Saudi fast food restaurant serving camel burgers

Tue Jul 7, 2009 5:46am EDT
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By Nael Shyoukhi

RIYADH (Reuters Life!) - A fast food restaurant in Saudi Arabia is offering baby camel burgers as the latest way for the camel-crazed country to enjoy one of their favorite delicacies.

Specialties such as camel liver have long been on the menu of upmarket restaurants in the Gulf Arab state, but the experiment with baby camel burgers has met with enthusiasm in a country where the camel is a symbol of nomadic traditions.

"The idea...was to invent something new. It is about the love of Saudi people for camel meat," said Saleh Quwaisi, one of the owners of the Local Hashi Meals restaurant in the capital Riyadh which plans to open a second branch soon and considers to expand further.

Walid Sanchez, managing director of, a popular Saudi online dining directory, sees a huge market for camel burgers as Saudis like to try out new menus and appreciate the quality of locally made meat.

Some experts also say camel meat is healthy because it is low in fat.

"People like camel meat but no one experimented with camel burgers before...I think it will be a popular thing, it will definitely take off," said Sanchez.

Customers visiting the packed restaurant in Riyadh on a weekend night agreed.

"I'm frankly trying it for the first time and I really like it," said Mohammad Naghi. "It doesn't have much fat, it's light and has a delicate taste," he said as he chewed away.   Continued...