Bushido A new concept for the Holy Month, say ‘farewell' to Bushido and ‘hello' to Bushra as the Japanese favourite in Seef is reborn as a Ramadan tent with a twist from the Buddha Bar/Bushido guys.
An Arabic/Ottoman concept, Bushra means ‘good news' in Arabic and it's aiming for the title of ‘most trendy Ramadan place in Bahrain' with lanterns, lots of ‘em, neon-bright Arabic word projections across the venue, traditional oud music and Orientalist artworks.
An Arabic chef is being flown in specially, expect freshly-cooked foods, traditional Arabic dishes and a few very unique items plus a choice of 20 unique drinks options from a specially-created Ramadan menu and, of course, shisha. Iftar daily 6.30pmish-8pm weekdays BD12.5++, weekends BD14.5 ++, gabgha weekdays BD9.9++, weekends BD11.9++. Bushido, Seef area (17 583 555).
Coral Bay Choose from two venues. Rayes, the authentic Lebanese restaurant will be fully decked out with daily iftar buffet and gabgha menus. Or enjoy the real Ramadan atmosphere at Coral Bay's Ramadan tent on the terrace close to the beachside with great views of the marina deck. Both venues will be featuring a variety of dishes including all the Ramadan favourites such as, lentil soup, saj manakeesh, falafel and shawarma, foul, different varieties of fateh, hare and many sweets. There's also a one-man show and singer with live acoustic oud. Daily sunset-3am, iftar BD12++, gabgha minimum charge. Coral Bay, Al Fateh Corniche (39 777 701/17 312 700).
Elite Resort & Spa They're going all out at Elite Hospitality this year with the newly renovated and very sparkly Al Noor tent, the management even held a sneak preview to give would-be guests a taste of what's on offer.
Still the biggest tent on the island, Al Noor can hold up to 700 people at a time for a huge variety of authentic iftar, gabgha and suhoor dishes.
There'll be lots of live entertainment, special activities for ladies and kids and a daily raffle draw for great prizes from the likes of Bahrain Air, Zain and Al Hawaj, all overlooking the beautiful Muharraq bay. Daily iftar buffet BD7++, gabgha and suhoor to be announced. Al Noor tent, Elite Resort & Spa, Sheikh Hamad Causeway (17 313 333).
Gulf Hotel Khaimat Al Khaleej, the Gulf Hotel's Ramadan tent is elegantly unique, with contemporary luxury stylishly entwined with traditional Arabic elements split into non-smoking and smoking, where you can enjoy an assortment of shisha flavours (can you tell it's one of our favourites?).
The food is always good and includes a huge variety of Bahraini and Arabic specialties with a selection of Ramadan drinks against a background of traditional Arabic music.
There's also an enticing selection of traditional Bahraini, Arabic and international specialties featured in an iftar buffet every evening at Al Waha and Takht Jamsheed restaurants throughout the Holy Month. Ramadan tent BD14++ weekdays, BD16 weekends, Iftar buffet BD15++, kids 6-12 half price, under 5s eat free, special rates for groups, Gulf Air, NSA and Prestige Club. Gulf Hotel (17 713 000).
InterContinental Each evening at sunset there's a lavish iftar buffet with a great selection of Arabic delicacies including okra belzeet, cheese samboussek, kebbeh and kofta bill tahina together with traditional desserts such as maamoul, jelabiya, katayef with cheese konafa and um ali.
And for those who prefer to dine out after iftar, the renamed Al Thuraya tent allows them to enjoy the late evening lingering over a flavoured shisha and the original live Arabic entertainment. A range of authentic gabgha a la carte and set menus is available throughout the evening. Iftar daily BD14++. Special prices for groups. Al Thuraya, InterContinental Bahrain, Manama (17 227 777).
Kempinski New restaurant Baharat seats 150 and is opening just in time for Ramadan at Kempinski Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre featuring an eclectic array of Middle Eastern dishes from the traditional mezzes, Moroccan saffron seafood soup, a manakeesh station and grills to main courses such as fish tagines, kunafa pan fired salmon, hamam mahchi with frekk (stuffed pigeon), spinach and feta cheese stuffed crusted baby chicken and lamb ouzi. There's also an array of desserts, some we've never even heard of, such as loukamat, katayef assafer, mouhalabia, and katayef dishes with traditional Arabic beverages.
A shisha tent on the terrace and live entertainment from oud and violin make this another ‘must try'. IBaharat opens half an hour before sunset.Iftar BD17++, gabgha 9pm BD20++. Under 5s go free, 6-12s half price. Special rates for large groups. Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre (17 171 000/17 171 144).
Ritz-Carlton ‘Star of the Eastern Gulf' Najma Abdulla returns to the Al Khayma tent to perform her renditions of Umm Kulthum's classic songs to entertain at this ever popular venue.
There's the traditional iftar buffet including Ramadan juices, followed by gabgha including authentic Middle Eastern specialties, classic salads and desserts as well as live cooking stations for fetir and manakeesh from Lebanese chef Marwan Slim and his culinary team.
Superluxe surroundings, everyone should try this and don't forget the shisha.
Iftar buffet sunset-8pm including Ramadan juices BD18++ Sun-Wed, BD20 Thu-Sat, gabgha buffet with live entertainment 9pm-2am BD21/BD23. There's also the option of secluded private pergolas for up to six at BD250. Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef area (17 586 499).
Sheraton For a lavish iftar buffet in surroundings that don't even remotely resemble camping check out the Awali Ballroom at the Sheraton where you'll find traditional Arabic and international dishes including live cooking stations. Iftar daily BD13.9++ , kids aged 4-12 BD7.5++ under 4s go free. Awali Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel, Manama (17 533 533).
