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18 October escapades at Sofitel

Ber months with Elite

CONTENTS Interviews 10

The path to recovery: Interview with GM of Gulf Suites


Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

Going Out


Need for speed: Karting in Bahrain


Fun things to do in Bahrain


Ber months with Elite


Food 20

October escapades at Sofitel


Review: The Late Late Breakfast


Recipes by Bahrain Food Bloggers


Where to get poke bowls in Bahrain


Hotel listings


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The path to recovery: Interview with Jan Gutzmann of Gulf Suites Bahrain Confidential talks to the Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj’s General Manager, Jan Gutzmann, to know more about leading through crisis as well as the hotel’s journey in its path to recovery.


hat has the pandemic taught you about leadership?

The golden saying that “employees are your most important assets” has been even more evident during the pandemic. It is crucial during these challenging times to be close to your team members. Letting your employees feel that their leader is right next to them would make them more willing to support and follow you. I also witnessed how important it is to have an open communication with guests and suppliers. Moreover, I learned to adapt to changes quickly and continuously during the pandemic. When it started, we have immediately implemented additional health measure like sanitizing all public areas twice a day at GSH. It is

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Feature We had a very good experience recently when we introduced our “workation” campaign.

What are the best amenities and/or attributes of GSH that make it stand out? As mentioned, we are not offering usual hotel rooms, we are providing apartments. In addition, we have five different types of restaurants and lounges, a great outside area with a large pool as well as a kid’s pool. Furthermore, guests can use our gym or make an appointment in our spa and saloon. Last but not least, our complex has a 24-hour super market within the premises which makes it very convenient for our guests.

Do you have any developments in the pipeline?

Jan Gutzmann

essential to ensure that guest and employees feel that they are in a safe environment. Without enforcing a mandatory protocol, all our employees chose to get fully vaccinated. They understood that this was the only way to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and the return to a regular business.

What challenges and opportunities do you see for Gulf Suites Hotel as we enter the Covid ‘recovery’ period? The main challenge at the moment are the remaining travel restrictions; however, we can witness that governments are easing it wherever it’s possible. The return of business travel to the same level before the pandemic will take some time. It is worth noting that, since we offering entire fully equipped apartments, we have a unique selling point. All our apartments from one bedroom to four bedrooms are furnished with a kitchen as their own balcony. Therefore, our property is the perfect place for the entire family. Guests can stay on their own and prepare their meals by themselves while enjoying the comfort of a fourstar hotel with all amenities.

Yes, we are currently in the final stage to roll out a fully automated program for our guests. Guests who booked with us will receive messages via WhatsApp before their arrival, during their stay and after their stay. This will allow us the opportunity to be in contact with our guests. Moreover, it will also allow them to be updated with our offerings and announcements. Due to the automated process, we will be able to avoid human errors and guests can access the information whenever it is convenient for them.

What’s your vision for GSH? To provide outstanding lodging facilities and services to our guests. Our hotel caters to individuals for business and leisure, as well as corporate traveler. We emphasize high quality standards in our rooms and our food and beverage divisions. We provide a fair and best return on investment for our owners and recognize that this cannot be done without well trained, motivated and enthusiastic employees.

What advice can you give to hoteliers/businesses who are struggling to recover at the moment? Don’t hide yourself; stay in front whenever possible. Take a positive approach, face the situation and find solutions together with your team. n

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In this article, Bahrain Confidential interviews Dr. Sinai Mansoori, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Alsalam Specialist Hospital.

Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

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Dr. Sinai Mansoori


he interview talks about minimally invasive procedures, women’s health and more.

Tell us something personal, why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine, specifically, obstetrics and gynecology? Obstetrics and gynecology are the only specialties that focus on medical and surgical treatments at the same time. Personally, I have always been fascinated with handcrafted art and surgeries. I found my passion in minimally invasive gynecology. What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a physician, and even specifically, as an OB/GYN? The challenges that I always face is the shortage of public awareness on the minimally invasive approach in gynecological surgeries. Another challenge is the lack of proper education on the advantages and superiority of laparoscopy in modern surgery.

I advise pregnant and breast feeding women to get vaccinated. However, this has been improved to a great extent in the recent years. Education and awareness have been given great attention through social media and electronic communication which has significantly enhanced the health services in Bahrain. What is the most common issue that patients consult you for? Many patients visit my clinic to undergo laparoscopy surgeries. These patients wish to have faster recovery and better cosmetic outcomes.

