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here's a famous quote by Julia Child: "People who love to eat are always the best people" - anyone who has spent even a few minutes around me will know this to ring true. I LOVE being around foodies - I'm talking about those who can turn up at the boujiest Japanese restaurant and order like a pro one day, and appreciate a good greasy burger and milkshake the next - if you like to gather around good food amid banter and genuine vibes, you're my kind of people. So, every year when the FACT Dining Awards come around, it's nothing but fun times, especially as Bahrain has some of the world's best restaurants on its doorstep. To top that off, 2019 marks the 10th annual FACT Dining Awards Bahrain - that's right, a whole decade of recognising all the efforts of Bahrain's top-notch food and beverage industry. Turn to p46 and check out all the nominees for the prestigious ceremony where we will celebrate the best and favourites in the country. Your vote counts so head on over to www.fact-magazine.com for more information and to make sure you've supported your favourite venues. Staying on the path to all things yummy, we've rounded up 31 eats to get you through October starting p27. From a very memorable afternoon tea to after-work hangouts and the livliest weekend brunches, there's no room for mediocre food this month only the best for our readers! For lovers of all things cool, we've got the fabulous line-up for the upcoming Bahrain International Music Festival (p22); alongside the latest updates from one of the island's most-anticipated happenings: the three-day Bahrain Jazz Fest (p42); it's events galore and there's so much to see and do throughout the month. We also have plenty of food envy in the form of our epicurean picks - the Culinary Spotlight at Fishbone By Chef Susy Massetti (p85); the Foodie Corner at a luxurious Friday Brunch in Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay (p89); and a taco-filled Venue Review at Links, Royal Golf Club (p93). Travel also plays a huge part in the October issue as our team brings you their experiences from faraway destinations. In Globetrotter, we fly off to the sunny shores of Koh Samui (p54) and our Travel Tales come from greener more palatial backdrops in Portugal (p61). Plus fashion, beauty, motoring, tech and the most prominent dining and society news. October is the gateway to cooler temperatures making their way into the Bahrain atmosphere - we can't wait to finally visit a restaurant and sit outside on the terrace. Let your hanger lead the way and we'll see you all in November for more hashtag food goals!☺
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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • OCTOBER 2019 VOLUME 13, ISSUE 02
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Breakfast Temptations WE EXPLORED A WORLD OF WHOLESOME, SATISFYING BREAKFAST FOODS AT INDIGO RESTAURANT AND BAR, ELOQUENTLY POSITIONED AT THE ROOFTOP OF THE MERCHANT HOUSE.
ndigo Restaurant and Bar at The Merchant House is a fabulous spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a beautiful garden terrace that one cannot help but adore. Executive Chef Rob Chipman is a renowned artisan in the kitchen which allows every visit here to be one where you're left wholeheartedly satisfied. We'd never had the privilege of indulging in breakfast there, so, I took this as the perfect opportunity to rabble my girlfriends together and head towards The Merchant House. An added bonus of visiting here is that you can use their handy valet service, so you aren't wasting time looking for a parking spot. Girls just want to have fun (and food) after all. There are the familiar items you'd expect for breakfast, albeit executed very well with pre-mium ingredients. Smoked Salmon with crushed avocado on sourdough bread had us all Instagram Ready as it was presented beautifully on a slate slab, but, it wasn't long before we were making the most out of the sharing concept that's welcomed here at Indigo. Just as well really, as the French Toast served with mixed berries and vanilla cream made its way to our table I thought there was going to be a fight as to who would have the first bite. The Eggs and Avocado dish served with salsa verde aligns beautifully with the Mediterra-nean flair of Indigo. It’s serious business. Of course, you also have classic Benedict's 8
and omelettes to appease your morning hunger pangs as well. The richness of hollandaise, and the creaminess of the egg just makes me very very happy when it comes to their Eggs Royale. Now, we can’t mention happiness without spotlighting The Blueberry Pancakes which are the lightest, tastiest ones I’ve ever had and are served with a decadent drizzle of blueberry syrup for extra bonus points. It’s some seriously intense stuff that is every bit as delicious as it is heart-stopping. Us? We love it. This must be what dreams are actually made of. It’s a worthwhile visit when you want to have a nice start to your day or indeed to take someone out. We would recommend ordering three or four of the dishes and sharing them with your dining companion(s). Now, don’t be surprised to see us hanging out there crying tears of joy into our coffee (served with delicious homemade biscotti) at every exquisite dish that is served. From 6.30am to 10.30am and 11am on weekends makes sure that you have the perfect excuse not to stay at home. ✤
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MAMMA MIA MONDAYS AT PRIMAVERA Start the week with Italian favorites at Primavera. This season, new Chef de Cuisine, Delfino Sanfilippo Chiarello, will entice your palate with a delectable sharing menu featuring a selection of Italian antipasti, your choice of veal or seafood and a delicious dessert.
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THRILLER OCTOBER AT SOFITEL BAHRAIN! Itâ€™s parties galore this month as Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa gears up for everything from Bahrainâ€™s largest Halloween revelries to family beach festival and more! DARKNESS FALLS ACROSS THE land as Bahrainâ€™s largest and most thrilling Annual Halloween Beach Party makes yet another frightening return on November 1 at Sofitel Bahrain! Prepare yourselves as you enter through the haunted beachside cemetery for a spine chilling night full of non-stop entertainments featuring a full-fledged special tribute with mob dance performances to the late King of Popâ€™s biggest hit â€œThrillerâ€? and the return of the talented top 100 World DJ, DJane DJoly accompanied by hypnotising Zombie fire spitting and fire dancing shows! Best dressed costume wins big, dress to impress. Feast on a variety of delicious dishes and thirst-quenching beverages until the midnight hour, followed by a bewitching After Party at Tapas, to keep the spooky vibes rolling by the moonlit sea. Kids Club will feature its very own spooktacular fun-filled program for all the little ghouls and include free access for all Halloween Beach Party guestsâ€™ kids! This hair-raising evening is priced at BD39 net per person inclusive of buffet and unlimited selected beverages from 6pm to 9pm or five selected beverage vouchers from 9pm onwards. You can also take advantage of the Halloween Beach Rooms Promo, which the hotel will launch exclusively on their social media accounts. Apart from the exciting Halloween Beach Party, something fun for 10
the whole family is planned at the hotel! Due to popular demand, La Plage Beach Festival proudly returns for yet another free for all families fun-packed getaway from October 10 to 12, featuring flat đ?&#x;Żđ?&#x;ą% đ?—˘đ?—™đ?—™ Couples & Families La Plage Memberships, FREE pool and beach access, COMPLIMENTARY beach massages for all, live cooking stations, close up and stage magic shows, top notch live entertainment along with a host of various fun-filled activities for everyone! Special arrangements and animations for children in place to ensure all round fun. The festival runs from 1pm to 7pm and exclusively open for couples and families. The fun doesnâ€™t end there, as you are offered to take a gastronomic voyage to Brazil with an exceptionally unique dining experience highlighting Tapasâ€™ brand new, South American inspired menu, spearheaded by Sofitelâ€™s new Brazilian Executive Sous Chef, Chef Eduardo Bronte at Tapas from 10th until 18th October. Revellers are in for a special treat, as the evenings will be complemented with fabulous shows featuring Copacabana dancers and live Latin entertainments to further elevate the festival! âœ¤
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MINDFULNESS MONDAYS AT THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA Rest, relax and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul every Monday at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa. Start your week on a calm and tranquil note with half-off rates on individual services, including massages, body scrubs, facials and more. GO: Call 1758 0000 for reservations and more information.
Calling out all the budding, talented, amateur singers, here is your chance to conquer your dreams of singing live in front of a big crowd! One of JJ’s Irish Restaurant’s most popular annual traditions, Karaoke Idol, is back for another smashing season! Now in its 15th year, this sensational live singing show will be held every Tuesday from 6th of November till the grand finale on 18th of December. There is a cash prize of BD1000 up for grabs along with guaranteed fun times. Karaoke Idol 2019 kicks off with the first round on November 6; there will be six qualifying rounds in total, with the last round taking place on December 18. From the 10 contestants each week, our panel of professional judges will select two lucky singers that will make the cut and secure a spot in the grand finale. Each week, there’s online voting as well to save 1 of your favourite contestants that were not selected by the judges. From these six contestants, one wild card entrée with the most online votes will go directly to the final round as well. What’s more – all the online voters will get a chance to win a trip for two to Dubai! The online voting winner for Dubai raffle draw must be present at JJ’s in the finale of Karaoke Idol to collect the prize. In total 13 contestants will go head to head in the final show, where they will sing their hearts out for a chance to be crowned the Karaoke Idol 2019 winner. The winner will be awarded BD700, second place will get BD200, and third place will win themselves BD100 in cash. This is truly an entertaining event where all the excitement, food, drinks and music is mixed in together to give everyone the best karaoke experience possible. This year, we’re expecting a bigger lineup and even more talented singers to take center stage at JJ’s. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t be shy, give it a try! Every Tuesday, the Karaoke Idol competition will start when the first 10 participants register their names starting from 8pm. Please note: this is a competition for amateur singers only, entries from professional vocalists or any band members will not be accepted. ✤ GO: Call 3384 3005 for reservations and more information.
