one of the best thing about travel is the food that comes with it, and Bahrain is no exception. A visit to this Gulf island country opens the doors to culinary adventures that extend way beyond the traditional dishes of the region, although there’s ample opportunity to sample those too. From acclaimed regional names to celebrity chef’s these are the best restaurants in Bahrain.
Indigo, The Merchant House
A vibrant rooftop garden restaurant atop The Merchant House, Indigo welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is a fusion of flavours, although there’s a heavy emphasis on Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, with colourful crudos and rolls from the raw bar served alongside generous bowls of pasta and fresh fish.
With three different places around Bahrain, the Outdoor patio’s new setup is where guests can delight in the best shisha in town. Additionally, Terrace’s food selection provides meals with a global touch: attempt nation morning meal consisting of crispy bacon and eggs offered with barbequed tomatoes and beef sausages. Its Mediterranean things include the hummus Beirut, baba ghanouj with halloumi or fattoush. For a more substantial meal, try Outdoor patio’s traditional recipes such as the poultry a la king, cajun schnitzel or beef stroganoff.
Location: 7 Dilmun Ave, Manama, Bahrain
Seasoned Japanese diners won’t be surprised to learn that Bushido is part of the globally acclaimed Buddha Bar groups – its sleek interiors with dark funishings, dim lighting and plush red accents is a staple of the group’s upscale outposts. At Bushido, Japanese fare in every concept is served – sashimi, sushi, robata, a la carte – across a dramatic dining room and intimate terrace, while the upstairs lounge bar is a glamourous setting for master mixology and more light, grazing dishes.
Suppose you’re looking for an informal lunch or dinner in a great area with a Center Eastern vibe with shisha at hand; after that, Aroma Cafe provides just that. Aroma supplies the best dishes from East and West, consisting of standards like margarita and four cheese pizza, indulgent beef or chicken hamburgers. And Middle Eastern recipes such as zaatar, halloumi or the charcoal grill kebab, accompanied with the traditional western cheesecake or the Arab um Ali pastry.
Location: Building 2102، Rd No 2825, Seef, Bahrain
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Bahrain Bay, Manama
One of two restaurants by acclaimed chef Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons Bahrain, CUT is a sleek, modern steakhouse that extends over the hotel pool and lush landscaped hotel gardens to the city of Manama. From the show kitchen, a premium selection of beef is available, from prime dry and wet-aged beef, along with fresh shellfish and whole fresh fish.
Camelot’s objective is to bring the most OK food from all over the world to Manama with a laid-back and stylish environment. Camelot’s head cooks Maria Kimsey crafts every dish with charming details, which brings individuality to the food selection. Divided into three global areas, the food selection’s Asian section consists of meals such as the masala Mansor dal, a range of sushi rolls, and wagyu rump steak. The Center Eastern section provides hamour fillet, the halloumi pleasure or the lamb shank. Camelot provides authentic recipes like the sea bream, moules mariniere or the magnificent hen bust when it pertains to its European areas. In addition, Camelot’s food selection supplies a selection of very carefully picked imported red wine.
Location: Shaikh Isa Avenue Al Adliya, Road 3825, Manama Bahrain
La Fontaine, Adliya
At Bahrain’s La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art sits one of the most romantic restaurants in Bahrain, although you’ll have to navigate your way through cosy courtyards and winding corridors to get there. Once there, there’s an impressive menu of fine European fare that focuses on Italian and Mediterranean specialties, although there’s global influences throughout. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with neutral design, soft lighting and careful attention to detail making this one of the best restaurants in Bahrain.
Rasoi by Vineet, Manama
Vineet Bhatia is widely credited with bringing high-end Indian food to a global audience, and his masterful Indian cuisine can be enjoyed across the region, with restaurants in Riyadh, Dubai and Bahrain. Located in the Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Rasoi by Vineet is a modern interpretation of traditional Indian cuisine, with a show kitchen serving a range of innovative dishes.
Seasonal farm-to-table dishes originally masterminded by acclaimed chef Susy Massetti put Masso firmly on the foodie map in Bahrain, and it’s an ethos that’s been continued by the current executive chef, Steven Gilles. The chic restaurant draws in regular diners day in, day out and while the menu is modern Mediterranean, there’s a strong focus on hearty Italian dishes.
With its comfortable and chic Parisian brasserie decoration and cozy ambience, Coffee shop Lilou is the location. The café uses a series of top-quality coffee as well as cakes as well as pastries. Furthermore, Café Lilou’s food selection offers fresh salads such as the gaite Parisienne, the bouchees vegaondes or Lilou’s caesar salad. Cafe Lilou additionally provides freshly baked bread sandwiches such as the sandwich festif, le champs Elysees, and the mini cousin au boeuf, all accompanied by Lilou speciality milkshake or smoothies or coffees.
Location: Adliya area & Seef District, Manama Bahrain
re/Asian Cuisine, Bahrain Bay, Manama
If memorable sky-high dining is at the top of a holiday bucket-list, visit re/ Asian Cuisine. Set on the 50th floor of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, re/ Asian Cuisine comes from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and is one of the highest dining experiences in the Kingdom. Providing spectacular views across Bahrain Bay and Manama skyline diners can enjoy a menu that stars Puck’s signature modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine. The restaurant offers a “re”-evolution of cooking styles, flavours and techniques from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and more.
Maison Sushi, Zallaq
The latest dining destination at the five-star Sofitel Bahrain on the country’s west coast, Maison Sushi delivers a relaxed lounge experience with a creative French twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. Watch the chefs, lead by newly appointed Chef de Cuisine chef Myo Zaw Khine, at work and reserve front row seats at the ultramodern conveyor sushi belt, where the freshest assortment of flavoursome East-Asian fare awaits. Maison Sushi encapsulates the traditional East-Asian essence of delectable dining by focusing on the essential ingredients, sourced locally, intuitive service and rich ambience that together bind the culture, flavours and vibrancy of “Nihon” with a hint of French art de vivre in its character.
On the ground floor of Bahrain World Trade Center, Maki serves up some of the tastiest Japanese fare in Manama, but its extensive menu also includes dishes inspired by France, Italy and further afield all created using traditional Japanese techniques.
A restaurant that earned its stripes as one of Dubai’s liveliest late-night drinking and dining spots, Play promises ‘Mediterrasian’ fusion dishes served up in an elegant setting in Bahrain’s Jumeirah Royal Saray. An adults-only haunt ideal for a date night dinner of inventive dishes and colourful mixed drinks.