I guess I am always late to catch up with trends. After a while of having my friends telling me to try one of the secret menu items at Five Guys. I decided to give it a shot, even though I was a bit reluctant. The secret menu item is called Patty Melt, which is a patty and other toppings stuffed between a grilled cheese sandwich. I can’t believe that I enjoyed it much much than a regular burger. Even when it comes to delivery, it doesn’t get as soggy as a burger. Now Patty Melt is my favorite option at Five Guys, but make sure to order it in person to experience it right. It is OK when it comes to delivery, but everything in person tastes much better. At Deliveroo, they limit you to add 1 patty only, and can’t do double or triple patties. But when you go in person, you can do whatever you want, for me a single patty is enough.
The healthy meals subscription became a big industry in Kuwait, and now I see more and more people subscribing. The results I saw in person for those who commit were really impressive. I personally want to join, but I am such a random person where I don’t like such commitment. I decided that if I don’t lose enough weight by myself until June 1st, I will subscribe to one of the below companies. Sometimes I buy a healthy meal from the supermarket, but I choose what I feel like to eat that day. I ate meals from few of the below companies and some are really good for healthy food. Surprisingly now I am hooked to buying a healthy cheesecake from Numou. It is one of the best cakes ever, and the amazing part is that it is a guilt free dessert.
Numou : I have tried Numou many times and it tastes really perfect. I bought multiple meals from Numou, but still I haven’t subscribed yet. I am thinking of subscribing on June 1st if I don’t reach my target goal. The thing I like about Numou is the perfection to every single detail. I got their sandwich box the other day and I was impressed of how perfect it was. Each sandwich was cut to the same exact size, not even a millimeter difference. Even the ingredients inside each sandwich is so consistent in terms of distribution and quantity, so I feel each sandwich tastes exactly like the other. The packaging is really nice, and I feel like I bought a luxury item when I opened the box. The combination of taste, quality, and value is what makes Numou very special.
Diet Station : I heard lots of great feedback about Diet Station from friends and family, because their food is really tasty and they were innovative for being the first to release an App in the market. From their instagram I saw a post saying they have 3,000 customers which is really impressive. Diet Station is one of the leading brands in Kuwait
Wolf Nutrition : One of the most recommended option in the market and some people consider it to be among the top in the Kuwaiti market. What I really liked about Wolf Nutrition is that their social media is so engaging. Their Instagram stories is really fun to look at and I personally got excited when I saw their content. It is one of the options on my list if I choose to subscribe.
Lina’s & Dina’s : Lina’s & Dina’s was recommended by my friends and when I saw their Instagram page it got my attention with their dessert posts. I will try to order one of the desserts sometime next month, because I could tell from their posts that they do a good job.
Diet Center : Diet Center was the very first healthy meal subscription I have heard of. I remember my cousin when he joined around 2 decades ago. I still remember when we used to go to Johnny Rockets next to AlFanar Mall and he has his meal with him. I still remember how he looked at us when we were eating burgers while he was eating a healthy sandwich. Diet Center were pioneers in the industry and I saw lots of people losing weight back in the day.
Diet Care : Diet Care were pioneers in the industry as well. I went to their store few times and had their food and it is good. I usually go walking from my office with my coworkers. It is an option that keeps the whole team satisfied.
Lofat : For me Lofat is great because I find them in my supermarket. Sometimes I am hungry so i garb a sandwich from the supermarket next to my home. I got excited when i saw their frozen food such as Sambosa and Kuba. I really like the creativity of their constant product creation and innovation.
Protein : I have heard a lot about Protein and they did a great job with Ramadan offers. They priced the packages at really competitive prices offering great value to potential customers.
Tuning : One of the places that I would like to try because of how attractive their Instagram posts are. They really got my attention with their posts, and I felt that they are offering more of a lifestyle rather than diet meals.
Basic : I have heard of basic from friends of mine. Some have subscribed with them and saw very effective results. They liked the food, and they told me to try it. I still didn’t get the chance to taste their food.
Calorie Control : From what I have seen Calorie Control is offering extremely inexpensive packages for Ramadan. Starting at 56 KD which is a really affordable plan for such service. I think it is a smart strategy to reduce the barrier of entry.
Few weeks ago I got three samples of Sara Cake Lasagna. The samples were beef, chicken, and vegetables lasagnas. I got really excited when I saw that Chef Zeyad Hamadah was the one who created all three lasagnas. I have heard of Chef Zeyad Hamadah from friends of mine and that he is one of the best chefs in Kuwait. The first lasagna I tried was the beef lasagna, and when i first opened it. I had to decide between using the oven or microwave. Since I had the choice of using any of the options, I decided to use the oven since I had enough time to spare. Sadly I left it in the oven more than what it suppose to and the Lasagna became a bit dry, but still I ate it. It was OK, and I think it had more cheese than what I personally prefer.
The second day I decided to eat the vegetable lasagna and this time I used the microwave. I honestly never expected that I would enjoy a vegetable lasagna that much. I just regret using the microwave because when the cheese on top becomes golden color, the cheese tastes much better. I personally rank the vegetable lasagna as the best one among the three and right now it is my favorite frozen lasagna in the market
The third day I ate the chicken lasagna. The cheese was perfect for me because I used the oven this time. The chicken lasagna in my opinion was better than the beef lasagna. My judgement could be clouded with the beef lasagna because I left it in the oven more than what it suppose to so i think I should give it another shot and update the article.
Sara Cake has been innovative the past few years and the collaboration with Kuwaiti Chefs is a really genius idea. I support such initiatives especially when I see local companies are supports local talents.
