The Intercontinental Hotel Riyadh is hosting the world-renowned French Food Festival called “Goût de France” from March 20 to 28, 2017 at their Al Bustan Restaurant. This is a celebration of everything “good” in France. It’s a gastronomic journey that perfectly illustrates the two important aspects of French culture: promoting local specialties and openness to the world. At the helm of this food festival is celebrity Chef Laurent Bunel who’s sharing his vast culinary experience at the Intercontinental Cannes, France. His passion for cooking will surely delight your eyes and taste buds.
Goût De France puts emphasis on the “good” part of the name by ensuring that meals be healthy, locally-sourced as possible and people of all economic backgrounds are able to partake in the food festival. The food festival started in 1912 by Auguste Escoffier who founded a tradition called ” Epicurean Dinners” which featured the same menu on the same day in several cities across the world. Goût de France followed the same tradition to pay homage to the world-renowned French cuisine, its capacity for innovation and its values of sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high quality, environmentally-responsible cuisine.
The opening of the French Food Festival in the Al Bustan Restaurant was graced by the French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia H.E. Francois Gouyette, Area General Manager of the Intercontinental Riyadh Tariq Dowidar, and of course, Chef Laurent Bunel. Members of the French Embassy, the media and press, and staff of the Intercontinental Hotel were also in attendance.
Since I arrived a little bit earlier, I had the opportunity to take photos of their food and desserts. I think I stayed put in their dessert table for a good 10 minutes just ooohing at the sweet creations. They have various desserts that are as colorful and decadent as the main meals. The French main courses were accompanied by the international and Middle Eastern dishes that Al Bustan Restaurant is known for.
We enjoyed their heavenly Foie Gras served in toast with a brush of jam or compote and oh my goodness, it was melting in my mouth before I can even think about it. I also enjoyed the salmon served in toast and the salad filled with avocado slices. Their Duck Breast in an orange sauce is also delicious. Of course, I couldn’t not try their desserts!
The French Food Festival is also sponsored by some known French brands namely Fauchon, Lune De Miel, Pomona Export, Evian, and Bel Normande. Their products are displayed at the entrance of the restaurants and it just so happened that it was the GCC’s Mother’s Day the day after they opened the food festival so guests can purchase chocolate sets and macarons exquisitely wrapped by Fauchon.
The buffet is priced at SR 300 per person. The French Food Festival is until March 28 only so hurry and reserve your tables by calling +966-11-465-5000.
Al Bustan Restaurant
Intercontinental Hotel Riyadh
King Fahd Road, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Disclaimer: The Intercontinental Hotel Riyadh invited us to partake in their French Food Festival dinner buffet. All opinions, feedbacks and comments are our own.