We women like our “girl friends time” don’t we? Totally fine once in a while right? I mean we have our lady needs that only our lady friends can provide (wholesome needs lol). For example, shopping without someone complaining behind our backs (“Again?! You’ve been to that store! Buy it already!,” says the father) or someone mocking our made up faces (“Why are you so made up when you’re just cleaning the house today?,” says the husband) or someone judgmental of our choice of clothes (“That is so short! It’s only up to your ankle! Go change your abaya!,” says the muttawa [hehe jk]). So yeah, we need our girl friends who understand what we go through and share the same passion us ours. Like shopping and good food for example. Don’t you just hate it when you want to eat at a fancy restaurant and your husband quip, “That’s is so expensive! Dito na lang tayo sa kabsahan!” Nothing wrong with eating kabsa, of course, and being practical. But there’s nothing wrong in indulging one’s self in a beautiful restaurant once in a blue moon (as long as you can afford it, of course).
Scaramouche Lounge and Patisserie is one restaurant that only your girl friends can understand. Your kuripot husband won’t and certainly not your kids who’ll probably end up dragging you to McDo in the food court. Your girl friend, however, will totally get you. The lovely glass windows will entice anyone with a taste for beautiful ambiance and good food. This unique restaurant located in the Plaza Level of the Harvey Nichols store in Faisaliah Mall has interiors inspired by a Venetian carnival. Scaramouche is a clown known for his funny mask, a character in the Italian commedia dell’arte. Like the interesting character, Scaramouche, the restaurant, aims to please by serving whimsical and enchanting food in a fashionable and relaxed ambiance.
We love the juicy colors of the walls and decors combined with the dainty, pastel furniture and utensils. Each chair has well-carved handles and backs. Each table setup is well-thought of. You might think that Scaramouche is a huge restaurant from the outside but it’s pretty small with just a series of tables and a long sofa at the back. It has glass walls and a view of the King Fahd Road blocked partially by rolls of long curtain. My friend (who perfectly understands my need to try something new especially when it comes to dining places) and I picked a table at the back of the “bar” and sat side by side. The table is made of marble and there’s a lone plastic branch of orchid on a vase adorning it.
The waiter handed us their one-page menu and left us for a while to peruse it. He came back with a basket of bread and dips shaped into cute little balls. I think they were all some kind of white cheese covered with spices, sesame seeds and chives. The bread has a crisp outer layer and soft inside.
Being a lover of sweet corn, I automatically went with the Sweet Corn Fondu, a mash of creamy corn and melted cheddar cheese.
It came in a pretty presentation. The mashed corn is inside a corn husk shaped like a boat. I was really amazed that I had high expectation of this one. Sadly, it didn’t hit the right note for me. While it’s really creamy and cheesy, I feel like this is something too ordinary for the SR 48 I shelled out. It’s something I can probably do myself (and I can’t even cook haha!).
Being a fan of risotto in Italian restaurants here in Riyadh, I couldn’t help myself but order the Mushroom Risotto. The tiny serving came in a huge plate but I can say that even though it’s half the serving of what I expected, it was good, with just the right amount of flavor that made the wild mushrooms stand out. It wasn’t overpowered by the rice. The risotto has the right texture that I like; not too creamy and not too mushy.
And the most expensive dish that we ordered that night was a sight on the plate:
The Fillet Mignon was suggested to us and I can say that it was truly presented well. Each element of the plate was put in careful consideration of the customer. It was a feast not only for the tongue but also for the eyes. I love the “cake” of thin layers of vegetables and the potatoes with thin cuts and covered in a pesto sauce. The highlight is of course the fillet mignon cooked medium well. It was tender and juicy; the sauce sending the beefy goodness of the dish a notch higher. However, at SR 179, I don’t think I’ll be ordering this again. Delicious as it may, I don’t think it’s that good to merit the price.
Being a patisserie too, we couldn’t help but get desserts and their signature Scaramouche White Mocha.
The drink came in a dainty mug with high whipped cream and a few pieces of marshmallows. Ahhh heaven! Each sip reminded me of my childhood drinking hot chocolate on a rainy night. It was just comforting and relaxing especially with that pillow of cream and the soft marshmallows that went with every sip.
The desserts and pastries came in a tray that the waiter showed us in our table. We had a difficult time choosing which one among these:
But we settled for this huge macaron with raspberries in between. I was easy to dismiss this at first because well, it’s a macaron so what? But one bite and I wanted to erupt in jubilation! Haha. More like, smile because I found a macaron that is not cloying. The subtle sweetness is complemented by the acidity of the fruits. The macaron’s crispy shell crumbled at the slightest touch and it also went well with the cream in between. I say this is a balanced dessert.
We had a good time at Scaramouche. It was a bit awkward at first because it looked so fancy, being inside Harvey Nichols and being in this almost extravagant interiors but it was one of those days that we also wanted to splurge for ourselves (also, my friend and I shared the bill so it’s not that taxing on our wallets haha). It’s a beautiful restaurant, yes. A shopping spree in Harvey Nichols deserves a a break at Scaramouche so they really go well together. Just like you and your girl friend. Perfect combination, haha! But if you’re looking for an affordable restaurant, this is not it. Unless you just settle for one dish and share. Try their pasta. I heard it’s good too.
Scaramouche Lounge and Patisserie
Plaza Level, Harvey Nichols,
Faisaliah Mall, King Fahd Road
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia