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Chef Jason Atherton opens fine dining restaurant in Jeddah

Branching out into Saudi: Jason Atherton's Marina Social is already at the Intercontinental in Dubai

A new Mediterranean restaurant in Jeddah is bringing a fine dining experience to the city thanks to a partnership between English chef Jason Atherton and Saudi businessman Abdelkarim Abbar.

Located at the newly opened Jeddah Yacht Club on the Red Sea, Marina Social, operated by Atherton and owned by Abbar, opened on June 19.

Atherton’s restaurants have been awarded four Michelin stars. His London restaurant Pollen Street Social was awarded a Michelin star in 2011.

Media representatives and VIP guests were invited to experience Marina Social on the restaurant’s opening night.

The marina area overlooks luxury yachts and a range of restaurants. The site also features cafes and a variety of fashion stores.

Abbar described the food of world famous chef Atherton as a special dining experience.

He said: “There have been a lot of fine dining restaurants opening in Jeddah lately, but most of them are Asian cuisine. Marina Social is one of the first Mediterranean and international restaurants in Jeddah.”

The menu at Marina Social includes wagyu steak tartare, truffle dressing, snow pea salad, lamb rump and pudding such as a chocolate and peanut bar, cookie crumble, banana ice cream and caramelised tart.

The restaurant includes a terrace where diners can enjoy cocktails and shisha while gazing at the view.