Awna Restaurant and Tea Lounge

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Awna Restaurant and Tea Lounge

***This dining experience is no longer available.
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Awna was an immersive experience and journey of wonder amidst the dramatic sandstone outcrops and intricate ancient tombs of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Awna represented human connection, the joy of togetherness and a celebration of the ancient traditions of the spice route.

A Contemporary Culinary Experience, Inspired by Ancient Hegra
Hegra was once the heart of the Incense Road, connecting the ancient world through the trade of the luxury commodities of its time - and as a result, brought civilisations together, creating cultural fusions that continue to shape our modern world. Set at the epicentre of this chapter of history, Awna presented dishes inspired by the essence of Hegra. An exceptional roster of era-defining culinary masters delivered dishes in dialogue with the legacy of this spectacular and storied landscape.

The Concept
Awna was a journey of discovery into local flavours, the culture of the Incense Road, and the heritage of previous civilisations. Tasting menus were inspired by the love of banqueting so enjoyed by the Nabataeans, curated to turn this culinary journey into a more traditional seated affair, keeping with fine dining of the modern era. In the Tea Lounge guests reclined, relaxed and enjoyed the spirit of Nabataean banqueting with small plates.


The Chefs

The guest chefs working with Jehanno had an incredible wealth of experience in some of the most famous kitchens in the world and 50 years of Michelin-star experience. The industry-renowned visitors this season were executive pastry Chef David Girard, Oxeye founder Sven Hansen Britt, Kae Shibata, former Ritz Pastry Chef and founder of Cartografie, supplier of Chocolates to London’s finest Michelin Starred restaurants, Carter’s of Moseley Chef Brad Carter, and celebrated Icelandic Chef Aggi Sverrisson.

Executive Chef

Anthony Jehanno

Executive Chef Anthony Jehanno has built a successful career in the culinary arts through sheer talent and a passion for cooking since the age of 16. Having worked in fine dining establishments from France to London to New York, Chef Jehanno was named Talented Young Chef of 2016 and won his first Michelin Star in 2017.

Visiting Chefs

Executive Pastry Chef David Girard

Sven Hansen Britt

Brad Carter

Aggi Sverrisson

Kae Shibata


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