Winners named at Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards 2013
The island’s finest eateries have been revealed with Masso, at The Palace Boutique Hotel, taking Time Out Bahrain’s Restaurant of the Year Award.
More than 200 restaurateurs, chefs and dedicated foodies turned out for the most important event in Bahrain’s culinary calendar to learn which of their number would take the top prizes in 17 categories, ranging from best budget to best newcomer.
The fourth edition of the awards was hosted at the Regency InterContinental Hotel on November 20 and there were a few surprises on the night with lots of the island’s independents making an appearance alongside the established hotel dining offerings.
One of the most hotly contested categories was Best Newcomer with so many new launches to choose from in the past 12 months.
The winning team from Passion restaurant in Adliya couldn’t conceal their emotions whooping and yelling in delight as they made their way to the stage.
Owner Monika Gorzna said: “I can barely believe it, we’ve only been open six months so this recognition is huge for us.”
As well as being judged best restaurant Masso also took the gong for Best European Restaurant for the second year running with a delighted chef Susy Massetti saying: ‘I’m humbled and thankful, all of us here do a good job. We just want to keep moving forward and keep improving.”
Trader Vic’s won the judges’ vote for best international after a year in which the menu has been expanded and the service improved beyond recognition. Accepting the prize alongside his team, Nicolas Budzynski, director of restaurant operations at parent company International Hotels Establishment, said he was really pleased that the improvement in service had been noted since it’s something they’ve been taking very seriously.
It was a particularly emotional evening for Chef Elie from Le Chocolat who had turned up to the event as the guest of a supplier, unaware that he had even been shortlisted.
Having left Le Chocolat that very day to take up a new position in Canada, taking the prize for Best Café was ‘the icing on the cake’.
Since its founding in 2010, the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards has become recognised as a benchmark for excellence in the island’s food and beverage industry and, with the magazine’s reputation for honest, unbiased and anonymous reviewing, the Time Out accolades are ones which can truly be trusted by the dining public.