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“perfect place for that old Arabian style dining” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saudi Cuisine VIP

Saudi Cuisine VIP
Ranked #366 of 2,020 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Bali, Indonesia
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86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“perfect place for that old Arabian style dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

I wish I had known about this place earlier, but am happy to have been introduced to it. My visitors will, too. You can reserve a family room for bigger groups, but you can also just pop in for lunch unannounced. It's quite an experience. You sit on the floor in a majlis-style area (cushions surrounding a floor area where the food will be placed). Your server becomes a guide rather than just a waiter or waitress. They have a perfect lemon-mint. (For those of you who haven't had lemon-mint, why not?! You may fall in love as I have.) They also have Morrocan tea. The food is fresh and healthy, but be sure to order salads, as it is not the same as in the Lebanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi - the meal does not automatically come with a massive side of veggies. The fatoush is perfect, the rice is tasty, and...I'm not a hugely adventurous meat eater, but...PLEASE...try the camel! It's surprisingly palatable! I would eat it over beef any day. Theirs is very tender and flavorful. Take friends, work colleagues, and family. This a sharing event! Even watching our waitress pick up the used items became entertaining.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Kent, England
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79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Tucked away in a back street off the Corniche my colleague and I stumbled upon Saudi Cuisine while looking for another restaurant; but my goodness I'm glad we did.

Outside appearances are deceiving, once inside it has a few tables but the majority of space is taken by private booths where you can sit upon rugs on the floor in the traditional way and although it's a modern building they have done a very good job of making the place feel authentic arabic tent.

More importantly the food was fabulous. The largest part of the menu was given over to rice dishes. Every option of rice was described in immacculate detail with the option of adding chicken or lamb. I have to say we were tempted to try them all.

With the lunch menu we also got complementary soup plus yoghurt and a very spicy tomato sauce. Portions are huge and would comfortably feed 3 or 4 people, however this is more to do with middle eastern custom where if a guest finishes their meal it is an insult to the host that they have not provided enough food. I don't think there is any danger of that here. Obviously no alcohol but the fresh orange juice was amazing.

Service was prompt and the whole meal with drinks came to less than £10 per head. Overall a great place to eat.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank wombledavid
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