How important are regular check-ups to the OB/GYN? What would you say to people who are hesitant on getting checked? Routine check-ups and screening are extremely important to detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases early. These visits also increase the chances for cure and limit the risk of complications by closely monitoring existing conditions. Overall, regular screening and check-ups increase lifespan and improve health. There are a lot of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are hesitant on getting the COVID-19 vaccine. What would you advise them? The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration has recommended the use of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for pregnant and breast feeding women. This recommendation was based on the scientifically proven safety of the vaccine among pregnant and breast feeding women. On the other hand, there is a higher risk of complications and morbidity with COVID-19 infections during pregnancy, therefore I advise pregnant and breast feeding women to get vaccinated. For current and prospective students who are interested in working in gynecology and obstetrics, what message can you give them about preparing for this field? The field of obstetrics and gynecology is full of challenges and growing demands which needs to be implemented on a solid ground of training and education. For the young obstetrician and gynecologists, we are always happy to accept clinical attachments to promote and improve their surgical skills and medical knowledge. n

Get in touch with Dr. Sinai Mansoori by calling AlSalam Specialist Hospital at 13 10 10 10.

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Looking for Go Kart in Bahrain? Try this one in Juffair!

Need for Speed


anting to try out an adrenaline-filled sport? Don’t look far and visit Gulf Speed One at Al Najma Club in Juffair! This go-karting spot is perfect for those who have a need for speed. They have kids karts (4.5 hp), single engine karts (6 hp) and twin engine karts (12hp). Gulf Speed One can also be a host to birthday parties, corporate and social events, as well as team building activities, which are ideal for larger groups. The price range for the kids’ kart is BD7BD22; the single engine is BD8-BD28; and twin engine is BD15-BD50. n

This go-karting spot is perfect for those who have a need for speed.

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Coming Soon

Reel Cinemas will open in Bahrain next year!


AE-based Emaar Entertainment has partnered with Eagle Hills Diyar to open its Reel Cinemas brand in Bahrain.

Reel Cinemas will be the authorised cinema partner for the upcoming development Marassi Galleria, a beachfront mega mall. The first Reel Cinemas in Bahrain will open in 2022 and will feature 10 cinema screens equipped with Dolby acoustics and luxurious seating. Cinemagoers will also enjoy a specially crafted F&B menu along with Reel Cinemas’ Dine-In cinema concept at the new venue in Bahrain. The Marassi Galleria Mall is expected to be completed by H2 2022, and comprises of 200,000 sqm of gross floor area. As the highlight of the Marassi Al Bahrain development, its retail outlets will distributed across three levels. Marassi Galleria will also be home to a 2,400 sqm aquarium, also managed by Emaar Entertainment, and several other attractions for visitors of all ages. n

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Fun things to do in Bahrain Looking for something fun to do with your family or friends? Scroll down and explore some of the most exciting activities to enjoy in Bahrain!

Go karting

Take cooking classes at GICA

Wanting to try out an adrenaline-filled sport? Don’t look far and visit Gulf Speed One at Al Najma Club in Juffair! This go-karting spot is perfect for those who have a need for speed. They have kids karts (4.5 hp), single engine karts (6 hp) and twin engine karts (12hp). Gulf Speed One can also be a host to birthday parties, corporate and social events, as well as team building activities, which are ideal for larger groups.

Improve your cooking skills and sign up for a bunch of classes at the Gulf Institute of Culinary Arts. Depending on the classes’ themes, you can learn how to bake or create specialty dishes from around the world – definitely a fun activity to do with your bestie!

The price range for the kids’ kart is BD7-BD22; the single engine is BD8-BD28; and twin engine is BD15-BD50.

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Attend the Bahrain International Music Festival performances Celebrating its thirtieth year, the Bahrain International Music Festival reflects the unifying significance of culture and music as we are separated due to global circumstances beyond our control. The festival showcases various musical and lyrical performances ranging from folk arts, oriental singing, Latin rhythms and jazz alongside a number of interactive music workshops. This harmonious combination, delivered by our lineup of artists throughout the festival days, will be held from the Bahrain National Theatre, the Cultural Hal, Dar Al Muharraq, Dar Bin Harban and Dar Al Riffa. It is happening until the 16th October.

