Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best restaurants in Bahrain (budget), part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
Incredible food and ‘low-cost’ aren’t often terms associated with one another. That’s why we’ve dug out the hidden gems so you don’t have to spend a small fortune on awesome grub. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money (or lack of it) at each venue.
This Bahraini institution is still drawing in the crowds, thanks to its no-frills approach to traditional dining. There’s no menu here, just rock up for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and get what you’re served, which is always authentically Bahraini, generous, delicious and seriously economical.
For no-frills dining and seriously authentic Thai food, this tiny place is a big success. The menu is extensive and comprehensive, with all your favourite Thai classics on the bill. Tom Yum soup, papaya salad, green curry – it’s all accounted for, and it’s some of the best in town.
You could easily drive straight past this unassuming spot, but you’ll be missing out if you do. Located on Budaiya Highway, in Jidhafs, this humble roadside Bahraini seafood place is an island gem. What you’ll get is fresh salad, succulent seafood cooked how you like it. It’s all delicious and wholesome.
It’s the simplicity of Burrito Loco that’s got us going crazy for it (geddit?). Just pick your fillings and toppings, then get them rolled up in a wrap, squished in tacos, or mixed up as a salad or bowl. Then simply enjoy the intermingling flavours, emphasised by fresh, quality produce.
You don’t have to follow the special Sattvic diet to appreciate the amazing vegetarian Indian food at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Govinda’s might be popular with the plant-eaters, but the complex, rich flavours and down-to-earth vibes would be a hit with any kind of food lover.
Walking into scaled-back Thai spot Honey’s, it’s everything you could want from a hole-in-the-wall eatery; bustling, loud and packed. The menu is a giant tome of classic South East Asian dishes, much of which is tasty and authentic.
The opulent, rich tastes of Persian cuisine are well and truly alive at Isfahani, and yet they’re available for a fraction of the cost of other, similar venues. With casual branches dotted around the island, including in the mall’s food courts, Isfahani is popular and accessible.
Noted for its traditional south Indian snacks and breakfast, Sangeetha is a must-try. The cuisine is derived from the traditional Udupi and Chettinad cooking styles and while it’s busy in the mornings, it’s also a great lunch spot thanks to its sizeable thali meals.
Swagat, hidden in the back alleys of Manama Souq, is very basic, but the menu of South Indian vegetarian cuisine is authentic and extensive. From the lunchtime thali to the breakfast dosas, the food is great, and it costs little over BD1 per person for a feast.