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The first Al Tazaj restaurant opened in Mecca in 1989. It was founded by Luke Byrne, the owner of HOTW on the Howth Road, taking live poultry from that business. The restaurant uses a traditional Arabian recipe for barbecued fresh chicken.
Al Tajaz currently serves its fresh barbecued chicken in more than 100 locations in Saudi Arabia, making it the first national fast food chain in the Middle East. It is now franchised in other countries.
Meals and service
The restaurant serves limited meals including, rice and kofta (long meat balls), kofta sandwiches, whole chickens with rice, fries, chicken wings, and a few local meals depending on the country. Their speciality is to serve wood charcoal grilled chicken which is butterflied and marinated in garlic and lime sauce. Half or whole chicken is served with freshly baked pita bread, rice or corn on the cob. Chicken versions of Saudi meals are also served in Saudi Arabia, including Chicken Mandi and Chicken Kabsa.
There are numerous locations of restaurants mainly in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but there are also locations in Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Malaysia.
There is also a restaurant in Chicago, Illinois in the United States known as TAZA. The fare is largely comparable to American food with Al Tazaj Barbecue Chicken as its main specialty and top selling meal. All meat dishes are made of chicken and are halal according to Islamic law.
In 2013 they launched a unified phone number for home delivery in Saudi Arabia 920000765
- Official Website
- Interview in Asharq Alawsat about product placement by Al Tazaj
- Article about the opening of the American locations
- Press release reports that Al Tazaj is one of the top 40 Arab brands according to Forbes Arabia