Category Archives: Riyadh

Hajj Package Booking in 2018

Today first phase for Hajj 2018 booking in Saudi Arabia has started. Unlike past years, the Hajj booking process has been divided into two phases. This is a new and improved process that will facilitate greatly in booking of Hajj packages from Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Assaraya Turkish Restaurant Review: Lets get Turkish

It’s been almost four years since we came to Kingdom and have been trying to taste different Arabic food. Lately we searched online and Assaraya Turkish Restaurant caught our eyes, so we decided to taste their food. Accept Doner Kabab, we have not eaten any Turkish Cuisine before so we were very excited.

We reached Assaraya just before Isha prayer. The outside building was lit with beautiful lights, giving the restaurant a very elegant look. The inside area is big enough to cater many families at one time. As we were two people, the waiter took us to a relatively small cabin with four chairs. To be honest, for four people, this cabin seems extra small. As we were only two so we settled pretty well. All cabins have curtains so if you like privacy, use them. We were told that order will be taken after Isha Prayer. Right after prayer, we placed order and within ten minutes, it was on the table.

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Food:
First we were served with this minced meat bread. It was for 7 SAR. The minced meat tasted good but it was a little overwhelmed by the tomatoes they cooked with the meat. As I am not a fan of tomatoes, it seemed to overpower meat flavor. Yes, when you order meat bread, you want to taste meat. But, overall it tastes fine. Bread was soft and meat was cooked nicely.

Mined meat bread, 7 SAR

We really loved this chicken cooked in sauce, dish. The chicken was first barbequed and then put into tomato and onion sauce. The clay pot made it extra hot and enhanced all the flavors. Although I said earlier, I am not a fan of tomatoes but this dish cooked with tomatoes tasted so delicious that it surprised me. My mind was telling it is not going to taste good but the taste was amazing. The grilled chicken was tender and juicy and although sauce was a bit runny but tasted so gooood!!! This curry was priced at 27 SAR.

If you like spicy food as we do, always tell them to make it extra spicy. The gravy with extra added special green chilies boosted the flavors because we know Arabic food is not very spicy itself so extra chilies work best for us Asians .

Oh and how can I forget this long bread? This Turkish bread is their specialty and I think everyone must order it. It was almost 2 foot long. The sesame seeds and Nigella Seeds (known as Kalonji) heightened the taste of this soft chewy bread. We had it mostly with gravy but this bread is also good on its own and only for 2 SAR.

We could not even eat full, so we got it packed and enjoyed next day at home.

Menu of Assaraya restaurant is huge. You can order plenty of seafood, meat and chicken dishes. We have plans to try out their Shawarma platter which sounded delicious and obviously some dessert, next time.

Have a look on their detailed menu in pics!

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Drinks:
They don’t have much to offer on drinks side, only some juices and sodas and just one Arabic drink. Although we wanted to try some Turkish drinks as we were having Turkish food, but unfortunately, not many options. So, we ordered Pomegranate Juice. The larger size was for 8 SAR. The quantity was so good as compared to other juice houses at this price. It was freshly made, nice and cold and no added sugars.

Pomegranate Juice

Service:
The service was quick! Food was delicious and I find rates very reasonable. All in all, nice experience!

Parking:
The parking is available at front of the restaurant but that depends on the time you are visiting.

Location:

IHOP! All day breakfast

Hey guys! Today I am up with a food review of IHOP! A place where you can enjoy all day breakfast! Actually IHOP is not only about breakfast but yes, they are mainly about breakfast. Last week we decided to try their breakfast menu so, on weekend we went to IHOP branch in Rubeen Plaza. If many of you don’t know about Rubeen Plaza, check its location here. Continue reading

WSB, Women Skills Bureau Event in Riyadh 2018

Hey ladies, Yesterday I got a chance to attend Women Skills Bureau event in California Resort, Riyadh. Women Skills Bureau, known as WSB is a platform that provides opportunities to inspire and empower women coming of all nationalities in Riyadh. WSB provides career guidance, tools and skills to empower women so that they can excel in their respective career choices. Continue reading

Sultan Gardens: Looking for plants! Anyone?

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

Uber - Online Taxi Service

Uber: Cheap but excellent Taxi service in KSA

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

02Jan/18
Car Refuelling

Increase in Fuel Prices in KSA

In pursuit of Vision 2030, Saudi Arab has launched some reforms effective from 1st January, 2018. One of them includes increase of fuel price. One of the main goal of Vision 2030 is to decrease the subsidies provided by the government. By increasing the fuel price of Octane 91 by 82%, Kingdom is still one of the countries to provide the cheapest oil. Continue reading

25Oct/16

Middle Eastern cuisine at Al Majlis Al Khaleeji Restaurant

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. Continue reading

24Oct/16

Ranosh: Juicy Corner

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. Continue reading

King Abdullah Park

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

08Jun/16
Baith Al Farouj

Best broasted chicken in Riyadh: Bait ul Farooj

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

Fahas – Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection

To drive a vehicle in Saudi Arabia one needs to have a valid “Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection (MVPI)” certificate, commonly known as Fahas. Fahas is only valid for 1 year and needs to be renewed every year. I have been driving car for a couple of years and no one has ever asked for the Fahas. Normally people only do Fahas when they need to renew Istamara (Vehicle Registration) or sell the car or change the ownership of car (in case of transfer of leased car from bank). Continue reading

31May/16

Riyadh Zoo

In the kingdom usually people think that there are very few places outdoor where people can enjoy but it’s actually not true. If you hunt in right direction, you will find some exciting places to go to and Riyadh Zoo is one of them. Some days back, we planned a trip to Riyadh Zoo and it turned out quite nice except for the sunlight that may bother you if you are visiting during the summer. Continue reading

23May/16

Dinner at Spices Village Restaurant

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

21May/16

Sizzling dinner at Sizzler House

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

19May/16

Pakistani Breakfast at Lazeez Restaurant

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

12May/16

Danube Home: A Great place to buy furniture

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