The last few days, a lot of my friends are talking about two places. The first place is a burger restaurant called Thinnies which became really popular in Kuwait. I was really surprised to see a burger concept becoming that popular during these times where there are so many burger joints in the market. When I check Talabat or Deliveroo, I get lost from the amount of burger joints, so they should have something special to be that trendy in Kuwait. The second place is a place we all know, but never thought they will ever sell a sandwich. Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, which is the steak concept located at Salhiya and Murooj and now they are selling baguette sandwiches with the steak, fries, and their popular green sauce. A lot fo my friends told me to try it ASAP before they remove it from the menu, so I went to Salhiya right after they opened. They open at 7 PM, and I was there exactly at 7:05 PM. I couldn’t believe that there were so many cars ahead of me. It was really creative to turn a dine in steak restaurant to a to go sandwich place. I ordered a baguette sandwich with extra sauce on the side. The sandwich was good, but I felt the ratio was a bit off where it had slightly more bread that what it suppose to. The other thing was I wished I ordered the sauce on the side, so I add the sauce before I eat, because part of the bread became soggy by the time I arrived home. I highly recommend getting extra sauce because it made it much better. It was worth trying, but it isn’t something that I will be addicted to.
I have been trying lots of shawarma places the past few weeks to find the best shawarma in Kuwait. It all started when I heard about Shawarma Shaker, but never got the chance to try it. Few weeks ago I decided to give it a shot, so I tried Shawarma Shaker and it was good. Then I started one place after the other and this is what I tried so far.
Honestly the winner for Meat Shawarma is very clear. Laham Gram is the Best Meat Shawarma in Kuwait and I consider it a WOW. Everyone who tried it said it is a WOW shawarma and the impressive part is that even my family and friends who never eat meat shawarma, loved it. The advantage of Laham Gram is that they offer delivery, even it cost a minimum of 10 KD for delivery it is so worth it.
When it comes to Chicken Shawarma, I didn’t find one that really stands out. The best ones were Shawarma Mishref and Arabi. I won’t consider them a WOW, but they very good shawarmas.
The trend of such shawarmas was started by Shaker Shawarma, the team behind it were very creative and a lot of people I know consider Shaker Shawarma the best so far. This list will be updated all the time, so it will keep changing once I find new shawarma places.
I can’t believe I got so addicted to Laderach chocolate the past few weeks. I remember eating Laderach more than 10 years ago, but then I completely forgot about them. When I saw their sponsored ad on Instagram, I remembered the taste of their cornflakes chocolate, which I liked when I first tried it. I ordered half a kilo of Cornflakes at first, and I finished the entire thing in few days. Then I ordered another round of Cornflakes & Raspberry-Blackberry and since that day I can’t stop. I keep ordering whenever I finish what I have, but it is reaching a dangerous stage. I am gaining weight and over spending big time.
What happened to the best chicken nuggets in Kuwait. KFC chicken nuggets was my very favorite for a very long time. Sadly more than a year ago, it suddenly got discontinued and their only option right now is their popcorn chicken. Don’t get me wrong, I like KFC popcorn chicken, but it doesn’t substitute KFC chicken nuggets. McDonald’s chicken nuggets does compete with KFC, but I still prefer KFC chicken nuggets much more. I really hope they offer it again one day, because I really miss it. I don’t know other places which offers good chicken nuggets besides KFC and McDonald’s.
I finally found my favorite cake this year. The cake is a Poppy Seed cake from Poppylicious Bakery, and I can’t describe how delicious the cake is. Poppy Seed cake doesn’t sound very delicious, but once you have the first bite, you will be addicted. Poppylicious Bakery really perfected the cake where it is so soft and light. The first time I saw the cake, I said I will only have one small slice. I had the first slice, then asked for a bigger one. I finished the bigger slice then I asked for another one. I really couldn’t stop eating one after the other until it was mental struggle for me to stop. Because the cake is so light, it is easy to eat many slices. I choose the one with iced sugar as a topping, and the one with white chocolate isn’t really my taste. I highly recommend trying the Poppy Seed cake from Poppylicious Bakery, and trust me it is perfect for family and friends gatherings.
You can order from Poppylicious Bakery through direct messaging them on their instagram page
I can’t believe how much things have changed after the spread of corona virus in Kuwait. I never thought that one day I will be able to order from Slider Station and Starbucks for delivery. The corona virus changed the industry so fast and it is challenging for lots of businesses, but this is when you see new ideas in the industry. I like the fact that people in Kuwait were very quick to come up with ideas that increases their sales. Now you see cook your own meal boxes or BBQ boxes across most restaurants in Kuwait. In the past, it was mostly burgers, hotdogs, kebabs, tawook, and tikka. Now it ranges from shawarma to steak. Let me share some of the concepts that I never thought will ever sell cook your own meal boxes even if it falls into the category of burgers and kebabs.
1- Le Relais de l’Entrecôte (Steak)
4- Slider Station (Burger)
5- Villa Fayrouz (Kebab & Tikka)
7- China Garden (Noodles)
8- Abby Shawaya (Roasting Chicken)
9- Leila Min Lebnen (Kebab & Tikka)
10- Vigonovo (Pasta)
11- Table Otto (Pizza)
It is extremely innovative for steak, shawarma, and pizza. This is an industry changer. I am waiting for KFC to make fry your own chicken, I am getting hungry already !
Few days ago I heard very sad news that the Kuwaiti concept The Kind Ones closed their Los Angeles branch. The founders are very brave to open in California in the first place, and I respect them for that. The Kind Ones is successful in Kuwait, so I hope the founders the best of luck.