What We Are Eating Today: Get the vacation vibes at Brekkie in Riyadh
Updated 26 October 2022
While summer is officially over, one of Riyadh’s newest breakfast spots recreates those crisp vacation morning vibes complete with delicious dishes that will get you out of bed easily for just a taste.
Reminiscent of laid-back eateries straight from Bali, Brekkie All Day Brunch and Cafe carries a tropical feel with its bamboo ceiling, woven-back chairs, and accent greenery wall. The modest restaurant makes you feel as if you’re sitting down for an experience rather than a meal.
The joint offers a wide variety of plates, including Western and Eastern takes on various dishes. For an indulgent meal, they recommend the scrambled mess, a combination of avocado, sweet potatoes, and eggs, nuanced by hints of sweet paprika, or the farmer’s breakfast, a similar concept dish with fried eggs and hash browns, drizzled with date syrup.
The double-layered Brekkie tostada is a fine take on the traditional Mexican breakfast: A crunchy toasted tortilla topped with a sunny-side-up egg, mashed avocado, beans and sour cream, garnished with some fresh coriander. It’s the perfect selection for someone looking for a light but filling meal.
For those born with a morning sweet tooth, their caramelized banana or sticky toffee French toast are the perfect starters to your day, made with sweet and thick brioche bread. The two dishes are perfect for the autumn season, garnished with candied nuts and smooth maple syrup.
Their offerings also include a variety of Middle Eastern-style dishes, like roasted pepper moutabel and foul moudames mezzes as well as types of shakshuka dishes.
Their mid-range prices make it the perfect place to have a weekend brunch with a big group. Whether you need an ambient place to get some solo work done or gather a few friends for some quality time, Brekkie will not disappoint.
While their coffee offerings are not the best in town and the waiting period is quite long on weekends, Brekkie makes up for it with flavorful, exciting and fresh meals and a summer vacation ambience.
Their branch on Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Road, currently the only one in Riyadh, welcomes diners from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit their Instagram @brekkie.sa.
JEDDAH: MYLK cafe in Alkhobar aims to provide customers with a relaxing environment in which to work or unwind.
Located in Pepsi Street, the modern bakery has a European-style interior and offers products made using ingredients sourced from local family-owned farms including baked goods, pastries, seasonal fruit jams, and dairy items.
Its chewy, rich New York chocolate chip cookies are irresistible, and the strawberry, peach, and mango jam brioche topped with fresh sour cream is a tasty combination of flavors.
Special winter treats include hot chocolate with torched marshmallows, cheesecake s’mores, and The Cube, a piece of brioche topped with fresh vanilla ice cream.
MYLK also offers freshly made granola options that can be accompanied with a bowl of milk and topped with mini marshmallows, caramelized rice crispy hazelnut, and mini meringue.
As the name of the cafe implies, milk is prominent on its menu, with fresh milk served in glass bottles, a peanut butter milkshake being its signature drink, and almond milk available as a non-dairy option.
Riyadh medical conference showcases innovative hernia treatments
Proper nutrition plays a vital role in avoiding hernias, say officials
Updated 20 January 2023
RIYADH: A major international medical conference on hernias hosted in Riyadh shed light on treating patients using innovative methods, including laparoscopy and robot-assisted surgery.
The event was attended by more than 300 surgeons specialized in treating hernias in the Kingdom and Arab countries, as well as 300 healthcare workers, in addition to speakers and officials.
During the conference, speakers stressed that obesity is the most important factor in the occurrence of hernias in patients.
Proper nutrition plays a vital role in avoiding hernias, officials said.
Dr. Ashraf Maghrabi, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Society of General Surgery, said that cutting-edge medical techniques have reducing the rates of hernia complications in the Kingdom. Equipment including surgical meshes as well as robots have also advanced medical treatment, he added.
The official called on patients suffering from hernias to be examined and assessed by a surgeon or specialist doctor.
If hernias are not detected and treated at the right time, patients can suffer complications, reducing the chance of successful treatment, he warned.
Maghrabi stressed that the holding of medical conferences is crucial in promoting education and sharing experiences between specialists.
Prof. Sebastian Schoppman, honorary president of the conference and vice president of the European Foregut Society, said that the event was the largest of its kind and aided in developing the surgical skills of audience members, as well as transferring the international experiences of dealing with hernia patients, which will develop healthcare services provided to people in the Kingdom.
The conference was also attended by Dr. Haitham Al-Zamil, Dr. Ahmed Al-Buraikan, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Babtain, Dr. Bishr Murad, Dr. Hossam Al-Omari, Dr. Swailem Al-Mutairi, Dr. Shadi Saleh Al-Bahri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Al-Nami and Dr. Roger Gergi, president of the Emirates society of robotic surgeries.
How caterers are adapting to Saudi Arabia’s changing landscape
In the past eight years, the Kingdom's catering industry has evolved from a standard model to a sophisticated one, says Hospitality Ventures executive
Updated 12 January 2023
JEDDAH: The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent mega-developments in Saudi Arabia have transformed the Kingdom’s catering industry.