PRE-LAUNCH SPECIAL AT REEF CLUBHOUSE Take advantage of Reef Island’s pre-launch special at Reef Clubhouse this month. Guests will re-ceive free access to Lagoon Beach and indulge in delicious treats from the savoury area. Only BD10 net per person until the end of October. GO: Call 7790 0700 for reservations and more information. HEAVENLY MASSAGES AT BFIT HEALTH CLUB Revel in a revitalising spa treatment at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain this October. Enjoy combined packages including facial and body scrubs designed to provide complete relaxation. This holistic experience rejuvenates your body, helping you to be at your very best. GO: Call 1752 5812 for reservations and more information. SENSES CANDLE MASSAGE BY BRUNO VASSARI AT SPA INTERCONTINENTAL This October, Spa InterContinental bridges the gap between expert skincare and total wellness for body and mind with treatments from award-winning luxury European brand Bruno Vassari and natural products such as fruits, seeds, chocolate and yoghurt. Don’t miss out! GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information. RED CARPET EXPRESS FACIAL AT RIMAL SPA For younger looking skin, magic is worked in minimum time to tackle facial fine lines and dark circles under the eyes using Harley Street Skin Care enzymes to gently polish the skin and reveal your naturally radiant complexion. This is followed by complimentary bright eyes treatment. Ideal facial for a special occasion. BD30. ✤ GO: Call 1746 0051 for reservations and more information. 12
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CULTURE VULTURE: OCTOBER EVENTS The Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities brings you more exciting happenings… EVENT: Art Centre Book Corner DATE & TIME: Daily from 8am to 8pm VENUE: Art Centre Free Admission The Art Centre provides its visitors with a book corner which offers over 350 books about visual arts, artists, architecture, culture, design and more, along with a comfortable seating area and wireless Internet. EVENT: The Dolls of Japan DATE & TIME: 13 October – 13 November, 10am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays) VENUE: Bahrain National Museum GENRE: Exhibition Known as the “Kingdom of Dolls”, Japan enjoys a rich culture of dolls. Each doll has its own distinct meaning and purpose, and is deeply connected to daily life. This traditional appreciation for dolls has resulted in the belief that dolls are not only children’s toys but also works of art to be displayed and admired and resulted in creating unlimited styles of Dolls. The tradition of dolls making continues today as craftsmen using time-honored methods to create traditional Japanese dolls in addition to many artists who create decorative dolls. This exhibition features a distinguished selection of fine dolls including traditional performing arts, regional dolls and creative dolls. EVENT: The 28th Bahrain International Music Festival DATE & TIME: October 19 to 26 The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the annual Bahrain International Music Festival held under the “Our Year of Celebrations” program, from 19 to 26 October, 2019. The Kingdom of Bahrain has become a focal point of social and cultural movement, where the diverse programs and multicultural events continue to gain both regional and worldwide 14
acknowledgment. This October marks the 28th anniversary of the acclaimed festival, which brings together talented musicians and performers from around the globe, showcasing different styles and genres, including orchestra, rock, pop, traditional and more. EVENT: Between Cities and Shores Exhibition by the artist Lamees Alhassar DATE & TIME: Until October 15, daily 4pm to 8pm VENUE: Studio 244 – By Arad Bay Protected Area & Park GENRE: Exhibition Lamees aims to spread her message of positive change, optimism and inner peace through her art. She sells her art internationally through Artfinder and Saatchiart. As a believer that each and every individual is capable of making a difference, she uses her art to serve her society through charitable art exhibitions. This exhibition is in collaboration with Supreme Council for Environment. ✤
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POPPY BALL 2019 The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) will hold its annual charitable Poppy Ball at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Al Dana Ballroom on November 15. ONE OF THE MOST popular events on Bahrain’s yearly social calendar, the Poppy Ball is held in cooperation with the British Business Association (BBA) from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. As customary, one of the main attractions at the Poppy Ball is the attendance of the Chelsea Pensioners as VIP Guests of Honour. This year, the BBBF will host three Chelsea Pensioners. During their stay the pensioners will attend many functions, including school visits, British Embassy functions and visits to local places of interest. The highlights of their visit will be laying a wreath at the Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day and attending the Poppy Ball. The Poppy Ball will begin at 7pm with a welcome reception and a buffet dinner, followed by music from 9.30pm onwards with Music & Lights DJ and a live performance by the band Wired, to dance the night away. Dress code is evening or cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner suits with black ties or national dress for gents. A raffle will be organised during the ball with many exciting prizes up for grabs, including two British Airways Business 16
Class return tickets to the UK. The Chelsea Pensioners’ visits to Bahrain have become a yearly custom. BBBF’s Chairman, Khalid Al Zayani OBE, said that this is made possible with the generosity of local companies. “The Pensioners greatly enjoy visiting Bahrain and always comment on the kind-hearted welcome they receive. I would like to thank this year’s main sponsors British Airways, Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, Gulf Hotels Group Bahrain and Gulf Brands International.” The Poppy Ball is organised in support of the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal, Earl Haig Pensioners Fund, and the Children and Mothers Welfare Society Bahrain. The society has been a leader in voluntary work in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1953; and it has played a central role in the empowerment and uplifting of women and children in the Kingdom. ✤
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MAHONIA’S MENU PERFECTION Mahonia, Bahrain’s first fine dining degustation restaurant, introduces a refreshing ever-changing menu concept, with its new seasonal offerings. MAHONIA, BAHRAIN’S FIRST FINE-dining degustation restaurant, is excited to announce a revised concept that offers guests ever-changing menus. This novel concept, focusing on a seven-course tasting menu, à la carte and gastronomic lounge bites menu, ensures that discerning epicureans can visit time and time again and still be surprised. This October, Mahonia also introduces its latest seasonal menu, inspired by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Offering what’s fresh and in-season, both locally and abroad, guests will experience an intimate culinary discovery that draws from the island’s rich heritage, culture, local produce and ingredients. Gourmet lovers can try deliciously refined dishes, such as Mother of Pearl, a white gazpacho sphere with sea herbs, caviar and sand made from miso oil, and the Salted Hamour Baradade with hazelnut, lemon and dill. With each element on the plate created to perfection, these unexpected flavour combinations expand the culinary boundaries and tantalise diners’ palates. Following the success of earlier grape and gastro bites tasting events, PAIRED by Mahonia, returns on October 22 to become a permanent monthly feature. Exceptional wines are presented from the Mahonia cellar and complemented with gastronomic lounge bites to match. This two-hour tasting experience, held in the lounge, focuses on one region, grape or house, and engages guests to ask questions and take home useful and 18
knowledgeable facts. A monthly paired full dining experience will also be launching soon. Having firmly established itself as Bahrain’s favourite fine dining destination, Mahonia is a true hidden gastronomic gem worth travelling for and one of the most exciting places to eat at right now in the Arabian Gulf. ✤
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GOURMET BEGINNINGS Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa has a new culinary master in the kitchen… CHEF EDUARDO BRONTE, THE gourmet expert, recently joined the talented Kitchen team at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa as Executive Sous Chef. He has already left guests impressed with his exceptional culinary skills and the art of topclass gastronomy. Chef Eduardo Bronte, originally from Amazon, Brazil, is a seasoned chef with Brazilian and International cuisines being his speciality. He has previously worked for prestigious properties, such as, Fairmont, Waldorf Astoria, Grand Hyatt among others. With 20 years of experience under his belt, he started his career in the culinary field in Amazon and has successfully worked in 5-star hotels around the world, including stints in Hawaii, most of Europe, North and South America as well as the Middle East. Having travelled several cities around the world, he has been able to improve his knowledge of gastronomic culture and arts. Chef Eduardo is also the proud founder of the Brazilian fine dining BBQ al-fresco concept; where the meat is suspended and cooked mid-air with live cooking stations that are open for guests to interact with chefs for a more personalised session and unique dishes. After gaining fame as an incredibly famous gourmet specialist in 20
Egypt, Chef Eduardo moved to Sofitel Bahrain in July 2019 and is focused on offering unique culinary experiences to the guests that leave memorable impressions. Chef Eduardo says, “I have always been committed in pursuit of development, welfare and harmonization in the gastronomic field and have been able to use the balance to constantly elevate the guests’ experience.” He has the distinct honour of preparing special dinners during his career for top VIPs, such as, UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, football legends, Ronaldo, Neymar, Mohammed Salah, along with plenty of international stars and has established himself as a true icon in the field of speciality, 5-star fare. Known for pushing the limits amongst appetizing food with carefully explored dynamic dishes, Chef Eduardo’s newly introduced, exciting South American themed menu in Tapas Bar & Restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain is definitely going to be the highlight of the town in October! ✤
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MUSIC TO OUR EARS THE 28TH BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 2019, MERGING DIVERSE CULTURES AND HERITAGE FROM AROUND THE ARAB WORLD AND BEYOND, AND PRESENTING THEM TO THE KINGDOM THROUGH EXCITING EVENTS.
n its 28th consecutive year, the festival comes part of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ year-long celebrations, under the theme “Our Year of Celebrations”. The festival will highlight various musical genres ranging from orchestra, rock and pop, to the Kingdom’s very own traditional tunes. Several embassies in the Kingdom also have a great contribution towards the festival, such as the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Germany.
L'Orchestre Lamoureux Date: October 19 Time: 8pm Venue: Bahrain National Theatre Country: France Genre: Orchestra Age: 10 years & above A special classical musical evening starring French opera orchestra, L'Orchestre Lamoureux, founded in Paris in 1881 by Charles Lamoureux. This intimate musical configuration will allow the interpretation of a varied repertoire to be closer to the audience and appreciates the orchestra’s diverse music, which promises an undisputed innovation. To this aim and others, L'Orchestre has entrusted its keys to the famous violin solo Hugues Borsarello. Mo Zowayed Date: October 20 Time: 8pm Venue: Cultural Hall Country: Kingdom of Bahrain Genre: Song Age: 10 years & above Free Admission 22
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In an indie-folk musical evening combining vocal hooks, guitardriven melodies and soulful upbeat sounds, Bahraini musician Mo Zowayed will take the audience on a wanderlust journey through his transient experiences. Combining vocal hooks with guitardriven melodies, creating a soulful, upbeat sound with cracking, memorable choruses, music is brought to life by talented, highly experienced musicians - some of whom have recorded for and toured with First Aid Kit, Angus & Julia Stone and Hurts. SONGS: Musicals from Paris to Broadway Ensemble Contraste Date: October 22 Time: 8pm Venue: Cultural Hall Country: France Genre: Concert Age: 10 years & above Free Admission The French Ensemble Contraste presents a variety of musical genres for a thrilling musical evening. Known for their diversity and spontaneity, the ensemble are known for incorporating classical, tango, musical comedy, jazz, contemporary compositions and more into their theatrical performances. In collaboration with the Embassy of France. Treptow Date: October 23 Time: 8pm Venue: Cultural Hall Country: Germany Genre: Rock Age: 14 years & above Free Admission In their very first concert outside of Europe, German rock band "Treptow" are set to present their energetic songs in their native language and bring the sound of Berlin to Bahrain. “Treptow” specialise in electric guitars, drums and German vocals in addition to incorporating dance into their performances. In collaboration with the Embassy of Germany.
Venue: Cultural Hall Country: Kingdom of Bahrain Genre: Music Age: 10 years & above Free Admission The Bahrain Music Band are set to bring back some of the most joyous memories filled with nostalgia from the songs and music of TV drama. These series spoke society’s language, in terms of the reality and aspirations that they portray, and had a massive impact on forming the identities of the Bahraini and Arab societies on a similar level, while leaving a memorable mark in our contemporary history. Dar Al Muharraq Date: October 26 Time: 8pm Venue: Building 1068, Road 1617, Block 216 Muharraq Country: Kingdom of Bahrain Genre: Song Age: 10 years and above Free Admission A live performance highlighting the various styles of the uniquely Bahraini Fjiri tradition, a mystical genre that traces its roots back to the island’s glorious legacy of its world-famous pearling heritage. Fjiri, a musical genre built around the Kingdom of Bahrain’s proud history and traditions of the pearling trade that is widely viewed as the pearling ship’s crew most important and most popular musical contribution.
Daline Jabbour Date: October 24 Time: 8pm Venue: Cultural Hall Country: Lebanon Genre: Song Age: 10 years & above Free Admission Versatile artist Daline Jabbour specializes in oud, vocal coaching, classical Arabic and Soufi music. In addition to her performance, a group of specialized musical experts in the domain of improvising in accordance with the Takht Standard of Arabic Music will accompany her. Bahrain Music Band Music & Memories: A TV Retrospective Date: October 25 Time: 8pm fact magazine
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WORKSHOPS Drum Making Workshop for Children Date: October 19 Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm Venue: Dar Almuharraq Age: 6 – 12 Folk art has always been closely linked to our heritage; emotions were expressed during the long diving trips through music and its various instruments. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to pearling music and “Marawas”, where they will learn more about the instrument and get the opportunity to make their very own drums. Choir Workshop Date: 4pm to 6pm Time: October 20 Venue: Art Centre Age: 13+ In collaboration with Harmony Music Center Participants will learn about the many aspects associated with voice, sound and breathing, while getting familiar with choir warm-ups and multi-voiced pieces. Groovy Music Workshop Date: 4pm to 6pm Time: October 21 Venue: Art Centre Age: 6 – 10 In collaboration with Harmony Music Center Participants will engage their body and mind through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting, while using percussion instruments such as xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels. While learning at their own pace and level of understanding, children will also emphasize arts integrations with stories, poetry, movement and drama.
Expression in Music Date: October 24 Time: 5pm Venue: Bab Al Bahrain – Front Outdoor Space (Market Area) Age: 6 – 10 Participants will learn the various ways of expression and innovation through music during Expression in Music workshop. Reclaiming Our Ethnomusicologies Conducted by Hasan Hujairi Date: October 25 - 26 Time: 4.30pm to 7pm Venue: Art Centre Age: 17+ A two-day workshop exploring the field of ethnomusicology and relating it to music history and practice in the Kingdom of Bahrain. By understanding the logic behind this field of study, participants will be introduced to ways of reconsidering music forms found in Bahrain. ✤
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4. RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 AT THE HARVESTERS PUB & TERRACE Enjoy a selection of specially created gourmet sliders and a great beverage promotion whilst watching your rugby team compete against the world’s best. This generous offer is available every day throughout the month of October from 11am to 9pm at Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s iconic venue. GO: Call 3992 0163 for reservations and more information.
1. BUSINESS LUCH AT BRASSERIE ROYALE Whether you’re in a meeting or on a relaxing lunch break, delight in a tasty three-course Mediter-ranean business lunch at Brasserie Royale, Jumeirah Royal Saray this October. Only BD15 net per person. Offer available from Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 3pm. GO: Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information. 2. BORA BORA IBIZA PART II Bora Bora Ibiza return to the shores of the ART Rotana Amwaj Islands for another day of amazing Balearic beats featuring; Rafa Ariza, Miss Martha, Luis Garcia and Felix Da Funk. The event kicks off at 2pm on October 25 and there will be a happy hour promotion on all drinks until 4pm. Tickets are BD20 per person and include two drinks vouch-ers. Over 18’s only. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information. 3. AUTUMN SEASONALITEA AT BAY VIEW LOUNGE Indulge in an impressive selection of delicious teas at Bay View Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Bah-rain Bay this month. All infusions are both comforting and healing. BD26.5 net for two guests. BD35 net includes sparkling juice. Offer available October 18 to 26 from 12pm to 9pm. GO: Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information.
