Narrowing down the best restaurants in Saudi Arabia is not an easy thing, especially when the Food & Beverage industry is one of the most booming in the country. You have your pick of cuisine to choose from, anything ranging between fusion cuisines from the East to local, authentic delicacies.
Time Out Riyadh came out a list this year in association with Pepsi Co., for the first time ever featuring the best restaurants in the kingdom. They started out with a shortlist that later turned into a compiled list of the winners. The list was divided according to the type of cuisine; European, Asian, North American, Latin American, Indian, MENA, and Saudi Arabian.
The published list also includes the Gran Prix, which is the best restaurant of 2022. Can you guess what it is? Ever since Roka opened in Saudi Arabia, it has been fully booked. Their menu offers an outstanding collection of Japanese delicacies, and the ambiance is just perfect.
Other names on the list featured LPM, which is one of our favorite French spots in Riyadh. The traditional cuisine offers everything from mussels to entrecote, with a special focus on Niçoise influences.
Mohalla was also mentioned on the list, and rightfully so as it’s appetizing dishes never fail. When it comes to Indian street food, Mohalla is definitely on top of our list. Be sure to taste the Avocado Papdi Chat when you’re there!
Hotel Cartagena was part of the list as well boasting of Colombian fusion plates and an unforgettable design. The Grilled Mushroom ceviche and the Black Bean empanadas are a must try.
Heading over to the Middle East, Shababik for the Lebanese flair was mentioned as part of the list. It’s the most authentic hummus you will find! For Saudi Arabian cuisine, the list mentioned the staples such as Suhail, Najd Village, and Takya – local flavors manifested through a traditional seating. Did anyone say kabsa?
The list also featured Best Themed restaurants which were divided according to breakfast, afternoon tea, coffee, buffet, pizza, burger, steakhouse, and dessert categories.