The best places in the Saudi capital for Iftar, Suhoor and Ramadan gifting.
Promising COYA’s signature ambience, the luxurious new outpost in Riyadh features a live ceviche counter and an indoor terrace, in addition to the main dining area and outdoor garden terrace. For Iftar, diners can order from a special Iftar menu of Peruvian signatures imbued with a distinctly modern twist. Expect guacamole, Hongos Ceviche, Arroz Nikkei and Chicha Morada for dessert. SAR 250 per person.
Enter into the fun and exuberant urban jungle environment of Hotel Cartagena. Expect oversized birdcages and towering tropical plants while indulging in an Iftar set menu with a Latin American twist. Expect black bean spring roll, maduros and pistachio sambusek, crispy chicken shawarma, stuffed beef tenderloin and whole seabass to feature. SAR 195 per person.
GO: Call +966 9200 33801 for reservations and more information.
Il Baretto Riyadh will be extending its opening hours to cater to Suhoor traditions this Ramadan. Both dinner and Suhoor guests will have complete access to Il Baretto’s à la carte offering, featuring the restaurant’s Italian favourites and modern classics. Diners can curate their Ramadan dining experience based on their personal preferences with Gillardeau oysters, green beans and artichoke salad, red prawn carpaccio, black truffle rigatoni, crab ravioli, beef fillet and Oscietra caviar. Round off the meal with the restaurant’s famed desserts, including the Sicilian cannoli and pistachio crème brulée.
GO: Visit www.ilbaretto.sa for reservations and more information.
Ideal for hosting and gifting, the limited-edition dessert box from LPM Riyadh comprises six decadent desserts created especially for the Holy month. Curb your chocolate cravings with the flavours of dark circle, a dessert made with chocolate mousse, biscuit jaconde, hazelnut mousseline and chocolate glaze, or explore the airy texture of the white chocolate and raspberry sponge cake. The petit gateau, a concoction of almond sponge and mascarpone cream is garnished with mango, pineapple and raspberry for a fruity twist. Banana Dulcey, with banana crémeux and banana cake, is another crowd-pleaser alongside the milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse and rich caramel and coffee tart. SAR 350.
GO: Visit www.lpmrestaurants.com/riyadh for more information.
Meraki has unveiled two family-friendly Iftar set menus exclusively for the Holy month. The menus explore Greek haute-cuisine with a five-course dining experience featuring the restaurant’s signature starters, salads, mezze, main courses, sides and desserts. Comprising creations such as the Mykonian salad, beetroot carpaccio, Pasitsio, prawn souvlaki, courgette and feta rigatoni, grilled seabass, lamb pregola, and truffle rice, diners will have the chance to choose their salad, hot mezze and main courses to suit their unique dietary preferences. The two distinct menus are priced at SAR 250 and SAR 350 per person.
The Riyadh output of contemporary Japanese restaurant ROKA will continue to offer both its a la carte and tasting menus to diners this Ramadan. Indulge in signature dishes such as salmon tartare, black cod and king crab dumplings, sea bream fillet or lamb cutlets with Korean spices. ROKA has also created an exclusive mocktail, Kumo Arabica (SAR 65) for the occasion.
GO: Call +92 001 2327 for reservations or more information.
Sophisticated Mediterranean dining destination Villa Palma draws influence from the culinary traditions of Greece, Spain, Italy, Morocco and the South of France to curate an Iftar experience that transports guests to some of the region’s most beloved destinations. Available throughout the holy month, the curated four-course dining experience (available for Iftar, Suhoor or dinner) features soups, starters, mains and desserts. This exclusive Ramadan set menu embraces the vibrancy and warmth of the Mediterranean with Moroccan harira soup, Villa Caesar salad, beetroot and lentil salad, feta watermelon salad, pollo alla Milanese, slow braised lamb, mushroom tagliatelle, and baked rigatoni. For dessert, the orange almond syrup cake, date pudding and authentic Italian Gelato offer the sweetest possible end to a memorable meal.
GO: Visit www.villapalma.co or call +966 50 333 0154 for reservations or more information.
Walton St Scalini Riyadh
Like its counterparts in London, Doha and Dubai, Scalini in the Saudi capital offers pleasing Italian cuisine in a chic environment. The restaurant’s acclaimed a la carte menu will be offered for Ramadan. Begin with a refreshing starter of bresaola with creamy ricotta followed by the popular penne all’ arrabbiata, grilled whole baby chicken or tagliatelle con pollo e funghi. The crescendo of this Italian Iftar comes in the form of a velvety tiramisu or a decadent Nutella cheesecake.
GO: Call 011 477 7753 for reservations or more information.