Today I had the pleasure of having lunch at Al Multaqa Restaurant, part of Leylaty Group. I received an invitation from the Asst. General Manager Mr. Tariq Al Attas for grand reopening, and knowing the quality of food and service we came to expect from Leylaty Group, I gladly accepted the invitation.
Arriving there around 2pm on a Sunday, we expected the restaurant to be quieter at lunch, and indeed it was. We were properly greeted at the doors, and our host Safar took great care of us from the moment we entered the restaurant. One thing you can't say about the service in Leylaty is that they aren't attentive. Way too attentive and caring perhaps. The concept of the Al Multaqa is international cuisine served as open buffet. I am not usually an open buffet guy, cause having too many choices confuses me and makes me overindulge or worst fill up my plate with too much food that I would not be able to finish. The good thing about the selections in Al Multaqa is that there aren't too many of them. That doesn't mean there are not enough variety, on the contrary, but I think the management opted for quality over quantity.
For appetizer and Salad we tried a variety. My favorite here was the Quinoa salad which was absolutely delightful. My wife loved the Quinoa Tabouleh and especially the Grape Leaves. I also tried out the smoked salmon which was really good.
For the main course, we sampled various selections, and my favorite was The Maghrabiah with mutton. The Vegetable Lasagna was a runner up. There is a live cooking station for pasta which lets you choose how you like your pasta.
The chef made us a plate spaghetti with pesto which was very yummy. For drinks my wife opted for their signature Whisper mocktail, a fruity drink with litchi as the central flavor. It was very refreshing. I chose the Ginger Caipirinha which found a sweet spot of balancing the sweet and sour, and for once I could see myself ordering another one, which I rarely do in restaurants. It does help when the presentation itself is so elegant.
During our lunch I kept eyeing the dessert station, which was close to us, and wondered how I would manage to try all the beautiful things I was seeing. If that is not enough, they have a crepe station and an ice cream station, which made my heart dance and my stomach cry at the same time. I still managed to restrain myself and tried just a few of the mini cakes. The strawberry cheesecake was very nice, and so was the mini Black Forest, while the Rose Macaron was just OK.
My wife loved the Mille-Feulie and the fruit tart, but what really jumped on me as the highlight of the dessert was the vanilla ice cream which was perhaps one of the best I have tried in Jeddah. It was so good that I had to get another serving. We had with the dessert coffee and tea, and they were quite nice too.
In conclusion, Al Multaqa is a Great choice if you are looking for terrific meal in an elegant and quiet place. The prices are not cheap, but when you pay for fine dining there, you get your money's worth. I would rate the Ambience at 9, Service at 10, Salads and Starters at 9.5, Main courses at 8.5, Dessert at 9, and Drinks at 9 too. I would definitely take my wife again there for a special occasions, and would definitely want to try the weekend brunch.
Timing and prices as of Nov 2016 are: Lunch 185 SR/pp (Workdays for 12:30 - 15:00), and Dinner 240 SR 19:30-24:00 everyday). Drinks are not included. For lunch and dinner children below 8 are not allowed. Weekend Brunch on Fridays and Saturdays is from 13:00-16:00 for all the family 260 SR/pp and kids 6 to 12 are half price.
We tried the early bird Friday brunch which is from 10:00 am to 12:30pm and were very impressed with the selection available. We took our kids along, and our eldest was thrilled with the dessert station (as one might expect).
A Basket of Bread, Jams, Fresh juices, Tea and Coffee are served to the table, and the length of the restaurant is used for the buffet where you can help yourself to an array of International dishes. Really enjoyed the French Toast, and the Shakshouka, Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus, & the tiny Quesadillas and Savoury pastries. Extensive selection of Salads, meats, and mini sandwiches are also available. Try the Hot Chocolate!
Brunch was 190 SR per person. Kids 0-2 Years were free.
Only downside which needs addressing is the fact that there are no high chairs! which doesn't make for a very relaxing experience if you have a small child!
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