Does anyone else feel like this week is taking its time being… well. A week? Our brains insist it’s Thursday, which is kind of traumatizing when you keep waking up and thinking it’s the weekend and then realizing it’s just Sunday. Or Monday. Or Tuesday.
But nevermind our weekday blues . Let’s think of food instead! We’re excited about this particular restaurant review because the chef in charge is Saudi. Yes. We know. A very lovely female by the name of Arwa AlMohammed cooks and manages Maison BO-M’s cafe, which, if you haven’t noticed the title yet, is under the chopping block for today’s review. (Point for the kitchen pun? Yes? No? Okay.) We’re so very glad to see more saudis manage/cook in their restaurants, hopefully it’ll be the next big trend.
If you haven’t been to Maison BO-M yet, it’s okay, we understand, we don’t go there all the often either. They have some interesting products but they are a tad bit overpriced, and their location in Nojoud Centre means there’s nothing else to do. But if you do have a chance, give it a visit, the decor is gorgeous and occasionally they host some pretty interesting events.
The cafe is on the second floor to the side, and they have outdoor seating! On a little balcony to the side. So add it to your list for family section outdoor seats in Riyadh and keep it in mind for winter. (Note: the cafe is entirely family, there isn’t a singles section.)
We’ve wanted to try it for the longest time, but they only open from 4-10pm which kinda limited dining options. Hopefully they’ll add a brunch option soon! Mind you, we showed up at 9pm on a Thursday and it was blissfully peaceful. The cafe has a really interesting assortment of chairs and tables, and we loved the atmosphere.
Almost everything you can see is for sale, I think.
Chef Arwa was nice enough to give us and our extremely energetically talkative selves face while we talked food. She also waited patiently while we deliberated whether to try everything on the menu or whether to not try everything on the menu and subsequently save ourselves from morphing into large food-filled human beachballs. The latter won, obviously. (Maison BO-M have tiny stairs and it would’ve hurt if our parents had to roll us off the balcony. No thank you.)
We ended up trying the chicken avocado sandwich (yum, and J hates avocado, so it’s a marvel she ate it), the grilled cheese sandwich (great if you like lemon in your food. we do), tiny oreo mousses (nice), and a plain cheesecake (nice).
Overall: I think we need to try everything else to judge properly, but generally speaking, if you want somewhere with good fresh food and great seating then Maison BO-M’s cafe is the place for you. Also, they happen to also make pastries that you can order a day before and pick up, if you have a party or just want to indulge at home. They also make special desserts according to the calendar! They made caramel rice krispy treats once, on Caramel Day, that we missed unfortunately. Please make that a permanent menu item, Maison BO-M cafe. Please. Plx.
(Sidenote: How awesome is the skateboard in the header of this post? SO GORGEOUS.)
(Sidenote 2: We’re not entirely sure how to pronounce BO-M either. Bom? Bo em? Bodaciously m-tastic? MI6’s codename for the Saudi M? We kid.)