2024-04-23

Paris’ 111-year-old bistro Benoit is coming to Riyadh

The classic French restaurant from Alain Ducasse is opening in KAFD

We’ll soon be saying ‘bienvenue’ to Benoit Riyadh.

France’s famed Benoit Paris bistro is expanding to the Middle East for the first time with a location in King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD).

The original Benoit Paris has a rich history in the City of Light. Established in 1912 by butcher Benoit Matray, the venue became a bustling spot for traders and socialising. The venue was passed to his grandson then to chef Alain Ducasse in 2005, which spiraled openings in Tokyo and New York.

Benoit Paris Riyadh
Benoit Paris Riyadh

The original Benoit remains a bistro through and through, and has a tagline that translates to being the place where diners ‘can feast like kings’. The Benoit menu is focused on elevated classic French dishes including escargots in garlic butter, seared seabass and chilled blue lobster.

We’re hoping to see these along with signatures like seared beef tenderloin, homemade cassoulet with white beans, and marinated smoked salmon and horseradish on the Benoit Paris Riyadh menu.

Benoit Paris Riyadh
Benoit Paris Riyadh

KAFD is one of the vibrant dining destinations in Riyadh with London’s A.O.K Kitchen offering an all-day dining menu catering different diets, New York’s Black Tap crafting gourmet burgers and unapologetically extra milkshakes, and buzzy Italian destination Il Baretto.

Benoit Paris Riyadh
Benoit Paris Riyadh

New KAFD openings include casual Mexican eatery El Camino and a new branch of Ashjar Café offering prime city views from the tiered terrace seating area.

Other openings to look forward to are culinary heavyweights Mr Chow, Zuma and SushiSamba, and Jeddah-born Nikkei spot Kuuru.

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