The hungry expat – grub at KAUST.

Good afternoon and hello.

I’ve been asked to write a post about the restaurants and shops etc here at KAUST. I already wrote about the sporting facilities which you can find here if you’re interested in getting your sweat on in the desert.

As for me, I’m faaaar more interested in eating/sitting on my butt rather than sculpting it so I have already visited most of the restaurants here. I’ll add photos in once I’ve got some, and I’ll write a separate post about shops and facilities on site later this week. Enjoy, don’t forget to comment and let me know if there is something you’d like me to blog about – and whilst you’re at it, give me a follow on Instagram @livinginarabia 👍

Discovery Square


This is the ‘town centre’ of KAUST and has a bunch of different restaurants/takeaways available. All of the food places in KAUST do either takeaway or delivery options (yes you can get a Burger King delivered to your house, we won’t judge you).

The following places are at Discovery Square:

Smiley fruits – smoothie and juice bar, sells fruit salad and Arabian ice cream as well.

Burger King – fairly self explanatory

Spice Kitchen – a decent curry house

Al Noor – traditional Saudi restaurant offering broast chicken/meat, salads, houmous, flatbreads,rice etc

Sub shop – a subway style sandwich bar

Baskin Robbins – ice cream and sundae bar

Pizza inn – pizza. Duh.

Shoro – a personal favourite. Shwarma, falafel, houmous, fries, 

Small tamimi – like a tesco express. Sells all the type of stuff you’d expect to find at a mini supermarket 

Coffee bean – coffee and tea shop. Sells cake and light bites

University campus

Dotted about the university there are multiple coffee shops that sell breakfasts and light bites, there is a house of doughnuts, there is also a great diner which is where I eat my lunch most work days.

In the diner you have a salad bar, two different daily soups, a grill serving beef chicken and salmon grilled fillets. A pasta station, a stir fry wok station a desert cabinet and daily speciality dishes. 

By choosing the ‘value’ option you can have a meat dish with rice and veggies, a bowl of soup, a small salad, a desert and a water for 16SAR which is about four quid. That is seriously too much food for one person, it’s a great deal. 

The harbour

Down by the harbour front there are two nice restaurants; Ronin which is Japanese cuisine and an Italian that I can’t remember the name of but is highly rated by everyone here. 

10th hole restaurant

This is at the Safaa golf club and is a gorgeous setting overlooking the green. The food menu is very varied and has an ‘international theme’.

Al Marsa restaurant 

This ala crate restaurant is at the marina and overlooks the Red Sea serving brunch, Lucy and dinner. Again this is international food and they often have bbq events on the terrace here.

Harbour club 

The cafe here is very nice and has a great breakfast menu. The food here is more focuses on being healthy and many of the dishes are grilled, lots of fresh vegetables. You can sit outside overlooking the canal.

Island recreation club

The best looking of all KAUSTS food venues, this overlooks the sea and has a BREATHTAKING view of the sunset on an evening. Pasta, wraps, salads, burgers, plus a la carte. 

The racquet club 

My favourite place. Serving pan Asian food, the sushi here is to die for. Great range of mocktails here as well. 

Hope someone finds that useful! I will add pictures and menus for each place further into the week, let me know if there’s anything else you want to know 🙂

One thought on “The hungry expat – grub at KAUST.

  1. Hows the coffee over there? The coffee in Australia is really good and everybody carries their coffee cups like little trophies all day. 😛 If the coffee is not that great, which I would be very surprised is there any logic in bringing a good coffee machine and grinder – could you buy it over there?


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