Popular Lebanese eatery Barbar opens its first branch in Saudi Arabia

The casual spot in Riyadh serves Beiruti street food like shawarma and manakish…

The wait is finally over. Lebanese dining institution Barbar opens its door on Tahlia Street in Riyadh.

Whether you just want to share some Lebanese mezze or you’re after a hearty meal, Barbar’s wide range of dishes – all at wallet-friendly prices – will certainly meet your expectations.


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The only challenge you’ll face here is the endless menu because you’ll struggle to decide what to try first. There’s a huge variety of hot and cold mezze, BBQ platters and sandwiches, and they’re all perfect for sharing.

Heading to Barbar for breakfast? You won’t lack options to start the day with dishes such as foul, grilled halloumi, and fried eggs with minced meat.

If you’re not that into breakfast and are craving a quick bite or comfort food, Barbar features a wide assortment of Lebanese fare ideal for lunch and even a late-night meal.

From hummus to moutabal (grilled eggplant blended with tahini and olive oil), the dips they offer are worth your while.

Barbar Restaurant

Then, load up on staples like tabouleh, Lahm Bi Ajeen manakish topped with ground meat, fried falafel, and shawarma, as well as grilled meats and broasted chicken.

The menu might be simple, but the intense flavours are far from it.

What’s more, food is not the only jewel in the crown when it comes to Barbar. Start your experience by sipping on one of their refreshing fruit juices and cocktails. Their Cocktail Slices beverage, made up of layers of guava juice, strawberry juice, mango juice, banana slices, apple cubes, pear cubes, pineapple cubes, kiwi cubes, and strawberry cubes, topped with kashta, almond and honey, is an all-time favourite among both kids and grown-ups.

Much-loved in its hometown of Lebanon for its sumptuous take on street food, Barbar has been open for more than 40 years. Its humble start was a small bakery in Hamra Street in the heart of Beirut, but it quickly rose to fame for its mouth-watering varieties of man’oushe (Beirut’s most popular snack made of soft dough similar to pizza, which is known as manakish in the plural and man’oushe if you order just one).

So, come on down to Tahlia Street and pop by Barbar. You won’t regret it.

BarBar Restaurant, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12241, daily 8am to 2am. @barbar.ksa

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