From upmarket eats to casual treats, these are the best new restaurants in the Saudi capital.
Keeping track of all the new restaurant openings in the Kingdom is a full-time job. But if you love finding the latest hotspots for lunch and dinner before anyone else, then this is the place for you. These are the best new restaurants in Riyadh right now
Riyadh, it’s time to say ciao to a new Italian restaurant. Located in The Canopy, Agio draws inspiration from the Amalfi Coast and is a sophisticated spot to indulge in Italy’s finest food. Created by Modern Food Company, which opened BeefBar, Billionaire, MYAZŪ and Signor Sassi in the capital, Agio is a homegrown concept. The menu from Chef Filippo Pagani spans pasta, pizza, fish and meat dishes and includes a wood fire oven. Plus, a range of classic desserts, from gelato to tiramisu. The smart spot includes white tablecloths, rattan-style chairs, soft sofas and statement chandeliers.
GO: Follow @agiosaudi on Instagram for more information.
Asador De Aranda
After wowing diners in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai, the superb Spanish restaurant Asador De Aranda has opened in the capital’s Laysen Valley. The restaurant is famous for its Spanish dishes, which include Patatas Bravasand Caldoso, El Cuarto de Asado roasted lamb, and Las Chuletillas grilled lamb chops. Marvellous for meat eaters, the dishes are slow-cooked in a clay oven, making the meat juicy, flavourful and tender. You won’t want to leave without satisfying your sweet tooth with a selection that includes puff pastry with custard and chantilly cream.
GO: Follow @asadordearanda.riyadh on Instagram for more information.
Q On Da Go
Rapper-turned-restaurateur Mutah Beale was part of Tupac’s rap group Outlawz. He is behind the FACT Award-winning Smokey Beards Q and is now opening several new restaurants in Riyadh, including a spin-off called Q On Da Go. The restaurant, like London’s Burger & Lobster or Riyadh’s Marble, specialises in a handful of perfectly prepared menu items. The menu at this casual eatery features a Boneless Brisket Sirloin Sandwich, Coleslaw, Fries with Cheese and Brisket, Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad. The bountiful brisket burgers can be topped with a generous pouring of Barbecue, Cheese or Mushroom sauce and are served in an industrial setting.
GO: Follow @qondago_sa on Instagram for more information.