5. THE BUTCHER’S BOARD FRIDAY BRUNCH AT FLAVOURS ON 2 Feast on delicious Asian, Arabic and European dishes at Flavours on 2, Downtown Rotana. This ex-travagant buffet will cost BD22 net including unlimited juices and soft drinks. BD33 net includes unlimited selected beverages. Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.
6. TURKISH BUSINESS LUNCH BUFFET AT NEYRAN RESTAURANT Enjoy an authentic and scrumptious Turkish lunch experience at Neyran Restaurant in Mercure Grand Hotel Seef, from Sundays to Wednesdays. Take advantage of the Buy 2 Get 1 Free Special every Tuesday. BD5.5 net per person. Offer available from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information. 7. TRUFFLE TUESDAY AT MEDZO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Treat your taste buds to the heavenly flavours of Chef Luigi’s truffle specialities this October at In-terContinental Regency Bahrain. Enjoy the relaxing and friendly environment as you are treated to a truly delicious culinary experience. Offer available every Thursday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.
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• BAHRAIN EATS 8.TRIVIA NIGHT AT SHERLOCK HOLMES PUB Sherlock Holmes at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa is holding a Trivia Night to remember every Monday in October. Hosted by Radio Bahrain’s Ian Fisher, the quiz includes five rounds plus a snowball round. Exciting prizes to be won. BD1 per person. 10pm to 10.20pm. GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information. 9. WEDNESDAY BBQ NIGHT AT BAHARAT RESTAURANT A stylish yet rustic BBQ experience awaits all patrons at Baharat Restaurant in Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain. Showcasing BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime steak, you can’t go wrong with this succu-lent special. BD26 net per person. Every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information.
10. ARABIC AFTERNOON TEA AT FURN BAKERY Furn Bakery at The Westin City Centre Bahrain is a firm favourite for all those who are partial to pastry. Enjoy the unique ambience of the Rotunda and the tasty specials on offer. This promotion is available every day, throughout October from 2pm to 6pm. GO: Call 1717 1000 for reservations and more information. 11. SEAFOOD NIGHT AT SILK’S RESTAURANT Experience a unique medley of succulent seafood delicacies at the newly renovated Silk’s Restau-rant in Movenpick Hotel Bahrain. BD24 net per person includes soft drinks and water. BHD29 net includes unlimited selected grape, hops and soft drinks. Mondays, 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information.
12. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT CANTINA KAHLO Cantina Kahlo is celebrating its 3rd anniversary with an elaborate Mexican Fiesta. Expect popular Mexican street foods, a traditional piñata and an exciting scavenger hunt with exciting. BD23 in-cludes soft beverages. BD36.5 includes selected beverages. October 19, 12pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information. 13. EAST MEETS WEST AT LINKS RESTAURANT The award-winning Links Restaurant is offering unlimited carvery, fresh sushi and live entertain-ment every Friday this October for BD14 net per person. A three-hour unlimited beverage package is available for an additional BD15 net per person. Located at Royal Gold Club, promotion is from 12pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1775 1262 for reservations and more information. 14. SARDINIA FESTA ITALIANA AT FIAMMA Sample tantalising and authentic Sardinian dishes paired with your favourite beverages for a truly unrivalled culinary affair on Fiamma’s elegant terrace. BD20 includes soft beverages. BD25 in-cludes selected beverages. Live entertainment, cooking stations and a traditional Italian buffet are all served up at Sofitel Bahrain’s award-winning eatery, courtesy of Chef Marco Terranova. Offer available on October 17,18, 24 and 25 (buffet) from 7pm to 11pm, and October 19 to 23 (a la carte) from 7pm to 10.30pm. GO: Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information.
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15. HER NIGHT AT HAVANA CLUB A special evening has been created at Havana Club in Jumeirah Royal Saray for ladies who want to have fun this October. Dance the night away to the rhythm of the live Cuban trio and enjoy unlim-ited selected beverages. Offer available every Thursday from 8pm to midnight. GO: Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information. 16. JAPANESE THEMED BRUNCH AT RE: ASIAN CUSINE BY WOLFGANG PUCK Make your way to Re: Asian Cuisine at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and satisfy all your Japa-nese food cravings. The fun-loving chefs will be turning their hands to sushi, rolls and all things Japanese. Spice up your Saturday with wasabi and live jazz for BD32 net with soft beverages and BD44 net with premium beverages. Available on October 12 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. GO: Call 1711 5046 for reservations and more information.
17. JAZZ BRUNCH AT CHOICES TERRACE Celebrate the last weekend in October with a Jazz performance during the marvellous Fri-day Brunch at ART Rotana’s indoor terrace. The Friday brunch features a remarkable se-lection of dishes from all around the world. In addition, to the vast array of superb live cooking stations, one of a kind winery section where you can sample premium grape and drinks stands. There’s even a kids area to keep the little ones entertained! BD25 net with soft drinks and BD36 net with house beverages. Kids aged six to 12 dine at BD12.5 net and kids aged under six dine for free. October 25 from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information. 18. DIWALI DHAMAKA AT SPICES RESTAURANT Celebrate the festival of lights in style this month with a cultural show and sumptuous buf-fet filled with classical Indian dishes. All of this for only BD12 net per person. Available on October 27 from 7pm to 11pm at Crowne Plaza Bahrain. GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information. 19. INFINITE PIZZA AT TEATRO DOWNTOWN Take advantage of the all-you-can-eat pizza night special at Teatro Downtown this Octo-ber. Sink your teeth into limitless oven-fresh pizza prepared on demand for just BD9 net per person. Every Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm at Downtown Rotana. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information. 20. SUNDAY RIBEYE NIGHT AT LEGENDZ STEAKHOUSE The award-winning Legendz steakhouse is the go-to place for premium cuts of meat. So, make your way there to start your week right and take full advantage of the tender 300g American Ri-beye steak special for only BD7.9 net, served from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.
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WINE & CHEESE TUESDAYS ,7PM ONWARDS 12 BD NET
WINE & PASTA WEDNESDAYS ,7PM ONWARDS 15 BD NET
PIZZA & PERONI THURSDAYS ,7PM ONWARDS 10BD NET: 1PIZZA + 2 PERONI DRAFT
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21. FRIDAY BRUNCH AT AL-SOFRA Al-Sofra at Mercure Grand Hotel Seef invites you to enjoy their Buy 1 Get 1 Free special offer this October. This exceptional culinary experience is made up of Mediterranean dish-es, along with locally inspired favourites. BD12++ includes soft beverages. Fridays from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information. 22. BURGER AND BEVERAGE COMBO AT BIZARRE LOUNGE Bizarre Lounge at Le Meridien City Centre is offering an amazing combo this October: pairing their signature, mouth-watering cheese burger with an ice-cold hops beverage of your choice. This tasty special is available Thursdays from 4pm to 1am and Saturdays from 12pm to 1am. GO: Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information. 23. HALLOWEEN PARTY AT TYPHOON BAR Prepare to be spooked! Typhoon Bar will be hosting a Halloween party that will be both scary and fun for all. A funfilled evening with crazy cocktails and a special performance by the house band and DJ will get you dancing your best horror moves! October 31 from 7pm to 2am, free entry. GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.
24. LADIES NIGHT AT BOUDOIR BAR & LOUNGE All ladies are invited to the chic atmosphere of Boudoir Bar & Lounge at The Westin City Centre Bahrain to enjoy evenings of laughter, dancing and great memories. All attending ladies will receive two free house beverages. Every night from 6pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information. 25. TASTE OF TEXAS AT MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Taste of Texas is the perfect setting for the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain’s annual American Festival. Due to the vastly varied cultures which comprise Texas, practically every type of food is available in the Lone Star State. The new Silk’s is known for exceptional service, great atmosphere and with its new grill feature, will be set to showcase true Texas hospi-tality at the dinner table, bringing Texas soul to Bahrain. Classic Texan dishes and Tex-Mex will be served up with live entertainment playing and a DJ to keep things flowing. Oc-tober 24 dinner is from 7pm onwards, priced at BD34 net per person with unlimited drinks. October 25 is brunch from 12.30pm to 5pm, priced at BD38 net per person with unlimited drinks. GO: Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information. 26. BUT ONE GET ONE FREE AT MASBAH PIZZERIA Who can honestly say they don’t like free pizza? Visit Masbah Pizzeria this October for a delicious Buy 1 Get 1 Free Pizza deal at this lovely Royal Golf Club venue. This offer is available for dine in, take away or delivery. Sundays from 12pm onward. GO: Call 1775 0777 for reservations and more information.
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• BAHRAIN EATS 29. FIESTA ESPANOLA Bringing the vibrant culture and exquisite cuisine of Spain to the heart of Bahrain, InterContinental Regency will be hosting celebrity Chef, Jordi Gimeno from Barcelona, as well as live performances by the Spanish dance group, Sarsare Flamenco from October 7 to 12. Every evening from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.
27. SEAFOOD DUO AT LA MER RESTAURANT Seafood lovers are in for a treat at La Mer in Sofitel Bahrain. Every Thursday and Friday, a fresh lobster and scrumptious shrimps’ platter is being paired with a thirst-quenching beverage package. BD20 includes soft beverages. BD25 includes two selected beverages. GO: Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information. 28. FIESTA DE LOS MUERTOS Join the party at Four Seasons Hotel’s Beach for the Dia de los Muertos extravaganza, the one and only time of year where the living and the dead mingle in a luxurious white sandy beach environment. The entire venue will be transformed into a vibrant yet spooky fiesta! Expect a night of tricks and treats with surprise entertainment. Enjoy live tunes from Smooth Mood Project Duo, DJ Cossta and DJ Evo throughout the night! Dress code: dare to scare. BD10 net for ladies and BD15 net for gents. October 31, 9pm to 2am. GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.
30. PINK ISLAND PARTY AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The annual Pink Island Party is back at the Private Island on October 17. Dance the night away and make your footprints count as you groove for charity, during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The most awaited party of the season will feature the latest tunes by a guest DJ and a sumptuous open buffet and beverage bar. BD25 for members and hotel guests; BD35 for non-members. Tickets include open buffet and beverages from 8pm to 11pm. Check in to the Royal Beach Club for wristbands and shuttle transportation to the private island. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information. 31. CHOCOLATE TIME AT THE PALM LOUNGE If you have a particularly sweet tooth for chocolate then The Palm Lounge at Jumeirah Royal Saray has the perfect Afternoon Tea option for you. From the dark, milk or white chocolate fondue to the beautifully handcrafted chocolate pastries, your chocaholic's dream is about to come true! BD25 net for two people. Saturday to Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm; Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 8pm. GO: Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.
CURRY NIGHT 7pm-12pm Sunday
LADIES NIGHT 7pm-12pm Tuesday
KARAOKE NIGHT 7pm-12pm Wednesday
IRISH BREAKFAST with a House Drink 12pm-11pm BRUNCH 12pm-4 pm Friday
HAPPY HOUR 12-1O pm Everyday
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BIG SCREEN Joker
WHAT’S IT ABOUT:
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
While wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown, failed comedian Arthur Fleck runs into some violent thugs. Dismissed by the fractured society, Fleck is trapped between a cyclic existence between apathy and cruelty as he begins a slow dissent into madness. What follows is a number of escalating events that transform him into a criminal mastermind.
DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips CAST: Joaquin Phoenix
WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?
An unprecedented narrative of Batman’s arch nemesis, Joker provides a social commentary that is a true cinematic masterpiece. Touching ideas and intentions that are totally new and uncharted, the film’s premise will give you a lot to think about. Easily one of the best superhero movies ever made, Joker ups the ante by blurring the line between superhero universe and real life. The film centres on Arthur Fleck, who feels rejected and disregarded by society, and is struggling to find his way in Gotham. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night, but eventually realises the joke always seems to be on him. Abandoned by the world, Arthur makes one bad decision that leads to a chain reaction of escalating events, as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. Joaquin Phoenix’s excellent portrayal invites us to fall in love with the monster. Bold and heartbreakingly beautiful, Joker will captivate you as it takes you on a profoundly dark journey.
Easily one of the best superhero movies ever made, Joker ups the ante by blurring the line between superhero universe and real life.
