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: Our Kidzzdom Experience

Where to go for a fun weekend with the kids? Try Kidzzdom if you haven’t yet!

We celebrated my son’s 6th bday in Kidzzdom in Hayatt Mall, Riyadh. The overall feels is okay. There weren’t a lot of people so it’s kind of a plus factor because we didn’t get claustrophobic due to overcrowding.  Please note that the photos below are not mine, they are from Kidzzdom’s site.

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The lady in the cashier was friendly. I felt excited to get in because the initial experience from the ticket counter had been nice. So we entered.

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My son had to go to the bank first to get his money, the bank is a mini Saudi Investment Bank. The Filipina cashier was friendly and accommodating. I have observed her and noticed that her warmth wasn’t because we are of the same nationality; she is genuinely kind because she was as warm and accommodating to the locals and other expats as well. She had given my son 100 Riyalinos (the currency inside Kidzzdom). That should give him a good start.

Unfortunately, the lady in the small Panda store doesn’t speak English. With that, we had to borrow the banker and she attended to the needs of my son. He was asked to be the customer. He picked three small items and he placed it his mini grocery cart. He also got to experience being a cashier and earned some Riyalinos! I am sure he enjoyed the initial stops.

My son wanted to go to the store and apparently, the stores are “redemption stores” only. Their currency is Riyalinos and they have to have at least 500 in order to enter. I find it a little difficult to achieve since we’ve only earned 300 plus for the entire period that we’re there (from 2:30 pm to 6:10 pm) & we’ve already exhausted our energy.

This is the area map:

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Among the stops are the following:

The places that I’d strike out are the ones that are either unattended or places we did not find inside.

  • Train Station
  • The Riyalino Store
  • Supermarket
  • Fire Truck
  • Bank
  • Vault
  • Jewelry Store
  • Beauty Salon
  • Photo Studio
  • Toddlers Area
  • Police Station
  • Window Cleaning
  • Recycling Plant
  • Construction Site
  • House Painting
  • Pizza Restaurant – This is just the best. The Filipina who was assigned here on the 8th of December, noon time is one of the kindest people in the service industry and I have to commend, the pizza that my son made with her. Awesome!
  • Theater
  • TV Studio
  • Acting Academy
  • The Kidzz Dance – I don’t know if this is also the gym where the Filipina attendee was teaching the kids Zumba and hula hoops. She’s one of the most patient people on earth. Paid attention to teaching the kids and she really seemed happy while doing so.
  • Gym – I think I was referring to the gym. I am not sure
  • Fashion Boutique
  • Building in Flame
  • Newspaper Edition
  • Radio Station
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Burger Restaurant
  • Rock Climbing
  • Post Office
  • Hotel – The one in here is also a Filipina. Having seen her, she seems to be doing the task according to the steps assigned MINUS the friendliness and smile. I have smiled 3 times at her and she didn’t smile back, looked at me without warmth. My son obviously did not enjoy the experience.
  • Fire Station – The lady attendant who is also a Filipina had been very patient with my son’s incessant desire to slide. She was so accommodating and I felt that hers is the busiest among all areas because a lot of the kids want to ride the firetruck while shouting “Fire Fighters!”
  • Milk Farm
  • Milk Factory
  • The Arts Academy
  • Flower Shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Dental Clinic – The Filipina attendant was so serious into teaching the kids. She showed respect to the nature of the place. I loved how she is thoughtful and really paid attention to the kids.
  • Hospital Nursery – A local was assigned in the nursery. She was very careful in teaching my son how to change clothes and bathe the baby. She was so meticulous and patient.
  • Optometrist
  • Reception
  • Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Ambulance
  • City Tour Bus
  • Customs Office
  • Coffee Shop
  • Driving School
  • Autoshop – The autoshop is being manned by a local. He is also the one assigned at the driving school. He is very friendly although looks a little gloomy nevertheless, if you’d talk to him, you will see that he is really enjoying and is really interested in showing the kids how the cars work. He is very patient.

I wished that the salon and the photo studios are open. I also wished for the construction site and recycling is there.  Well, of course, I wish for the ambulance to be working as well since my son didn’t get to have that ambulance emergency ride.

Everything worked out well and if they’d only get full manpower to attend to the stations, it would have been more fun and realistic, I mean instead of seeing same faces at one station after another.

The fee is ok. A little pricey but worth it. Entry Tickets:

  • Infants enter for FREE
  • Toddlers (Age 2-3) SR55
  • Children (Age 4-14) SR105
  • Adults (Age 15 and above) SR55
  • Family Package (5 members) gets 10% Discount

Tip: Cobone.Com has an ongoing promo. Better check it out first before purchasing on site.

The fun part is, you can book them to host your party. Please click the link for information: CLICK ME!

I will definitely go back with a hope that it is going to be full-functioning with enough manpower & yes, hopefully, with a playmate tagging along this time for a “funner experience” for my son.

7 out of 10 stars!

Fiestahan Asian Cuisine

So these photos aren’t mine. These were taken from the page of Fiestahan Asian Cuisine Restaurant in Riyadh, specifically situated on the 1st floor of the Aljazeera Supermarket Building in Sulemaniya Street.

They serve an authentic Filipino taste in a not-so-hurtful-price.

My ultimate favorite is their Chicken Barbecue on stick. It is so tasteful and the part that they use is of course, the best (SPELL T-H-I-G-H). Wish: I wish that they won’t be sloppy in applying sauce because it is all over the place. It pours on the stick which is a hassle if you’re out (it could spill on your clothes). Nevertheless, it is one of the best bbq in Riyadh.

My husband’s favorite is KANSI. I am not familiar with this and since I do not share meals with others (because I don’t like mixing food), I have yet to taste it. My husband’s repetitive orders though are enough to prove how solid the taste is.

Apart from their awesome food, their staff are also great. All of them are friendly and are very accommodating. You’d have the homey feels when you’re dining in. A lot of Filipino expatriates are patronizing the place, no wonder they had to expand their menu! Another good thing is that their page is quite responsive. They’d entertain your queries in a snap! Check this out: CLICK ME

Restaurant Hours: Saturdays to Thursdays from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. They’d accept last orders at 10:30 pm

Note: This is a CASH only restaurant and they’re not yet on Hungerstation or Jahez (but it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already)