Bahrain is big on its food. From local delights to international cuisines, the nation is home to food of all kinds. While one must visit a Word’s Bookstore Café, Cafe La Ventana and Mama Maya Restaurant, here is a quick list of the must visit spots, touted for food, ambience and interiors.
Grand staircase leads to a sleek and modern American Steakhouse inside the Four Season Bahrain Bay. The restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck goes by the name CUT and offers a stunning 180 degree view of the city of Manama. A popular haunt in the city, CUT serves scrumptious signature Wolfgang Puck style three course meals. A cosy dinner or a formal business meeting, the ambience is best suited for every occasion. The restaurant also boasts of a continental menu taking inspiration from Michelin star restaurants globally. Prime Sirloin Steak Tartare, Filet Mignon and Rotisserie Baby Chicken are sold like hot cakes.
Trader Vic’s brings a slice of Polynesia to Bahrain. With a colonial entranceway and a beach-themed decor, the restaurant in Manama conjures an island-style atmosphere. The in-house band brings up the energy with groovy salsa and Latin music. Traditional Polynesian cuisines, alongside innovative lifestyle-conscious dishes are served to guests. On the menu are salads, stir-fry and the popular Trader Vic’s Tidbits. The dark wood-furbished bar serves a variety of cocktails from traditional Mai Thai to exotic punches.
The first fine-dining restaurant in Bahrain, Rasoi by Vineet is operated by Michelin starred, renowned chef-restaurateur Vineet Bhatia. Creativity is the key at this restaurant as it serves modern interpretations of traditional Indian style dishes. Top quality ingredients, interiors with vibrant colours, imaginative artworks, a show kitchen, this Rasoi has been three times awarded a Michelin star for its impeccable food. The restaurant is located inside the legendary 5-Star ‘Gulf Hotel ‘of Bahrain located in the vibrant and central Adliya district, overlooking the Grand Mosque and the Royal Palace.
For all Freida Kahlo lovers, Catina Kahlo is haven. The chic interiors, full with turquoise walls, art and bright red pillows makes this the Ritz Carlton’s signature dining venue. The freshest ceviche, loaded with lime and avocado are among the foodie favourites along with tacos and tamales. Led by chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres, the menu has street-inspired fare alongside premium grilled meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. The eccentric restaurant is located at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with the beautiful Kahlo Club, Bahrain’s newest lounge with an exciting range of Mexican themed cocktails, mocktails and light bites.
With a tagline that reads “the eating habits of India”, Lanterns is an award-winning restaurant with a traditional set up and casual atmosphere. With multiple locations spread across the island, it has branches in Budaiya, Adliya, Juffair, Durrat and Riffa. Each branch is unique, with different menus. The menu is a combination of all the culenery influences that lead to Indian food, including modern culinary influences of Asia, Portuguese and modern English, all combined. While one can’t go wrong with any branch. the Adliya venue, with its bazaar-style interiors, indoor lounge area and outdoor garden section is a must visit.
Touted as a “visual feast for the soul” and known to have some of the best dim sums in the city, Bushido is culinary excellence, located in the Seef area. The menu includes a wide variety of Japanese fare including sashimi, sushi, and the robata grill. While the food is the real hero, Bushido boasts on some great interiors as well; Samurai coats of armor for décor with oversized chandeliers, lush mahogany furniture and vintage Japanese artifacts. The restaurant is divided into sections, mainly the dining area, a sushi bar and a Tepenyaki room.
Located in the island city of Muharraq, Raazji sits within the walls of a traditional Bahraini house turned cafe (House of Coffee). Retaining the old world charm on the exterior, the interior of Raazji is relatively contemporary. The menu is packed with traditional Arabian cuisine with a fusion of continental food. Expect Bahraini breakfast with a side of eggs shakshuka and potato fritters. Grilled Hammour, a local seafood delicacy has found a spot in the main course section. Rose flavoured chai and falooda have garnered positive responses from the guests.
A South African-style steakhouse, located in a three-storey building towering over the centre of Adliya, The Meat Co. is a chain serves some delicious beef and meat, in a very carnival atmosphere. From T-bones to a classier wagyu fillet, the range of cuts on offer is extensive. Vegetarians and pescetarians also get their fair share of delicious fares. Each meal has a large selection of sides and sauces to choose from. Located in the heart of the popular culinary area of Al Quadaibiya, the large expansive windows and oversized chandeliers add a rich and welcoming vibe to the space.