This time for our stay in Makkah we chose Makaram umul Qura hotel in Makkah as we went there for Umrah. It was recommended by a friend. It is located on Ajyad street. We booked this hotel from Booking.com. It has 7.5 rating on Booking.com and after watching pictures online, it looked pretty nice. When you enter the hotel, it has this spacious feel to it. It looks very neat and tidy. Continue reading
If you are looking for buying plants and thinking about decorating your garden or patio, Sultan Gardens is a beautiful place to pay a visit. By road side you must have seen so many nurseries that sell different types of indoor and outdoor plants which are pretty nice but Sultan Gardens is a place that offers much more. You can find outdoor decorating furniture, indoor and outdoor plants, big flowing fountains, huge vases, pots and so much cool stuff that can help you decorate your gardens, lounges and hallways. Continue reading
Many of you might not be aware that there is an excellent taxi service working in KSA which is not only budget friendly but also a very convenient service to travel in city and it is called UBER. It is an application that you can download for Android & Apple smart phones. From the app one can order a ride sitting at home with convince & ease. Continue reading
Living in Saudi Arabia for so many years and still if you have not tried the local food then you are really missing on to something tasty. On Eid ul Fitr as our family gathered so we decided to give a taste to local cuisine of Middle East. Although living in kingdom we have eaten the famous ‘Shawaya’ many times but it does not truly speaks of the local cuisine. So after surfing on internet and recommendation from few Arabic friends, we decided to visit Majlis al Khaleeji, located on Imam Saud Road, near exit 9.
Majlish Al Khaleeji is famous for Middle Eastern cuisine. It offers a menu that reflects different cuisines of Middle Eastern countries. As you enter the restaurant, the very first thing that inspires you is the spacious building at a calm location. You can see the Single’s section outside the glass door and it is pretty big and gives a clean look. As you enter the family section, it looks even bigger and the classic Middle Eastern culture strikes you as you move ahead you get to see maps, pictures, flags and artifacts of Middle East. The interior is highly traditional that’s why I enjoyed this restaurant because I believe you don’t eat with only your mouth but with eyes.
It is one of the busiest restaurants so if you can’t find a empty section instantly, you can wait on the sofas. As we entered we were directed to one of the family sections which are covered by a curtain. The sitting area for one family is very spacious. You obviously have to sit on wall to wall carpet and cushions. Eating with hands and sitting on the floor for meals is one of the oldest traditions of Middle East so live with it and enjoy.
We ordered Makabus Meat which is cooked lamb with masala rice, garnished with fried onions and lemon. I really like the flavor of lamb with rice. Meat was perfectly cooked without any smell. But as far as the serving is concerned, I feel it is a bit overpriced. It is priced at 65 SAR but the taste somehow justifies the price.
We also ordered Madhby Chicken served with white fried rice. It was for just SAR 18 but the taste was so delicious that it makes up for every penny. Juicy chicken, crispy skin and perfectly cooked rice were hit of the day.
Fukhareat Lahm priced for 25 SAR was a gravy dish cooked with different vegetables and meat. It was served in a very traditional clay pot. The look of the gravy was not very eye catching but trust me with the soft and chewy Naan Roti, it tasted very yummy. I don’t think I have had such good vegetable gravy in a long time.
The service at Majlis Al Khaleeji is very good. As some of us were not comfortable eating with hands so we asked the waiter to bring us extra plate and spoons and they did. They usually don’t keep extra plates or spoons and you have to eat in the serving plates.
All in all a very good eating experience with Middle Eastern cuisine and it is definitely not the last. Hygienic environment, interior and tasty food needs another visit.
You can check the whole menu in the pictures below.
Location (Google Coordinates: 24.783607, 46.746519)
Summer is all about drinks and juices and especially in Kingdom where temperature gets so high and scorching heat outside makes you always looking for some nice drinks to boost up the energy levels. Ranosh is one of the best juice spots in Riyadh. You can find Ranosh at many drive ways for take outs or you can go to its branch on Imam Saud Road near exit 9.
You place your order and then wait in queue to pick it. You can also enjoy in the dining area as it is clean and so vibrant. The interior catches your eyes instantly. The vibrant orange color of chairs refreshes you up and the fruity decorations add a nice touch to the whole place.
We ordered Berries, Strawberry and Mixed Kiwi Lemon Juices. All tasted so nice and they are very fresh because they are freshly made. The kitchen is so neat and you can see it across the counter.
I like my juice sugar free but if you like adding some sugar ask them when placing orders. Do ask them to add some more ice always if you like chilled juices.
