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Friday, April 15, 2005

zagat kuwait where are you?

while wondering where to have lunch on a friday with a sudden yen for italian, i realized there isn't one (or two or ten) reliable sources for centralized and somewhat objective restaurant information, news and reviews. i think that historically there hasn't been much to talk about on the restuarant scene in kuwait compared to soho or saint germain but for god's sake there should be something i can page (or surf) through to get a quick idea of what's out there!

now i feel for those poor few visitors to kuwait that seem perplexed to figure where to go and have to get lucky to bump into a non-indian for directions (assuming they're not after chapati)!

anyone got any thoughts out there?


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    By Blogger Bo Jaij, at Friday, April 15, 2005 1:05:00 PM  

  • You are talking about Kuwaitis here, 90% here live on Junk food such as fool and falafel sandwiches and don't know the difference between Chinese and Thai cuisine. Why would Zagat do a guide about Kuwaiti restaurants anyway, how many ((Authentic)) Italian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Thai are out there?!

    Go to Marina mall crescent where do you see most of the people eating, yes in Johnny Rockets, 60% of the population are 18 years old or younger and it shows. No one gives a damn because at the end of the day, granny's amazing Muchboos diyay is waiting for you at home.

    By Blogger Bo Jaij, at Friday, April 15, 2005 1:07:00 PM  

  • Dear Frigg,

    There is a great book you could buy at hotel bookstores...called simply "Kuwait Guide". It's updated yearly with restaurant reviews, etc. It also has interesting stuff about Kuwait Cultural places to visit like the Sadu house and Tariq Rajab Museum. Its a great gift to anyone who is a foriegner and wants to find places to go etc.

    Yours Truly,

    By Blogger Misguided, at Friday, April 15, 2005 3:01:00 PM  

  • misguided - i think you're referring to the "kuwait pocket guide". that's simply a visitor reference with a listing of restaurants and their phone numbers. i'm suggesting something more extensive that could be used as a reference for people living in kuwait.

    and bo jaij - i fully agree with what you say in terms of the local eating habits but there's still enough support for a basic reference (possibly online) that could become a valuable resource.

    By Blogger frigg, at Friday, April 15, 2005 6:13:00 PM  

  • Well Kuwait Wiki seems to have the seed of what you want. Encourage others to join in and you might have a meaningful restaurant review database in a few months.

    By Blogger Chanad, at Friday, April 15, 2005 8:50:00 PM  

  • We dotn really have any restaurants that have strong themes, designs, etc...

    its all quite tame compared to the level of NYC, Paris and London... shame... with such a huge demand for food in this country you would think we would be more sophisticated when it comes to outside dining.

    By Blogger Entrepreneur, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:24:00 PM  

  • I think Kuwait has some of the best restaurants in the world. Al-Boom, Winner (Indian/Chinese) are two I can think of. Does anyone know of a small Indo-Pak restaurant called "Miami" that used to exist near downtown? It's frequented by male construction workers mostly but is pretty darn good eating....

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