Sofitel For two hours after sunset, break the fast at Saraya all-day-dining restaurant with a buffet of Ramadan delicacies and live cooking stations including manakeesh, foul and balila and falafel plus traditional deserts.
Gabgha is in an air-conditioned tent on the terrace covered by black cloth sprinkled with stars to give the illusion of ‘Ramadan under the stars' and glass sides for an open-air feel.
There's live music and games such as cards, dominos and darts. Iftar buffet BD15, gabgha BD15 with shisha also available. Group rates and special room and spa rates also apply. Saraya, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa (17 636 363).
Abdel Wahab Enjoy a lavish buffet during Iftar, with a live musical performance daily. Take your pick from a mouthwatering menu of mezze, grills, kebabs and drinks. Price according to order, 6pm-2am. Abdel Wahab, Moda Mall (17 131 111).
Al Safir Hotel & Tower Is offering a gala itar buffet featuring Middle Eastern and international fare in its purpose-built glass tent. There’s also a special gabgha buffet menu for large groups. Arabic and restaurant-style seating, shisha and live entertainment daily from Cairo Band. Iftar BD6++, open after Maghreb prayers until 11pm. Al Safir Hotel & Tower, Juffair (17 827 999).
Aroma Café Iftar buffet daily featuring a selection of Bahraini, Lebanese and Moroccan dishes as well as the traditional hot and cold mezze and the shisha for which Aroma is so popular followed by a live entertainment show. BD9, BD11 with shisha, BD4.5 children, iftar sunset-8.30pm. Aroma Café, Seef Mall (17 582 711).
Crowne Plaza Experience the true spirit of Ramadan at the Crowne Plaza by giving back. For every iftar diner, the hotel will donate 500fils to the Mother & Child Welfare Society.
Public iftar is in the popular La Mosaique restaurant with a selection of traditional Ramadan dishes. And for groups and corporates the banquet hall has been transformed into a Ramadan tent. Charity Giving. BD11.950++, from sunset till 9.30pm in the first week of Ramadan and till 8.30pm later in the month. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Dragon Hotel & Resort The Dragon has gone for the gabgha-only option with Ramadan nights in the sea-view tent starting at 9pm and offering a traditional buffet and live entertainment. BD12++, 9pm-2am. Dragon Hotel & Resort, Amwaj (16 031 111).
Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel The Dip’s splitting iftar and gabgha over two venues with the early evening breaking of the fast in the rooftop Al Fanar and gabgha moving down to Kontiki and the air-conditioned terrace overlooking the pool with shisha, games, set menus, henna and live music. BD11.500++ for iftar from sunset. Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Diplomatic Area (39 945 208).
Golden Tulip The GT is also going for a two-venue option with an iftar buffet at Al Wasmeyyah followed by gabgha in its enormous Ramadan tent. This is one of the island’s favourite Ramadan venues and the food’s usually very good. BD10.5 for iftar. Ramadan tent open 7pm-2am. Golden Tulip, Diplomatic Area (17 535 000).
K Hotel Klouds restaurant is the venue for a grand iftar buffet featuring traditional and international foods followed by gabgha running through the night. BD11 iftar, sunset-9pm, BD10 gabgha, 9pm-4am. K Hotel, Juffair (17 360 000).
Köşebaşı Offering a mouth-watering Anatolian Turkish iftar experience including choices such as abagannuş, zeytinyağli fasulye, içli Köfte with yogurt with lahmacun and the signature Toros salad followed by the famous Köşebaşı grilled meat dishes and traditional desserts. BD12.900, BD6.300 children under ten, sunset-mall closing . Köşebaşı, Bahrain City Centre, (1 7 172 322).
Leewan Alkhor Will be offering a traditional Arabic iftar buffet each day including mezze, biryani and a wide range of deserts in matchless surroundings. BD7++, 6pm-9pm. Leewan Alkhor, Amwaj Lagoon (16 010 666).
Maki Maki is introducing two special set menus for iftar and suhoor to satisfy the craving for high-quality, tasty, fusion cuisine which is also a healthy alternative to some of the more traditional foods. BD25/34/45 for iftar and suhoor from BD26. Iftar from 6pm, suhoor from 11.30pm. Maki, Moda Mall (17 522 733).
Mercure Grand Hotel The Al Bawadi tent on the rooftop poolside offers an array of traditional foods in a buffet it says is ‘designed for king-size appetites’ with many of the foods being cooked to old family recipes. Then after iftar while away the evening with gabgha, games and music from Mohamed El Tokhy from Egypt until sohoor by candlelight. BD12++ for iftar, sunset-8pm, BD10++ for gabgha. Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef (17 584 400).
Mövenpick A purpose-built glass-sided tent allows panoramic views for a traditional iftar or gabgha nightly including shisha. BD12.5++ iftar, BD13.5++ gabgha. Iftar after prayers-10pm, gabgha until 2am. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain (17 460 000).
Seef Mall With yummy food provided by Aroma Café, Seef Mall will be having a Ramadan tent in the car park between Chillis and ToysRus and for five days from July 25-30 a percentage of the takings for each diner will go to the Bahrain Cancer Society. There will be gifts from many of the stores in the mall and throughout the month visitors will have the chance to take part in a prize draw for a Chevrolet car with the winner to be chosen at the end of Ramadan. Charity Giving. BD9, BD11 with shisha kids BD4.5, sunset-2am. Seef Mall (17 582 711).