An ageing government assassin seeking to exit his career, Henry Brogan finds himself going up against a younger clone of himself named Junior. As he becomes the target of the mysterious operative who can seemingly predict his every move, Henry has no choice but to uncover the truth behind Junior’s creation and stopping him from going down the path he did.
DIRECTOR: Ang Lee CAST: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?
Bringing back the winning combination of Will Smith and nail-biting action sequences, Gemini Man tells an epic tale of battle between the past and present. An innovative action-thriller, Ang Lee’s Gemini Man has Will Smith against Will Smith. The first movie to use timeless VFX technology this year, Gemini Man sees Smith playing the role of Henry Brogan as well as his younger clone. Henry Brogan is an elite assassin who becomes the target of a mysterious agent who seems to be tracking his every move. To his horror, Brogan soon realises that the man who is trying to kill him is actually his faster, younger, cloned version of himself. Cementing Will Smith’s position as a box office star, Gemini Man’s gripping plot and amazing special effects make it one to watch out for! 38
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A melodious tribute to some of the most influential black women, Rapsody’s newest album is music for your soul. The American rapper’s third studio album, Eve truly showcases her musical genius and creativity in all its glory. Bringing her black womanhood and ingenuity to the fore, the album pays a beautiful homage to strong female role models. A masterful tribute to Nina Simone, Nina includes an eerie cut of Strange Fruit. Featuring a collection of historical footnotes, the celebratory and uplifting track is the perfect tribute to the late singer. Featuring everyone from J. Cole to Queen Latifah, the album continues Rapsody’s exploration of female power. Cleo, a song about the unfairness of sexism, sees her sounding unstoppable and liberated. Dedicated to fictional bank robber Cleo Sims, the hardhitting banger is sprinkled with samples of the 1981 Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight. The song sees the North Carolina native speaking to her critics and revealing she hasn’t always felt comfortable in the culture she so effortlessly carries. From the cascading album opener to the preceding proverbial masterpieces, the intricately woven details and heart touching lyrics make Eve a true triumph! 40
A raw and vulnerable celebration of relationships and emotions, Common’s latest offering will have you in your feelings. Having always worn his heart on his sleeve, the Chicago-hailing rapper, actor and activist goes all out on his newest album. Tackling the singer’s relationships with himself, his past romantic relationships as well as with his daughter, Let Love is all about embracing love in all forms. HER Love, featuring guest appearances from Daniel Caesar and Dwele is the rapper’s ode to HipHop history. Also featuring an unreleased beat from J Dilla, the song talks about the important women in Common’s life. Teaming up with Swizz Beatz, Hercules showcases the toughest cut on the album. Swizz is relatively calmer and more soulful than his usual hook work, while Common spins a complicated rhyme scheme that is reminiscent of his earlier work. Offering spiritual depth, soul and dimension, Common truly challenges himself and goes deeper than ever on Let Love.
Set against the backdrop of postwar Switzerland, the novel centres on a boarding school in the Appenzell. The narrator begins to describe the life of a remorseless young Eve, being a captive of the school, as well as her designs to win the affections of the apparently perfect new girl, Fréderique. As she broods over her intentions and the level and nature of control, the novel takes a suspended, unsettling energy. A beautifully worded read!
Trick Mirror: Reflections on SelfDelusion By Jia Tolentino An enlightening and unforgettable insight into the journey of selfdelusion, this is a book about the incentives that shape us, and how hard it is to understand ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves about the concept of self. In each essay, Jia talks about everything that has shaped her: the rise of social media, the American scammer as millennial hero, as well as the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter.
• BAHRAIN JAZZ FEST Lonestar Blues
Forward Thinking Festival Bahrain Jazz Fest, Bahrain's biggest national music festival and the region’s most authentic jazz festival, brings together the finest jazz musicians from around the world and Bahrain. The event is the perfect opportunity to experience world-class artists performing modern jazz music whilst also showcasing Bahrain jazz artists to the world.
ince its inception in 2017, the island’s exciting touristic festival has attracted more than 8000 international and regional visitors and has hosted over 30 international and local artists. A complete family-friendly event, the open-air festival will feature two stages, interactive kids’ zones, Bahrain’s best food trucks, craft markets and more! Over the years, the festival has actively promoted up-andcoming local talent through several initiatives such as band hunts, workshops, performances etc and continues to open up opportunities for the local music community. This year will see the introduction of a cashless payment solution through RFID chip wristbands for all festival goers. Each attendee will be able to top-up their wristbands using 42
credit or debit cards at various loading stations around the venue. The main idea behind this is to elevate the customer experience of being able to seamlessly spend across the food and beverage markets etc with minimal waiting time. Bahrain Jazz Fest’s plan to go cashless also falls in line with the digital mandate that is adopted by their strategic festival partner, Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain EDB) Through this they will be the first event in Bahrain to have technology integrated in such a big way and it will also measure the Bahrain Jazz Fest with the rest of the popular tech-savvy integrated music festivals around the world. Nubiyan Twist
BAHRAIN JAZZ FEST â€¢
Jazz Trail / Club Nights When? 24th Oct Where? Alto Who? Mohammed Rashid Trio Who? DJ Sparx
When? 28th Oct Where? LNT Gastropub Who? May Paddy Who? Mr. Fari
When? 25th Oct Where? Wyndham Garden Manama Who? Dominant 7 Jazz Band Who? Cactus
When? 29th Oct Where? Hazel Who? Finesse
When? 26th Oct Where? Coda Jazz Lounge Who? Likwid Who? Tarsha Thomas and Coda JazzKatz Band
When? 30th Oct Where? TBC Who? TBC
When? 27th Oct Where? Big Texas BBQ Who? Rodbluesharp Who? Bluesaders
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WE CAN HARDLY BELIEVE THAT 2019 SEES THE CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNUAL FACT DINING AWARDS BAHRAIN. AFTER A DECADE OF RECOGNISING THE BEST IN THE CULINARY GAME, BAHRAIN’S FOOD SCENE IS STILL GOING STRONG AND IS MORE ECLECTIC THAN EVER BEFORE. THIS YEAR, WE’VE GOT NEW CATEGORIES AS WELL AS MORE NEW VENUES ACCOMPANYING THE CLASSICS. SO, HERE IT IS… ROUND ONE OF THE OFFICIAL NOMINEE LIST FOR THE 2019 FACT DINING AWARDS BAHRAIN…
FACT DINING AWARDS •
International • BAHARAT, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre • TRADER VIC’S, Seef • LINKS, Royal Golf Club • NOMAD URBAN EATERY, Seef • MY CAFÉ, Adliya • HAZEL ROOFTOP, Adliya • CHOICES, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • CAMELOT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Adliya • MAHONIA, Adliya • CELLULOID, Amwaj Islands • PLAY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Jumeirah Royal Saray • BAHRAIN BAY KITCHEN, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • CAFE LILOU, Various Locations
Italian – Fine Dining • PRIMAVERA, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • LA PERGOLA BY PERBELLINI, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • FIAMMA, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • OLIVETO, Adliya • MEDZO, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • CAFE ITALIA, Adliya
Italian – Casual Dining • ROSSO, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • OTTO, Hamala Hills • FATTO, Seef • CUCINA ITALIANA, Juffair • CICO'S, Adliya • SAN CARLO CICCHETTI, Al Aali Complex • MARZIPAN, Galleria Mall
Mediterranean • FLORENCE, Adliya • MASSO, Palace Boutique Hotel • INDIGO, The Merchant House • YA HALA, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands • LA MED, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
• BRASSERIE ROYALE, Jumeirah Royal Saray • FATTO, Seef • MARZIPAN, Galleria Mall
Middle Eastern • SAFFRON BY JENA, Various Locations • DAR ZOWAYED, ADLIYA • SAFFRON, Al Areen Palace & Spa • MARASH, Muharraq • FURN BISTRO & BAKERY, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • LUMEE SAAR KITCHEN, Saar • AL ABRAAJ, Various Locations • EMMAWASH, Various Locations
Lebanese • PASHAWAT, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • ZAHLE, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • ABD EL WAHAB, Moda Mall • AL-FAYEZ, Reef Island • BEBABEL, The Avenues Bahrain • RAYES, Coral Bay • AL-ARISHA, Umm Al Hassam • ZAYT ZAYTOON, Various Locations • CAFÉ BLANC, Seef • WAFI GOURMET, City Centre Bahrain
Seafood • LA MER, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • REEF FISH MARKET, Reef Island • THE FISH MARKET, Al Bander Hotel & Resort • WAVES, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • LE DOMAIN, The Domain Hotel & Spa • FISHBONE BY CHEF SUSY MASSETTI, Novotel Al Dana Resort fact magazine
• FACT DINING AWARDS
• TAKHT JAMSHEED, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • ISFAHANI, Various Locations • PERSIAN GARDEN RESTAURANT, Al Aali Mall • TEHRAN GRILLS, Daih • BANU RESTAURANT, Hala Plaza
• CHINA GARDEN, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • P.F. CHANG’S, City Centre Bahrain • DAVID’S STIR FRY CRAZY, Adliya • HONG KONG, Various Locations • BEIJING RESTAURANT, Adliya
• BENNIGAN’S, Al Safir Hotel • CHILI’S, Various Locations • TONY ROMA’S, Various Locations • RIC’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN, Juffair • IHOP, Various Locations • T.G.I. FRIDAYS, Manama • TEXAS ROADHOUSE, The Avenues Bahrain • HARD ROCK CAFE, Manama • BIG TEXAS BBQ AND WAFFLE HOUSE, Juffair
Japanese • MEISEI, Adliya • BUSHIDO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Seef • MAKI, Moda Mall • SATO, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • IMARI, The Domain Hotel & Spa • SUMO SUSHI & BENTO, Various Locations • RUKA, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa • MIRAI, Adliya • TOKYO REEF, Reef Resort & Spa • KEI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Golden Tulip Bahrain
Turkish • KOSEBASI, City Centre Bahrain • NAMLI, Seef • MADO, Various Locations • TURKISH MASHAWI, Ramli Mall • BOLULU HASAN USTA BAHRAIN, Various Locations • GUZEL TURKISH RESTAURANT, Manama • EMIRGAN SUTIS BAHRAIN, The Avenues Bahrain • LALA RESTAURANT & GOURMET, Sanabis
Thai • ROYAL THAI, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • WANG THAI, Adliya • PONG, Hoora • THAILAND RESTAURANT, Adliya • BANANA LEAF, Manama • BAAN SAENG THAI, Manama
South East Asian • WU ASIAN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • MONSOON, Adliya • KEIZO, Al Areen Palace & Spa • RE ASIAN CUISINE BY WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • TEATRO, Downtown Rotana
Indian - Fine Dining • NIRVANA, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • SPICES, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • RASOI BY VINEET, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • RIVAAJ, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Indian – Casual Dining • MEWAR, Galleria Mall • LANTERNS, Various Locations • COPPER CHIMNEY RESTAURANT, Seef • ASHA’S, Various Locations • JASHAN, Wyndham Garden Manama • RUBY MURRAY RESTAURANT, The British Club 48
Mexican • MARGARITA MEXICANA, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • SENOR PACO’S, Adliya • CASA MEXICANA, Adliya • CANTINA KAHLO, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • CALEXICO, Adliya • EL GRINGO, Various Locations
Steakhouse • CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • FLAMES STEAK & SEAFOOD, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • LEGENDZ STEAKHOUSE, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • PLUMS, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • LE SAUVAGE, The Domain Hotel & Spa • THE MEAT CO., Adliya • THE FOUNDRY, Adliya
Burger Joint • CRAVE, Seef • THE GRUB SHACK, Hamala • SLIDER STATION, Adliya • MOOYAH, Various Locations • SHAKE SHACK, Various Locations • BLACK TAP, Jumeirah Royal Saray • BLUEFIELD BURGER, Juffair • FIVE GUYS, The Avenues Bahrain • SLIDERS, Various Locations • JACK'S, Various Locations
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In-Mall • BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL, City Centre Bahrain • DEAN & DELUCA, The Avenues Bahrain • VAPIANO, City Centre Bahrain • PAUL RESTAURANT & BAKERY, Seef Mall • WAGAMAMA, City Centre Bahrain • LUMEE SAAR KITCHEN, Saar Mall • THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY, The Avenues Bahrain • BAYTI, Oasis Mall
Family-Friendly • LUMEE, Various Locations • DOME CAFÉ, Various Locations • MARASH, Various Locations • NINO, Seef • CHEZ SUSHI, Saar • AL ABRAAJ, Various Locations • YA SALAM, Various Locations • THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY, The Avenues Bahrain • DAR ZOWAYED, Adliya • FLORENCE, Adliya • FATTO, Seef
Casual Dining • NU ASIA, Seef • BAKER & SPICE, Al Aali Shopping Complex • NOMAD URBAN EATERY, Seef • THE FLORIST’S DAUGHTER, Al Aali Shopping Complex • FATTO, Seef • PASSION RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Adliya • CELLULOID, Amwaj Lagoon • VIA BRASIL, Wyndham Garden Manama
All-Day Dining • FLAVOURS ON 2, Downtown Rotana • SILK’S, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain • THE EATERY, The Grove Hotel Bahrain • LE CHOCOLAT, Various Locations • SWISS CAFE, Swiss-Belhotel Seef
