adliyadining some grape or malt, and your taste buds will thank you for it. Bambu India Gate restaurant is just as popular, for its authentic flavours and friendly service. Mumbai Spices, staying true to its name, serves lip-smacking Indian street food specialities, while new entrant on the block, The M Restaurant, serves quality Indian and international fare. Going further East, David’s Stir Fry Crazy has many a Southeast Asian food lover swear by its authentic flavours. While Monsoon is ideal for a special meal, decor wise as well as for exquisite Oriental delights, outlets like Beijing and Hong Kong always satisfy with a simple, no-fuss Chinese meal that’s easier on the wallet. For Thai spice, sit within the traditional ambience at Thailand, or at the small, but mighty, Banana Leaf. Akaya Bistro transports you to the Izakayas of Tokyo, to enjoy impeccably presented fare, either in the airconditioned Zen Garden, or at the Janguru lounge indoors. Meisei is another old-time favourite that always makes for a pleasant Japanese dining experience. Da Rae Jung is the venue to familiarise yourself with the Korean taste spectrum. Don’t miss the kimchi and fried dumplings.
EUROPEAN French, Italian, Spanish, Greek – Adliya has it all. Upstairs Downstairs is an iconic venue, where many an islander has fond memories of family and friends bonding over delectable food. Expert chefs and warm service staff are the bonus to the delicious continental-style preparations accompanied by great music. When anybody mentions Parisian panache, Café Liliou springs to mind first. Its kitschy-chic ambience and delectable desserts make the waiting time worthwhile. Next door, Coco’s serves to-die-for dishes to hungry patrons. Be prepared to be on the waiting list for a table any day of the week. Some of the relatively newer establishments serving continental classics (some with a Middle Eastern twist) are Florence La Maison Méditerranéene, My Café,
Madeleine, and the iconic Angelina Paris, where you must try the celeb-status MontBlanc and L’Africain hot chocolate. Across the road, retro Greek kouzina, Attic, offers eccentric cocktails and fantastic food that will take you to one of Greece’s breezy islands. Moving over to Italian pizzazz, Adliya has no dearth of outlets serving pasta and breads drizzled with olive oil and sundried tomatoes. But, Oliveto has stood the test of time by providing guests with the real taste of Italy, minus the unnecessary fanfare. Cico’s, Café Italia and Mino’s are all well known for pizza and pasta done just right.
MIDDLE EASTERN For a taste of Arabic fare, Al Bindaira Café is one of its kind for food and décor. Shoo Fee Maa Fee brings Lebanon to Bahrain, while Parsian brings you authentic Persian cuisine. For a quick bite of kebab and a shawarma or two, Al Abraaj Restaurant or Lebanese Oven do justice to their prices. Dar Zowayed, known for great Khaleeji cuisine, claims to be a melting pot of Indian and Levantine gastronomic influences in a contemporary setting.
MEXICAN Say olé at Senor Pacos as you chow down on nachos with guacamole and other typically Mexican bites while you sip on chilled margaritas and enjoy the party atmosphe. An
equal favourite is Casa Mexicana, while the newer Calexico has its own loyal following of Tex-Mex foodies.
CARNIVORES’ CLUB The Foundry goes heavy metal on premium meats that you are bound to revisit sooner or later, and The Meat Co. still stands strong with the best quality meats accompanied by flavoursome sauces and sides. Torino Restaurant and Lounge is another venue serving certified Angus beef and prime cuts.. Made in America, Buffalo Wings and Rings has come to Bahrain to show foodies how finger-licking good chicken wings, burgers and Tex-Mex specialities are done. Slider Station is touted to be the only conveyor belt burger joint in the world for gourmet sliders, state-side bites, and desserts from its dedicated Cocoa Room.
ECLECTIC CUISINE Equal Romanov is a brand new outlet serving delicacies from Russia in a quintessentially elegant setting. Viola is a Caribbean oasis boasting modern renditions of island specialties like Sticku Jerk Salmon, Caribbean satays and Dominican goat curry, all seasoned with love and fiery jerk spices. Brazil Rodizio Grill and Lounge is for when the mood calls for robust South American flavours.
CELEBRATORY Mahonia is a stunning concept restaurant that offers haute dining in the form of five-, sevenand ten-course degustation menus. Each course is a unique and genius proposition, a harmony of taste, texture, scent, sound and presentation. Fancy food and ambience!
The Exchange - An English Pub
For a pick-me-up in the form of hot or cold beverages and quick bites, Dose Café does a stellar job. And the modish 11:11 Make A Wish brews single-origin coffee beans from Rwanda; its Spanish Latte comes highly recommended. September 2019 51
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