While visiting Riyadh on business, I visited Najd Village with colleagues on the recommendation of a local for a dining experience typical of the region before it became a modern city. Seating is on the floor, on carpets. The food was plentiful and excellent, served family style. We used utensils, but the truly traditional fashion would involve eating with the (right) hand, and using bread to help. We had dishes with chicken, lamb and camel, served with various interesting sauces and vegetables, accompanied by rice and freshly prepared arabic breads. Situated on busy King Fahd Road, the restaurant is constructed to resemble a two story mud brick house with a central courtyard open to the sky, with water and grass lawn in the middle.It was quiet inside, and a lovely evening with full moon visible above, and 34C (99F) temperatures, more on that later. Surrounding the courtyard are small group dining spaces, covered, but open to the air, sized for different groups from 6 to 10 or 12. people seated on the floor on carpets, with low walls separating each group. We were the only apparent Europeans that evening, it appears to be more of a local 'interesting experience' dining venue than a tourist or typical business venue. Prices are very reasonable, 120SR pp for the meal we had, which was touted as serving 4, but could easily have served 8. I recommend this place highly!
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