• ATMOSPHERE, Wyndham Grand Manama • BRASSERIE ROYALE, Jumeirah Royal Saray • INDIGO, The Merchant House • AL WAHA, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • CAFE LILOU, Various Locations fact magazine
Al Fresco Dining • MEISEI ROOFTOP, Adliya • THAI LOUNGE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • TRADER VIC’S, Seef • TAPAS, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • FLORENCE, Adliya • LANTERNS, Adliya • LA PLAGE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • POOL DELIGHT, Reef Resort & Spa • INDIGO, The Merchant House
Value-For-Money • COCO’S, Adliya • HASH HOUSE, Adliya • AL ABRAAJ, Various Locations • EMMAWASH, Various Locations • SAFFRON BY JENA, Various Locations • FOODS AT HOME, Budaiya • TAKE AWAY, Seef • CHARCOAL GRILL, Manama
Business Lunch • NIRVANA, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain • WAVES, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • FLAVOURS ON 2, Downtown Rotana • CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • BUSHIDO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Seef • MEDZO, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • BAHARAT, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre • EAST MEETS WEST BUSINESS LUNCH, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain • INDIGO, The Merchant House • PRIMAVERA, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Themed Nights • The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • Elite Seef Residence • Crowne Plaza Bahrain • Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain 50
• Elite Crystal Hotel • Wyndham Grand Manama • Bahrain Rugby Football Club • Hazel Rooftop • The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Bar • BOUDOIR, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • DOWNTOWN, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • CUT BAR & LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • CELLAR 59 BAR, LOUNGE, TAPAS, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • TRADER VIC’S, Seef • CALEXICO, Adliya • CIGAR LOUNGE, Gallery 21 • BURLINGTON CLUB, The RitzCarlton, Bahrain • HAZEL ROOFTOP LOUNGE, Adliya • IRISH VILLAGE, Adliya
Sports Bar • WEMBLEY LOUNGE, Atiram Premier Hotels, Juffair • PLAYERS LOUNGE, Wyndham Garden Manama • CHAMPS, The Juffair Grand Hotel • GRAND YARD HOUSE, Diva Hotel • RED LIONS BAR, Ramee Grand Hotel • BUFFALO WINGS & RINGS, Adliya • SHERLOCK HOLMES, Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • THE HAPPY GOAT, Al Safir Hotel • REPARTEE, Royal Golf Club
Lounge • BLUE MOON LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • ELEMENTS POOL & LOUNGE, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • TXOKO, The Domain Hotel & Spa • HAZEL ROOFTOP LOUNGE, Adliya • ALTO LOUNGE, Downtown Rotana • BAHARAT, Le Meridien Bahrain City
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Centre • CODA JAZZ LOUNGE, Juffair • HAVANA CLUB CIGARS & FINERY, Jumeirah Royal Saray • VIOLA, Adliya • OAK LOUNGE, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Pub • FIDDLERS GREEN, The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa • HARVESTERS, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • JJ’S IRISH RESTAURANT, Adliya • RED LIONS, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa • SHERLOCK HOLMES, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • MCGETTIGAN’S, Adliya • OLD BEAMS, Adliya • IRISH VILLAGE, Adliya
Pool Bar/Lounge • NASMAT POOL LOUNGE, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • ELEMENTS POOL & LOUNGE, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • SIP & DIP, Elite Seef Residence & Hotel • LA PLAGE, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain • TYPHOON BAR, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • AL HADIQA POOL AND BEACH, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain • LAGOON MOON, Reef Clubhouse & Lagoon Beach
Tea Room • BAY VIEW LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • THE RITZ GOURMET LOUNGE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • TEA GARDEN, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa • FURN ROTUNDA, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • THE PALM LOUNGE, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain • THE ORANGERY TEAROOM AND PATISSERIE, Palace Boutique Hotel • TEA CLUB, Various Locations • THE LOBBY LOUNGE, The RitzCarlton, Bahrain
Patisserie • CAKE BOUTIQUE, Seef • DELICE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • HAUTE CUPCAKES, Seef • LILOU ARTISAN PATISSERIE, Various Locations • PATISSERIE ART, ART Rotana Amwaj Island • MACARON, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • JENA BAKERY, Muharraq • FIGS & OLIVES, The Domain Hotel & Spa • FURN BAKERY, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • CAFE DELICE, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • THE RITZ GOURMET LOUNGE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Shisha Lounge • AROMA CAFÉ, Seef • SIP & DIP, Elite Seef Residence • AL BINDAIRA CAFÉ, Seef • VERANDA CAFÉ, Adliya • AMMAR TIMES CAFÉ, Adliya • KASBAH RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Seef • MAWASIM RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Galleria Mall • MARZIPAN, Galleria Mall • MED CAFE, Adliya
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Café • LE CHOCOLAT, Various Locations • CAFÉ LILOU, Various Locations • ANGELINA PARIS, Adliya • GALLERY CAFÉ, Adliya • CHOCOLATERIE, Reef Resort & Spa • LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN, The Avenues • CAFE ARRIBA, Reef Island
Coffeehouse • COFFEE REPUBLIC, Various Locations • COSTA COFFEE, Various Locations • STARBUCKS, Various Locations • ESQUIRES, Various Locations • GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEE, Various Locations • CARIBOU COFFEE, Various Locations • COLUMBUS CAFÉ & CO, Various Locations • % ARABICA, The Avenues Bahrain • DOSE, Zallaq • GRIND, Saar • THE DOT, Juffair
Ladies Night • MEISEI, Adliya • CELLAR 59, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • AN NADA LOUNGE, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel • WAHINE TUESDAY, Trader Vics’s • MEZZANINE LOUNGE, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • BLUE MOON LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • MCGETTIGAN’S, Adliya • BOUDOIR LOUNGE, The Westin Bahrain City Centre • ALL OUTLETS, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • HER NIGHT AT HAVANA CLUB, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
Friday Brunch • THE GRAND FRIDAY BRUNCH, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • BAHRAIN BAY KITCHEN, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • BAHRAIN’S SWEETEST BRUNCH, Baharat, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre 52
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• LE DOMAIN  & LE SAUVAGE, The Domain Hotel & Spa • FRIDAY BRUNCH THE BRASSERIE WAY, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain • LA MED, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Family-Friendly Brunch • AL WAHA FRIDAY BRUNCH, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa • FLAVOURS ON 2, Downtown Rotana • ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS FRIDAY BRUNCH, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • CHOICES, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • CONSTRUCTION BRUNCH, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain • FAMILY BRUNCH AT ATMOSPHERE, Wyndham Grand Manama • LA MED, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
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• RE/ASIAN CUISINE BY WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • ANGHAAM BRUNCH AT TAPAS, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • ROSSO, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • CANTINA KAHLO, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • PLAY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Jumeirah Royal Saray
Independent Weekend Brunch • BUSHIDO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Seef • SATURDAY & SUNDAY ROAST, Lanterns Restaurant • RIC'S KOUNTRY KITCHEN, Juffair • WEMBLEY LOUNGE, Juffair
Ramadan Tent Experience • LAYALI AL ZALLAQ TENT, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa • AL BAHRAIN BALLROOM, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • MASAYA PAVILION, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • KHAIMAT AL KHALEEJ, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
• NOOR TENT, Elite Resort & Spa • AL QASR TENT, Al Areen Palace & Spa • REGENCY RAMADAN TENT, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • AL SARAYA TENT, Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
Ramadan Iftar • FAWANIS IFTAR, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • AL MAHA TENT, Downtown Rotana • CONFERENCE CENTRE, Crowne Plaza Bahrain • BAHARAT, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre • AL MURJAN BALLROOM, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain • INDIGO, The Merchant House • REGENCY RAMADAN TENT, InterContinental Regency Bahrain • IFTAR AT POOL DELIGHT, Reef Resort & Spa • FOUR SEASONS RAMADAN TENT, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • KHAIMAT AL KHALEEJ, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Ramadan Ghabga • AL BAHRAIN BALLROOM, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay • MASAYA PAVILION, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain • REEF TENT, Reef Resort & Spa • CHOICES RESTAURANT & TERRACE, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands • BUSHRA AT BUSHIDO, Bushido • KHAIMAT AL KHALEEJ, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Newcomer • SHAKESPEARE & CO., Zallaq Springs • JOE’S CAFE, The Avenues Bahrain • CIOCCOLATITALIANA, City Centre Bahrain • LA TABLE KRUG BY Y, The RitzCarlton Bahrain • AZIZ RESTAURANT & CAFE, Hala Plaza • VIOLA, Adliya • LAGOON MOON, Reef Clubhouse & Lagoon Beach • BEACH DECK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay fact magazine
AN EVERLASTING DREAM There are few places on the planet that take your breath away in an instance, but Samujana Villas in Koh Samui is definitely one of them as FACT's Edward Smith finds out...
Where The Magic Started From Bangkok, we flew directly to Koh Samui island with Bangkok Airways. The trip was short and pleasant – even though it was only one hour, they still served us a lunch! I thought that was a nice touch. Koh Samui has long evolved from its hippy roots to become a chic destination for luxury travellers. It is a pretty large island and it took about an hour to go half way round by taxi.
Luxury Home Away From Home Staying at Samujana Villas was like an incredible dream that we never wanted to wake up from. We stayed four nights in one of 54
the beautiful five-bedroom villas perched on the hillside with our private rooftop complete with infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand – what more is there to paradise? Set in the northeast of the island and only 10 minutes away from the airport, Samujana’s charming villas offer modern Thai architecture and breath-taking views. Each of the 26 villas comes with its own private butler and 24-hour hotel services. Our days were spent in pure relaxation watching movies in our private cinema and tanning at our private pool while our choice of food was being prepared on site by the very friendly and efficient private butler. A service that we absolutely recommend
every traveller to experience when visiting Thailand and Samujana gets it just right. Ranging from three to eight bedrooms, with airconditioning throughout, fully-equipped kitchens and reception rooms with state-of-the art multimedia and sound systems, Samujana really provides an unparalleled luxury experience with one motto: “Your Place. Your Time.” True to these words, we felt like time had stood still and we were in a bubble of comfort taking things easy and REALLY relaxing, disconnected from the outside world and our digital devices. Many villas also include jacuzzis, private gyms, pool tables and private spas, making it the perfect place for friends and family to gather and have a great time. Those looking for the utmost privacy will appreciate the in-villa facilities, especially when all you want to do is take it easy and spend quality time with loved ones. The resort is just a short taxi ride to some exciting activities in the area…
Adventure-seekers Unite On Koh Samui there are numerous little city centres and they all have their own charm and vibe. With local markets to explore, plenty of restaurants to dine at (if you can tear yourself away from the private butler service), and even the beloved Starbucks. There is something to quell any travellers’ wanderlust on this island paradise: amazing viewpoints, beautiful beaches and tons of watersports. As for the activities involving water, we would recommend Ang Thong National Marine Park which is the perfect location for watersports fans. Many tourism agencies offer day trips to the park on which you can kayak, snorkel, hike to viewpoints and relax 56
on gorgeous sandy beaches. It’s a place made for both active thrill-seekers and laid-back sun worshippers. Just a couple of miles away from Samujana Villas, you can also find one of Koh Samui’s most popular sandy strips, Chaweng beach. Chaweng stands out for several reasons, it is the most lively neighbourhood in Koh Samui; it is geared towards those who love to party and socialise. Once it gets dark, Chaweng has the liveliest party scene in Koh Samui which is also unique as most of the bars and clubs are along the beach. You can party all night and then leave the club and lay on the beach in the early a.m. - a set up that was appealing to droves of visitors. For the magical sundowner vistas of Chaweng we recommend the Jungle Club. This is a nice setting along a lush fact magazine
• GLOBETROTTER jungle hillside where you can relax on bean bags and have a light snack overlooking magnificent views of the shoreline and blue waters below. Don’t forget your camera for this is one of the most spectacular views I’ve witnessed in Thailand.
