5 new weekend brunches in Riyadh to indulge in right now

Amazing feasts are waiting…

It’s safe to say, we love brunch. You can leave the real world behind for a while as we meet up with friends to enjoy excellent food and free-flowing soft drinks. Whether it’s celebrating the weekend, a reunion with friends, a family get-together, or a special occasion, here are five restaurants in Riyadh where you can enjoy a weekend brunch.

La Brasserie, Al Faisaliah Hotel

One of Riyadh’s top venues, not only for its sophisticated setting – think double-height ceilings and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that joins the outdoor terrace with the indoor restaurant – but also for its fabulous buffet offerings. On Fridays, you can head to the venue and enjoy a long and languid feast of brunch classics accompanied by live music. This time round, the brunch buffet will be extended into the hotel’s Atriums and La Brasserie terrace area, so look out for the prime Kobe beef station, a live pizza bar, and a shawarma and BBQ station on the terrace. But what we’re really here for is the unlimited offering of sea urchins and freshly shucked oysters. And to keep the young guests occupied, there are plenty of kids’ activities like arts and crafts, face painting and more.

La Brasserie Friday Brunch, every Fri 1pm to 5pm, Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. SAR397 per adult. @alfaisaliahhotel

Mayrig, Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences

Are you ready for Mayrig’s new brunch? This Saturday family festival at Mayrig is particularly good now that the weather is cooler, so you can sit at its delightful outdoor garden terrace. Fill your plates from a buffet featuring Mediterranean and Armenian-inspired dishes, succulent grills and meats, winter-inspired soups, a selection of healthy salads, and hot and cold appetisers, stopping at the various live cooking stations along the way. The drinks list extends beyond its welcome drink of sparkling beverages to also include unlimited selected signature mocktails. Plus, the brunch here is exceptionally good value.

Saturday Brunch at Mayrig, every Sat 1pm to 4pm, Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, 6623 Eastern Ring Rd, Ghirnatah, Riyadh 13241. SAR250 per person, kids aged six to 12 get 50 per cent off, and complimentary for kids under six. @mayrigriyadh

Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort

Family-friendly resort Nofa Riyadh hosts a relaxed Saturday brunch featuring international cuisine prepared at live cooking stations and plenty of entertainment, including face painting, camel rides, a bouncing castle and other fun kids’ activities.

Family Saturday Brunch, 11am to 4pm, Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort. SAR350 for adults and SAR175 for kids. Tel: 058 289 5714. @radissoncollectionriyadh


ROKA is one of the city’s most perennially popular hotspots for Japanese food. Its new semi-buffet brunch concept features 16 of the restaurant’s irresistible signature dishes and live stations. Expect a variety of bites, including yakisoba noodles, variations of gyozas, sushi, sashimi and skewers, hearty robata favourites for mains, as well as a dessert platter to finish. All of this is accompanied by a fantastic live DJ on the decks and a totally fun vibe, which ROKA is renowned for.

ROKA Riyadh Saturday Brunch, 1am to 5pm, 5140 Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243 7053. SAR295 per person & SAR95 for children aged six to 12. Tel: 9200 12327. @rokarestaurant.ksa


Ruya Sat brunch

Rüya Riyadh has launched its first Turkish brunch, inviting guests into a world of authentic and indulgent cuisine, Turkish hospitality and rich culinary traditions and heritage – all taking place in its ornate indoor setting or the greenery-covered terrace. For just SAR200, you can feast on unlimited baskets of hot freshly baked Sourdough, accompanied by lavash, simit and a spread of Turkish cheeses, and a selection of breakfast condiments, like butter, Kars honeycomb and Kaymak, marinated olives, and more, followed by your choice of pide flatbread. The brunch is finished off with a warm orange almond Revani, a Turkish-style orange cake made with ground almonds, and a fresh fruit platter. All dishes are served to table, accompanied by fresh orange juice, coffee or tea served in an ornate traditional Turkish teapot.

Rüya Riyadh’s Authentic Turkish Brunch, every Sat, noon to 4pm, Rüya, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abdul Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243. SARSAR200 per person, inclusive of tea, coffee and orange juice. Tel: 9200 10692. @ruya_riyadh

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