Fashion TV party, a new hotel and more must visit places
Time Out Bahrain staff
1 The new Kempinski hotel Consisting of two separate towers, Grand and Ixir, Bahrain’s newest hotel also allows easy access for guests to the City Centre mall. Not that they’ll be too bothered about leaving, though, as in addition to the 460 rooms, including 79 suites, there are a number of culinary treats on offer thanks to executive chef Holger Jackisch. One of the first to open is T Spoon, serving luxury teas, specialist cakes and Gerbeaud confectionary. Other outlets include Baharat, serving Middle Eastern dishes, Nasmat with its Mediterranean cuisine, and the Saveur for all-day dining. Look out for Boudoir with its many cocktails, and also the Bizarre lounge with its electronic golf simulator. Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre (17 171 000).
2 New menu at Camelot This popular Adliya haunt has just seen an update to its menu take place, although regulars need not fear as many of the old popular items still remain. The new dishes make use of local ingredients as much as possible – including salad leaves from a farm in Budaiya, and meat from Central Manama Market. Pork loin baked in cream sage and lemon custard is one of the more unusual dishes to appear, while quiches and cheese fondue make up the rest. We’ll also be back for Monday night mussels – all you can eat for BD14. Camelot, Adliya (39 977 540).
3 New restaurant Masso The Palace Bahrain Hotel is currently busying itself preparing to open its latest restaurant, Masso, specialising in southern European cuisine. We recently chatted to chef and patron Susy Massetti about what we could expect, and she replied ‘nothing ordinary’, which certainly piqued our interest. She says she has spent months identifying only the best suppliers of fresh ingredients, and even sources some of her spices, salts and pepper from a shop she found last year in Nice – she encourages us to try the beef carpaccio with wild Java pepper rather than regular black pepper. We also like the sound of the pumpkin and sage ravioli. The restaurant is due to open on October 5. Palace Bahrain Hotel (17 725 000).
4 Passion For Desserts We suspect there will be many waistlines expanding over the next few months due to the arrival of this shop at Seef Mall. The venue consists of a coffee shop and patisserie, selling all kinds of cupcakes, tarts, desserts and sandwiches. It also delivers, meaning you can get your delicious sweet treats direct to your door. The shop produces cakes for special occasions, such as birthdays or Eid weekends, and can even provide catering for events. Step inside and you may have difficulty dragging yourself away – perhaps it’s better to source more info and even order from the website at www.pdessert.com, just in case. Seef Mall (17 630 030).
5 The revamped Déjà Vu Located next to the Gulf Hotel, you may not even recognise Déjà Vu on your next visit, as the venue has undergone a major revamping, inside and out. A new outdoor area with coloured water fountains is only part of the experience, but will keep you entertained as you settle in and ready yourself to try the new menu items. The finest in Mediterranean fusion cuisine is on offer, and some of the lunch items alone – whether they be the watermelon and feta salad, the chicken with guacamole, or the traditional but expertly prepared fish and chips – will keep us coming back. You may like to try the new rooftop area too, in case you feel there may be a danger of you getting bored, and we’ve a feeling we’ll be regulars at the 4pm-9pm happy hours. Adliya (13 657 770), Seef Mall (17 630 030).
6 New Art Lounge courses ‘I do not paint just like it is, I paint how I feel it,’ says Bahraini artist Marion Labani (pictured) on her website, and now she is hoping to show you how to create the same way by offering up art lessons this month. Marion has worked in a range of materials, including acrylics, inks, pastels and oils, and is also co-founder of the Art Lounge group. It is through this she will channel her knowledge and experience to teach the kingdom’s wannabe artists. Group lessons can be arranged for a minimum of two people and a maximum of four at a cost of BD12 an hour, while private lessons cost BD25 at Marion’s studio in Sar, or BD30 if she teaches at your home. All prices include the basic materials. Art Lounge (39 212 060), located opposite Sar Music Centre.
7 Persian Room A number of restaurants seem to have sprung up on Amwaj Islands of late, and one of the more solid contenders in recent months is the Persian Room. The idea has been to introduce a focus on healthy, traditional regional food, and the restaurant even caters to large parties or events. You can expect to find a wide range of mezze, kebabs, rice dishes and stews here, and be sure to drop by for the ‘Taste of Persia’ night every last Thursday of the month, where you can sample most of the menu for just BD8++. The waterfront outdoor setting is a major attraction too – and if that has you intrigued, where we’re offering dinner at the Persian Room for two people? Amwaj Lagoon (16 010 166).
8 Fashion TV parties at Bushido Bushido has just signed an exclusive 18-month contract to host Fashion TV parties – the ultimate soiree, with brilliant beats, chic models, glamorous fashion, silky smooth house and more. The first of these was held last month, with guest DJ Ravin on the decks, but these are exclusive events and intended to be a little bit special each time they roll around, so don’t be expecting one every month. In fact, the next is in December and after that quite possibly to tie in to the F1. At least it gives you a chance to save up – it’s BD20 regular entry or BD40 VIP, but start saving now and you could clinch a VIP or VVIP table. Bushido (17 583 555).
9 Degustation menu at Legendz Legendz at the InterContinental Regency is making a big deal out of its recently-launched degustation menu – and for good reason. For BD21++ per person, including selected wines, you can feast on five fantastic courses. Start with a choice of gourmet salad featuring fresh Gulf prawns and smoked river salmon or opt instead for goose liver paté served with sweet-onion and balsamic marmalade. This is followed by roasted potato soup with leek and croutons, and a lemon-mint sorbet to cleanse the palatte. From there it’s a choice of filet of US Angus beef tenderloin with Gulf prawn tempura or New Zealand rack of lamb, and if you still have room a black forest mousse cake. Tea and coffee is included to finish. Legendz, InterContinental Regency (17 208 308).
10 The Sofitel’s thalassotherapy spa We’ve been waiting for this facility to open at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa for a while now, but there is no doubt in our minds it will be worth it. When it does, the Sofitel will become the first hotel in the region to offer thalassotherapy – the use of seawater in its treatments. Expect 14 treatment rooms over two floors, each offering sea products, massages and wellness programmes, plus a seawater hydrotherapy pool, freshwater pool, saunas, steamrooms, men’s hairdresser, beauty salon, and yoga and meditation area. We’re just looking forward to seeing if the minerals found in the seawater used bring about any physical benefits. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (17 636 363).