Words Can't Describe Samujana Villas is one hundred per cent the most lavish accommodation we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe its beauty and spot-on amenities. It is the type of place that you want to see and be seen in, but at the same time, it’s so special that you want it to be your own little secret. A resort that ticks all the boxes of luxury, bespoke living with a down-toearth approach - Samujana Villas is the best possible dream that you can actually turn into reality in Koh Samui. ✤
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Conjuring up images of fresh seafood, custard tarts and long stretches of sandy beaches dotted with secluded coves, Portugal is a travel gem that FACTâ€™s David Tapley visited this summer. Here, he checks into the picturesque Tivoli Avenida Liberdade followed by the bona fide palace Tivoli Palacio de Seteaisâ€Ś fact magazine
isbon, known for its authenticity and mix of old customs and ancient history is remarkably safe, easy to navigate and where the temperature rarely drops below 15°C. The Portuguese capital is not only aesthetically beautiful but benefits from the majority of tourist attractions and points of interest being concentrated in a relatively compact area within the heart of the city. Follow the route of the yellow no. 28 tram into historic Alfama, a district wedged between the Sao Jorge Castle and the Tejo river and you’ll discover one of the oldest neighbourhoods. Characterised by winding passageways that lead to unsigned local tascas, centuries-old churches and Roman ruins, Alfama is the kind of place that is best explored on foot but be prepared to get lost in the labyrinth of streets, but fear not, it’s all part of the fun. Beneath Alfama lies the Avenida Liberdade, the place to see and be seen in Lisbon and home to the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, 62
a five-star property boasting a timeless elegance that has been offering a unique style of Portuguese hospitality for over 80 years. The 1.5km thoroughfare is recognised as being one of the most expensive shopping boulevards in Europe where the likes of Luis Vuitton and Gucci are just moments walk from the hotel. Continue a little further and you’ll find the Estação de Rossio train Station, the touristic Elevador de Santa Justa and several excellent restaurants such as José Avillez’ Belcanto, which currently holds the no. 42 position on the world’s 50 best restaurants’ ranking. A recent €15 million refurbishment project has been undertaken to bring modern touches to this iconic property and ensure the utmost levels of comfort are maintained for guests checking-in to the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade. Passing through the glass sliding doors we are immediately enveloped by a sense of calm that offers a complete juxtaposition from the busy avenue outside. The reception area is engulfed in fresh floral blooms and an abundance
of soft furnishings which have been lovingly spaced throughout the large glass atrium. Turquoise curtains dangle seductively from the upper levels, while gold embellishment surrounds a small bar which is reflected in the elevators. Transporting guests into the upper reaches of the property where a collection of 285 rooms and suites await. Beautifully appointed, all room categories feature a classic design to enhance the feeling of urban luxury and are spacious and elegantly furnished with large comfortable double beds, a terrace or patio and a living area to relax and put your feet up after a day or exploration or shopping until you quite literally drop. Rooms and suites feature all of the expected modern comforts - flatscreen televisions, mini bar, electronic safe. It’s evident that a lot of thought has gone into the modernisation of the property and simple touches such as the inclusion of Bulgari and Hermès amenities in the suites help to elevate the Tivoli experience and cement the reputation of the landmark property. Outside of the room there’s plenty to explore with an outdoor swimming pool situated in a tropical garden at the rear of the property. This oasis of calm offers a small circular pool surrounded by vegetation and plenty of sun-loungers. Lower level guests will find a state-of-the-art fitness centre and the Anantara Spa, a first for the Portuguese capital and a serene environment that encourages introspection and a focus on wellbeing. Six treatment rooms act as a temporary haven and combine the far-eastern therapies for which the Anantara brand is renowned, with indigenous Portuguese rituals. If your stay only allows for one treatment, we’d suggest soothing those aching muscles with the Anantara Signature Massage, using natural oils, combined with purpose-designed movements, to stimulate circulation and promote deep relaxation, while restoring the flow of energy along the meridian lines. Living up to a reputation as one of the city’s most popular meeting places, Tivoli Avenida Liberdade offers several exciting dining options. The classical Cervejaria Liberdade is the hotels’ all-daydining option and while breakfast offers up a live egg station, charcuterie and a plethora of pastel de nata, it’s the al la carte service of Portuguese coastal seafood specialities that piqued our interest. Traditionally cervejarias are small bars that also sell
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food items and here the idea has been upscaled and expanded into a fine dining setting where plates of cured meat compete with a resplendent Arraiolos Sheeps Milk Cheese that is buttery in flavour and accompanied by a sweet pumpkin jam. Cervejaria Liberdade is also the place to try the traditional pica pau, a dish of rich and flavorful chopped beef loin served with home-made French fries and the pots of aromatic seafood rice piled high with crawfish lobster, clams and mussels. For a livelier experience, head to the Sky Bar for sundowners overlooking Lisbon’s terracotta rooftops. Much like the lobby downstairs, it’s a popular meeting place with an energetic DJ and some of the best mixed-drinks you’re likely to find in the capital. Chefpreneur Olivier da Costa’s second Scene restaurant (following a successful opening in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is anchored around an art-deco inspired dining room featuring plenty of foliage and a tree raising from the central bar area. It’s an exciting space to frequent and a sense of frivolity overcomes the restaurant which serves up an exciting menu that fuses the best of Brazil and Portugal into an eclectic selection of dishes that also supports a Japanese sushi bar. There’s a freshness to the Alaskan King crab tacos that is hard to replicate, while the octopus carpaccio is alive with flavours thanks to a vibrant lemon vinaigrette, yet it’s the lesser-known Brazilian dishes that have us enraptured. From the simply moreish deep-fried tapioca with cured cheese through to a show-stopping dessert of dulce de leche soufflé with guava ice cream, that would have had us licking the bowl were it not for the high-end clientele perched on the tables in our vicinity. We split our trip and found ourselves in the sleepy mountain town of Sintra for the latter half of our Portuguese adventures. Forested mountainsides, elaborate villas and castles precariously perched on mountain tops are all part and parcel of a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sintra. The home of royalty, Sintra adopts a slower pace and feels more restrained than Lisbon and late afternoons (following the departure of tour buses and daytrippers) is the ideal time for culture vultures to strap on their walking boots and explore. Steeped in history our base during our all too short stay was an actual Palace! The Tivoli Palacio de Seteais is a rare find of a hotel having been built in the 18th century in a neoclassical style by the then Dutch Consul in Portugal. During the 19th century, several 64
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distinguished Portuguese families lived in the Palace including the fifth Marquis of Marialva, who built the triumphal arch linking the two wings. Then in 1953 the Palace was converted into a hotel. With just 30 rooms, the experience of staying in a palace is one of refined luxury that features exemplary levels of service and rooms that have been tastefully modernised while still retaining their characteristic features and period furniture. Timberframed windows, deep bathtubs, rich tapestries and a collection of artworks provide the rooms with a sense of timelessness that exemplifies the properties natural charm. Our superior room overlooking orchards of lemon trees evokes a sense of venturing back in time with its creaky wooden floorboards, heavy-set curtains and a wooden bed that all add to the charm of feeling like pampered royalty. We spent many hours exploring the ballrooms and expansive grounds, home to hedge mazes, herb gardens and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, cut into the mountainside and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Similar to Lisbon, the Anantara Spa Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is the place to unwind and features only two treatment rooms for an exclusive clientele. When guests enter the spa, it is given over in its entirety - something we’ve not experienced before. The spa is situated inside a circular pigeon-house that has been converted into a quaint and intimate space where treatments are more specialised and many of the products are made from natural ingredients hand-picked from the hotel grounds. With only one dining option on site, the Seteais Restaurant is regarded as one of Sintra’s very best and treats diners to a royal experience complete with pressed white table clothes, dainty
cutlery, gold crockery and a menu of Portuguese favourites that have been reinterpreted and elevated to match the palatial dining room. Roasted duck magret, braised codfish and octopus are all prevalent on the menu and bookings are essential. Lisbon and Sintra are ideal for a combined visit to Portugal and are more than likely to leave you yearning to return. Providing guests with unrestrained luxury, high levels of service, excellent food and beverage and discretion, Tivoli hotels also offer several luxury properties along the Portuguese Algarve as well as in hotels further afield. Tivoli is undeniably a brand with a unique sense of style that embodies the warmth of Portuguese hospitality with its eyes firmly set on expansion. ✤
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when tracking a subject. By using ActiveTrack, users can tap the trigger once, and Osmo Mobile 3 will begin tracking while keeping the subject centred within the frame. Additionally, users have the option to customise zoom speed based on personal preference. Making content capturing even more efficient and enjoyable, Osmo Mobile 3 uses the advanced DJI Mimo app that offers an array of fun and creative preprogrammed modes. Connect to the device with Bluetooth 5.0 and take advantage of a number of features including Story Mode, Gesture Control, Sport Mode, ActiveTrack 3.0, TimeLapse and MotionLapse, HyperLapse, Panorama as well as Slow Motion. Affordable yet simple, the new design and features make capturing content a lot more fun and easy. Portable, light and incredibly convenient, the Osmo Mobile 3 is ideal for all the on-the-go adventurers. ✤
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PORSCHE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY EXPANDED THEIR PANAMERA RANGE WITH THE IMPRESSIVE 4S SPORT TURISMO.
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ver the months and years, we at FACT has had the privilege of inspecting and test driving some of the very finest cars to enter the region. There are however some brands and models that have elevated themselves into a class of their own. One of the clearest examples of this being the iconic sports car giants, Porsche. Thanks to the fantastic team at Porsche Centre Bahrain, our latest exciting automobile experience was to be the new Panamera 4S Sport Turismo. We have to admit that the name alone caused much excitement and by the time we arrived to collect the vehicle, we could hardly wait to get a hold of the keys. However, it was only once the vehicle was in sight that we could truly appreciate the magnitude of the sports car experience that awaited us. The dynamic proportions of the Sport Turismo emphasise both its power and striking beauty. The width of the vehicle’s modish, arrow-shaped bonnet is emphasised by the presence of the crossbar and radiator grille. The LED headlights finish off the impressive front-end design with a flourish. Starting from the B-pillars (start of rear doors), this Panamera features a completely unique rear design. The elongated window lines above the pronounced shoulders of the vehicle adds to its imposing presence, whilst the protracted contour of the roof ensures perfect aerodynamics. Its silhouette is further distinguished by short overhangs and 21-inch wheels. The roof drops less drastically at the rear than that of the window line, resulting in a distinctive D-pillar (vertical supports of the window areas) smoothly transitioning into the shoulder section of the car. An adaptive spoiler not only increases the sporty appeal of the Turismo, but also hints at its exceptional on-road capabilities. Thoroughly impressed by the exterior, we gently slid inside the front of the vehicle, where we were soon admiring the layout and feel of the well-designed space. Porsche always deliver a first-class cockpit, complete with materials and finishes that most car owners can only dream of. The Sport Turismo continues this tradition of internal perfection with every component feeling well positioned and of the highest quality. The seats were comfortable and ideally shaped to ensure a commanding driving position, whilst the premium steering wheel felt like it was made for our hands, adding to our desire to get out onto the tarmac. This new Panamera features three rear seats, although it is also available with a two rear seat configuration. The ample head and knee room ensure passengers a comfy ride, whilst the folding down of the rear seats expands the 520-litre storage capacity to 1390-litres. It is obvious that the functionality of the Sport Turismo was carefully and cleverly designed by the masterminds at Porsche. The advanced cockpit houses an intuitive user interface combined with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, that showcases the next level of development for the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. In many areas, touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays have replaced classic hard keys and conventional instruments. The high-end Burnmester sound system is yet another great feature that ensures an ideal driving experience. After being blown away by the beauty and ingenuity of the car’s external and internal design, we turned our attention to what really matters most. Performance! The smooth feel of the Sport
Turbo was undeniable and we saw plenty of heads turning in our direction as we weaved our way through the traffic. Once away from the busy roads, we opened up the 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine and could not help but chuckle as the g-forces pressed us back into our seats. Producing 440 hp at 5650 rpm, this beast of a car surges from 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 289 km/h! The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system is a permanent, fully variable all-wheel drive system that ensures the Sport Turismo is constantly performing at the very highest level. The four driving modes to choose from (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual) allow one to get the very best out of the car in different conditions. Both a considerably improved fuel economy as well as reduced fuel emissions are further important features of this modern creation, ones that ensure a lighter impact on the environment. The look, power, handling, breaking and overall performance of this vehicle was outstanding and our sheer enjoyment levels were off the charts throughout the experience. Without a doubt, Porsche have introduced yet another brilliant creation to the luxury car segment. ✤
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THE DYNAMIC PROPORTIONS OF THE SPORT TURISMO EMPHASISE BOTH ITS POWER AND STRIKING BEAUTY”.
