. They all wear robes, after all...
Favorite Dish: The Hash Browns were tasty! Came with my McDonald's breakfast value meal!
Written Jun 16, 2007
Located at Le Méridien by the Gulf (no views though), Al Marsa restaurant is considered Kuwait's best seafood restaurant. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is quite local despite being at a hotel. The restaurant is great for lunch or dinner.
Updated May 22, 2007
Address: Arabian Gulf Road at Le Méridien
Phone: (+965) 251 0999
The best Lebanese food in Kuwait can be found at Burj al-Hamam restaurant, and I would even say it's the best restaurant in Kuwait. It is located on the waterfront with panoramic views of the Gulf waters. This is a great experience where one could enjoy great food, scenic views, a good shisha and be able to dine alongside business groups, ladies' lunches and romantic couples. Burj al-Hamam is most recommended for lunch (for the views).
Updated May 22, 2007
Address: Waterfront Gulf Road, near the Green Island
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