Watch the new James Bond movie “No Time to Die” in cinemas

Grab a vegan/vegetarian brunch at this popular breakfast spot

Get your popcorn and soda ready for the action before it’s too late!

Located at District 1, “Unicorn Noms” is a fun eatery concept featuring dishes with mostly plant-based items that are getting all the hype amongst food critics! Their menu highlights scrumptious options like gluten-free pastries, boba drinks, jackfruit pastrami and many more.

Get active at Beach Padel in Water Garden City Spend the day or catch the sunset with friends at beach Padel, a new Padel spot open in Water Garden City. The popular outdoor alternative is a safe and great way for friends and families to get together and is applicable for all ages. n

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Things to do at Elite! Make your ‘ber’ months something to remember by spending it with Elite Hospitality Group!


he weather in Bahrain is starting to cool down so it is definitely the perfect time to explore different activities with your friends and loved ones! Here are some ideas you can try…

Elite Seef Residence Hotel Relax in the family suites Have a relaxing stay at the hotel’s one and two-bedroom family suites that are elegantly furnished with modern interiors. The suites are fully equipped with a modular kitchen, lavish bathrooms, a home theatre system, and a 24hour personalized room service. The one-bedroom suite starts at BD33 net per night which already includes

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Feature a packed breakfast meal for two persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices. All service charges and taxes are also included in the price.

real value for money for only BD36 net per night inclusive of taxes and service charge, as well as a packed breakfast for two persons.

Chill by the poolside Since the outdoors is something you can definitely enjoy now, why not spend it at Captain Jacks? The lounge is offering crafted signature concoctions and exquisitely prepared bites. Additionally, the outdoor area has a huge screen for international football matches.

Meanwhile, their elegant two-bedroom suite with a special rate of BD60 net makes a perfect choice for a family of four people to unwind. This also includes a personalized packed breakfast service at the suite.

Take advantage of a daily 20% discount on food and beverages from 2 PM till 8 PM. Every Thursday and Friday, enjoy their drinks for BD2 from 2PM to 6PM. Ladies can also enjoy three house beverages for free from Tuesday to Friday.

Elite Resort & Spa Have a staycation Have a delightful stay by the seaside at Elite Resort & Spa! Their spacious one-bedroom suite offers a

Take advantage of a daily 20% discount on food and beverages from 2 PM till 8 PM.

Elite Grande Hotel Unwind in the lavish suites Elite Grande Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Seef area, close to the largest shopping complex on the island. Their two-bedroom family suite is a perfect place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere after you go on a shopping galore. Each spacious suite is lavishly furnished and offers personalized service by a dedicated team. The two-bedroom suite starts at BD60 net only including taxes and service charge, as well as a packed breakfast meal for four persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices.

Guests can further benefit from the special offers at the hotel’s gym and pool, restaurant, lounge, and special room service rates.

Elite Hospitality Catering The excellent food and service Elite is known for is now delivered to your doorstep. Specializing in institutional catering in offices and factories, Elite Hospitality Catering is supplying to large corporates, banks, factories and ministries. They also cater for events such as receptions, cocktail parties, BBQ’s, birthdays, anniversaries and graduation celebrations. n For bookings and more details please call: +973 17 558 200 or visit their website:

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Exciting Escapades Here’s everything you can enjoy at Sofitel this October!


ofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa ensures you and your loved ones a unique experience full of fun filled events that are hosted for your entertainment monthly.

October is no exception as it is truly special month at Sofitel. The month starts off with offering all educators an unforgettable weekend getaway with a dedicated Teachers Grand Friday Brunch along with 30% discount off for all teachers. This includes a wide selection of gourmet delights for BD36net inclusive of selected beverages. Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the traditional Spanish Flamenco Festival from the 14th – 22nd of October at Tapas. Enjoy an unforgettable night, full of beautiful melodies of Flamenco music played live by the talented Latin band under the dazzling stars.

