Two Boots and a Farwa

Kitchenation

April was a good month. Odd, but good. The weather’s been fluctuating, giving us a break before summer comes along and positively scorches us, our pool’s being put to good use (yay!) and we got to scratch off a number of restaurants on our To Try list. Eating out is a rare happenstance in our house, as we’re diehard champions of home cooked food and natural ingredients and it isn’t easy to find that same level of high quality in eateries here. (No offense, Riyadh, but I’ve yet to find a contender for my mum’s beef hamburger.)

First up, Kitchenation, in the Mira Hotel on Tahlia Street. We found out about this restaurant from a snapchat S’s friends sent to her, and what we could see from the decor was so intriguing we spent the next three weeks planning (and failing) to go there and scout the place. After much serendipity, we went! And we enjoyed it so much we went again. In the same week. Yes. (It’s a fun place, and their placemats do double duty as a beloved childhood game. We approve.) Disclaimer: the pictures below are a mixture of cellphone and proper camera images from both visits, excuse any shakiness you might find.

entrance. it's inside the teeny hotel and it's not easy to spot, just walk past the entrance by elevation burger and turn right.

entrance. it’s inside the teeny hotel and it’s not easy to spot, just walk past the entrance by elevation burger and turn right.

The seating is almost entirely open area, which is a plus. Two tables have some sort of draping curtain partitions available if you want privacy, though.

اسم حيوان جماد! اذا بتطلعون مع ناس ما تعرفون تسولفون معهم، تعالوا هنا والهوا باللعبة. دسكليمر: قد تفسد العلاقات الودية.

اسم حيوان جماد! اذا بتطلعون مع ناس ما تعرفون تسولفون معهم، تعالوا هنا والهوا باللعبة. دسكليمر: قد تفسد العلاقات الودية.

The first visit we ordered the club sandwich, trio of baby burgers, fried shrimp, caramel cheesecake and chocolate souffle. Second visit, iskendar kebap pizza, margherita pizza, burger with the works, fried shrimp (again), and baby burger trio (also again). Any guesses on what our favorite orders were?

fried shrimp, from the appetizer menu. I'm a sucker for anything with sweet and sour sauce, and this was enjoyable.

fried shrimp, from the appetizer menu. I’m a sucker for anything with sweet and sour sauce, and this was enjoyable.

trio of mini burgers! really good, the meat was well prepared and juicy.

trio of mini burgers! really good, the meat was well prepared and juicy.

we were kind of skeptical when my dad ordered this but yum is it good. the steak was perfect and the yogurt was a great addition. mind you, we're huge fans of iskendar kebap to begin with.

we were kind of skeptical when my dad ordered this but yum is it good. the steak was perfect and the yogurt was a great addition. mind you, we’re huge fans of iskendar kebap to begin with.

if you're not a fan of mayo, mustard, bbq sauce or ketchup (like my dad), this is perfect for you.

if you’re not a fan of mayo, mustard, bbq sauce or ketchup (like my dad), this is perfect for you.

pretty looking burger! but reports are mixed over this order.

pretty looking burger! but reports are mixed over this order.

er. tasteless. I'm not entirely sure how it got this tasteless but it is.

er. tasteless. I’m not entirely sure how it got this tasteless but it is.

If we go back, definitely ordering the mini burgers and the iskendar kebap pizza again. Also, S recommends their fresh juices, but says stay away from the mixed cocktails, they taste like tang, apparently. (Direct quote: “It was HORRIBLE. Something that sounds like granny’s lemonata maybe. But the lemon without mint from the fresh juices section is really yummy.” So there you have it, stay away from granny’s lemonata.)

Now, as for their dessert… Okay. Here’s the thing. Their display is gorgeous. There’s a counter with all the available desserts, and everything looked so pretty we judged based on looks. Don’t do that. Don’t ever do that. You might end up in bitter disappointment. Hah! bitter over sweets, hahaha heh… heh. Erm. Amza7.

we've yet to meet a candy apple that doesn't break your teeth. if anyone knows of any, do let us know. Amelia Bedelia ruined us forever.

we’ve yet to meet a candy apple that doesn’t break your teeth. if anyone knows of any, do let us know. Amelia Bedelia ruined us forever.

too much effort was put into the souffle that it didn't turn out right.

too much effort was put into the souffle that it didn’t turn out right.

this was actually great! until we ran out of caramel. turns out the caramel topping is yum, the cheesecake, regardless of its

this was actually great! until we ran out of caramel. turns out the caramel topping is yum, the cheesecake, regardless of its perfect consistency, is rather bland.

We also had the lollipop brownies to go, and discovered they had nuts in them. Blasphemy, as far as this Boot is concerned. And was bland as well. We’d like to point out that they all look homemade, so points go for that, and the plates come decorated beautifully. Asides from that, we really hope they improve their dessert to taste as good as it looks, the place would be positively marvelous then.

Fun fact: the restaurant is a Turkish franchise, which is interesting.

Service was also decent, they get slightly crowded on Friday at lunchtime but not horribly so, the food gets delivered really quickly nonetheless and there’s a window were you can see your food cooked and the chef hanging out. They don’t allow reservations which is acceptable so far, the restaurant isn’t known yet and is usually empty during the week, but we do hope they change their policy regardless.

pictured: Thursday evening.

pictured: Thursday evening.

Over all rating:

J: 4/5

S: 3.5/4

A star in both ratings was knocked off solely for disappointing dessert. We love dessert. Don’t mess with our sweet teeth.

And that was it! Let us know if there are restaurants in Riyadh you’d like us to try out.

I WON, HAH! Well. Second place. Out of three. It still counts.

I WON, HAH! Well. Second place. Out of three. It still counts. Excuse the handwriting, I was busy making sure no one cheated eating.

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