Celebrate the day before Christmas with one of these festive meals
Time Out Bahrain staff
Al Waha Load up on turkey and trimmings across the buffet pre-Christmas at Al Waha, where international selections are also available. BD16++ (adults), BD8++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 7pm-10.30pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
B28 Lounge The 28th floor sky lounge is hosting a grape and cheese night with artisanal dairy from Switzerland, France and Italy, all paired with grape and live music. BD20. 8pm-11pm. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (66 310 000). Baharat A big buffet the night before could be a tradition families hold on to for years and Le Méridien is a good place to start. BD16++ (soft drinks), BD26++ (house beverages), BD13++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).
Bahrain Bay Kitchen A night of music and food so complete that we’re hoping it doesn’t distract Santa from the job in hand. Pan-seared scallops with celeriac fondue and slow-cooked wagyu short ribs are traditional, right? Don’t worry, there are sprouts and stollen being served here, too. BD32++ (soft drinks), BD42++ (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (4494 8888).
CUT by Wolfgang Puck Give somebody you really love an early gift and take them out for a holiday-inspired four-course dinner of soup, homemade pasta, roasted meats, fish and seasonal desserts at the celebrity chef’s steakhouse. BD40++ (food only), BD50++ (beverage pairing). 7pm-11.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044).
Dublin There will be a lively atmosphere and plenty of noise when Canadian band Pop It and DJ Jonny de Karner perform at this party spot. Get a three-course meal or just a drink – it’s entirely up to you how you want to celebrate. BD20 (unlimited beverages), BD10 (three-course meal and one drink). 9pm-2am. Ramee Palace Hotel, Juffair (33 544 291). Flavours on 2 Rotana brunches tend to be plentiful and informal – what more could you want for a Christmas Eve tea? Eat your heart out, enjoy the live entertainment and also get involved with a raffle draw and potentially win an early Christmas present. BD24++ (soft drinks), BD29++ (house beverages), BD12++ (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 6pm-11pm. Downtown Rotana, Government Avenue, Manama (33 605 070). La Med The festive buffet in this attractive restaurant includes seasonal drinks with red grape and mulled spices. The traditional food will get you feeling all Christmassy we’re sure. BD35++ (adults), BD18++ (kids). 7pm-11pm.The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).
La Pergola Celebrate the Italian tradition of La Vigilia di Natale with home-style dishes made with love at the newly refurbished restaurant. BD20++ (one glass of sparkling). 7pm-11pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Primavera Sit down inside or on the lovely terrace for a whopping seven-course meal of delicious Italian dishes at this award-winning spot. BD35++. 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).
re / Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck Get an early night by doing your Christmas Eve celebrations early. The renowned Asian restaurant has a good-value deal at less than BD20 for a dim sum brunch. BD19++ (six dishes). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044). The Ritz-Carlton Gourmet Lounge It is easy to over-indulge at a buffet, but with a feast to come on Christmas Day you may wish to have a smaller meal tonight. There are lighter dishes along with the decadent choices available at the quaint tea lounge. BD25++. 7pm-11.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).
Soie The high ceilings and scarlet drapes make for a romantic atmosphere at this Chinese joint. Enjoy an intimate set menu for dinner with a loved one on Christmas Eve. BD14.900++ (food only), BD19.900 (house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).
Vento The set menu includes potato taleggio tortelli with black truffle, smoked salmon and panettone. Sounds better than staying in to us! BD36++. 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044).
Waves The seafood market brunch has masses of food (not just fish!) and the restaurant boasts a casual, Christmassy vibe. BD38 (house beverages), BD18 (kids five to ten), free (kids under five). From 7pm. The Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).