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Feature Craving for sushi? Eat all you want during Sunset Sushi, hosted daily (except Mondays), from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at Sofitel’s new Japanese outlet, Maison Sushi. The fresh and colorful spread will satiate lovers of sushi! Savour unlimited sashimi, maki, sushi and much more, an experience that will take you on a journey to the land of the rising sun for BD25net. Indulge in a leisurely afternoon downtime and savour handcrafted, traditional French Pâtisserie from the Lobby Lounge. You can also plan your Mondays ahead with a Magnifique 40% off at Sofitel’s signature Thalasso experiences or 50% off food & beverages at Tapas for all ladies.

Indulge in a special Halloween themed buffet, full of mouthwatering dishes that are prepared by the talented culinary team.

The excitement doesn’t end there as the spookiest night in the year is upon us! Sofitel Bahrain is has something prepared for the hair-raising occasion. On the 29th October, attend a Halloween Evening Brunch for BD39net per person inclusive of selected beverages. Indulge in a special Halloween themed buffet, full of mouthwatering dishes that are prepared by the talented culinary team and then cool yourself down with some refreshing beverages. Worried about safety? The hotel stands well prepared to safely welcome its guests with the implementation of Accor’s ALL SAFE program, which was developed alongside hygiene solutions specialist Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspections and certification that covers all touch points when it comes to providing hotel guests and team members with a safe and enjoyable experience. n For more information, call +973 3888 5789.

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You have to check this delicious late breakfast buffet in Juffair!


ll happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast and just recently, our happiness seemed to have doubled with Swiss-Belsuites Admiral Juffair’s new dining experience at Latitude 26. Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is also a meal that many people in Bahrain skip. Luckily, the SwissBelsuites Admiral Juffair has launched The Late Late Breakfast – a scrumptious feast happening every Friday from 11:45AM to 3:30PM. Here’s why you should try it…

The ambiance is great The Late Late Breakfast takes place at Latitude 26, the hotel’s gorgeous all-day dining restaurant. The restaurant’s contemporary decor complemented with ample natural light definitely elevates the culinary journey.

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Feature The design of the whole restaurant is ingenious too – split into cosy seats for families, longer tables for bigger groups or intimate corners ideal for couples. It has every group size in mind.

They’ve got a pretty good spread Whether it’s bacon and pancakes you’re craving for, fish and chips or some ribs and mashed potatoes, you’ll be sure to start your day right at the hotel. Apart from breakfast staples like sausages, eggs and bread, you can also find options like salad, pasta and deli which are perfect for those who are eating light. Furthermore, those who have a sweet tooth can devour cakes, pies, donuts and more!

The Late Late Breakfast takes place at Latitude 26, the hotel’s gorgeous allday dining restaurant.

There is also a decent assortment of other dishes to make your entire meal worthwhile.

They have a live cooking station In the mood for some fritatas? Let the chef cook it up for you! You can choose from a variety of ingredients to mix with your eggs.

It’s affordable Although the breakfast seems like a lot, it is worth noting that the promotion is priced at only BD7.9! Children below six dine for free while children between six to 12 years get 50% off. In a nutshell, the Late Late Breakfast is an indulgent treat with its quality spread, delicious food and relaxing ambience. It is one of the best things to do during the weekend with your friends and loved ones. n

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Easy Recipes by Bahrain Foodie Bloggers In the mood to try something fun in the kitchen? Check out these easy recipes by three of our favorite food bloggers in Bahrain!


Nutella Stuffed Crunchy French Toast By Every Little Crumb (@everylittlecrumb) Ingredients: • 1/4 cup flour • 1 cup milk • pinch salt • 3 eggs • 1/2 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp vanilla • 8-10 slices white bread • 2 cups cornflakes, crushed • Nutella Instructions: 1. Measure flour into a bowl. Add the milk slowly while whisking. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth. 2. Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Add a little butter, until it melts. 3. On one side of the bread spread Nutella, and top with the second slice of bread, making a sandwich. Cut the sandwich into 3 strips. 4. Start soaking your bread, first on one side than the next for a few seconds a side. Press the bread into the crushed cornflakes on either side until the cornflakes sticks to the bread. 5. Cook bread on either side until golden brown. 6. Serve with maple syrup and berries if desired, and enjoy!