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WORLD PREMIERE OF PORSCHE TAYCAN PORSCHE PRESENTED ITS FIRST FULLY-ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR TO THE PUBLIC WITH A SPECTACULAR WORLD PREMIERE HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY ON THREE CONTINENTS.
The four-door sports saloon is a unique package, offering typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. At the same time, highly advanced production methods and the features of the Taycan are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. “The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years," said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin. "This day marks the start of a new era." The first models in the new series are the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. They are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range. Less powerful variants of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow this year. The first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo at the end of next year. By 2022, Porsche will have invested more than six billion euros in electromobility. “We promised a true Porsche for the age of electromobility – a fascinating sports car that not only excites in terms of its technology and driving dynamics, but also sparks a passion in people all over the world, just like its legendary predecessors have done. Now we are delivering on this promise,” emphasises Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG – Research and Development. With its clean, puristic design, the Taycan signals the beginning 74
of a new era. At the same time, it retains the unmistakable Porsche design DNA. From the front it looks particularly wide and flat with highly contoured wings. The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear. The highly sculpted side sections are also characteristic. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear C-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the wings result in a sharply emphasised rear, typical of the brand. There are also innovative elements such as the glasseffect Porsche logo, which has been integrated into the light bar at the rear. With a Cd value from 0.22, the aerodynamically optimised basic shape makes a significant contribution to low energy consumption and thus long range.✤ WWW.PORSCHE.COM/MIDDLE-EAST/_BAHRAIN
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VOLKSWAGEN REVAMPED The curtain has been raised on “New Volkswagen “: On the first press day of the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the Volkswagen brand was unveiled its new logo and its new brand design. This world premiere marks the start of a new era for Volkswagen, accompanied by the presentation of the full-electric ID.31 at the same time. Volkswagen’s future is electric, fully connected and has a neutral carbon balance. With its new brand design, VW has created a uniform global 360° brand experience which is more modern and more authentic. The new Volkswagen logo with its flat two-dimensional design is clearer and has been reduced to its essential elements. The brand design and the logo aim for high flexibility and are intended for digital applications. The realignment of Volkswagen’s brand design is one of the world’s largest rebranding campaigns. The changeover to the new brand design is due to be completed by mid-2020. “New Volkswagen” can be seen and experienced in the design of the vehicles, in customer contacts and in the brand presentation as a whole. The new brand design applies both to Volkswagen
Passenger Cars and to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Volkswagen’s Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff played a key role in the development of the new corporate identity. “In the new brand design, we have created an authentic communications platform for the emotional presentation of e-mobility. We are showing the Volkswagen of the future under the motto of “digital first” and “no filter”. ✤ WWW.VOLKSWAGEN-BAHRAIN.COM
ZAYANI MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW MG RX8 Zayani Motors, the exclusive distributor of MG in the Kingdom of Bahrain, unveiled MG’s brand-new mid-size SUV, the MG RX8. Extremely well-equipped and offering huge amounts of space, MG’s first ever seven-seater is set to shake up the market in a region where large off-roaders continue to prove extremely popular. With the new seven-seat RX8, MG is entering a segment in which it has never previously been present. Robust and spacious, with both the largest wheelbase and the largest third-row space in the class, it immediately sets itself apart from the competition. The MG RX8 is equally at home off-road as it is cruising around town or on long-distance journeys, where occupants will fully appreciate the levels of advanced technology and premium comfort on offer. Majid Al Zayani, Zayani Motors Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to raise the curtain on the latest creation of MG; the RX8, for our valued clients in the Kingdom. This reflects our keenness on offering them with a wide range of quality vehicles that cater to their different requirements in an automobile,” he added. “Since we have decided to be part of its success few years ago, the British-born brand has swiftly gained a good reputation among customers of different age groups in Bahrain.” MG, which is owned by SAIC Motor, has announced that prices for the new RX8 range from BD8,500 for the entry level, up to
BD9,999 for the top-of-the-range trim. The prices exclude VAT and include the manufacturer’s warranty (six years free warranty or 200, 000 KM). ✤ WWW.ZMOTORS.COM fact magazine
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Mango’s new campaign for Autumn/Winter 2019 is captured by the iconic British photographer, Glen Luchford, depicting a winter themed story in the landscapes of Scotland.
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Shared Moments continues the concept of togetherness present in the brand’s communication and accentuates the spirit of community through images that highlight the intimacy and naturalness of moments spent together. The pieces in the women’s line were created using ecological or recycled fabrics such as virgin wool produced in sustainable energy companies, Tencel, recycled georgette, organic cotton and sustainable Lyocell. The designs, with a Bohemian air and inspired by travellers, appear in an autumnal range of brown hues, neutral colours and checked prints as well as Indian batik patterns in retro dresses, romantic blouses, pleated midi skirts, barrel-style trousers, comfortable maxi-coats and knitted capes. Accessories such as cowboy boots, banderoles and 70’s-style belts add a touch of personality to the look. The men’s collection includes infallible check coats in simple lines, functional jackets, parkas and classic silhouettes such as denim shirts and ankle boots, paired with essentials like corduroy trousers that are reimagined this season in a contemporary palette. ✤
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Beauty Checklist ALL OF OUR FAVES TO PICK UP AT THE MALL THIS MONTH…
Fenty Beauty MATCH STIX SHIMMER SKINSTICKS
Get glowing for the Gods with Fenty Beauty’s new Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks! The magnetised longwear shimmering makeup sticks let you highlight and enhance with their five new universal shades. In just a quick swipe, catch the light in ways you’ve never dreamed of with a weightless formula that is blendable and lives to be layered.
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ULTRA-SHIMMERING NAIL ENAMEL
Inglot’s new collection of nail enamels with shimmering particles is a combination of a transparent base with multidimensional particles of various sizes, shapes and colours. Whether you prefer to stand out from the crowd or you’re a fan of the classic manicure with just a dose of craziness, these gorgeous nail polishes have got you covered!
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Sephora PEPPERMINT GUM MASK
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Grooming Checklist ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR BATHROOM CABINET THIS MONTH…
AESOP IN TWO MINDS FACIAL HYDRATOR
Enriched with Witch Hazel, Sandalwood and Lavender Oil, Aesop’s new In Two Minds Facial Hydrator is a holy grail for indecisive combination skin. The rapidly absorbed moisturiser delivers just the right amount of hydration, leaving a soft, smooth, matte finish. Skin is left feeling soft, smooth and content with moisture.
AGAR ROYAL FROM THE GARDEN OF THE KINGS COLLECTION A tribute to the Great Kings of the Indies, Chopard’s new Agar Royale perfume will take you on an olfactive journey across India. The decadent Oud Assafi is adorned with great symbols of India’s perfume heritageSambac Jasmine, Tuberose, Sandalwood and Cypriol Nagarmotha to create the noble and charismatic “White” oud.
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Get hair that looks and feels amazing with Kiehl’s Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo. A mild, yet rich and creamy shampoo for dry, under-nourished hair, it nourishes and hydrates, while gently cleansing. Its hair-loving ingredients will leave your hair manageable, supple, and full of shine without weighing it down.
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CULINARY SPOTLIGHT •
THE ‘PLAICE’ TO BE
The words ‘Modern European trattoria and bar lounge by the sea’ had FACT’s Jayne Houghton rushing to Fishbone by Chef Susy Massetti’s restaurant quicker than a (pan) flash.
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ou know how there’s always that one restaurant that you pass by so many times, hidden in plain sight, but you just never got around to visiting? The one that makes you want to round-house kick yourself in the face for waiting so long when you finally visit? That’s how I feel about Fishbone by Chef Susy Massetti. Open for a year now at the back of Novotel Al Dana Resort, this is a little piece of quiet intimate dining in an otherwise loud dining scene. This unassuming restaurant provided one of the best dining experiences I've had in this Kingdom, and the sea-view is unparalleled as an added bonus to boot. Contrary to the name, they have an eclectic menu that is full to the brim with items for herbivores, carnivores and pes-catarians alike. The dining room is intimate yet inviting as natural light penetrates through the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the outlet, white table clothes against an array of quirky fabric and scat-tered foliage allows it to be a wonderful choice for either a romantic dinner or a nice night out with friends - either in their spacious main room, or indeed on the front patio that’s reminis-cent of an Italian taverna. Regardless, a reservation is definitely recommended. Before I talk about the food, I want to talk about the service. It was phenomenal. There are really only a handful of restaurants here that truly understand the importance of service, and this is one of them. From the minute we walked in, right up to the point we left with happy full bellies, they were attentive, extremely polite, kept our table clean, and our glasses full. It’s a difficult thing to balance without being too intrusive on the guests, but under the eye of Op-erational Manager Luigi Rizzuto this visit went without a hitch which is testament to the rap-port that is integral - and showcased - throughout Fishbone. Of course, it only made the food better, not that it needed any help. Fishbone's menu is designed as a sharing concept, the dishes are all served 'familystyle' in hearty portions served in the middle of the table for you to enjoy amongst friends and family. "Just like 86
'Mama used to make...". It's important to note that the menu is seasonal to offer you the very best of local produce from local gardeners, fishermen alongside spices and food that strive to preserve culture and traditions. For appetisers, we started with La Cevichita which is diced fish fillet served amidst onions, coriander, green chilli and lemon-lime dressing, and also 'Crisps of the Sea' which are the most delicious tender golden fried calamari and zucchini that you'll ever have the pleasure of tasting. Honestly, the spicy tomato jam and avo-mayo amplify this to new levels! Although their Roasted Cauliflower 'Steak' vegetarian option was the one that well and truly stole my heart as the coriander, olives and sun-dried tomatoes balanced wonderfully with its serving of black venere rice and pine nuts. The piece de resistance for me undoubtedly was the Branzino Al Limone with its classic lemon and capers sauce, allowing
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the moreish sea bass fillet's flesh to just melt-in-your-mouth instantaneously. The next round of applause is to spotlight the delectable 14-hour Braised Nahimi Lamb Shoulder served with rocket gremolata and mashed potatoes. Now, this is the dish that you brag about the next time you see your friends as the tender meat falls apart in front of your very eyes with a feathered touch of your fork. Chef Susy's Pumpkin Cappelleti is famous across Bahrain, and this comes as no surprise when you savour the parmesan cheese and black truffle filling that provides a tasty symphony with the pumpkin and hazelnut crumble. These are of course, only a couple of highlights. Just when I thought I couldn't devour anything more, my sweet tooth betrayed me in the best way possible... ordering dessert. The Tiramisu with its savoiardi cookies (or Lady Fingers as I've formerly
known them by) and espresso was divine in every sense of the word, as was the Baked Yoghurt with fresh berries that my partner enjoyed. So the next time you’re thinking about taking your date out somewhere else, take them here instead. All of this, amongst the upcoming launch of their October a la carte brunch (keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest updates!) will ensure that it will never go unnoticed again... and on that note, it was with a heavy heart and a full stomach that we uttered “Cheque please!”. ✤
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FOODIE CORNER •
BEST OF BRUNCH Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has taken on the concept of generosity with its extravagant Friday Brunch offering at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. FACT’s Layal El Mahmoud tells the culinary story of a great dining destination… fact magazine
