Vivienda Hotels Group’s newly opened Cyan restaurant

Vivienda Hotels Group’s newly opened Cyan restaurant

F&B operations manager Elie El Khoury gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Vivienda Hotels Group’s newly opened Cyan restaurant in KSA.

What sets the F&B offering of Vivienda Hotels apart from the competition?
Located in prime locations in Riyadh and Jeddah, Vivienda’s 190 villas are designed in a variety of styles and sizes to provide guests with privacy, comfort and impeccable service.
The F&B team delivers world-class experiences. Vivienda’s guests enjoy optimal service in a luxurious yet warm and friendly setting. Our staff members strive to provide the highest level of service and anticipate our guests’ expectations. The menu is designed by our Lebanese chef Rabih Fouany, who created a symphony of flavors for our guests.

What can you tell us about Cyan restaurant?
Guests at Cyan can admire the scenic view while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Cyan is perfect for savoring flavorful modern Mediterranean dishes prepared by Chef Fouany, like salmon tacos, fish goujons salad, chicken limone, shrimp volcano, wagyu burger and tender wagyu striploin.

How would you describe the culinary preferences of local Saudi customers?
Valued at USD 45 billion, Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage industry is the largest in the Middle East. This growth is driven by several demographic and social changes sweeping across the kingdom.
In line with global trends, the F&B market in Saudi Arabia has already seen many changes and developments. Several world-famous fine-dining restaurants have tested the market by opening their first pop-up branches in Saudi Arabia as part of the recent Jeddah and Riyadh Seasons (e.g. Zuma, Scalini and Catch). A variety of international casual and fine-dining options have entered the Riyadh market (e.g. Cheesecake Factory and Cipriani). There has been a trend toward new specialty smoke-houses in Jeddah and elsewhere (e.g. The Warehouse, Chefs and The Smoke House).
Furthermore, more specialty third-wave coffee shops are opening across the main cities. These are proving popular locations for millennials and Generation Z to gather and socialize with friends (e.g. C-Hub, Overdose, Dose and Toga).

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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