The highly acclaimed Atelier House Hospitality has announced the opening of a new Mohalla outlet, Dubai’s homegrown Indian street food concept, scheduled to open at Riyadh Front in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in December 2022.

The powerhouse boutique hospitality firm is headed by Managing Director Panchali Mahendra, known for leading on the successful launch, opening, and operation of bespoke restaurant concepts regionally and internationally, including the Michelin-starred and highly acclaimed 11 Woodfire, award-winning Marea, recently opened TIDES Bar in DIFC, as well as the new modern French restaurant RSVP in Dubai’s Boxpark.

Mohalla’s essence is rooted in authentic Indian flavours, vibrant colours, and customised with signature attention to detail, eclectic crockery, and rhythmic music. A reference to my neighborhood or my community, Mohalla, was conceived as an ode to the community neighborhoods of India. Mohalla offers experiences of unexplored heritage Indian cuisine from rural places of India to enlighten not only residents.

Since the opening of the Mohalla flagship restaurant in the very fashionable neighborhood of Dubai Design District in 2018, Atelier House Hospitality has successfully launched the brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the first KSA outpost opening in Riyadh in March 2022. This newest opening will mark Mohalla’s second outlet in KSA and third restaurant overall in the Middle East region.

Commenting on the announcement, Panchali Mahendra said: “Mohalla is the first homegrown Indian restaurant concept to be exported to KSA, and we are proud and delighted to be able to continue this expansion in such a short space of time. The launch of Mohalla’s first KSA outpost earlier this year was a steppingstone into the Saudi market and due to the growing demand from KSA’s diners and Mohalla’s remarkably successful performance, the second opening in Riyadh came naturally to us.”

“Mohalla’s new location at Riyadh Front will be 20% bigger than its original sister venue at The Esplanade in Riyadh, with capacity to seat 180 guests, which allows us to cater to a larger clientele. This is just the start of Mohalla’s journey in KSA, with more outlets confirmed to open across the Kingdom over the coming years,” added Mahendra.

The brand chef and one of the masterminds behind Mohalla, Adwait Anantwar commented on the upcoming opening: “Mohalla is a restaurant that diners can visit multiple times a week without getting bored of the food, thanks to a varied offering that is very homely and minimalistic. Through extensive training we have been able to achieve an incredible level of consistency across all Mohalla outlets, which is why our guests return to Mohalla time and time again to enjoy their favorite dishes.”

Mohalla’s Riyadh Front venue will keep in line with the aesthetic of the brand’s existing outlets while also featuring new, exciting design elements, promising to transport guests to the eclectic streets of India. The new outpost’s menu will offer a lot of dishes from existing Mohalla restaurants, including signature crowd favorites such as Raj Kachori, Avocado Papdi Chaat, Tender Chicken Kebab and Rayalaseema Prawn Curry, with some new additions to surprise and delight returning diners.


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