Till last year I wasn’t a foodie and I was definitely not an outgoing person. Every family lunch and dinner plan used to meet with a big flat NO!
Fast food. No!
Barbecue. Obviously NO!
But living in a different place other than your own brings a lot of new experiences and helps you explore a lot more.
The place was adorned with all the fundamentals that would make you feel you have actually stepped into a Middle Eastern eatery.
Rather than tables, Ridaan is architectured into traditionally styled compartments, letting you to have the old-folk experience of dining while sitting on the floor covered into patterned sheets. If there is one thing I like about woodwork; it is the intricacy and Ridaan was furnished with some wonderful woodwork. The chandeliers festooned throughout the place give it a beautiful and luminous look.
Ridaan is an Arabic themed restaurant, that doesn’t offer a wide variety but some real good selected meals along with drinks and appetizers.
The real observation initiated with the menu; outlining all the main courses, appetizers and drinks the place was currently offering. We finally settled on Madbee as main course, and Kunafa as the sweet dish.
To our great delight, they served the soup as starter. The soup was actually nice and bore a real different taste than the usual soups (Chinese etc.) we devour on usual basis.
Then came the “Madbee” – which was a platter full of rice, chicken pieces, and salad vegetables. There were two kind of sauces, that might pass as raita in our desi version. The two platters were actually enough for four people.
Kunafa (the sweet meal) was equally tasty, which is a traditional combination of baked vermicelli and seasoned with thick cream. The best part about the sweet dish was that it was actually not over-sweetened. (not a sweet-tooth really! So it came as an advantage) 🙂
The meal that was actually served into two large platters filled with the main course meal – Madbee.
In the beginning we planned to have Qehva [drink] as our last take, but had to plan it for the next time. (Yep. Were really full by the time we were done with the Kunafa).
One of the things, that really impressed us – other than food – was the quick and efficient service of staff.
Glad to say, it was an economical experience and is one of the best option when you are looking to have some good time with family-friends and wants to explore something new and different in a single shot.
Happy exploring, everyone! 😉