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Tarbouche or Tête-au-choco By Bahrain Foodie (@bahrainfoodie) Ingredients: • 4 egg whites • 1 tbsp vanilla • 1 cup and half sugar • 1/4 cup of water • 1tsp salt • 200 gr chocolate dark or milk chocolate • 1 tbsp cocoa butter or 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil • Coconut (optional) • 2 packs of round plain biscuit Instructions: 1. Add 4 egg whites in a Bain-marie with sugar, water, salt & vanilla. Using gloves try to dissolve all the sugar by consistently moving your fingers in the mixture to break all the sugar. 2. Once it’s homogeneous, transfer to a stand mixer and whip for 17 minutes on high speed. 3. Arrange your biscuit on parchment paper. Pipe the cloudy fluffy marshmallow on the biscuit. Refrigerate for an hour. 4. Melt the chocolate in a microwave then add cocoa butter or oil to make it glossy. 5. Dip the marshmallow in the chocolate and top with coconut flakes (optional)

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Focaccia By Hungry Fifi (@hungryfifi) Ingredients: For the dough: • 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast • 2 1/2 teaspoons honey • 5 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan and finishing • Flaky salt, for finishing For the brine: • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/3 cup lukewarm water Instructions: 1. In a medium bowl, stir together water, yeast, and honey to dissolve. In a very large bowl, whisk flour and salt together to combine and then add yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir with a rubber spatula until just incorporated, then scrape the sides of the bowl clean and cover with plastic wrap. Leave out at room temperature to ferment for 12 to 14 hours until at least doubled in volume. 2. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons oil evenly onto a 18-by-13 inch rimmed baking sheet. When dough is ready, use a spatula or your hand to release it from the sides of the bowl and fold it onto itself gently, then pour out onto pan. Pour an additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil over dough and gently spread across. Gently stretch the dough to the edge of the sheet by placing your hands underneath and pulling

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outward. The dough will shrink a bit, so repeat stretching once or twice over the course of 30 minutes to ensure dough remains stretched. Dimple the dough by pressing the pads of your first three fingers in at an angle. Make the brine by stirring together salt and water until salt is dissolved. Pour the brine over the dough to fill dimples. Set the focaccia aside to rise for 45 minutes until the dough is light and bubbly. Thirty minutes into this final proof, adjust rack to center position and a second rack to the upper position. Preheat oven to 450°F. If you have a baking stone, place it on the center rack. Otherwise, invert another sturdy baking sheet and place on that rack. Allow to preheat with the oven until very hot, before proceeding with baking. Sprinkle focaccia with flaky salt. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes directly on top of stone or inverted baking sheet until bottom crust is crisp and golden brown when checked with a metal spatula. To finish browning top crust, move focaccia to upper rack and bake for 5 to 7 minutes more. Remove from oven and brush or douse with 2 to 3 tablespoons oil over the whole surface (don’t worry if the olive pools in pockets, it will absorb as it sits). Let cool for 5 minutes, then release focaccia from pan with metal spatula and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. n

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This reimagined sushi lounge in Bahrain Bay finally reopens!


our Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay just opened its reimagined re/ASIAN Cuisine restaurant as part of a new 50th floor dining concept complete with Japanese-inspired Sushi Lounge.

The new Sushi Lounge – flowing directly into re/’s original restaurant – offers a levelled-up Asian dining experience with views and vibe to match. Playing to a neutral palette of warm earthy tones, the setting reflects the minimalist Japanese aesthetic and allows the true stars to shine: the expert chefs behind the raw-edge wooden sushi counter creating vibrant boxpressed oshizushi sushi to order.

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Feature Simple furniture and statement pieces translate the understated beauty of Nippon design while light airy interiors are punctuated by the dark sultry tones of Asian macassar ebony columns and walls clad in vertical Japanese-style oak timber slats. Comfy sofa seating, handcrafted cocktails and trendy beats complete the high-rise, high-energy appeal.

The new Sushi Lounge – flowing directly into re/’s original restaurant – offers a levelled-up Asian dining experience with views and vibe to match.

The restaurant’s revamped menu promises a range of tantalising dishes for guests to experience including Sichuan spinach with sesame brittle and chili oil; and tare glazed eggplant salad with Japanese pickles and citrus vinaigrette. Other new taste sensations include the introduction of Los Angeles’ popular vegetable-based sushi, while returning guests will also be pleased to revisit some old favourites beyond the Sushi Lounge. n To make a reservation, call +973 1711 5046 or book online.

