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Mama Noura

Dabab St., Suleimania, Riyadh, KSA   Info & mapWrite a Review
Tel: 01 4628144    visit website

| August 22, 2011 | Review it!

I’ve never been inside Mama Noura Restaurant. So what makes me an expert in writing about their food? I’m not. It’s just that once upon a time, not too long ago, I was a fan of Mama Noura.

I used to stand outside the large, bright Mama Noura branch in Dabab St. and gaze at the huge glass walls feeding my eyes with the colorful delights inside. I follow every turn and marvel at the speed the workers chop the chicken, spread the bread, smear the garlic sauce, throw in chicken bits and fries, roll everything together and, wrap it in swift moves. It’s breathtaking actually. I used to ask my father to buy shawarma after our runs around King Fahd Medical City, even if I’ll probably just gain back the calories I lost from all that walking. I used to ask my driver to make a detour to Mama Noura for a quick takeaway snack before going home. I even asked the messenger from the nearby store to buy me shawarma from Mama Noura when he’s not that busy. See? I was crazy about Mama Noura’s shawarma! And yes, I did say was.

There’s no denying that consistency is a very essential part of food in restaurants. After all, it’s what makes us diners go back. It’s what made me return to Mama Noura many times in the past. However, a few months ago, I was taken aback by the change in their shawarma. The bread was dry, the chicken pieces were burnt, and the fries unnoticeable. I tried a few more times but I lost interest after a few dismal orders. Recently, I was willing to let go of those memories and I asked to be dropped off to Mama Noura for a takeaway light dinner. The buzz of a business as usual night still lingered in the air when a waiter took my order outside. I bit into the shawarma that I miss and found it just okay. It still pales in comparison to the others I have tried; its famous glory now lost in my taste buds. It just wasn’t the same any more. But I didn’t exactly cry in despair because I tried Mama Noura’s other dishes and they’re still great. Mama Noura has one of the best falafels in town. I didn’t know chickpeas could taste so simple yet so hearty and comforting before Mama Noura. Their kebabs and meats are still grilled perfectly: tender and deep in flavor. The juices stayed sweet, fresh, and refreshing. I find their tamarind juice unique. I’m glad they haI’ve never been inside Mama Noura Restaurant. So what makes me an expert in writing about their food? I’m not. It’s just that once upon a time, not too long ago, I was a fan of Mama Noura.

I used to stand outside the large, bright Mama Noura branch in Dabab St. and gaze at the huge glass walls feeding my eyes with the colorful delights inside. I follow every turn and marvel at the speed the workers chop the chicken, spread the bread, smear the garlic sauce, throw in chicken bits and fries, roll everything together and, wrap it in swift moves. It’s breathtaking actually. I used to ask my father to buy shawarma after our runs around King Fahd Medical City, even if I’ll probably just gain back the calories I lost from all that walking. I used to ask my driver to make a detour to Mama Noura for a quick takeaway snack before going home. I even asked the messenger from the nearby store to buy me shawarma from Mama Noura when he’s not that busy. See? I was crazy about Mama Noura’s shawarma! And yes, I did say was.

There’s no denying that consistency is a very essential part of food in restaurants. After all, it’s what makes us diners go back. It’s what made me return to Mama Noura many times in the past. However, a few months ago, I was taken aback by the change in their shawarma. The bread was dry, the chicken pieces were burnt, and the fries unnoticeable. I tried a few more times but I lost interest after a few dismal orders. Recently, I was willing to let go of those memories and I asked to be dropped off to Mama Noura for a takeaway light dinner. The buzz of a business as usual night still lingered in the air when a waiter took my order outside. I bit into the shawarma that I miss and found it just okay. It still pales in comparison to the others I have tried; its famous glory now lost in my taste buds. It just wasn’t the same any more. But I didn’t exactly cry in despair because I tried Mama Noura’s other dishes and they’re still great. Mama Noura has one of the best falafels in town. I didn’t know chickpeas could taste so simple yet so hearty and comforting before Mama Noura. Their kebabs and meats are still grilled perfectly: tender and deep in flavor. The juices stayed sweet, fresh, and refreshing. I find their tamarind juice unique. I’m glad they have it. Mama Noura is still THE juice center in Riyadh.

It’s been a long time since I enjoyed Mama Noura’s food. Sometimes I think not having a family section discourages me from visiting the restaurant. If I’m eating out, I want to enjoy the good food right there and then… when it’s still hot from the oven and burner or still cold from the blender. I wish they open a family section. And I wish they step up again to what I remember Mama Noura to be… a place where the best shawarma in Riyadh can be found. ve it. Mama Noura is still THE juice center in Riyadh.

Mama Noura, 4.3 out of 5 based on 12 ratings
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