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oing out for a Friday Brunch is not just for those who want copious amounts of food and creative cocktails (although, we’re partial to both) in the course one leisurely afternoon - it’s a lifestyle that many have been accustomed to. The lifestyle of the “brunchers”; outgoing, good-food-loving, life-enjoying people, the kind of diners to whom a meal is a celebration and a good steak is a triumph - they are the make or break of a brunch success. Seated comfortably at Bahrain Bay Kitchen restaurant on a Friday afternoon, I can absolutely understand the feeling of the “brunchers”. The satisfaction, the content and the excitement to hit the buffet with all I’ve got! At Bahrain Bay Kitchen, you are in the heart of the action; the music welcomes you like a warm breeze, and the friendly staff are even warmer. Passing the enchanted singer in her polka dot outfit and the unique white skeleton piano, we reached our table not far from the floorto-ceiling windows separating us from the garden. We knew we were in for a treat. The island sushi bar in the middle of the venue is a fruitful dreamland with an array of salads, sushi and sashimi, cold seafood appetisers, deep-fried seafood appetisers, and the perfectly balanced ceviche served in coral-like white dishes. And I find myself to passing up the famous papaya salad in favour of trying other exquisite creations. Soup station? Of course! The wild mushroom was earthy and rich and my companion equally enjoyed the everloved Tom Yom Kung. The usual corners of bread and cheese of every kind and shape are artistically displayed with precision and high taste. Hot meets cold; the crunchy tacos and nachos with a variety of refreshing toppings were the neighbours of the Indian corner where my friend fell in love with the best butter chicken he has ever eaten especially when dipped with freshly 90
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baked tandoor bread. The vegetarian version with cauliflower was just as heavenly. Some tandoori chicken and a couple of sambosas to add to the plate? Why not! The Thai corner reminded me of those lovely days spent on the shores of Phuket with the smell of curry and sweet basil. Chicken, beef, and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad, noodles, red chicken curry… OMG
let me stay here please! And here comes the centre piece, a variety of roasts that can make a buffet on its own. Turkey, chicken, brisket, leg of lamb, lamb chops, and steaks along with a banquet of side dishes ranging from grilled corn on the cob and steamed vegetables to creamy spinach, roasted root vegetables, and black truffle mash. Fruits might be your favourite ending to a large meal, but believe me, not today! Okay, maybe a few pineapple skewers dipped in white chocolate from the seductive fountain. And fragments of homemade chocolate piled on glossy wood stands are tempting for any chocolate lover, but no, nothing can beat that piece of purple macaroon oozing with some cream cheese filling… wow and I’m not even into macaroons! I didn't forget the ice cream, with jelly beans on top... a memory of your childhood worth the extra calories. Fresh juices, drinks, and innovative cocktails and mocktails are all to quench your thirst, but it wouldn’t be right not to enjoy the richest cup of espresso or the perfect cup of tea before waving goodbye. More than generous, more than perfect, more than just a brunch... why accept anything less? Everyone deserves the best! This is a nobrainer - book your table at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay today. ✤
FRIDAY MARKET BRUNCH Browse through the mindfully crafted, flavour-centric dishes on display at the Friday Market Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. The market atmosphere presents a beautiful open-air environment dappled in sunshine. You are welcome to gather in crisp air sharing food and experiences then to stroll through the market at the many pop up stores that represent many local artists, designers and craftsmen. BD30 net inclusive of soft beverages; BD43 net inclusive of premium beverages. Children aged six to 12 dine at 50% discount and children aged below five dine for free. Available every Friday in October from 1pm to 4pm. GO: CALL 1711 5500 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
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TACO THURSDAY At FACT we cannot resist a good taco, so, when Links at the Royal Golf Club announced the launch of their Taco Thursdays, well, lets just say we didn’t take much persuading to throw on our gladrags and head down there. fact magazine
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s complete food devotees, we are spoilt for choice in Bahrain, however, it is usually reserved only for daytime hours during the week, whereas we’ve always secretly coveted a Thursday evening hangout in which we can enjoy a meal with loved ones, under less obtrusive drinking hours and expectations. Links have got this notion exe-cuted perfectly with a selection of varied tacos suitable for even the pickiest of pal-ates. Step inside the Royal Golf Club and make your way to the mezzanine floor of the Club House to discover the finest in international cuisine at Links restaurant. There is an outdoor terrace for you to unwind in, if you so wish, however, the floor to ceiling picture windows that offer patrons spectacular views across the golf course will have you veering towards the lounge, with its stylish wooden panelling making the perfect backdrop for welcoming your weekend in style. Links restaurant and its accompanying outdoor terrace joint has made a lot of buzz, which in this case, isn’t unwarranted: all attending
parties, separately, had ridiculous-ly extravagant and tasty dinners there prior to trying this recently launched dining deal. We were thrilled to find the restaurant at a healthy capacity this Thursday, but, grate-ful at the same time as it allowed us to commandeer the taco menu at high capacity. The team didn’t crack under pressure where other venues have failed and the staff merely continued to interact with guests without it jeopardising the quality of service or food - result! The special menu includes eight different tacos with a preference of white or corn tortillas - both are great in our opinion - but having the choice is nice. First up is the rather juicy Beef Con Carne - an incredibly moreish and tasty classic that every car-nivore will appreciate. Next up, one that we surprisingly enjoyed more than expected - the Cauliflower Taco with thin strips of potato on top - genius and completely deli-cious. The shredded Tandoori Chicken Taco is a blessing for those who want a little aroma and familiarity for their taste buds, whilst the Crab Taco is made all-the-more mouthwatering with a lip-licking
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mango salsa - a beautiful combination of flavours. The Shrimp Taco is nice and light with fresh textures, and the Pulled Beef Taco is a stunner with its tomato and red onion salsa - a rich and powerful marriage of ingredi-ents that we wholeheartedly approve of. We also ordered a few treats off the a la carte menu. The Pan Fried Sea Bass blew us away - with its complementing flavours of ginger, toasted peanuts and papaya salad - a dish that every pescatarian will be drooling over. Curiosity got the better of us and we ordered the Gluten Free Taco Pasta - an excellent choice for anyone with intolerances.
the mezzeh buffet to start, a sampling of marinated vegetables, dips, garden leaves and bread. The spreads come with the most amazing, enormous pita bread, which is seasoned with oil, salt, and spices and served piping hot. It is the best pita bread, perhaps ever. We here at FACT live for seafood, therefore we also sampled the Baked Oysters that were drizzled in garlic, accompanied with chorizo and finished in breadcrumbs - what an absolute masterpiece. The duck definitely didn’t disappoint and we would have been ‘quackers’ not to try it as proved rich yet flavourful. To wrap things up we had to order the traditional South African Malva Pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla custard - there is nowhere else in Bahrain that does this dish like the Royal Golf Club and we are constantly raving about it to dessert enthu-siasts. The Latino Band played live tunes and created an energetic atmosphere for playful dancing and all-round good vibes. If you’re into tacos and want to escape the city, start your weekend right at Links. BD10 for members and BD12 for non-members. An added bonus: get unlimited strawberry margaritas for an additional BD8 - sign us up! ✤
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Back On The Move Pearl Wasif is an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner. She aims to provide evidencebased management to relieve pain and restore function and movement.
HEALTH TIPS ON BACK PAIN Almost everybody will experience lower back pain at some point in time. Here is some advice on the steps people can take to help themselves. The key factor is not to panic and try and understand what triggers back pain rather than trying to prevent ever getting lower back pain. Majority of the people believe that an X-RAY or MRI will identify the cause of their lower back pain. Research has shown that people who DO NOT have lower back pain have disc bulges, disc degeneration, disc protrusions and facet joint degeneration. So, don’t worry about what is on the MRI report, these are normal aging processes. There is strong evidence that keeping active and avoiding bed rest is important in facilitating recovery from back pain. Exercise is very good for lower back pain and is the only current approach that reduces the chances of recurrence by half. Taking steps to improve your overall health may reduce your risk of low back pain. Getting enough sleep, being more active, maintaining a healthy weight, stop smoking, doing things that make you happy, reducing work and life stresses, are all practical, cheap and effective ways to manage low back pain and reduce the risk of recurrence. A quick piece of advice, remember that your back is a strong stable structure capable of lots of movement. ✤
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Realistic Timing Yvonne Cole is a Personal Trainer and believes that when you eat clean, train hard and trust the process, your consistency and patience pays off.
REALISTIC TIME This is something I’ve talked about before and of late seem to be talking about a lot. Set yourself enough time to reach your goals. If you know you have a wedding, engagement , holiday or some other event coming up, be realistic about the time it will take for you to get that flat stomach which will enable you to look fabulous in that dress or suit. If your up coming event is four to five months away don’t wait two to three weeks before the event to start saying to yourself “ok, I’m going to workout and diet now”. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. It really does amaze me that some people still believe the nonsense that some fitness magazines and YouTube videos spout out; “How to get great Ab’s in five moves, drink this tea for two weeks to a flat stomach”. Please everyone, STOP listening to this nonsense. It doesn’t work and will never work, and it makes the lives of Personal Trainers like myself harder as we have to try and explain to our clients why. There is only one way to achieve your goals and that is by putting in the hard work it requires and cutting out the junk food and cleaning up your diet. We don’t live in a fantasy land where a fairy godmother will wave her wand and everything magically changes. If you’re coming from a sedentary lifestyle you need to give yourself enough time for your body to change. Do the work.✤
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Homely Culture Aanchal Duggal is an avid bibliophile and fashion enthusiast trying to make a living out of doing what she loves. Aanchal is new to Bahrain & exploring!
HOMELY CULTURE While culture can mean a lot of different things to different people, I believe your culture is anything that makes you feel at home. Having been blessed enough to live in four countries, I often felt accepted and familiar in a culture other than my own. With the lack of cultural identity as an ever-present part of my life, forming a sense of belonging has never been easy. The pessimist in me expecting the worst, I could have never imagined the impact Bahrain and its culture would have on me, while turning me into the person that I am today. Embracing me into its vibrant, welcoming cultural milieu, my integration into the country’s society was made much smoother thanks to the super friendly people. What makes the people of Bahrain so special is their ability to accept all cultures and make them their own. Reflecting the amalgamation of an array of cultures into everything from their food, society and the people, the island’s diversity knows no bounds. A melting pot of people from all around the world, Bahrain exposed me to opportunities that I never would have experienced back home. From a super fun job and making friends with people from all over the globe to the mouthwatering cuisines, my three years in Bahrain have been nothing short of an adventure. As hard as leaving my friends back home and the subsequent culture shock was, I would do it all over again! ✤
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Lalima Mathur General Manager, Elite Grande Hotel, Seef
Tell us three things about your job role and the qualities needed to succeed in this position… Although it is tough to describe the job role with just three things, I will highlight the most crucial ones. Firstly, to constantly improve business levels – this sure is on top of the list. Bahrain has been an emerging market over the years and plenty of new market segments have surfaced which have to be tapped and secured. Secondly and perhaps the most satisfying job role is to build memories for our guests; seeing a happy guest is just priceless. Third and the most challenging job role is to inculcate the spirit of team work amongst a diverse workforce. And the three qualities to succeed 98
are really quite simple - adapt to a constantly changing environment, be a people’s person and be patient. Share with us some of the cultural activities you like to experience in Bahrain with family and friends… Just walk through Bab al Bahrain... it’s a true insight to the lifestyle and culture of Bahrain. Another cultural high of Bahrain is the world-class artists performing during the highly acclaimed Spring of Culture events. They are a must see.
What are some of your professional goals for the rest of 2019? We are working on further elevating the hotels’ performance ratings on online channels. Our high ratings and positive guest reviews are the single most important factor to remain ahead of the competition. Another very crucial goal is to maximise the GOP of the Hotel with prudent costs management. We encourage every member of the team to contribute in this activity. Another goal which is very close to me personally is creating awareness of eco-friendly measures amongst staff and guests. As a team, we are keenly applying simple measures to achieve this and I am confident it will bring about a significant change.
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We celebrate all things food with 31 eats for October to keep your calendar packed. Bahrain's best artistic happenings and cultural entertai...
Published on Oct 1, 2019
We celebrate all things food with 31 eats for October to keep your calendar packed. Bahrain's best artistic happenings and cultural entertai...