From dining aboard a wooden boat, to a private table in an old firehouse, or smoking shisha in a five-star hotel, eating out in Kuwait City is as much about the culture as it is about the food. Cuisine varies from Puerto Rican to Lebanese. With a restaurant to suit all tastes and pockets, here are ten of the best restaurants in Kuwait City.
Housed inside a beautifully restored fort-like building, Assaha Village is closer to a traditional Lebanese village than a stand-alone restaurant. Reserve early to secure a table in a private building for five to fourteen people in the Glass Café, Police Station or Fire Station. Normal main restaurant dining is also available, but fills up quickly so booking is still recommended. Assaha restaurants believe in delivering high quality, home-style cooked dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Expect just-baked warm bread, zingy hummus, moreish grilled shrimps and mouth-watering lamb cutlets all finished off with complementary local desserts and fresh fruit. Staff are exceptionally friendly and will show you around the kitchen to watch the dishes being cooked upon request.
Offering everything you would expect from an Italian/Sicilian fusion restaurant, Melenzane serves authentic pizzas, pasta dishes, risottos and paninis. Main courses also include classics such as funghi vitellino (veal with mushrooms), pollo parmigiana and of course the restaurant’s namesake aubergine dish, melenzane casserole. They even have an alcohol-free version of the Italian after-dinner must, Limoncello. Melenzane aims to give guests ‘the perfect dining experience’, the Italian way, of course. Expect lots of food, tasty combinations, rich sauces and good home-style cooking. Finish with the ultimate espresso tiramisu or, during those hot evenings, opt for a lighter strawberry version.
Fish Market is a high-quality sit-down restaurant, set on the seafront and offering beautiful views along the coast. One for seafood lovers, diners can choose from the menu or directly from the fridge full of freshly caught red snapper, crab, scallops and shrimps. The fish is cooked to the diner’s preference: grilled, fried, steamed or in a curry and served with a selection of vegetables or salads. On warm evenings, dinner can be enjoyed outside on the terrace.
Fish Market, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait, +965 2575 5522