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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Review: Cookies with Love – Riyadh

Last Friday, my sister celebrated her first baby shower thrown by her work friends. They have prepared almost everything, so my sister, my mom and I decided to take care of the desserts. We ended up ordering a 2-tier cake from a local store and ordered customized cookies from an online cookie store called Cookies with Love – Riyadh. We’ve learned about them from searching because we do not know anyone who does customized cookies. Luckily, we found their page.

The Ordering Experience / Pricing:

The admin of the page responded faster than the estimated reply as per FB. The question and answer part had been swift. The price per cookie is 7 SAR — very economical right? For a customized piece that is super nice and neat? That’s a good price! I am sure that the price varies if you’d order like, huge cookies but I suppose the price we got is their standard pricing for a standard customized cookie.

The Choices:

They’ve got a good number of photos to select from. They are also open to suggestions.

The Heads-up:

They need at least five days to accommodate your orders. I mean come on, there are ready made cookies from regular stores for rush orders –might as well buy some Chips Ahoy! Customizing orders need time. 

The Delivery:

The store offered me 2 options. I can either pick them up or have them delivered. I chose the latter due to my busy schedule. There is an additional 50 SAR fee for delivery. Kind of pricey you may say, but for the sake of convenience, it is definitely a better choice for me. The person who delivered was prompt. I actually thought he was late, but I forgot that I didn’t give my number as the point of contact during delivery. I was worried he hasn’t called when in fact, the cookies have been safely delivered to my sister and yes, very much ON TIME.

The Taste:

Okay. I don’t normally eat sweets but I love ordering for aesthetics. The only sweets I eat with no ifs or buts are the Filipino delicacies such as halaya made of purple yam, mocha roll from Goldilocks, leche flan (very similar to creme brulee) and probably, ube ice cream and rocky road from Magnolia. Only the flan is accessible given that I live in Riyadh so basically, I do not eat a lot of desserts, I would perhaps taste a little, but not binge on it. I do indulge once a year on Christmas cookies being served at a party that I attend yearly so when we got these cookies from Cookies With Love -Riyadh, I just had to taste it! Although it doesn’t taste the same as  those Christmas cookies,

(Here’s the actual review on the taste)

“these baby shower cookies were SUPERB! They have a unique taste. It was not too sweet and not too buttery, whoever eats would want another bite. My sisters’ guests also loved the cookies because I heard them complimenting it. Some said that they didn’t want to eat because it’s just too cute, they didn’t want to ruin it!”

It is unfortunate though that we weren’t able to take good photos of it because we arrived at the reception quite late! We were in a hurry to put it on the dessert table so there’s nothing much of a Kodak moment there (if you know what I mean). It was super nice though. I will just post the actual photos from their site, this was almost similar to ours except for the minute details and of course, the name differs as well.

I highly recommend Cookies with Love – Riyadh and I will definitely have another try. 

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