Innovations in business models and services have helped catering businesses to not only stay afloat but also prosper amid an industry-wide revamp.
The industry has grown rapidly in the Kingdom in recent years, and is working hard to overcome competition with restaurants that also offer catering services.
Silverspoon and Sisters & Co. are two businesses that have been quick to adapt, setting themselves apart by offering not only good food but also enjoyable experiences, with attention to detail in cutlery choices, table decorations, centerpieces and linens, for example.
Sisters & Co., established in 2018, has adapted to new trends in the industry, ranging from food to themes and style. The company began as an in-house bakery, but growing opportunities meant it was quick to expand and launch its own central kitchen.
Company founder Dima Nabulsi told Arab News: “The catering industry in the Kingdom is now stronger than in the past. Every day there is an opportunity to nourish and flourish, and explore all parts of creativity. It’s amazing to see how people have welcomed this industry and consider it a great addition to today’s world.”
She added: “Our company is always convinced that the eyes feast first on food and the perfect setting. Sisters & Co. made its vision to reach everyone by perfecting not only food but also the way it is styled and presented.”
Nabulsi said that the pandemic showed the business was able to withstand any crisis. Sisters & Co. did not witness any significant changes since it was able to cater and market its services online.
“It was a peak point for us that helped in growth, even after the pandemic, rather than going down,” she said.
Sisters & Co. caters to individual client’s requirements, with every menu customized according to the preferences and the occasion, including styling and setup ideas. The company began catering in Jeddah before expanding to Riyadh and Dammam.
Nabulsi believes the industry has an exciting future.
Silverspoon, a Hospitality Ventures brand established in Saudi Arabia in 2014, has grown to become one of the Kingdom’s leading catering companies.
Sisters & Co., established in 2018, has adapted to new trends in the industry, ranging from food to themes and style.
Industry experts say the Kingdom’s catering businesses are working to provide customers with freshly prepared and innovative food that resembles a home-cooked meal, allowing clients to enjoy more diverse and comfortable options with the best presentation.
Silverspoon, a Hospitality Ventures brand established in Saudi Arabia in 2014, has grown to become one of the Kingdom’s leading catering companies. Public sector and corporate clients, as well as private customers, rely on its menus and catering services for events of all sizes.
Khalil Fakih, general manager at Hospitality Ventures, said that in the past eight years, the catering industry has evolved from a standard model to a sophisticated one.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of that drive, pioneering in our menu and experience offering. This evolution of the industry’s offering is based on the shift in demand, the creation of the exciting mega-events and entertainment industry, and the establishment of the Kingdom as a leading global business, entertainment, sports and tourism destination,” he said.
Fakih said before the pandemic, the company witnessed significant growth and was working on a large number of corporate, private and entertainment projects. During the 18 months of the pandemic, the business adapted to appeal to the needs of households and business professionals working from home.
“Once the lockdowns were lifted and our Kingdom successfully came out of that phase, we were ready for the forecasted boom. We understood that mega-events, forums, and private and corporate functions would soon be in full swing as the Kingdom started to celebrate a new era,” Fakih said.
“Today, demand is at an all-time high. The demand is for highly experienced and qualified catering companies with Kingdom-wide capacity to provide unique menus and second-to-none services to meet the needs of the mega-events.”
MNKY HSE: A transformative dining experience in Riyadh
Updated 05 January 2023
If you are looking for a transformative dining experience in Riyadh, check out MNKY HSE in the Hitteen district. This award-winning restaurant, which originated in London, offers a refined, contemporary, Latin American culinary experience in a bold space with cozy lighting, pleasant music and luscious flavors that will surprise you and transport you to another place.
MNKY HSE, pronounced “Monkey House,” serves up a decadent sharing menu that puts a new spin on Latin American food. The venue’s cheerful staff also includes award-winning mixologists who will liven up your evening with concoctions such as This is Primavera, a surprising combination of tropical pomegranate, cherry, citrus yuzu juice, agave and earl gray.
There is truly something on the menu to suit every taste. The signature MNKY HSE tacos, for example, come with diced tuna, truffle ponzu, wasabi tobiko and avocado nestling in a fresh, crispy taco. Each bite is guaranteed to deliver a delicious burst of flavors.
Seafood lovers should also try the hamachi tiradito, with fresh black truffle. Alternatively, a MNKY HSE exclusive that should not be missed is the confit duck with compressed watermelon, pomegranate and cashew cream.
For a fun, pinata-style dessert experience with friends, order a hollow chocolate monkey and smash it to reveal a hidden treasure trove of candies and petit fours for sharing.
Meanwhile, the lounge at MNKY HSE is like a cozy living room. It is the ideal place to spend an evening socializing with friends. With its comfortable seating and sensory lighting, it also offers the perfect backdrop for a business meeting or a small get-together with family and friends to celebrate a special occasion.
For more information, check out #mnkyhseksa on Instagram.