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New restaurants and cafés in Riyadh to check out this week

Treat yourself to more good food…

With the easing of dine-out measures, it’s time to gather some friends and dine at these new restaurants and cafés that have recently opened. Here are five new spots in Riyadh that you should check out.

Annabella

For a slice of Italy in Levels Mall, check out Annabella. It serves up hearty Italian fare, including a variety of classic dishes such as risotto, pasta, along with a slew of pizzas. Plus, everything is reasonably priced here.

Annabella Italian Restaurant, Levels Mall, Northern Ring Rd, QMCG+W5, daily noon to 1.30am. Tel: 011 210 6100. @annabellaksa

HuqqA The Market

 

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This trendy Turkish eatery, known for its contemporary menu and impressive ambience, offers signature flavours inspired by the rich culture of Turkey and beyond. The venue’s market section offers delicacies prepared by dry-aged techniques to ensure maximum tenderness to all types of meat. While its steaks are rightly famed, gourmet breakfasts are also on the menu.

HuqqA The Market, U Walk, Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, An Nakheel, PJQJ+32, daily 10am to 1am. Tel: 054 320 0835. @huqqariyadh

Paolo

 

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We love that the café’s interior looks like a minimalist designer’s Pinterest board. The menu is relatively concise and made up of a good variety of salads, sandwiches, a couple of Paolo’s signatures, and some sides. Soak in the calming ambience as you indulge in a grilled egg bun with dill sauce or chicken tacos with guacamole to start your morning right. The orzo pasta with mushroom and spinach is also available if you’re looking for a heavier nosh.

Paolo Restaurant, An Nakheel 7940, QJ3Q+4H, Weekdays 10am to 3pm & 7pm to midnight, Fri & Sat 1pm to midnight. Tel: 053 033 2205. @paolo.rest

Pi

 

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This restaurant is not your typical burger joint: its interior sports a mishmash architectural approach, from polished hardwood to industrial elements. Signature dishes include espresso truffle mushroom soup, espresso short rib, golden fries topped with shredded short ribs, Pi classic chicken burger and beet jam beef burger.

Pi Restaurant, Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Al Aqiq, QJJ8+69, daily 8pm to midnight. @pi.restaurant

-holic

 

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Located at Al Aqiq Plaza, -holic offers mouth-watering cheesesteaks served on brioche rolls. While it’s usually recommended that first-timers just go with the classic, those in pursuit of a Philly cheesesteak experience should give the smoked brisket a try. You’ll also want to try the shrimps with maple buffalo sauce. However, do take note that this little spot is currently operating for takeaways only.

-holic, Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Al Aqiq, QJ8F+Q7, Mon to Sat 4pm to midnight. @holic.sa

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