NOOA is a dreamy restaurant in Riyadh that you need to visit

Stepping into NOOA is like teleporting to the beautiful city of Cape Town…

Sitting elegantly within Riyadh’s Laysen Valley is NOOA, which stands for ‘Naturally Out Of Africa’. This first-of-its-kind restaurant concept, designed by the international multi-award-winning design firm Bishop Design by Paul Bishop, aims to take you through the natural beauty that Southern Africa has to offer.

Expect a warm space featuring dreamy interiors and stylish furniture, boasting a soothing colour palette of olive greens and ivory hues, wood, polished marble, and custom furniture pieces.

NOOA interiors

Think rustic decorative red brickwork, dark wood floorings, as well as a myriad of unique accessories, such as safari-styled chairs and black-and-white photos of African wildlife, to add the final touches. Gold accents elevate the space with a touch of luxe.

And just like the proudly African culture, the bright room has been designed to dazzle, resulting in a chic and sophisticated ambience. When the weather cools down, we recommend dining al-fresco. The sun-drenched open terrace is a relaxing getaway with lush potted plants setting a romantic atmosphere.

NOOA terrace

Dishing out an eclectic à la carte menu of flavourful dishes, along with a thoughtfully curated beverage list, the culinary team explores South African flavours and ingredients and reinterprets the food with a modern spin. So, settle down in the dreamy space and let the all-day dining menu take you through South African heritage and culture.

Dishes to try include the honeybush brioche French toast, wagyu egg muffin, shakshuka, and NOOA signature honeybush brioche bun with chilli lamb ragout and poached egg.

NOOA food

Of course, we’re also buzzing with excitement for the lunch menu, which stars earth bowls, such as spiced butternut salad with chickpea, tahini and fried goat’s cheese, sliders served in mini honeybush glazed brioche bun, sandwiches, and finger foods. Got a big appetite? Order the creamy basil pesto and grilled chicken linguine with toasted pine nuts and parmesan from the signature plates.

End your meal with a delectable NOOA honeybush crème brûlée with toasted NOOA rusk crisp, or glazed coconut cheesecake and mango. Take it from us – dessert is totally worth it.

NOOA coffee

Beverages are inventive, offering unique rooibos (a herbal tea derived from the unique fynbos plants found only in the Cederberg Mountains), coffee and botanical mixology recipes. Try the rooibos espresso – packed with antioxidants and naturally caffeine-free, this fine-cut blend of Grade-A rooibos, with a touch of honeybush and organic cane sugar, creates an espresso-like delight with a rich crema and natural sweetness. You can choose from its fermented Lekker red rooibos or unfermented Tatso green rooibos espresso blends.

Plus, if you fancy bringing home NOOA’s collection of the most indulgent teas and coffees, you can also purchase a pack from the shelf.

NOOA, Laysen Valley, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Riyadh 12329, daily 8.30am to midnight. Tel: 9200 07612. @nooasaudi

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