Of course you know Wooden Bakery. Who wouldn’t? When it first appeared in Riyadh a few years back, the store in the corner of Khurais Road and King Abdulaziz Road has a huge windmill sail that would stop you in your tracks, if it can. I doubt you can stop though because this particular intersection and the bridge above it are very busy roads. The wooden sail was replaced with a smaller one and the shutters became shorter over time but Wooden Bakery, the company founded by the Bou Habib family in Lebanon with a concept of providing a variety of Lebanese, European, American, and Arabic breads and pastries, has already endeared itself in the hearts (and stomachs) of Riyadhizens.
Wooden Bakery is just a kilometer or so away from our flat in Suleimania but it was my first time to go inside their bakery last Saturday when I met Atiya Zubair of Whatnots Shop (our Riyadhizen 2015 Planner is now available in her online shop, woot!). I thought they have a family section and they do have one but it’s closed for renovation. They have a couple of tall chairs and tables that are meant for bachelors. Of course, being a bakery, it offers a LOT of different kinds of bread, sweets, and pastries. A shelf is filled with the sweet stuff. Arrays of cakes topped with fruits and chocolates immediately got my attention. My eyes twinkled with delight!
I got the Galette Aux Fruits, beautiful summer fruit dessert that’s perfect for the winter too. The powdered sugar on top reminds me of slow dancing snow. This sweet, creamy sandwich is a bit messy to eat but it’s worth it.
I also got the Mango Mousse and the Ferrero-Rocher-like dome of crispy chocolate cake that I didn’t get to taste because I got busy and my family ate ’em bit by bit without me noticing. Huhu. Hahaha, kidding. They said they were good. Sweet, yes but with a good balance of flavor from the fruit and chocolates.
They also have the freshly-baked bread station where packages of pita are neatly arranged. They also have clear shelves filled with rustic bread, ciabattas, and loaves. On the corner is where you can order their sandwiches. Their cashier station displays plates and boxes of Arabic sweets. I had to inhale the aroma and digest the wonder of this one-stop shop before I can even begin to choose what I wanted I wanted to try all! Does that make any sense? Haha!
Wooden Bakery is known to use the latest and most advanced machinery and equipment in baking. Their state-of-the-art industrial baking facility uses fresh and high quality ingredients to deliver the best products. If you’re wondering if they use wind energy because of their windmill-like structure, I doubt it. Haha. I’m pretty sure they run on electricity just fine.
Apart from the baked goods, I was really happy to find a deli in the heart of Wooden Bakery. Their delicatessen (meaning “delicious things to eat”) store is filled with cheeses, meats, and bottles of grape wine juices. I was in love! My friends who are very fond of cheeses would be happy to find their hearts’ desires here. I may have spent half an hour ogling at the cold cuts and slices of cheese in their display cases. There were such good selections that I might be throwing a party soon that will highlight a cheese platter. Haha! Yup, just plates of aged, soft, firm, and blue cheeses going round and round. Of course, there are no wine to go with my platter of cold cuts and cheeses but I can settle for premium grape juices. 😉
Ahhh I’m so embarrassed for taking such a long time to visit Wooden Bakery when it’s just practically a stone throw away from me. But it’s never too late! I’m getting the freshly-baked bread next time. They’re good for sharing and I’m sure my family and friends cannot say no to it. And wait for my cheese party! Lol.
Salah Ed Deen Alayubi Road (Makkah Road)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia