Al Segala13 reviews
Al-Segala is Arabic for “the pier”, and it also happens to be one of the best restaurants in Jeddah, particularly for seafood and Middle Eastern BBQ. Getting there is part of the fun, as the restaurant is found in South Obhur. I’d recommend to try and catch a table in the late afternoon in order to catch the jet skiers and boats, to indulge in a nice meal, and to wrap up with dessert and coffee by sunset. Now let’s get to the nitty gritty: what makes Al-Segala special in terms of food, décor, and atmosphere. First off, Al-Segala’s menu covers everything from starters to dessert. Please note that prices are an estimate, but a full-course dinner (soups, appetizers, entrees, dessert) for 2 will probably cost you between 250-300 SR. For soups: The Lobster Bisque Soup (35 SR) is light, creamy, and delicious, with lovely bits of lobster meat. The Creamy Chicken (25 SR) is my personal favorite and a winner— the sweetness of corn, with the yumminess of chicken, and a bit of chopped parsley on top: yum yum yum! For appetizers: The Fried Calamari (20 SR) is fresh and tasty. There is no generic, clumpy fried batter. I’m picky about my calamari, and Al-Segala does not disappoint. The Calamari is in strips, sauted with garlic and herbs, and drizzled with olive oil. If you prefer it deep-fried, just ask. We did on one occasion, and the calamari had a thin layer of crunchy goodness on top (it reminded me of tempura). Another fun appetizer is the Big Mazza Platter (45 SR) which comes with tabouleh (finely minced parsley salad), hommous (chick pea dip), mutabal (eggplant dip), and fatoush (salad with fried pita). If you like eggplant, I would recommend the mutabal—so divine! The appetizers are a nice indicator... of what Al-Segala does best: fresh seafood and traditional Middle Eastern dishes. For entrees: If you are really in the mood for seafood, and want a little bit of everything, I would recommend the Segalla Grilled Seafood Mix platter (110 SR). This has grilled shrimp, fried shrimp, grilled fish (ask for the catch of the day; they always have fresh Najil and Hamour stocked), mussels, and sometimes grilled squid. This comes displayed in a big, garnished tray, much like a typical Middle Eastern BBQ platter. If you’d prefer to just have fish, I would recommend either the Najil or Hammour, as the fish is fresh and properly cooked and prepared. In fact, they have the fish displayed on ice, and you can go and pick your fancy. This involves a bit of bravery (and on my part, many squeals), but it is a nice feature, and particularly helpful if you are not sure how much fish you should order for your table. You can ask for your dish to be prepared in a variety of ways: fried (85-100 SR), grilled (85- 100 SR), or baked (95-120 SR). If you haven’t tried Sayadiyah Rice (15 SR), try it! It’s a traditional Saudi rice that is served with fish, and I can’t imagine eating fish without it. Don’t ask me to how to make it—but I think it involves fish stock, onions,…and, um, rice. It is also generally served with 2 sauces: a light tahini sauce, and a light tamarind sauce. Delicious and so “Jeddah, Jeddah, Jeddah”! For non-seafood lovers (and there are many who go to Al-Segala for the ambience—more on that later!), I would recommend the Segala Oriental Grilled platter (55-75 SR), which comes with chicken tawouk, lamb kebab, lamb kufta, and Lebanese-style grilled sausages. All yummy, but my fav’s
- CuisineFood & Drink, Restaurants, Sea Food
- Price:100 to 200 SR
- Telephone:012 2890575
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