Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best Japanese restaurants in Bahrain (sushi), part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
Sushi lovers, noodle slurpers and miso soup sippers unite, there’s plenty of Japanese food to go around in this city. So it’s a good thing Time Out has visited each and every restaurant 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.
With sophisticated red and black interiors, inspired by Japan's Samurai soldiers, Bushido maintains its reputation as a popular restaurant, thanks to their regular DJ nights and because they're not afraid to reinvent their culinary offerings.
The spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this 28th floor restaurant are a major draw, as is the extremely friendly service and chic décor. The menu, which mixes authentic Japanese classics with more modern takes, is small but the dishes are prepared to a high quality.
You can't complain about having a lack of options at Kabuki. The menu is positively gigantic. It's filled with every Japanese classic you can think of '“ from teppanyaki to temaki '“ and then some. You'd think no one could possibly pull that all off to a high level, but here you would be wrong.
Traditional Japanese favourites meet some unique local creations on the menu at Kojo where fresh, tasty ingredients combine with friendly service and contemporary Oriental décor to deliver a satisfying and relaxed dining experience.
It was back in 2002, in Kuwait, that the Maki concept was first conceived and inspired by Japanese cuisine and culture. Alongside classic dishes from Japan, Maki now offers over 100 unique maki concoctions and you'll also find a focus on healthy ingredients, as well as a special gluten-free selection.
For your fill of culinary fusion in Bahrain, we recommend a visit to Meisei. Overall, the food is interesting, unique and surprisingly delicious. Expect dishes such as yuzu jerk chicken quesadillas, for example, which may sound strange but master chef Michae Kyu-Lee has a mad reputation to protect.
On any given night of the week, Mirai is buzzing. It might only be a small, simply-dressed venue but tables are always filled with friends catching up over the Japanese restaurant's famed dishes, from their special sushi selections to their perfect miso glazed black cod.
Stepping into The Gulf Hotel's award-winning Sato is like discovering mini Japan in the heart of Bahrain. There are reasons why this stalwart Japanese restaurant has retained a loyal clientele '“ the staff are friendly and efficient, the venue has plenty of character, and the menu offers everything you'd crave from a traditional Japanese joint.