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Where to order poke bowls in Bahrain?


loha! If you haven’t tried poke bowls yet, then today’s the day we hope we can finally convince you that you should! If you’re not quite sure what a poke bowl is, at its simplest definition it’s diced raw fish. Poke means to slice or cut, so that’s why almost all poke bowl recipes you see call for diced fish. It’s basically like a sushi bowl! Below, we round up the places where you can order them in Bahrain.

Wanana Poke Wanana Poke is a Hawaiian-themed restaurant specializing in poke fare and other island-inspired dishes. It is a concept restaurant from Ojeda Food Co.

Poke Kafe

Meemoz Poke

Before poke bowls became a food trend, Poke Kafe was around with Hawaiianinspired cuisine in a food scene that was sorely lacking in it. Of course, they also offer an extensive menu of poke bowls which are definitely scrumptious!

Meemoz Poke is a quick serve poke food shop where you can customise your own bowls, from the rice to the protein and sides. n

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La Gourmandise Check out this new luxury gourmet food shop at The Ritz!

team, La Gourmandise boasts a congenial atmosphere where guests can indulge in a delectable shopping experience. La Gourmandise features nearly 200 different products including a selection of premium meat, salmon, market-fresh vegetables, a variety of cheese, pastries, oils, spices, handmade pasta, pre-cooked meals, beverages, and a lot more. Born from the conceptual idea of taking home The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain dining experience from Director of Culinary and Food and Beverage Director, Yann Bernard Lejard, La Gourmandise will become the finest food boutique located in the heart of Seef Area, where you can find everything that you need, from breakfast, lunch to dinner.


he Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain announces the opening of its new luxury epicerie named La Gourmandise. The gourmet food shop featuring a variety of exceptional products, invites guests to savour sumptuous and authentic delicacies from the hotel’s signature restaurants and quality items imported from Asia and Europe. From everyday fare to sophisticated delights, along with the gracious savoir faire of its dedicated service

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La Gourmandise opens daily, starting from Sunday, September 19, from 9 am to 9 pm. n For further information, please call +973 1758 6499, the hotel directly at +973 1758 0000 or visit:

Going Out

Where to go and dine in Bahrain ART HOTEL & RESORT


Ladies Breakfast Offer

Unlimited Ribs and Wings

Price: BD6.5 When: Weekdays from 6AM until 10AM Ladies, enjoy a relaxing morning at Choices Restaurant. Join a delightful breakfast featuring a variety of savoury and sweet dishes and get 50% off on your bill on weekdays.

Price: BD18 net When: Every Tuesday Get saucy with Harvester’s Ribs and Wings promotion every Tuesday night. Revel in a mountain of St Louis spare ribs (Beef Ribs also available) and jumbo chicken wings served with your selection of hearty side dishes every Tuesday from 7pm onwards.

Dining Guide

+973 1600 0111

Saturday Italian Brunch Price: BD20/BD26 When: Every Saturday from 12:30PM until 4PM Experience a spectacular Italian brunch made with love at Rosso. Grab your friends & family, and enjoy a relaxing brunch by the fountain.

Friday Brunch Price: BD20/BD26 When: Every Friday 12:30PM until 3:30PM Grab your friends and family and head to Choices to relish in a delicious culinary spread with refreshing drinks and sensational music.

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Friday Roast Price: BD18 net When: Every Friday There’s nothing more comforting than a Friday Roast in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. The hotel’s Friday Roast consists of a three meal consisting of starters, 3 –meat roasting boards with all the traditional trimmings, and dessert.

Fat Butcher Fabulous Friday Price: BD20-25 When: Every Friday Why limit yourself to a brunch when you can enjoy an all-day meat feast (vegetarian platters are also available) consisting a range of delectable dishes served right to your table. Paired with 5 selected beverages per meal.

Going Out

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY +973 1711 5000 Friday Brunch Price: From BD34 net When: Every Friday Brunch with family and friends while enjoying Wolfgang Puck’s favourite dishes prepared by Executive Chef Brian Becher and his team.

Bay View Lounge Price: Ala Carte When: September Dining at Four Seasons' Bay View is the definitive experience, full of tradition, innovation, and a delicious celebration of the flavours of the season. Artful interiors set the stage for elegant meetings and gatherings overlooking the stunning Manama skyline and Bahrain Bay. An à la carte menu featuring international dishes and an extensive offering of handcrafted mocktails are served throughout the day and evening.

