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Just Like Home ELMA BARTHOLOMEW

Sometimes you don’t want something out of this world. We found the perfect place to find food just like your mama makes it. Fine dining and international cuisines are all great options for an evening out. However, what do you do when you are in the mood for something close to home? Where do you go if you’re looking for authentic food? We have the answer. Hidden away in Saar is the much spoken about Villa Mamas, a restaurant that truly is home away from home. Although finding this little haven might be a little tricky, the décor, which is reminiscent of the outdoor dining strips of Italy with the cobbled pathways, stone fountains and a garden filled with bougainvillea, makes it worth the drive. The beauty of this restaurant lies in its multiple dining areas which include the two outdoor sections, the patio, a main hall, and an inner room. A walk around the venue will reveal pieces from Bahraini and Indian homes woven into the interiors. An open kitchen where you can catch the pizza maker toss the base adds to the fresh look this restaurant has to offer while it maintains a fine balance between bright and earthy colours. You have two options if you choose to visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could go by their menu and order any of their carefully designed recipes, or you could keep an eye out for the daily specials scribbled on their board. The second Also this month

choice gives you a better shot at having the most traditionally cooked Bahraini food you can get in town like machboos, mahyawa and mathrooba. On the menu, you have a choice of interesting dishes from pastas to pizzas and salads to sandwiches. One thing that shines through, apart from the appetising recipes, is the passion that the managing director, Roaya Saleh, has for food. With a detailed description of ingredients and a suggestion on top for every mood, you can never stop with a single order. No matter what makes it to your table, there are two things that Villa Mamas is used to — clean plates and smiles of satisfaction. Weight watchers needn’t drop their head in shame as every dish served is prepared with a mission of creating a healthy meal. Wood-fired chicken panini and thin-crust pizza have a distinct flavour that will simply win you over. The wide selection of vegetarian food makes this restaurant stand out from the rest. So this is where you need to be to feed your penchant for mushroom and eggplant. A lot of thought has gone into the smallest of details from the cutlery and dining mats to the service and seating arrangement. Clearly, they could not miss out on the drinks and desserts that complete any meal. A bite into their red velvet or carrot cake unveils their love for fresh ingredients. Even their iced tea is made from scratch, unlike most venues, complementing any meal on the table. Following her Twitter account (@VillaMamas) would be the easiest way to find out what’s on the menu each day. Try them out; you’ll come back for more. E Call 17 305-031 or www.villamamas.com.

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When? May 1-June 30 Event? Food promotion Venue? Cucina Italiana Are you addicted to their pizza? Buy one; get another free from 11.30am-3.30pm. E Call 17 537-555. When? May 1-June 30 Event? Food promotion Venue? Paul Café Explore the delights of fresh berry fruits for two months with their “Berrylicious” treats. E Call 17 172-321 or 17 580-073. When? May 3 Event? Live entertainment Venue? Mezzaluna Presenting the best of jazz, soul and funk — Hinda Hicks and DJ Richard Parker. E Call 17 742-999. When? May 9 Event? Cooking class Venue? Sheraton Hotel Chef Chong shares his techniques from 10am-12pm at a registration fee of BD8++. E Call 39 026-011. When? May 13 Event? Special brunch Venue? Café Marisol, Al Bander Hotel & Resort Treat your mother to a lavish brunch buffet with live entertainment on Mother’s Day. E Call 17 701-201.

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Bahrain This Month - May 2012 ~ Vol. 16 ~ Issue 5