Al Baik, Jiddah

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    Al Baik: Fast food in it's element !

    by Escadora7 Updated Dec 12, 2005

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    Al Baik - The Egyptian Branch


    You're in Jiddah, and you want some homegrown fast food, where do you go? The Al Baik chain of outlets definitely; the saudis' are crazy about it, and once you've tried it, you'll realize why.

    There usually is ample parking space out front. The interiors are very clean and hygienic [the cleaning men are at it, scrubbing floors and shining bathrooms 24/7] and the general ambience is relaxed, with crowd ranging from executives in their ties, egyptians screaming over their phones, saudi, lebanese, palestinian, syrian kids upto their usual pranks and the odd western or asian group deep in discussion.

    The speed of service is dependent on the amount of customers at the moment when you order [I have once waited for almost 30 mins for my order to come through when the place was packed]. However I have to commend the pace at which the service is rendered; and always with a smile! I once remember asking for some sauce and napkins and being given a whole lot more than I wanted. When I just took a select few, I was smilingly told by my attendant, 'Al Baik is the best. We give you more than you want. Tell everyone this.' Very positive attitude to work I have to admit.

    Warning: Times to watch out for is usually after Isha or the late evening prayers, when the crowds flock to their outlets (at least the one near Sulaimaniyah). It's a little funny to see all the Saudi's in their white dishdashas / thobes running to be first in line as soon as the doors are opened. It is true though that Al Baik enjoys a good amount of crowd at pretty much all times.

    Their outlets are currently located in Jiddah, Madinah and Mecca. There's rumours about how the proprieter tried to open in Riyadh too, but came under resistance from the officials who did not want any competition to their own outlets. There is an Al Baik chain in Cairo - Egypt too, for those of you who can't get to Saudi.

    Definately one of my top 10 recommended Jiddah restaurants.


    Favorite Dish: Especially recommended is the mouth watering spicy chicken broast (dipped in garlic sauce) and the shrimps (with coctail sauce). The sauces are specials made to order by Al Baik. Their dishes are accompanied by fresh french fries and buns.

    4 pieces chicken (+ spicy) - SR 10
    8 pieces chicken (+ spicy) - SR 19
    8 pieces chicken nuggets - SR 10
    Shrimps - SR 17
    Jumbo shrimps - SR 27
    Juice / Beer - SR 2
    Coleslaw - SR 3

    plus an assorted list of sandwiches, shawermas and hummus. Extra helping of buns can be got for .50 halalas

    Even their coke cans have the chicken logo of Al Baik printed onto it.

    I never really noticed a family room nor once have seen a woman in any of these outlets. Women have been given a facility of ordering from a separate window at the side.

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  • Al Baik: You are in Jeddah! Then you MUST try it!

    by majed81 Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    Al Baik fast food Restaurant

    Quite the most popular local fast food
    in the whole city. There are 20 branches in
    Jeddah and one branch in Makkah that’s it.

    This is the local McDonalds of Jeddah ;o).

    They are prohibited to open anywhere around
    the kingdom nor the world. People from
    neighboring cities come to Jeddah just to
    order the best fast food ever. Once you try
    their chicken, Shrimp, Garlic sauce and the
    French fraise you will understand why.

    Favorite Dish: Shrimp and the garlic sauce.

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    Al Baik: Finger-lickin' Good

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    Al Baik is a locally owned fast food chain in Jeddah. There are other branches in Makkah and Medina, but none in Riyadh.
    They basically serve chicken, chips and shrimp. All is really fresh and tastes yum!
    No matter what time I go there whether it's 1500 or 0200 it always seems to be packed full of people, yet you still get service with a smile within 5 minutes, and your order never seems to take more than 10 minutes to be ready.
    Some of the branches have a family section - Khalediyah has a big one.
    Note though that the prices were slightly increased in May 2007, but its still great value for money!!

    Favorite Dish: Its a toss up between spicy chicken nuggets (come in two different sizes, with french fries, garlic dipping sauce and a warm sesame seed bun) and jumbo shrimp combo (comes with 2 pottles of coleslaw, french fries, a sesame bun and cocktail sauce).

