Shrimp Shack Riyadh

My husband and I have a new addiction — and that is to consistently get our blood pressure shooting up! Strike that. Our latest fancy is this small yet very in demand restaurant called Shrimp Shack. Of course, most of you has heard of it. We have been indulging ourselves with the jumbo shrimps, crabs and lobsters. We have dined in its King Khalid Branch Road store, the one in Althaghar Plaza? The one with Jarir – Saco-Panda and Chuck e Cheese, yeah, that one!

I have seen a store in Aldhabab Street beside KFC, although I am not certain whether it’s operational or has it been operational all this time. Eversince Jahez and HungerStation became popular, I have shied away from the actual restaurant scenes so forgive my being semi-ignorant in this regard.

So the price, considering the servings Shrimp Shack has, I’d say it’s quite affordable and economical. Comparing the cost vs. my regular dine out meal which is the likes of ribeye, one would totally feel so frugal having ordered their jumbo shrimps, hahaha! The gastronomical load is the same, even made me feel “fuller” and more satisfied — AND YES COSTING ME WAY LESS which matters a lot to me.

The place though, it’s quite chaotic, the one in Althaghar Plaza did not have toilets and it’s awkward given the nasty smell of shrimps, regardless of the plastic gloves. I mean, handwashing is more than a necessity. Why didn’t they have a toilet? It’s like a takeout place forcibly made a dine-in. This point though still did not keep the people out. It was still jampacked and a total box office because people come here for the food and it’s quality, since yeah — it’s topnotch!

Apart from the toilet, you’d find a slight issue that you’re given a refillable drink cup ala-Burger King/Taco Bell but they wouldn’t let you refill on your own. They had to do it for you. That’s the norm in KSA actually (and I am aware) but the use of disposable cups makes the feel quite different, not in a negative way, but expectations-wise. I thought there was a dispenser accessible for me. That’s it. It wasn’t a disappointment, don’t get me wrong. It was only a matter because my husband and I were eating voraciously and we kinda nearly choked haha and we needed a drink stat. Given the chaos and all the crew running around because of the previously mentioned box office scenario, it took a while before we got served. It was not something we held them liable for. It was us who were eating like there’s no tomorrow.

Things to order:

  • Jumbo Shrimps (lemon pepper & garlic butter – to die for)
  • Crab
  • Lobster

All things considered, I give Shrimp Shack an 8 out of 10. If they had a toilet, things would be totally different 🙂 

THIS THOUGH:

I am pointing this out to be an issue though on HUNGERSTATION (NOT ON SHRIMPSHACK)  – We have ordered 4x and the orders were all accepted but had to get declined some (significant) time later (after our high hopes to having sumptuous shrimp dinners) and later getting refunded because your drivers won’t accept the order. I know the smell could be an issue but when Shrimp Shack signed up with you, it’s an agreement that you consider that it would smell bigtime. If you won’t provide drivers that are dedicated for this particular case, then the store loses its business because no one gets to order. It’s something that I have noticed that all things boil down to “finding a driver”and voila, no one accepts.

Photos are from FourSquare and ShrimpShack – results from Google search (these aren’t my photos)

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