Bayti This contemporary, home grown Arabian spot first came on to our radar when we heard about their chocolate shawarma. When we heard we just had to try it and we're glad we did. The rest of the menu features a variety of classics and more modern flavours in an artistic setting. Manama (1722 9778).
BamBu It's not exactly new but due to a lengthy hiatus, and a venue change, pan-Asian BamBu easily qualifies for our 'newcomer' list. It was popular for it's all-you-can-eat-and-drink concept before and it's set to take Bahrain by storm again as quality has improved and the atmosphere has been turned up a notch. Adliya (1771 4424).
Café Amsterdam Dutch flavours sit side-by-side English classics on the menu of this brand new cafe concept. We love the Amsterdam-inspired interiors complete with tulips and bicycles, and the food is every bit as good as we hoped. In cooler weather, the outdoor terrace is bound to be teeming with folk. Block 338, Adliya (3200 0177).
La Ventana Another returning venue makes our shortlist this month, as popular cafe La Ventana finally reopens much to our delight. With homemade salads and sandwiches on the (handwritten) menu, and delectable desserts in the fridge, it's the cosy and personable vibe at La Ventana that really draws people in. And it hasn't changed a bit. Block 338 (6637 1616).
La Vinoteca Barcelona Brilliant Spanish tapas and fine vino is what you go to La Vinoteca Barcelona for. Not to mention a vibrant, unique atmosphere and professional service, all in a stunning venue that's already become the talk of the town. We can't wait to enjoy it all on the outdoor terrace either. Block 338 (1700 7808).
Masaya Lounge Chic and stylish, Masaya Lounge has fast become popular for its international cafe fare and chilled out vibe, particularly in the upper shisha lounge that gets rather bustling on weekends. Block 338, (1771 7900).