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  • Al Baik: food ... foooooooooooood

    by amna_alshamsi Written Sep 30, 2003

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    They service excellent kind of food, either sea food or other kind for fast food . I do not know if i should characterize it as a fast food restaurant or not. It has perfect food. some people think it is like KFC , personally i think it is hmmmm,

    Favorite Dish: All kind esepcially sea food

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  • Al Baik: my favourite ever

    by Manyana Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    this is the restuarant i ever revere:D it's got all the qualities anyone can ever enjoy and look for in food; lavishly tasty, surprisingly affordable and friendly 'generous' staff ever.
    it mainly serves take-away orders but there's usually an eat-in section that accommodates only men, in big branches only.
    the popular food product that has boosted up the reputation of this saudi-owned chain of al-Baik restaurant is their roasted chicken with chips and garlic sauce. it's usually served as either half chicken or whole chicken. i absolutely love the skin.
    there're other products like spicy chicken, chicken wraps and fillet and things i'm not aware of.
    it's the best deal for your pocket, and everyone can just pass by and get some if you're in a chickeny mood today.
    the speed of their service is immense; max 15 min unless on occasions like ramadan and hajj. and if you need more garlic sauce as it comes in separate little containers, you can always ask for more garlic and more bread and the staff will ALWAYS give you what you need. such well-managed business;^)
    this restaurant can be found literally anywhere you go

    Favorite Dish: the regular chicken of course;^)

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  • Al Baik: u have never taste any broast like albaik

    by imran786 Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    i was lucky when i use to live in jeddah and almost every 2nd day i go to albaik the service is amazing the quality and the main thing u will never taste any chicken like albaik i have been almost half of the world i eat some fried chicken but none of them like albaik i would love to eat again.

    Favorite Dish: chicken and fries and the i love the garlic sauce hammmmmmmm

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  • Al Baik: Putting KFC to Shame

    by Digi Written Feb 16, 2004

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    Chicken al-Baik is a well known Fried Chicken chain in Saudi Arabia. I had never heard of it, and was satisfied with eating halal KFC. However, my uncle introduced me to the chicken from al-Baik, and KFC cannot compare. The chicken is excellent, juicy, crispy, and the garlic sauce is magnificent.

    Its no surprise to see extremely long lines in Al-Baik restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: Fried Chicken with Garlic Sauce

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  • Al Baik: 7 years later and I wish I could go back

    by ne1se4 Written Oct 7, 2003

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    I grew up in Jeddah from '82-'96. My favorite food was the Broast / Al-Baik my dad would bring home afterwork. That chicken is the best in the world and the GARLIC SAUCE is also excellent. My family has tried to recreate both since we moved, but to no avail. A family friend who still lived there brought me some here where I live a few years ago. Even though it was 2 days old and cold, I practically inhaled it. Al-Baik should open up stores around the world.

    P.S. I put "about average" down there compared to other Jeddah restaurants because it was SO INEXPENSIVE THERE. Sodas were, converted, 25 US cents.

    Favorite Dish: I GET THE CHICKEN (DRUMSTICKS AND THIGHS), BREAD, FRIES, GARLIC SAUCE. The chicken is juicy inside yet crispy on the outside. KFC's Crispy pales in comparison. The fries are okay. Definitely edible, but not what I crave. The sesame buns I didn' t start eating until I was about 12 because as a kid, I wanted to leave room for more chicken and garlic sauce. But I started to make these garlic sauce, chicken, and fries sandwiches. This place is definitely not for the health-conscious.

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  • Al Baik: Be careful

    by DKNYjeddah Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Saudi Arabia obviously sells all Halal items,but Al Baik is an exception .Al Baik used to be Halal pre 1997 when it was owned by a Palestenian businessman -the tycoon who started this business.Unfortunately it was taken over by a Saudi prince whom I dont want to name in 1996.I dont want to say anything further but you may be wondering where the raw chicken comes from.It used to come from Al Fakieh poultry farms before 1996 ,from 1996 to 1997 it came from South Africa(proved Halal)and from 1997 onwards it started to come from France(nobody was able to prove that the chicken was Halal until date) .
    Although the chicken is well tasty and tempting to eat,I would not if I were you.

    Favorite Dish: Used to be half spicy chicken with coleslaw.

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  • Al Baik: Never eat Albaik in Pakistan

    by tariqvana Written Feb 26, 2007

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    Albaik have brought a hopeless franchise in pakistan.The service it is providing in pakistan is really poor and the qauality standard is unimaginable, the nuggets Albaik pakistan is providing is hopeless. Albaik in pakistan is purshasing its nuggets from a local company in pakistan named "MON SALWA". THE CHICKEN they are selling is half cooked and it does not taste like albaik jeddah or madina. MACDONALD, KFC AND PIZZAHUT have built great market reputation in pakistan and are serving millions of customers in pakistan daily.

    Favorite Dish: Albaik is a well reputed food restaurant in middles east it provide chicken and nuggets with great taste which is better than Burger King chicken and KFC'S chicken.

