Riyadhizens love their meat, without question. The rush-in of various steak houses in the city in the last five years proves the high demand for it, especially for Riyadh’s male-dominated workforce. From the local to the international brands, you can find a steak restaurant within a couple of miles’ reach. But then there are the occasional hidden gems that’s not exactly mainstream (for a reason). The Terrace Grill by Marriott Hotel Riyadh is one of them. Poised within the grand lobby of the hotel is this sophisticated dining space that offers the most variation of steaks that I have seen so far. As you step into the restaurant you will find a dim yet lush atmosphere. The area, for the most part is dined in by their hotel guests and businessmen on dinner meetings but they do offer a space for families. The decor is minimal with table setting accents that are an elegant nod to good meat. On their menu, you will find that their specialty really lies on sourcing the best selections of beef coming from America, Canada and Australia, which are all certified, mind you.
Speaking of menu, one of the intriguing aspects of your dining experience would be their recent adaption of the “eMenu” which allows guests to select their orders via iPad (instead of the old-school glossy print of a menu). I was personally able to view this feature while dining there last week and it was a treat to have tried it out. You simply tap on the items that you’d like to eat, read on their descriptions and price and just like ordering food from a phone app, it goes to a “cart” wherein it will be directed to the kitchen staff to eventually prepare and serve. Pretty neat techie stuff going on here! And I like it. 🙂
We have actually eaten here a year or so ago as part of a business meeting and back then, I believe I just had one of their seafood salads and they were a delight. But for my particular visit last Wednesday, we were served with a generous amount of Lemon Dill Smoked Salmon, a delicious 10 oz. cut of Wagyu Beef Fillet and their unforgettable signature dessert, the Marriott Cheesecake. Take a look:
While waiting for our dinner, we were kept company by these quaint cocktail treats from the kitchen. The waffle-like cones on top had shrimp and crab while the ones below had sliced meats, cheese and salty garnish goodness.
Our lemon dill-smoked salmon was hearty and generous. It had some lime shallots, garlic coriander, horseradish and caviar. Presentation would have been lovely had it not been for that weird slice of bread that was topped on everything else. Nevertheless, it did not deter me from my love of salmon.
This is the second time in my life that I have tried Wagyu steak and what can I say more about it other than its price is definitely worth each bite. This 10 oz. beef fillet was grilled to a good medium and the rich taste of the pink pepper corn sauce made it even more savory to eat. I took my time eating this because I relished every bite. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish all of it because I got fairly stuffed already. Perhaps next time, I’d settle for an 8 oz. cut. Moving on to the final course…
When they say to save the best for last, they certainly did over at the Terrace Grill that night. This is one cheesecake that I wanted to take home, set it beside my bed and sleep with it. That’s how good it was! And that’s coming from a day already full of cheesecake since it was Janelle’s birthday at the office earlier that day and we had our fair share of cheesecakes by that time. I had to sob a bit (on the inside) because I knew I was going to pay for this in the gym in the succeeding days, but yallah! I indulged in this utterly delicious cheesecake that’s so beautifully plated. If anything, I’d keep going back to Marriott just for this signature cheesecake of theirs.
For the month of September, Terrace Grill will be featuring “Flavors of Argentina,” which is a great match for their restaurant since one of the things that Argentina is known for is their beef. The grasslands of Pampas, Argentina is home to the best bred of Aberdeen-Angus cattle and grilling its steak has become a revered tradition in their culture’s culinary history. Luckily, they are bringing in this art and taste to our tables here in Riyadh. I can’t wait to try their chimichurri sauce!
Notably, Terrace Grill is a MENA Travel Award Winner back in 2012 and suffice to say, they are still living up to the distinction.
Marriott Hotel Riyadh, Al Wazarat District, Riyadh
Reservations are required, call:
T: 011-477-9300 loc. 7333