They have a huge variety of juices of almost every seasonal fruit like pomegranate, guava, avocado, oranges, grapefruit, apple, pineapple etc. They also have different flavored milks made from fresh fruits, smoothies, shakes, ice creams and cocktails.
They also have a good number of desserts but I always go for juices. This is what they are famous far.
You can have a look at the detailed menu on their website Ranosh.com. You can also place order for juices and desserts on their website but it should be above 100 SAR.
Enjoy your summer with icy drinks at Ranosh.
Location (Google Coordinate: 24.772474, 46.720787)
Riyadh is a place where you need to put your great efforts to explore the places where you can spend quality time with your family and friends except the boundaries of luxurious malls. People usually get very few places in Riyadh where they can find themselves closer to nature and inhale quality oxygen. Lately after search on internet, we explored the Park named King Abdullah Park in Malaz Area and it turned out to be one of the best finds for open area in the kingdom. Continue reading
Few days back we heard about Bait al Farooj, a famous broasted chicken place in Riyadh and decided to give it a try. Bait al Farooj is a very nice small restaurant located on intersection of Imam Saud road & King Abdul Aziz road. When you enter the restaurant, the environment looks very neat and tidy. You won’t find the restaurant empty ever as it is known as one of the best broasted points in Riyadh. You have to line up and wait for your turn to place order. Continue reading
Finding Pakistani flavored Karahi and Kabab’s in Riyadh sounds like a blessing to us. After reading some views online, we decided to give a try to Spices Village, a restaurant located in Olaya near Kingdom Tower. As you enter the restaurant, the environment looks very calm and peaceful. On weekends, it is almost filled with families but the place is always tidy and clean which makes it our priority to have dinner when we are craving for Desi food. Continue reading
Few days back, we decided to try the food of Sizzler House in Riyadh as we read some good reviews about the restaurant. So, on last weekend after shopping, we went to Sizzler House on Tahlia Street but were disappointed as they told us that they are not taking orders but only buffet is available. Continue reading
Living in a foreign land becomes more difficult if you cannot enjoy the food there. Living in Saudi Kingdom is not hard for us at least because we get enough flavorful Pakistani food here that complements our taste buds as well as our appetite. Few days back, we discovered a nice place for Pakistani breakfast and that is “Lazeez restaurant“. Lazeez Restaurant is located in Hai Al Wazarat (aka Hara) Riyadh. Continue reading
All the expats who come to Saudi Arabia, their first priority is to find an apartment or villa and settle down as quickly as possible to save the living cost of hotel apartments. To get settled, first of all they need to buy furniture for house. It is very difficult to find a furniture store that is economical especially when you are living in Riyadh. Continue reading
Last week, we had to visit Jeddah during weekdays. It was a business trip for two nights. For that reason, we wanted to book a hotel beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. As usual we browsed through Booking.com and we come across Jeddah Shadows Hotel Suite. We wanted a hotel near airport and office so that my husband does not have to travel a lot on taxi and we could save some time to travel around the city and explore Jeddah as we have not visited it before. So, we found Jeddah Shadows Hotel Suite at a perfect location, 15 minutes drive from airport to hotel and ten minutes drive from hotel to office. Plus, on the website the rating of the hotel is 8.4/10 which was very nice and pictures shown below will illustrate itself the look of the hotel. Continue reading
We all know that Riyadh is famous for hundreds of fast food outlets. You can find every local and international fast food chain around every corner. But there are very few burger points that stand out and Highway 5 is one of them. If you have not tried it yet, you are surely missing something tasty. I heard about Highway 5 from a friend and on weekend I with my husband decided to give it a try. Continue reading
If you are craving for Pakistani styled sweet and savory bakery items in Riyadh, then Rashid Sweets and Bakers is a place to stuff your tummy with delicious bakery items. Rashid Sweets in Hai-Al-Wazarat (aka. Hara) area, a Pakistani styled bakery shop sells a variety of sweets and savory items.
After the success in Dubai, Booba is finally in Riyadh’s Al-Aliah Plaza. Many of you might not be familiar with Booba as it is their very first branch in Riyadh. It is a place for some delicious Bubble Ice Teas and I must say that what a right time to make entry in the town when summer is arriving and scorching heat outside makes you look for something cool, icy and tasty.
Last month we decided to visit Jubail, a tour that was long due!!! In order to plan things earlier, we made our booking in advance online with booking.com for Mergab Tower Hotel Apartments. They have deals online. This hotel is located in middle of the city which is only 20 minutes drive to the Fanateer beach. It is not very discomforting as the hotels available near Fanateer are quite expensive, so why spend 1000 SAR or more when in few minutes you can reach the beach plus admire the city of beautiful scenery. If you are in shopping mood, you can go to the Al Jubail Mall that is located right next to the hotel.