Hottest summer menus and exciting new offerings to check out in Riyadh

From nutritional menus to the latest dishes…

Summer just got hotter as restaurants update their menus with new seasonal items. From Indian to Italian and biryani to seafood, there’s something for just about everyone. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest summer menus and exciting new offerings in Riyadh.

Café Bateel

If you haven’t been to Café Bateel lately, you will enjoy their new seasonal menu inspired by the wholesome flavours of the Mediterranean summer. Each item has been created using premium ingredients sustainably sourced from home-grown farms, including Bateel’s date groves in Al Ghat, Saudi Arabia, the wheat fields of Umbria, Italy, and local farms in the UAE.

Cafe Bateel porridge

Sample the best of the season where each dish – from fresh salads and signature mains to delectable desserts and refreshing beverages suitable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – is designed to celebrate fresh, nutritious produce.

Guests can indulge in a healthy and nourishing breakfast featuring new vegan selections like the Bateel Porridge. It tastefully melds Bateel’s all-natural date syrup with quinoa, chia seeds, rolled oats, and almond milk served with fresh bananas and summer berries and topped with roasted coconut flakes.

Cafe Bateel black cod

Other highlights include the Minestrone, a piquant beef broth served with mini meatballs, Umbrian beans, Orzo pasta, crispy croutons, and Parmigiano Reggiano, and the pan-seared Wild Black Cod served on a bed of Basque-style chickpeas, roasted peppers, tomatoes, and broccolini. The new menu also serves Braised Short Rib Cannelloni, which comes with tender short ribs and veal, Italian four-cheese, and Pomodoro sauce.

Cafe Bateel dessert and mocktail

In the mood for desserts? The rich and creamy Date Tres Leches blends Café Bateel’s vanilla date syrup into a light and moist sponge and is finished with fresh mascarpone, Chantilly cream, and Segai dates. Or try the Lemon Tart, filled with zingy lemon curd, fresh lemon confit, Italian meringue, and whipped lemon jelly. Finally, wash all this down with a selection of drinks infused with luscious summer flavours, from fruity mocktails to date and pistachio-infused beverages.

Café Bateel, various locations, including Riyadh Park, Northern Ring Branch Rd, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 11564, daily 8am to midnight. @cafe.bateel

Mamo Michelangelo

Having been nominated for the World Culinary Awards “Saudi Arabia’s best hotel restaurant 2022” for the second consecutive year, Mamo Michelangelo unveils a host of menu-bolstering new dishes this month. Celebrate summer with bold flavours in its melon dolce, and salmon smoked in-house and served with sour cream, capers and chives.

MAMO new menu

Seafood lovers will delight in the red mullet in tomato sauce with lobster and prawns bisque, baby potatoes, capers and basil leaves. And for dessert, beat the heat and tuck into the homemade vanilla ice cream topped with crunchy honeycomb bites. Don’t miss its latest cherry-based mocktail, a refreshing sweet and tangy pick-me-up perfect for summer.

Mamo Michelangelo Riyadh, Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, Sun to Wed 12.30pm to 3.30pm & 7.30pm to midnight, Thurs & Fri 12.30pm to 4pm & 7.30pm to midnight, Sat 12.30pm to 2am. @mamomichelangeloksa

Zafran Indian Bistro

Zafran seafood

Award-winning Zafran Indian Bistro continues to draw diners with its innovative flavours, classic Indian comfort food and visual flair as their new dishes spice things up. Notables include the Patiala Tawa Mutton, Bhuni Tangdi, Raan Zafran, and Mahi Samarkand – whole sea bream marinated with zaatar, sumac and other spices and then roasted in an oven.

From the Green Chicken Curry and Keema Boti to the Murgh Dhaniya Korma and Awadhi Gosht, traditional Indian flavours and spices are elevated by Zafran’s team of chefs to create modern classics. The Lucknowi Beetroot Tikki and Achari Paneer Tikka are a must for vegetarians, while the Chicken Peeli Mirch Tikka wins the prize for most flavour in a single bite.

Zafran new menu

Of course, no Zafran menu would be complete without some must-try biryanis. We recommend the melt-in-your-mouth lamb in the Rampuri Biryani or the peppery Calicut Prawn Biryani. Returning favourites like the Dhaniya Jeera Aloo and Subz Masala get an overhaul this season, as does the look and feel of the Chaat Platter, Veg and Non-Veg Kebab Platters, and the Zafran Feast, all signature choices for regulars.

Zafran biryani

Treat yourself to the Rose Milk Cake and Kesar Phirni to finish. In addition to the new dishes, the mocktails bring in the crowds with the Passionfruit Mojito, and Tropical Paradise made with fresh mangoes.

Zafran Indian Bistro, various locations, including Rubeen Plaza, Sun to Wed 12.30pm to midnight, Thurs to Sat 12.30pm to 1am, Tel: 011 562 2229; Levels Mall, daily 1pm to 1am, Tel: 050 900 9052; and Turki Square, Sun to Wed 12.30pm to midnight, Thurs to Sat 12.30pm to 1am, Tel: 050 339 9181. @zafranindianbistro

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