Nothing makes me happier than discovering a new Yemeni restaurant. For starters I have previously stated my bias towards Yemeni cuisine and I feel that it is the best when it comes to this region. That being said most Yemeni food lovers will proudly state that the best Yemeni dining here in Jeddah is either from a food stall or one of those very quick eat diners. You often don’t equate Yemeni food with fine dining but that is exactly what BAB AL YEMEN has to offer. A tasteful decor with an extensive menu of classic Yemeni dishes, sides, drinks and desserts this place is refreshing.
Personal biases aside Yemeni food is considered the most authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with dishes dating back centuries. The use of clay pots to cook many of the traditional dishes reflects on accent old recipes. In fact, many well known popular “Saudi” dishes are in fact Yemeni dishes or originate from similar dishes. That being said I have never met an Arab that didn’t like Yemeni food, why? I can’t say, but it may have to do with the basic fact that it is delicious.