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    Al Baik: It's a hevenly experience

    by mkh01 Written Jul 30, 2006

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    A trip to Al-Baik is an unforgettable and delightful experience. Al-Baik currently operates from three Saudi cities the coastal Red Sea City of Jeddah, and the holy cities of Makkah & Madinah. Al-Baik basically provides fried chicken that is of heavenly descent with a whole lot of other delightful add ons. Their garlic sauce is the best and cannot be duplicated by any other restaurant in the world, It is a closely guarded family recipe and I can say that my taste buds have never tasted something so magnificently perfect at any other restaurant. I have stayed in Jeddah for around 16 years and can say that have never been fed up by my visits to the Baik and will never be. You can get KFC and Mc Donald’s anywhere else in the world but Al-Baik is a delightful treat you cannot expect to eat anywhere else in the world. The restaurant works on the Counter-Self service system as any other western fast food joint but the ambiance and the hygiene is great. They provide family restaurants at selected places whilst the rest are for bachelors. Their service is extremely quick but you might have to wait due to the humungous rush inside.

    Favorite Dish: Their menu consists of an array of mouth-watering delights from the most popular Fried Chicken to the Coated Fried Shrimps. A basic Single meal consists of four pieces of chicken, one sesame bun, loads of French Fries and garlic sauce. All this for a very reasonable price of 10 Saudi Riyals that comes to around 3 US $. It is an unbelievable price for such a filling and tasty meal but its worth it even if it’s worth 10 $. The boneless Chicken Nuggets are also a savoury treat along with the Fried Shrimps. Although they do not have much on the menu for Non-Vegetarian’s the Corn on the Cob and Coleslaw salad is a good option along with some Hummus and the exquisite garlic sauce. A family of four can easily have a filling meal for around 40 Saudi Riyals that comes to around 10 US $. I know that my reader will also cherish their visit to Al-Baik as much as I did so next time you pack up for the beautiful coastal city of Jeddah don’t forget to visit Al-Baik.

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    Al Baik: Nothing Like It!

    by patatina Written Jul 5, 2006

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    I LOVE THIS PLACE. When I'd be back in Jeddah after a long trip, the first place I normally head to is Al-Baik for their awesome broast chicken. You just crave it! I have never seen another restaurant like it since I moved away and miss it like crazy! The chicken is deep-fried and so crunchy and tasty! They heap on the fries - at this place they are generous with everything - and put in a big, warm bun in there for a huge feast! The best too is the garlic sauce - just ask for some extra and they'll toss more in - it's the best to dip the chicken, fries, and bread into. Absolutely delicious! The place gets very busy but the service is quick and they pack those up as quickly as they can during busy times. The branch I went to the most was the one on Khaladeyyah, across from Saudia City. They built an upstairs part for the women and families. It's huge, well taken care of, and kept clean and tidy. The restaurant has also kept its prices consistent through the years - always 10SR for a 4 piece meal with fries and bun. They also have jumbo shrimp meals - very very good too and the portions are huge.

    Favorite Dish: 4 pieces Chicken, Fries, & Bun - great meal!
    The jumbo shrimps are great too

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  • Al Baik: u have never taste any broast like albaik

    by imran786 Written Feb 1, 2005

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    i was lucky when i use to live in jeddah and almost every 2nd day i go to albaik the service is amazing the quality and the main thing u will never taste any chicken like albaik i have been almost half of the world i eat some fried chicken but none of them like albaik if thereis any way i can get albaik in montreal canada i would love to eat again

    Favorite Dish: chicken and fries and the i love the garlic sauce hammmmmmmm

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  • Al Baik: you will never taste any broast like albaik

    by imran786 Written Feb 1, 2005

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    i was lucky when i use to live in jeddah and almost every 2nd day i go to albaik the service is amazing the quality and the main thing u will never taste any chicken like albaik i have been almost half of the world i eat some fried chicken but none of them like albaik if thereis any way i can get albaik in montreal canada i would love to eat again

    Favorite Dish: chicken and fries and the i love the garlic sauce hammmmmmmm

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  • Al Baik: you will never taste any broast like albaik

    by imran786 Written Feb 1, 2005

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    i was lucky when i use to live in jeddah and almost every 2nd day i go to albaik the service is amazing the quality and the main thing u will never taste any chicken like albaik i have been almost half of the world i eat some fried chicken but none of them like albaik if thereis any way i can get albaik in montreal canada i would love to eat again

    Favorite Dish: chicken , fries and i love the garlic sauce hammmmmmmm and also hommos

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