May 14, 2014

Chef Joe Barza at The Globe

Fine Dining in Riyadh is a rare thing to find. Only few places in this boring city offer an exciting and new experience for food connoisseurs. 

The signature restaurant of Faisaliyah hotel, The Globe, is unique among Riyadh restaurants. Encapsulated in the stunning golden geodesic orb that tops Al Faisaliah Tower. Sitting there you can enjoy a unique perspective of Riyadh city panoramic landscape, thus creating an unmatched saudi arabian fine dining experience.
I had a business dinner at the second “Globe Summit Series 2014” in April.
It was a very luxurious setting coupled with the art of Lebanese cuisine done by world renowned Chef Joe Barza.
Barza prepared several personal dishes from his select menu. Though we asked to meet the chef, the chef left and were not able to see the live cooking demonstration that the event planners promised us that he will come.

240-meter-high : View of Riyadh City from Faisaliya Tower -the Globe

At the Globe, the staff were very welcoming and helpful on the phone when I reserved. They are very well ettiquetted. Sure this is expected froma  first class restaurant where the price is around 120 $/ person.

The food menu was very simple and unsophisticated, which quite contradicted the whole setting and place. I was expecting something 'Wow'. The taste was def. delicious but nothing new in it.
The only exception was the beet root pancake with Qashta fruit and cream.

The ambience is great as stated before. Yet, the light is very dim, that you can barely see your chair, your food and the person infront of you.

Lentils and Carrot Soup

Oriental Rice and Meat

Chicken with Garlic and Tomato Sauce

Special Mouhalabiyah with Custard
Beet Root Pancakes with kashta Fruit and Qashta Cream

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The Faisaliya Tower is a City Landmark, located on Olaya Street

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