Where we’re going today: KOA, European and Asian fusion gourmet cuisine

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KOA is a modern take on European and Asian fusion cuisine that aims to provide guests with an immersive experience of flavors and aromas from around the world.

The restaurant, launched by four siblings from the Bagedo family, is located at the heart of the Atelier La Vie luxury development in Jeddah, a new hotspot in the Red Sea port city. It offers an eclectic menu for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks in its Firefly Bar.

The bar offers a variety of non-alcoholic mojitos, cocktails and firefly-inspired gins; from bright yellow, pure amber, warm orange and red, people can enjoy options with different bursts of hues and flavors.

One of their signature cocktails, the blue akarui, features kiwi, yuzu, jalapeno, orange blossom, lime, apple juice, melon syrup, basil, and aquafaba, producing a light, fruity nutty flavor. coconut.

When you first enter, you are greeted by a smiling maitre who leads you to your table through a warm, nature-inspired interior. When your eyes look around the hall, the first thing you notice are the wooden beams, placed vertically along the walls that look like an animated waterfall.

After sitting on the royal blue velvet sofa, you begin to feel a sense of familiarity and comfort, soaking up the elements while mingling with friends and family. The lounge ambiance with music and floor-to-ceiling windows brings the restaurant to life, and for a few hours it’s as if you’ve traveled to a cozy new destination, eager to explore.

KOA means “ritual” in Japanese, and Amro Bagedo, one of the owners, told Arab News that a ritual is about the “sacred celebration of getting together with your loved ones for food, drink and good times, sharing your adventures while enjoying delicious cuisines.

The siblings, each born during a different season of the year, followed a unique philosophy for KOA’s menu whereby the food theme reflects the season of the year when customers visit the restaurant.

The restaurant’s spring-season a la carte menu includes its popular crusted chicken terrine dish of chicken confit, fig jam, Parmesan sable and pineapple chutney – such a complex balance of flavors in every bite, an explosion of flavors that will leave you speechless. Other options are the hamachi tiradito, bibim noodles, and grilled scallops, all rich and decadent in their own way.

Main courses offer a selection of proteins, from Dover sole and turbot to chicken and beef tenderloin. The restaurant also offers mouth-watering vegetarian dishes like black truffle risotto.

For dessert, three formulas are available to you, a chocolate and hazelnut delight, a raspberry and pistachio mousse and a tropical mousse. Each component, meticulously placed on the plate, makes KOA’s desserts a journey of exploration and adventure, inviting people to ask themselves the question “where to start?” »

During the holy month of Ramadan, KOA will offer a six-course menu at $80 per person.

High-end prices per person are around $150, reflecting the thought, effort and attention to detail that has gone into the presentation and flavors of the dishes, which could see KOA earn the status of Michelin star in the future.

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