Restaurants and Hotels
Most quality restaurants in Saudi Arabia are operated by non-Saudis . Thus, they are "foreign" restaurants serving mainly non-native food and have menus in both Arabic and English. The prices can be very high, with evening meals usually costing 20 dollars or more. Besides the restaurants, there are also numerous fast-food establishments in Riyadh
There is likewise a wide range of hotels in Riyadh. The top rated ones provide excellent service and amenities, although their rates are very expensive. Some of them serve as meeting places for local and foreign businessmen
I only want to introduce the famous trraditional food in the Middle East!
Wherever you can eat a Shawerma!
It is a Turkish food it is so delicious but all the Middle Eastern Countries are great masters in doing it.
Foul is also very famous,
Homos, Fateh, Falafel, Tabooleh, Kobeh.
And many other delicious meals you will adore when you will try it.
But BBQ is ever a famous meal, which you can always order if you are the kind who does not like to risk.
P.S. please do not miss the Oriental dessert, It is Superb!
Once again I cant give a correct description about a specific location because I want to make this tip about being in a restaurant with men and women. The Middle East restaurant scene may seem complex due to different seating areas but if you follow the rules and have a heads up from the locals then your experience may be one of your favorite aspects of the Middle East. Women generally sit with their family members in the family room and men are strongly discouraged from sitting in the area if you are travelling by yourself. If you meet some locals and they invite you to accompany them in the family room then that is perfectly acceptable and chances are you will have your meal paid for. In general, ask the waiter or deskman where you should sit and take your lead from the local single men.
The photos show the varities of Salads , hot & cold appetizers ,dips ..etc.
Salads such as Tabouleh , Fatoush , Cucumber yoghurt salad ( roub bil kheyaar)
Dips /appetizers: Hommus , Mutabal ,labneh ,Muhammara ,stuffed vine leaves, arayes ,kibbeh (cracked wheat stuffed with mince & pine seeds),fatayer ,falafel,baba ganoush(spinach ,cheese ,meat),manakeesh ,lahm bil ajeen,liver
Last photo shows wedges of Arayes which is one of my favorites ,grilled pita bread stuffed with marinated minced lamb , fatayer ( various shapes of dough stuffed with meat ,cheese ,spinach) , both meat and chicken kebab.
Also magrabiyah a dish with couscous & meat ,chick peas and veggies stew.
If you are like me, travel cheap & eating cheap or you just don't care to find a restaurant around The Middle East, you might as well sample some street breads as featured on my photo on the left.
Get yourself a bottle of mineral water & buy 1 or 2 of those breads & munch away !
Definitely would give you some energy that you need.
Err, maybe that would give you an upset stomach ?
Certainly not to me !
Photo was taken in Beirut.
A splendid restaurant in a splendid building - in traditional Lebanese style, with plenty of tall arches, and a lush garden. There are also unforgettable views of th crusaders' castle - by day at least.
Favorite Dish: Delicious mezzes and seafood. The spinach-filled pastries were heavenly. We also has grilled tiger-praws: fresh and crunchy! Definitely a restaurant to recommend. Lebanese wine is served.
Le pecheur is a posh-ish fish restaurant on the corniche: great food but quite expensive. Walimah is owned by two lebenese ladies and you'll get home-cooked traditional meals. it's in Hamra. Istambuli is popular with lebanese families and has a large selection of kebabs: it's in Hamra, too
Favorite Dish: Le pecheur: mixed fish platter or fish kebabs
Walimah: great kibbeh (but menu changes daily)
Istambuli: shish kebab and fruits
The restaurant is.. well, just a simple restaurant. Definitely not the one we were looking for (the Wardeh restaurant), but since neither we nor taxi-drivers could find it, we ended up in the nearest place we could find: Restaurant Damoun
Favorite Dish: The restaurant serves only mezzes: we had 4 different ones: 2 cold and 2 warm ones. They were ok, but not special. The hummus was unhappily swimming in oil. OK if you're starving, otherwise you'd better pass on
very basic ( u only get a spoon to eat) is the place under the beige/yellow and white sign in King Hussein street near the acco internet cafe (1 dinar). A better one, still in the centre is the Jerusalem Restaurant: spoon and fork (but no knife) and food for 3 dinars. At the other end of the price range, the Blue Fig in Adboun, where the rich youth goes. It's 10 dinars here for western food, including fork and (hear hear!) knife
Favorite Dish: blue fig: arab bread, jerusalem: lamb meshaff, the restaurant with the name in arabic: great grilled chicken and chickpeas
Here's two restaurants i can easily recommend. the Basin Restaurant is inside the old city of Petra, right where yu start your climb up to the monastery. It's a typical tourist restaurant - but in wonderful surroundings. The food, strangely enough, is superb.
The otehr restaurant, and I can't beieve I lsot the name, is right nextdoor to the Petra Palace Hotel - you won't miss it since it's also an overpriced internet cafe: food was really good (and not too expensive)
Favorite Dish: Basin restaurant: falafels and grilled meats. The nameless restaurant had quite good desserts.
There's not many places to eat at Wadi Rum - the rest house is a goverment owned simple restaurant serving powerful chai and simple (and large) traditional meals in a wonderfully scenic location. It's also the place where you organize jeeps to take you inside wadi rum.
Favorite Dish: falafels were truly delicious - grilled meats a lot less. And - of course - i liked the hummus
The restaurant.. ugly.. all I can say.... then again at thedead sea you can only eat at posh hotels, since there's nothing else. so this one is just as good (or as bad) as any other one. The food, however, was quite good - despite the plastic surroundings.
Favorite Dish: there was some delicious arab bread with onions.. and some salty pastries (with onions again) that were delicious
- "shahrazad palace" is not touristic and has an unwritten menu that changes every day. The shish taouk was great
- "Jabri house" is quiet touristic but has a menu written in English, which is helpful. mezzes are great there.
- "Narcissus Palace" like the two previous resstaurants is in an old traditional Damascene Palace. Nice food there, too.
- "El Az" has unforgettable shwarmas for 25 syrian pounds
- "ice-cream" doesn't sell ice-creams but delicious rosewater puddings topped with pistachops for 25 Syrian pounds each
Favorite Dish: see above - or my Damascus page. They are all in the centre - with the exception of the take-away - near Hejaz station
Maybe a bit too expensive for a full meal - but definitely worthy for an afternoon tea in historical surroundings. It's a wonderful old palace/hotel - a piece of Turkish history, basically.
Favorite Dish: delicious tea and wonderful little cakes
- "al mir restaurant" serves traditional syrian food in a beautfully restored old Aleppine house
- "la gouna restaurant" has incredible mezzes... dozens of them, including local ones
- "khan restaurant" is a simple place in the old town to go for some chai and some mezzes. They also have full meals
Favorite Dish: see above or my Aleppo page for details and addresses
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