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The Pool Deck Price: Ala Carte When: Tuesday to Saturday The perfect outdoor poolside venue beckons you to enjoy the cool breeze, magical sunsets and majestic views surrounding Bahrain Bay. Indulge a light menu of gourmet bites along with refreshing drinks and DJ tunes.


Flaming Thursday Price: BD34 net When: Every Thursday Start your Thursday clubbing with a quality night brunch; Cheer up, go healthy and savor the salad bar, pass by the Mediterranean light starters section, or stop at the fresh shrimp’s station to get your taste buds working. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer along with the varieties of cocktails and end the night with sweet desserts. The resident DJ will also put you in the mood to party!

Monday Seafood Night Price: From BD25/BD30 net When: Every Monday Seafood Night with a vast range of aquatic

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delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum dumplings and tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns. BD 30 with unlimited selected wines, beers & soft drinks, or BD25 with unlimited soft drinks and water.

Friday Brunch Price: BD38 net When: Every Friday Get some quality time with your family at our Friday Brunch. Spoil yourself and loved ones with the best quality Brunch in Bahrain. At the end of a busy week, relax with friends and family at our different outlets. This international selection of dishes and desserts caters for every taste with a weekend menu of casual yet stylish fun, great, live kitchen and entertainment that brings your week to a fitting end.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB +973 1775 0777 Steak Stone Price: 30% discount When: From midday, everyday Dine in on the signature “Steak Stone” and receive a 30% discount off your steak.

Going Out Golf Brunch Price: BD18 When: Thursday, 5PM-7:30PM Join an evening on the Wee Monty – Enjoy 9 holes of golf on our par 3 course with on course food and drinks stations. Every Thursday, 5pm-7:30pm. BD18 per person.


The Great Indian Thali Price: BD18 When: Thursdays Immerse your senses at Nirvana where a culinary journey awaits and our authentic Indian cuisine transports your palate to new heavens. BD18 per person; includes 2 beverages.

Nirvana Express by Chef Mahipal Singh Price: BD20 When: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday Embark on a culinary journey around the North, South, West and East of India as Chef Mahipal presents a 4-course tasting menu inspired by the gastronomic wonders of the largest cities in various states.

Taco Tuesdays Price: BD22 When: Every Tuesday Gather with your friends for a taco fiesta at your favorite Mexican Cantina. A wide selection of tacos and craft beverages are available to excite your senses. Ale! BD22 per person; includes 1 glass of special beverage.

Brunch Fiesta Price: From BD30 When: Fridays and Saturdays Indulge in a weekend brunch celebration featuring traditional Mexican favorites and entertainment, all within a vibrant and colorful setting. BD30 per person; includes soft beverage / BD40 per person; includes select beverage.

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Le Garden Brunch du Soir

Wednesday Lola’s Night

Price: BD25 net When: Thursday and Friday Discover a reimagined gastronomic concept with Sofitel Bahrain’s hugely popular, Le Garden Brunch du Soir and experience a delightful evening brunch affair offering a selection of savoury international dishes for everyone to enjoy under the starry skies of Zallaq, next to the hotel’s frost greenery.

Price: 50% discount When: Every Wednesday Salero’s Spanish version of ladies night. Complimentary Sangria making class and free glass of Sangria for ladies. 50% discount on handcrafted cocktails every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. Call 17171300 to book a table.

+973 3888 5789

Sunset Sushi Price: BD 25 net When: Daily except Mondays Enjoy unlimited sushi for two hours, throughout the week (except Mondays), with Sunset Sushi from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Sofitel Bahrain’s latest seaside sundowner vantage point, Maison Sushi. Soak in the picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf through the panoramic windowpanes, complimenting the early-evening hues and savour unlimited supply of scrumptious sushi for BD25net.

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+973 1717 1000

Furn Bistro Price: Varies When: Daily Open for breakfast daily from 6:30 am to 11am and extended until 11:30 am during the weekend. BD7.5 net per person. A la carte lunch available from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. A la carte dinner available from 6:30pm to 11pm.

Hora Feliz Price: Varies When: Monday to Thursday Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Tapas for BD1.5 and beverages price starts at BD2. Call 17171300 to find out more or check out the menu at Salero’s Instagram page @salerobahrain.



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