Being on the coast of a sea (Red Sea) you can only imagine the influence seafood would have on the regions lining the coast. Sadly, it isn’t as I as one would imagine due largely to the popularity and addiction to Western food outlets (such as McDonalds, Applebees etc). It is glad to say the one thing that has benefitted from the sea are the Fish Market/ Restaurants. These restaurants lie on the outskirts of Jeddah City and can be found in the smaller cities lining the coast……
The concept is basically the same wherever you go, the fish is bought raw, weighed and then cooked to your liking. I suggest trying both the fried and grilled version they are both very tasty. The restaurants are set up like cafeterias you would be use to back home. You choose from a selection of side dishes (rice, hummus, dips, salads,etc) , drinks, desserts and types of fish. Pay for your order and they begin to prepare your meal, which is served shortly after.
The experience itself is refreshing and the fish is delicious, so many types of fish I didn’t even know existed! I am still surprised that other sea food choices aren’t as popular here (lobster, clam, mussels etc), maybe in time. I did hear that Red Lobster Restaurant is opening in the KSA soon, I guess if its from the West it may be more appreciated, Isn’t Ironic?
Anyhow, no complaints here ( I am allergic to shellfish btw), fresh fish is absolutely delicious and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Location: Thuwal ( The Fish Restaurant found on the public beach in Thuwal )
Roadside Esterahas ( These restaurants line the route between Jeddah and Mecca )
Hope You Enjoy!
Take Care xx