It’s been a few months since Yellow Cab opened its doors for hungry RIYADHizens and the fever hasn’t died down just yet. We were there during the soft opening but because we gorged on the pizza right away, we decided to allot a different day to do our food review and that day did come two weeks ago. As they say, “the more, the merrier” thus we invited our BFFs along to join us with all the pizzas we were going to order and with such a feast at hand, it turned out to be our post-Christmas get together instead.
To those who haven’t heard of Yellow Cab at all, you are missing half of your foodie lives. Don’t let the whole New York City vibe throw you off as Yellow Cab Pizza Co. actually originated in the Philippines! Yup, its first branch was in Makati City back in 2001 and it has since become a signature restaurant that gives us (literally) a slice of New York-style pizza. However, one of their products, I believe, had surpassed the popularity of their pizzas and has become synonymous with the brand: the Charlie Chan pasta. I can’t objectively describe this dish and it compels me to dig deep into my soul in order to come up with the right words to illustrate its wondrous taste so I’ll do my best to do so later on. For now, let’s focus on their pizzas and the rest of our orders.
The Hawaiian pizza is a classic choice for those who want a tinge of sweetness into their pizza. J likes this a lot and when served hot, we don’t disagree with her.
Kim, our minty intern, went for the Manhattan Meatlovers pizza which was loaded with meatballs, pepperoni, ham and there’s some cheese in there somewhere. 😛 It’s best partner? Some chilli oil or pepper flakes.
It was my first time to order/encounter the Dear Darla pizza and it turned out to be my favorite of the night. It’s extra thin pizza that’s got no meat in it but is equally tasty. The rocket leaves and alfalfa sprouts on the side are meant to be eaten with it. You have to roll them in the slices of pizza to complete the bite. If you’re a vegetarian, you’d enjoy this option. Trendy and healthy!
Since we already had three large pizzas in our midst but still wanted to give our BFFs a taste of everything that was on the menu, we ordered a half n’ half option of two of their signature items as well: the New York’s Finest and Roasted Garlic and Shrimp Pizza. The New York’s Finest is a combination of Italian beef sausage, ham, pepperoni, ground beef, mushrooms, olives and bell peppers. The sauce complements the ingredients well and it makes for a very hearty bite. For an elevated pizza experience, the roasted garlic and shrimp option is an off the road choice with its base being butter cream sauce topped with the pungent garlic, sweet white onions, juicy shrimps and that oh so gooey cheese on top.
These crunchy chicken wings have been tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. It’s fried well and is a welcome alternative to the hot wings. Our only comment on these, they’re not as big as the wings we’re used to from Yellow Cab in the Philippines.
Spaghetti noodles that are moist with creamy goodness and tender chicken strips, of which you cannot go wrong. It’s a very friendly choice to those who like typical white pasta.
Talk about a hugggeee meatball! A piece of that thing was good enough for two. We didn’t like the recipe of this spaghetti that much because the tomato sauce taste wasn’t exactly Asian-friendly. We tend to like our red spaghettis on the sweet side and this went more for the slightly sour with herbs type. We did eat all the meatballs though.
You can bet that when we first heard that Yellow Cab was opening in Riyadh, our first screams were actually in the name of “Charlie Chaaaaaan!!!!” This one-of-a-kind noodle dish had most of us salivating and craving for more. To some, it may come off as oily but we don’t mind. That secret oriental sauce is the binding agent to the shitake mushrooms, roasted peanuts and strips of tender chicken. Perfect to eat while warm and fresh. It is succulent, spicy and super unforgettable. This in particular is one of the reasons why I keep coming back to Yellow Cab.
As for the restaurant’s ambiance, forgive us for not having the photos (it was in my old phone which was recently laid to rest) but you can catch our Facebook Live on it on our Facebook page. It is spacious with lots of references to the New York City scene and the decor if obviously, yellow, in most parts. It’s more of a casual dining place where you can definitely hangout with your friends and share the large portions of their pizzas. The service is friendly and quick. My only personal observation was that their drinks selection were quite simplistic: water, juice, shakes. Presentation of the beverages weren’t exactly anything special, but then again, so the Yellow Cab in the Philippines only serves softdrinks in can and iced tea from a sourced vendor.
Overall, there is no unjust reason for you to try out and enjoy Yellow Cab. They don’t have a delivery service yet so you’d have to head on to their store to get your favorite pizza or pasta for now.
Yellow Cab Pizza Co.
Khurais Rd, Riyadh