Nine knockout joints for sushi, teppanyaki and more
Time Out Bahrain staff
Akiko Fairly new on the Japanese cuisine circuit in Bahrain is this contemporary venue Akiko. The stylish décor and architecture draws you in but the friendly service, fabulous food and abundant seating options keep you coming back. We particularly love the garden area and the fact that they’ve introduced a brand new Japanese brunch offering to the island. Block 338, Adliya (1771 7080).
Bushido The stunning venue really adds to your overall experience of Japanese cuisine, funky vibes and delicious mixed beverages. Sit indoors, in the chic interiors, or head out to the terrace which is surrounded by greenery and hovers above the water. It’s not just about dinner as they also host a brunch, business lunch and regular nightlife events. Seef District (1758 3555).
Fuji Sushi This understated Japanese should be on more people’s ‘must-visit’ list. The entire eatery is split into three venues including a sushi bar, teppanyaki area and a seafood restaurant, all with very traditional décor and friendly staff. Prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is casual and the sushi is downright delicious. Sheza Tower, Diplomatic Area (1753 3336).
Imari Split into three areas, Imari offers a modern restaurant space, bar area and swanky lounge interconnected by the reception. The views over Bahrain and Muharraq are stunning through the large windows and the open kitchen area offers a peek into what’s to come. The staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating while the food is uniquely presented and very good indeed. The Domain Bahrain (1600 0000).
Kei Always expect a good, consistent experience when you visit this authentic Japanese restaurant. We particularly recommend going with a party to sit around the open kitchen and watch the talented chefs whip you up a melt-in-your-mouth beef teppanyaki set menu. Golden Tulip Hotel (1753 5000).
Maki A mixture of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern twists on classics are on the epic menu at Maki. There’s just so much to choose from, it would take many a visit to get through it all but for the most part the ingredients are fresh, meals are tasty and the beautiful venue really enhances your enjoyable experience. Moda Mall (1752 2733).
Meisei It’s hard to categorise Meisei with its quirky, fusion menu that incorporates foodie elements from all over Asia but with its Japanese base and chic, Asian-inspired décor, it fits in well. This venue is stunning with a lower main dining area and upper floor that accommodates hip parties too. And the food, although very unique, can be surprisingly delicious. Block 338 (1700 7770).
Ruka Everything from the contemporary décor, stunning views, open kitchen and balcony booths are designed to impress at Ruka. This includes the menu, which features modern Japanese cuisine encompassing sushi, robata dishes, teppanyaki, ramen and much more. They also do a worthy business lunch and offer a fabulous bar menu too. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (1711 1999).
Sato Award-winning Sato at The Gulf Hotel has been drawing in regular customers for many, many years now. And for good reason. Not only are the staff incredibly efficient, but the venue is also super traditional complete with a gong to signal you’ve arrived, a sushi bar, tatami mats and teppanyaki rooms. Plus, the menu offers everything you crave for in Japanese cuisine and it’s all executed to perfection. Gulf Hotel (1771 3000).