Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best Chinese restaurants in Bahrain, part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
Dim Sum, Chow Mein and fried rice, we’re spoilt for choice with authentic dishes from the Far East. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant listed to put them through their paces, 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 at each venue.
Soie, which is the French word for Chinese silk, is an opulent, award-winning Oriental restaurant. You can't help but be impressed when you walk in; the high ceilings make way for beautiful scarlet drapes accented by deep, dark wood. It’s a stunning space and the kitchen team serves up some delicious, authentic food, plus a few more Asian dishes besides (we love the Tom Yum soup and the lamb in black bean sauce and the spicy Szechuan chicken is excellent, too). Whether you’re looking to impress your date or want to celebrate a special occasion with friends, this ticks all the boxes.
With a great atmosphere, pleasant décor and a wide range of tasty cuisine, it’s easy to see why David’s Stir Fry Crazy is a popular choice with Bahrain’s diners. Natural woods, tranquil green walls and gentle music all adds to the experience, while tableside duck carving is a lovely theatrical touch. As for the food, it’s all authentic and full of flavour – the dim sum is lovely and light, and the Mongolian beef is rich and silky. Plus, there are enough options on the menu to satisfy even the fussiest of diners. Just make sure you reserve a table on a weekend, as it gets busy.
Located down a quiet road in Adlyia is Bambu, well-known for its all-you-can-eat-and-drink concept, serving authentic Asian food cooked to your liking and hosting legendary Chinese New Year parties. Despite this, Bambu is not as popular as other restaurants in the area. This is a shame as it certainly has a lot to offer. Service is swift and efficient. The menu boasts a variety of dishes typical of what you expect; dumpling and dim sum starters, soups, meat, seafood and vegetarian mains in a variety of sauces. If you want to crank up the heat, the chef is always willing to add extra spice and chillis to your taste. Plus the food is MSG-free. We particularly recommend the crispy-fried chicken wonton and the beef in a rich oyster sauce. It’s a big space and deserves to be filled with more regular custom. It's worth stopping by for reasonably-priced food.
This is the place to go for a spot of Chinese hot pot and karaoke. The Adliya-based restaurant is decked out with traditional Chinese décor – red paper lanterns and all. You can enjoy a simple yet authentic meal in the main dining area or in one of the large private rooms, which comes complete with your very own karaoke machine, if you're in the mood for belting out a tune. It’s not exactly a culinary destination in itself, but reasonable prices, efficient service and a buzzing atmosphere all make this a great location for a top night out with friends. Just make sure you warm up your vocal chords first.
Walking across a traditional-style bridge certainly gets you in an Oriental mood, so you'll definetly be ready for your meal when you enter the opulent China Garden restaurant at The Gulf Hotel. It’s a popular place, even on a weekday, serving up a dining experience you’d come to expect from a five-star hotel. Staff are friendly but unobtrusive, the food is cooked and presented well, and everything is authentic, tasty and packed with flavour. It’s all on the pricey side, but for a special occasion China Garden delivers.
One of Bahrain’s oldest Chinese restaurants, Hong Kong has managed to stand the test of time by offering traditional Cantonese dishes in a welcoming, casual atmosphere. The venue is rather basic, but staff are friendly and the food is affordable and as authentic as you can get – that’s why you’ll often find yourself in good company with Chinese diners looking for a taste of home. Whether you’re looking for zingy lemon chicken or rich sweet and sour dish, or something more adventurous, you’re sure to find it here.
Despite its mall location, PF Chang’s boasts a sleek, contemporary venue with comfortable seating and a buzzing vibe, thanks to its popularity. You might have to wait for a table at peak times, but it’s worth it for the food, which is served quickly and efficiently, and tastes great. It might be renowned for the Dynamite Shrimp, but there also are plenty of great, classic Chinese dishes on the menu, alongside more modern creations. It’s not food that’ll blow your mind, but it is a great spot for a decent meal during a day out at the mall.