On my first visit to Riyadh, on my first lunch in Riyadh I was invited to the Steak House and there my journey started in 2010 during the World Cup period. During that lunch I learned a lot about Saudi Arabian traditions, like shutting down the lights and music during praying hours, locking the doors of the restaurant for 45 minutes during the respective five praying times a day and more... The place left a lot of memories...
I visited The Steak House again this year (2012) during my third visit to Riyadh and remembered the table we sat at, the bizarre coke cups or jars that I still remember to date and their renowned salad bar all covered with crushed ice and the famous burgers.
The menu has a choice of delicious starters, mouthwatering salads, soups and sides, sandwiches, hand crafted burgers, fajita platters, seafood, chicken, signature steaks and ribs and finally the desserts. The choice is wide that you just don't know where to start.
At lunch-time, an additional flyer is distributed where a special formula offering reasonable price including a main sandwich or dish, a salad and a soft drink. That day I had their Original Steak House Cheese Burger after trying the Southwest Nachos and the salad bar. The course was so big that I missed trying the desserts.
The nachos are of high quality. They use Tostitos. Tostitos is twice the price of the conventional famous Doritos with better taste, no powder aroma and a bigger size. Covered with melted cheddar and Jack cheese, fresh Pick de Gallo, Jalapeño slices, sour cream and guacamole. We added to it chilli Con-Carne.
The burger patty is thick, juicy and wide enough to cover all the surface of the bun: few restaurants have it as the meat shrinks while grilling. My colleagues tried the BBQ chicken platter and the southwest chicken and loved it as well.
While searching for the restaurant to check if it was an international franchise, I discovered this new website that is still in Beta: "Shahiya means appetite in Arabic! It is meant for all people with a “BIG” appetite for cooking, eating and online socializing! Shahiya.com is a food portal for arabic speaking foodies through its Arabic platform and for English speaking foodies that have a special interest in the Arab food world, through its English platform. The site offers its users unique recipes from different cuisines, information about restaurants in main Arab and European cities, along with advice about nutrition from our experienced Registered Dietitian."